Robbed of a beautiful victory - by the server!!
It is one of the most frustrating experiences in online chess - you have been playing an incredibly intense and exciting game when, right about the time it is evident you've got a win on your hands, you're disconnected! Mind you, I am not complaining about the technology - we should be lucky to be able to play online at all. At the same time, however, it does feel bad to be robbed of the fruit of one half an hour's hard work. Then there is the question of rating - it's not that I want my rating to be high in order to impress others but I like to see that I am making progress. But how on earth can I raise my rating if every time I approach 1700+, I get disconnected from a won game against a lower-rated player and get sent to 1500+? There was a discussion on the forum some 2 days ago about how the rating we get here, on chess.com, relates to real life rating. Someone said you have to deduct 200 points from your online rating. I disagree. I think I should add 200 points because out of the 15 games I have lost, 10 were disconnected games and in at least 7 of them I had a clear victory. The following game is an example. I am posting the final combination (I only got to play the first move before being disconnected - imagine my intense frustration!!) which should be of interest to beginners and intermediate players alike: