To all native English speakers: clarification needed

  • #1

    Today I had a very strange chat experience during an online tournament game. I was peacefully playing through my online games. One of my opponents was also online and apparently willing to play faster, so we silently played 10 moves or so when the following dialog occured (I copied and pasted it including the typos, replacing only the names and one word that is not allowed in the chat or in the forums):


    Otherguy: Looks like a draw ...

    Me: i think I can win that

    Otherguy: haha ... we'll see ...

    Me: I love pawn endings

    Otherguy: you should know it's a book draw then ...

    Me: We'll see

    Me: Still looks like an easy win to me, but I am willing to learn :)

    Otherguy: Happy to school you arrogant [some word, not nice]

    Otherguy: 1700 ... you must know everything!

    Can someone enlighten me what was so offending about my remarks?

  • #2

    By your post it is clear that you are quite fluent in English. There was no idiom or colloquialism you used which would have been offensive. It looks like he just has a poor attitude toward people who don't agree with his opinion!

  • #3

    Ok, thank you!

  • #4

    Your opponent is the problem, not your remarks.

  • #5

    Good to hear that, since I really hate to insult innocent people, even unintentionally :)

  • #6

    Wow, you somehow ran into the one jerk on a chess site. Smile

  • #7
    AndyClifton wrote:

    Wow, you somehow ran into the one jerk on a chess site. 

    Lol ... you're right, I probably should prepare to face similar situations in the future and learn not to care.

  • #8
    ciljettu wrote:

    So did you eventually beat this arrogant person?

    The game is still going on, he stopped playing after his last remark.

  • #9
    ciljettu wrote:

    If there's any karma in this world, you should score a nice victory... best of luck.

    Thank you, I'm confident :)

  • #10
    joeydvivre wrote:

    C'mon..."book draw"?? Which "book" is he reading?  I would respond:

    "Well, if it is a book draw then you will have no problems drawing it using your computer, grandmaster help, and any other aids you want to use.  They are all fine with me.  Meanwhile, I am going to begin drinking and beat your sorry ass".  I do not have the same compunctions about insulting people.

    A 4p vs 3p ending and the extra pawn is a supported passer and he is claiming "book draw".  What a tool.

    Ok, we should not discuss the ongoing game. The "book draw" remark was on an earlier position, but still ...

  • #11

    (Btw OP this is why you really shouldn't bring up current games for discussion...when people begin to give their opinions, it can be construed as you seeking outside aid, which is considered cheating...and [unfortunately] a guy like your opponent might choose to bring that up to the site staff, if he catches wind of it.) Wink

  • #12
    AndyClifton wrote:

    (Btw OP this is why you really shouldn't bring up current games for discussion...when people begin to give their opinions, it can be construed as you seeking outside aid, which is considered cheating...and [unfortunately] a guy like your opponent might choose to bring that up to the site staff, if he catches wind of it.) 

    True, maybe I should inform the staff myself so they can lock the thread.

  • #13

    @ Sred

    I do hope you win!

  • #14
    AnnaZC wrote:

    @ Sred

    I do hope you win!

    I don't worry! Smile

    Just filed a ticked with a locking request - it would be a shame!

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