No, I'm not referring to Alan Moore's graphic novel (nor the movie).
I'm talking of people who crowd around your board when you're playing your game.
Do they have an effect on your play?
Do you feel still continue to play your game as per normal or feel pressured to make a move?
Oddly enough, I find that I play faster with people crowding around my board. This has a tendency to lead to shallow play and calculation mistakes - a rather nefarious poison to my gameplay.
It's certainly given me some food for thought over the next few weeks and a problem (amongst many others) that I definitely need to rectify.
So, how do people cope with players crowding around your board?
Usually, I deliberately avoid eye contact with anyone in the crowd but the aura of "restlessness" of the surrounding can be quite discomforting.
Last night, I drew against the current leader in my group, Ian Dickson in the Norths Club Championship. I'm now trailing him by 1 point and he has a game in hand as well.
Currently I'm on +3-2=2.
I really need to do better. Next week is a bye for me, after which I'm facing Robert Pike.