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Rarer than a smothered mate
I just happened to catch a television commercial here in the US (in the New York City area) which featured an accurate and entirely appropriate game of chess. The commerical, run by what I believe is one of New York's largest HMOs, a company called the Health Insurance Plan or "HIP," was trying to get viewers to sign up for some service before it was too late.
To illustrate this, they showed two guys playing blitz in the park, banging what I believe to be the GameTimer Plus clock. (This is a little odd, since one website suggests that the ultimately victorious player is FIDE Master Asa Hoffmann, and I bet he has a better clock than that.) At one point, black makes a sharp move, causing white to pause and sit back a bit in his chair. After a few seconds (and a suspension of the voiceover), white unleashes the winning combination. Black tips his king in a very artificial and deliberate way, but overall I was impressed by the feel of the thing.
So if you live in the tri-state area, keep an eye out for it. (Better yet, maybe it will pop up on YouTube).
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A novel way of advertising
Yes, I think that was a good show. As for tipping over the king, that was the old fashioned way of resigning in the late 70s/early 80s. Now it is simply sufficient to say to your opponent "It's your game, well played" and shake his/her hand when you resign.
When I was a kid of 11 I used to watch "The Master Game" that was on in 1978/1979 and the monitor showed the king being toppled and the word "Resigns" would flash underneath it.
Yes, all very fascinating.