A list of items to be negotiated before the game.

MyCowsCanFly

It would be good to have a list of items to be negotiated before the game, such as when resignation will occur, what saying "good game" means after the game, what saying "Good Luck" before the game means, whether conditional moves will be considered arrogant, which are better pancakes or waffles, and perhaps, who was the best player of all time.

Have I forgotten anything?

ozzie_c_cobblepot

All of your planned vacations for the next 12 months.

How quickly you plan to move, with advance notice in writing if this is going to be changed. Opponent must agree to change, also in writing.

ilikeflags

also if your opponent is going to change his or her screen name and not quite as important--avatar at any point during the game.

ozzie_c_cobblepot

If they are the type of person to take real vacations bug log in to read message boards, they should tell you. And you have the option of blocking this behavior.

orangehonda

When and how many times it's acceptable to offer a draw could be one.  Along with best player ever we could clear some other things up like which is preferable, knights or bishops, how exactly en passant works, how ratings work, how the time control works, whether you can have more than 1 queen, and if stalemate really is a draw.

MyCowsCanFly

Will the players use opening databases or are players required to remember stuff?

PrawnEatsPrawn

1. Whether drawing by repetition means you're a gutless weasel.

2. How quickly after the game one may publish it to the forums (complete with derogatory remarks) and whether or not one should include the hapless victim's real username.

3. How many minutes one is allowed to be showing online before a move is expected in a 3 day-per-move game.

eddiewsox

What kind of music, if any, the two parties will listen to during the game. If agreement cannot be reached the game is aborted. 

MyCowsCanFly

Will you let time run out rather than resign?

JTLindskogHageman

at what moment of time the engine starts to kick in or will be switched off.

Flamma_Aquila

Whether e4 or d4 will be played.

MyCowsCanFly

What the 50 move rule means, whether it will be observed or will play be allowed to continue forever?

If chat is permitted, are vwls optional?

gumpty

What kind of music they listen to (dont want the humiliation of being mated by someone who listens to 'rap')

ilikeflags

pro-life or pro-choice?

MyCowsCanFly

Will you be resigning quickly in order to get your preferred color in the next game?

ozzie_c_cobblepot

Wait, why should anything be agreed ahead of time? As long as I play within the confines of the implicit contract created upon the creation of the game, I am 100% sportsmanlike, and nothing you say or do can change this. Yo.

ilikeflags

yeah yo

orangehonda
padman wrote:

Maybe if singing whale music to them over Skype is ok. Sometimes they don't like the surprise and wonder where the human-made whale sounds are coming from.


Laughing

Xhorxh_D

the winner decides it all

ChessNinjaMaster
kramakintews wrote:

what is strategically position, if you know


 Unfortunately, if this was implemented, the game would never start.