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just get over the idea that it is ever bad manners to win on time...time is part of the game and must be managed, just like every other piece...
perhaps the thought should be that it is very bad manners to lose on time
Its simple if you dont get your opponent in mate before youre time is up, youre not good enough. Only in matches where you have 10mins you can play slow.
That is a very good point. I also think that it is perfectly fair to win on time.
At higher level chess this is even unpolite to continue play in a totally lost position - giving respect to the opponent means believing he is able to launch checkmate. So playing only on time is considered a very bad habit at master and higher level - but I mean playing on time in a lost position or a dead draw! In a "normal" position it is fair.
However, in amateur games it is normal to play till checkmate or "bare kings" and playing on time should be considered just another form of implementing this idea. If you require your opponent to show that he knows how to checkmate it is ok to require him do so quickly.
So, an average member of chess.com should not feel guilty for playing on time even at 2 moves before mate - and noone should feel guilty when the position is still full of play (not a dead theoretical draw)
Is winning on time bad manners? No
Claiming that the opponent should have resigned because they themselves did not have enough time left on their clock to finish the game.. That my friend, is bad manners! If someone doesn't have enough time to deliver checkmate in an otherwise won position. It is entirely their own fault.
Just because you have material does not make it a win. The fide rules state that you have to be able to win 'against the most unskilled counterplay'
That's only in an OTB situation where the TD can have the discretion of ruling it a draw. In automated online blitz chess, the tradition has always been to rule it a loss on time if the other side has anything to potentially give checkmate with. This is because that's the only way to have an automated working server concept to begin with. Otherwise, you'll have staff having to go over thousands of blitz games in order to adjudicate them properly, and nobody wants to deal with that.
It rules it a draw if the side with time left has a king, king and knight, king and two knights or king and bishop.
Winning in any form against me is very poor etiquette.
So almost half your opponents have poor etiquette. Very logical!
I think a pair of knights or a knight and a bishop are enough to mate your opponent so why call it a draw?
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