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Submitted by jlconn on March 10, 2015 at 1:46 PM.
Greetings, fellow chess improvers. Each week, members of the Chess Improver group submit losses for analysis and I choose the most instructive submissions to feature as lessons at that level, as well as a showcase win by the submitter to show what go...Read more »
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How I Conduct Myself On Chess.com
Friend Requests and Group Invites
I will accept nearly any friend request, but I have decided to try to limit my involvement with groups, and so rarely accept group invites.
My Chess.com Rating
I am not attached to my rating - especially at faster time controls - at any given time, at my present level of skill, my Live Chess rating may be as low as 1400.
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.
I am involved with coaching chess locally and online. After speaking with professional coaches, and learning their ideas about the necessary qualifications of a chess coach, I'm fairly uncomfortable calling myself a coach; rather, I'm more of a chess tutor, or at times a coach's assistant.
If you are an intermediate player or below, and for whatever reason are unable to obtain coaching by a titled player who is also a good coach, or you simply need more help than your primary coach can provide, I can probably help you; you may want to check out my Chess.com coaching page: http://www.chess.com/coach/jeremy-l-conn
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