Recently, an official (FIDE-rated) tournament was held, where I participated.
In the last round – which was the most critical one – I was black and my opponent white. In the middle of the game, they started making strange sounds, which clearly disturbed both the nearby boards and me.
At first, I mentioned that they were disturbing. Since they wouldn't listen, I called the arbiter. In all 4 cases, the arbiter warned the user like this:
<Player name>, could you please stop doing this, since you are disturbing your opponent?
In addition, when I offered draw, here's what my opponent replied:
If the game were drawn, then I would offer it first to you.
- What should the arbiter have done? At least, I'd expect to have a punishment in the clock (e.g., +2 minutes for me, -2 for them). It is well-defined in article 11 of Fide Laws of Chess (emphasis mine):
11.5 It is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in any manner whatsoever. This includes unreasonable claims, unreasonable offers of a draw, or the introduction of a source of noise into the playing area.
11.6 Infraction of any part of Articles 11.1 – 11.5 shall lead to penalties in accordance with Article 12.9.
11.7 Persistent refusal by a player to comply with the Laws of Chess shall be penalised by loss of the game. The arbiter shall decide the score of the opponent.
And I suppose that this behaviour is persistent.
- What should I have done? I ended up losing the game and, while I could end being 2nd, I ended up being 3rd! Could I make an appeal to another arbiter or even the chief?