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Ann Arbor, MI, United States
I retired from serious chess in the mid-90's but I still like to goof around online.
Simple etiquette rule: behave how you would in an over-the board game.
Resign when it's hopeless. You don't play giveaway, let your clock run out, or get up and walk away OTB. And don't tell me about the one time when you got a stalemate against 3 queens - unless you're in a tournament, be a grown up and resign.
Say 'gg'. You make horrible blunders or get crushed badly OTB; you still shake your opponents hand and say "good game."
If it's a fast game, give at least one rematch if you can, or explain why you can't/won't.
None of this is complicated; don't be a jerk just because you can hide in the Internet.
If you won't be considerate enough to hit the resign button in a clearly hopeless postition, don't expect me to be considerate enough to mate you.
If the position is clearly drawn, I'll generally take a draw offer even if you only have a few seconds on your clock (tournaments and rude opponents excepted).
I apologize in advance about getting upset over lag. I realize it's not your fault and the chess.com algorithm for lag sucks. But I still get upset when, because my opponent has a bad connection, I move instantly and 4 seconds come off my clock.
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