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Why do some chess players allow their game to time out?


  • 4 years ago · Quote · #1

    chessbeginner77

    I don't understand why some chess players on this site rather waste their opponent's time and time out rather than resign.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #2

    tryst

    Lost track of time, got distracted, being a jerk, and testing the clocks. That's all I could think of.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #3

    artfizz

    Here are some possible reasons:

    1. having a policy of NEVER RESIGNING
    2. lost interest in the 'lost' game
    3. clinging on for a miracle e.g. opponent spontaneously combusting
    4. winding up the opponent
    5. taking the full allocation of time (and then some) to look for an escape
    6. busy with some other activity
    7. hold the view that resigning and timing out are equivalent
    8. in denial that the game is lost

    In turn-based, how can you waste your opponent's time?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #4

    chessbeginner77

    interesting responses. What do you think should be done to prevent time outs?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #5

    tryst

    Threatening physical harm.

    Do the people who pay for a membership given the right to request no-timeout games if they wish?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #6

    chessbeginner77

     i didn't know that membership allows no time out games.Surprised

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #7

    woton

    What's the definition of a "no time-out" game?  All of the games on Chess.com have time controls.  A player is allowed to run out of time.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #8

    chessbeginner77

    i guess a player must make a certain number of moves in a certain time or they lose. Anyone to clarify?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #9

    tryst

    woton wrote:

    What's the definition of a "no time-out" game?  All of the games on Chess.com have time controls.  A player is allowed to run out of time.


    My apologies for being unclear. I meant no-vacation games in turn-based. With a membership are you given the opportunity to challenge opponents in a game while voiding vacation time in your challenge request?

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #10

    chessbeginner77

    Most people time out without using up their vacation time.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #11

    woton

    @tryst  There are some no-vacation tournaments.  I don't think that you can have a no-vacation individual game.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #12

    tryst

    chessbeginner77 wrote:

    Most people time out without using up their vacation time.


    Again my sincere apologies for remaining unclear,chessbeginner77. My question about vacation time was an entirely seperate question from your original question about, what can be done to prevent time-outs? I maintain threatening physical harm would be effective.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #13

    chessbeginner77

    interesting to note that everyone posting so far has no time outs on their games.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #14

    tryst

    woton wrote:

    @tryst  There are some no-vacation tournaments.  I don't think that you can have a no-vacation individual game.


    Thanks, wotonSmile

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #15

    chessbeginner77

    sorry for being unclear. I mean turn based games. They waste the most time.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #16

    Hermes3

    tryst wrote:
    what can be done to prevent time-outs? I maintain threatening physical harm would be effective.

    Why wait till the game is about to time out? You should start threatening them as soon as you lose a pawn. 

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #17

    kyleevon

    if you have no vacation time and a family emergency comes up chess takes a backseat to family. This almost happened to me once.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #18

    chessbeginner77

    I thought that chess was a non-violence game. Threatening would probably result in the opponent timing out anyway.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #19

    woton

    Several players take on more games than they can manage.  They become overwhelmed and let the games expire.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #20

    chessbeginner77

    That is a possibility. But some people do it on purpose for some reason.


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