Dealing with Trolls

b-rowdy

I've started a new practice, and I'd like some input from the chess.com community.  Before I begin a game, I take a quick second to look at the message board for an opponent.  If there are multiple comments that the player abandons games, lets the clock run out, makes rude or offensive comments, etc., I just let the game time out and auto-abort.  If there are enough comments to the same effect, I'll occasionally let the player know that the reason I don't intent to make a move is because he or she has a bad reputation, and politely request that they stop abandoning games.

 

Just now, I came across a player who had eight comments explaining that he lets time run out when stuck in a losing position, so I decided not to play him.  When the game auto-aborted, I received this message:

Abandoning games in progress may result in your play being restricted. 

 

If chess.com isn't taking action against these serial trolls--and I understand there's only so much the moderators can do--then I think this is a fair and honest means of dealing with the problem, but I was a bit surprised by the threat of action against my account.  I've always tried to present myself as a polite and honorable opponent (and I think a quick perusal of my message board will back up this claim) and so the last thing I want is to violate fair play policy, but I'm also trying to limit myself to opponents with the same outlook and history of gameplay.

 

Comments?

daxypoo
maybe block the players before you search for a game?
or, since you play lots of blitz, just block then wait them out?

or you can block and resign?

i try to minimize any communication with any troublemakers as they are itching for a fight
i take the abandonment as a crushing victory and will wait them out (and i play 30 min games)
Fork_master

Waiting for a 30 min game is such an agony, you could even fall asleep then he plays another move n the clock times out on you hahaha

torrubirubi
Usually I don’t have this kind of problems, as I play mostly Daily games. You should try it. You can play when you want (I play 5 days games), and you have time to check books on openings and endgames.
drmrboss

1. Chat off

2. Resign

3. Block whoever you dont like.

 

ruhk34
torrubirubi wrote:
Usually I don’t have this kind of problems, as I play mostly Daily games. You should try it. You can play when you want (I play 5 days games), and you have time to check books on openings and endgames.

I thought you could only consult books and databases on openings, not endgames.

ruhk34
ruhk34 wrote:
torrubirubi wrote:
Usually I don’t have this kind of problems, as I play mostly Daily games. You should try it. You can play when you want (I play 5 days games), and you have time to check books on openings and endgames.

I thought you could only consult books and databases on openings, not endgames.

I checked the rules, and it doesn't actually say you can't use endgame books. It definitely says no endgame databases, so I assumed books were out, too, but I guess I was wrong. I stand corrected.

Luitpoldt

There's a common problem with Windows 10 that the cursor can suddenly freeze, so if someone is playing chess here when that happens, what may look like a deliberately abandoned game may not be.  There should be some accommodation for that.

GM_MICHAL_KARPOV

What are trolls?