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ChristianSoschner

Here is another reason I discovery today:

I like playing 15/10 rapid games. It gives enough time to think about situations.

the downside: sometimes the opponent takes his time to think - 5-10 minutes.

Since there is a 2 minute abandon timer, I sometimes use the opponents thinking time to check mails or something else on the phone.

Leaving the app starts the timer.

I rarely resign games. It’s a fight till the end mentality that many chess masters recommend in their videos. 
I also don’t abandon games. 
Today I had a losing position due to a middle game mistake. I wanted to play it to the end, since there is always a chance the opponent makes a mistake too. Especially in my rating range.

The opponent was thinking. I checked mails. Came back after less than 30 second and got the message that my opponent won due to me abandoning the game.

it was still 1:30 on the clock.

i did some research and found the abandon rules on chess.com. They say:

NOTE: If a player disconnects in a totally lost position (say. -5 or worse), the game will be ruled abandoned after only 15 seconds, regardless of time control“

It might not be rage quitting. It might also be that they are not aware of this little unexpected side rule where the machine decides for the player after only 15 seconds.