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Is it considered bad etiquette if you refuse a rematch after beating a much higher rated player?
A ton of forum threads on this already. There's no right answer to this ... it really depends on the context and situation:
The answer could be yes IF
The whole etiquette thing of rematches and stuff is stupid, its your time, do what you want with it.
I don't think etiquette is the right term for it but one thing to keep in mind is chess.com community is absolutely horrid. I only came back myself because of V3 (which took years to develop way to long in my opinion). I still do not care for the community it is selfish, rude and very immature so to expect rematches is a mistake. I never get rematches. If it was a close game and a good game I will accept a rematch request. If I blew them away and it was obvious their rating was inflated I move on because I don't feel like I will learn from the game. It seems to me when people win especially because of their opponent made one crucial mistake but otherwise played very well the person would rather take their lucky win and move on before risk losing a game.
Chess.com gets this type of community because free accounts have nothing to lose from bad behavior (not to say not re-matching is bad behavior but I think a lot of it stems from other bad behavior and learned selfishness). Your behavior on chess.com does not matter in the slightest. If your account gets banned you are actually encouraged to just make a new one and come back. Unlike ICC where you have to pay for membership and has an absolutely zero tolerance policy on bad behavior.
It's bad etiquette to call your opponent a coward if he refuses a rematch.
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