14231 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
On a recent game I was material down and trying to improve my position when my opponent blundered his queen.He then sent this message
jawalis: you can haave this game your tactics of stalling breaks my concentration.
I wasn't aware I was stalling and if I was is this considered a bad tactic?
Ignore it. Your opponenet was just making an excuse for losing.
This is a natual juncture to spend time considering your moves - if you are down material you need to improve something else quickly (position, etc.), find a quick mate, or you will probably lose against good play. Should not have surpised your opponent you taking your time.
I agree with JamieKowalski - ignore it.
I agree with Jamie, but when playing correspondence chess (here, confusingly called "online chess") consistently waiting until the last minutes of a time control to make a move when you're already lost is indeed very poor form. Again, your opponent was just making an excuse in this game, as proven by the fact that you didn't just draw, but won on the board.
If you had won on time from a completely lost position after dragging out the game for several months, your opponent would have had a legitimate gripe.
Thanks for your comments
I don't think I'm a slow player my time/move is 1 hr 15 min
perhaps the time difference between UK and USA exasperated my opponent
Intentional stalling is certainly poor form, but from the perspective of your opponent it's impossible to tell whether you're deep in analysis or you're intentionally stalling.
I'd let the comment roll of my back in this case.
online chess / the clocks are set,so as long as you move in the time amount givin,theres nothing wrong with that,your opponent should stick to live chess,
I would not let it get to you, mate. Any tactic assumed by the other side is fair play in my book and as i know you to be a perfect gentleman from our OTB days just let it go. Your opponent just got rattled that you played on and he blundered.
Stalling is a good tactic but very poor form.
I think this had not much to do with slow moves, but rather that your opponent thought he was won and wanted/expected you to resign. That you were not stalling with slow moves, but stalling by not resigning the game.
TeraHammer, you may be right: but I'm expect you agree that he still had every right to play on, as the eventual result illustrates!
I have no problem with folk playing on in what looks like a lost position, but it can be frustrating when they suddenly slow their rate of play. Maybe they're busy in the real world, maybe it's just gamesmanship: I try not to jump to conclusions. I deal with it by amusing myself setting up long chains of conditional moves to encourage the player to respond to a series of moves rather than just one -- and that generally works.
Oh, and Jamie and co are right, whyayeman: best just ignore those kinds of remarks.
Ashley's Million-dollar chess tourney - but bring your own clocks
by Martin_Stahl 8 minutes ago
Drueke chess set
by TurboFish 12 minutes ago
Is 8 hours of chess enough for a 4 year old future world champion?
by thatchamUK 12 minutes ago
The Dubrovie Mania...
by Gomer_Pyle 17 minutes ago
Endgame Tablebase Gone!?
by Gomer_Pyle 20 minutes ago
King's Indian defense
by yoursisnodisgrace 20 minutes ago
by HorsesGalore 27 minutes ago
Deleting a team
by SkyMarshal 38 minutes ago
9/10/2014 - GM Tiger Persson - GM Oleg Romanishin, Corus C, 20
by ellie100 44 minutes ago
World Chess.com Correspondence Chess Championship Match (MSC157 vs. windmill64)
by Aetheldred 53 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2014 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!