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YettiLaPlace

I played 10 games in a row with none of the others players trying to win. Why? Moving to take peices, chasing pieces, avoiding going after King. Why? Can this be explained?

CoreyDevinPerich
How do you know they weren’t trying to win? Maybe they’re just way worse than you. Maybe they were in an altered state of consciousness. Maybe they were testing out some bold new strategies.
YettiLaPlace

Not trying to win is a major issue on this site. Just wasting my time.

RathminesRampager

Going after the King is not the only way to win. You can also play to gradually improve your position and win in the endgame.

Xx_PinkGirl_xX
YettiLaPlace wrote:

I played 10 games in a row with none of the others players trying to win. Why? Moving to take peices, chasing pieces, avoiding going after King. Why? Can this be explained?

well if those people are caught doing it enough times you can report them for sandbagging

asherahgguh

Do you even know what sandbagging is? How is sandbagging even relevant to this thread?

ChessMasteryOfficial

Some players might be beginners who are still learning the game. They might focus more on making moves rather than strategic planning to win.

YettiLaPlace

ChessMasteryOfficial - Umm, no. The moves are well planned, rating around 800. That is not that high, but not beginners.

SofieWillWin

Maybe they are scared as they are new I was like this.

brenbrenx

I definitely think there is an unfortunate minority of players who make neutral moves quickly with no intention to win other than on time.

Bogopawn657

I have experienced this, I think some players deliberately try to lose games to get there rating down ... why would I think this, I had one player who played brilliant he was rated 1350 I struggled and managed to scrape a draw, he then asked fir a rematch and proceeded in the next two games to play so badly, giving away pawn after pawn allowing simple knight forks?!! Playing like a 200 -300 rated for the next two games, offered another rematch which I turned down twice!? I cannot understand why you would want to play this way which seems quite deliberate type of suicide chess?!!