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Also, what nobody addressed prior to this is my statement that I used to almost ALWAYS get a 30/10 game for years in the past by selecting a custom time control. Did all of those players just disappear, or is it because the seek graph is hard to find in V3?
Seek graph isn't hard to find in v3. You just click the Open Challenges option. It's the second option/button in the Live chess panel, below the main Play section.
I gave one possible explanation why I could almost always get a 30/10 game for YEARS. I'm sorry, but you gave no explanations.
I really don't know for sure but it could just be the fact that the Seek graph is not on the main screen anymore by default. In v2, that is the main thing in front of people and no one has to go looking for it. Knowing human nature, that would explain most of it since most people probably just click their favorite time control and hit play now, they don't even look for the graph.
this reminds me of the time when i was driving on the road
and i saw the driver in front of me throw a whole of bucket of Popeye's fried chicken out of the window
an hour later i drove back on the same road and all the chicken was gone!
i wonder where that chicken walked off too ?
I agree that this is a real possibility. So, perhaps chess.com could put the Seek graph back on the main screen. I will create a suggestions thread.
You don't look like you eat much Popeye's fried chicken.
Then how do explain post #15?
What's to explain? Used to be easy now it isn't. If enough people were looking for 30/10 it would still be easy.
You either didn't read or didn't understand the last sentence in post #15. You have played less than 100 games of what is now called "rapid" chess in the last five years. This is not ancient history that I'm talking about, but only in the last few months when everybody was forced away from a version that had a seek graph on the Live Chess page did I ever have a problem finding these easy matches.
Here is a possible solution to the problem, but, while plenty of people have replied to this thread (and, I thank you), nobody, as of yet, has replied to this suggestion thread:
chess.com does not "advocate" speed chess. Or it might but that is of littel relevance on whether you find slowish games or not. There is plenty of choises on time limits and three most popular are
10,5,3 minutes. People really seem dislike increments and slow chess. And internet it makes sense. You have extra 10 minutes far more often than extra 3 hours anyway. So adding 30/10 would give you any more playing options. Just another button
so anything with increment is marginal and anything longer than 10 minutes is marginal. 30/10 would be doomed on start.
OK, I must not be explaining this very well. 30/10 is NOT unpopular. Sure, it might be relatively unpopular compared to blitz, but I've played easily over 1000 games of 30/10 (or a similar time control) on chess.com, and many of these games were recently. Recently as in last month. You can look at my archived games and see them. I didn't imagine them. The 30/10 players are still there but they're clearly not typing in 30/10 as a custom control (maybe because that's not an obvious thing to do in V3), or they used to see those matches pop up on their seek graph which is now harder to find on V3.