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Luckily that wasn't my argument... at all.
Anyway I think we understand.
The only possible reason it would be different is you are taking the game personally.
Kind of, but not in a bad way. In a series of games you get to know their openings and style and it's fun to make small adjustments in play and opening lines. Playing a completely new player each time isn't the same.
If your feelings get hurt in there or you feel like you want revenge, something is wrong.
Again, kind of...
If you let it ruin your day, you probably need a different hobby. But being competitive (and liking chess in the first place) your results will affect you emotionally. Some people deal with this better than others of course.
But from my point of view it's almost the opposite. If you don't care at all then you're not really a chess player anyway, and should probably stop playing heh.
OK, I really don't care whether I win or lose-I just like to play. I'm not a chess player? Well, at high levels, you're not one, either. I don't mean it in a bad way, but you're nowhere near titled, which means you play for fun, right?
If a board game, that is not your profession, gets under your skin when another will not accept a rematch, you may have larger issues.
Yes, I play for fun, but it's not just a board game to me. It's something I've spent a long time learning and improving. It's a unique skill set with its own beauty, like a musical instrument or canvas for an artist.
Of course blitz games aren't so serious, but chess has a competitive side. If you art is bad, you feel something. Not because you're a professional, but because it represents something personal to the player -- hard work and love for the game.
So if you feel nothing, or it's just another board game to you, then no, I don't consider you a chessplayer. Not because of skill, but because of attitude... like an artist who feels nothing for their art.
Of course I don't go crazy and demand rematches or demand people say gg or whatever, but sure, sometimes games "get under my skin."
I like to think that if I enjoy a game then maybe I want to play them again. For me, rating is not so important because let's face it, we are all good players. :)
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