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Northwest Ohio, United States
I played in a high school chess league when I was younger, but never had any formal coaching, and have had a bit of an on-again, off-again relationship with competition chess since then. I am adopting a more serious attitude toward the game now, and am trying to make a habit of studying, training, and playing in tournaments. My aim is to disprove the nay-sayers, and become a "new", "up and coming" titled player at a more advanced stage of life than is normal.
I also coach other players, even as I am coaching myself. I have developed my own programme of chess improvement, predecated on two ideas: one, the self-evident fact that players at different levels should focus on different things; two, the idea commonly held by many masters that a chess player's development should more or less parallel the historical development of chess.
Chess.com coaching page: http://www.chess.com/coach/jeremy-l-conn
How I Conduct Myself On Chess.com
I use Chess.com as a training tool only. This means that I am not attached to my rating - at any given time, at my present level of skill, it may be between 1400 and 1800 on this site - and I am not really interested in off-topic discussions or socializing - though I do accept pretty much any friend request and group invitation. I am still trying to optimize Chess.com's role in my training.
I believe that it is the place of the loser (or lower-rated player, in the case of a draw) to request a rematch. Barring anti-social behavior during the first game, I always accept at least one rematch request provided that I have time for another game.
I generally refuse all draw offers except in dead-drawn positions. Please don't pepper me with draw offers. That would be against the rules OTB, and just displays a complete lack of civility.
I strive to use all the time I have available. This is what is known as time management, and expressing impatience with me for using my time will definitely encourage me to punish you, either by winning, by playing until there are only two kings, or by playing until you checkmate my bare king, if I found you particularly snarky. If you agree to a G/60 with me, expect the game to take two hours total. If it's an online move/7days game, plan on playing the game for about a year.
In blitz, time is even more a factor. I don't expect draws when I am about to lose on time, and I definitely don't grant them to my opponents when they are short on time. I'm just as happy to win on time as by any other method, and so should you be, too. More than once, I have rejected draw offers just before losing on time; I truly believe that time is part of the game, and if I think you deserve to win, I won't let you throw it away by offering me some kind of mercy draw as if it weren't my fault that I would be losing on time. I expect the same attitude from those I play against.
Disconnecting During Games
I have no idea why Chess.com auto-forfeits a player who disconnects during a game. I have had many players do this to me when they were dead lost instead of resigning. Do you think I care? A win is a win to me - I don't care if you make me checkmate your bare king, resign, or disconnect. I still defeat you. Actually, I prefer to defeat you by disconnection ... it means I crushed your spirit so badly, you couldn't face the reality of your own demise. So go ahead, disconnect on me. I will sit there, patiently waiting for your time to run out, smiling ever more with every second that passes without your return. I think Chess.com should abolish this policy of auto-forfeiting. What if the player was legitimately disconnected? I don't want them to lose automatically for that; keep the time running, but give them until their time actually runs out before declaring a winner.
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