Originally posted by paulbuchmanfromfics
The set piece game ended 2 minutes before the other one.
I believe you 100% now.
The only thing that I can't believe is that you let him have a second chance. Even if you are close friends, it's just his bad luck for submitting the move. You didn't do anything to cause it and should have been able to take the win guilt free.
After all, he had to put the move in AND click submit just for you to get it.
It's true, I'm too soft, but I don't mind. I'm a competitive person, but I know I'm never going to crack 2000. I'm probably not even going to crack 1800. I'm not playing that much, so I tell myself to learn and to enjoy the games. In a way, I wanted to see if I could still beat him if he made the right move - I lost that gambit, but in the end I felt good about myself, and when you're at my level, what's a few rating points.
I also get irked by some of the rating points lust that has people doing annoying things just to get wins. I want to avoid that. If I'm fighting tooth and nail just to add a few rating points to a paltry rating, I think that's pretty lame. I actually don't see too much of that here - it was more of the behaviour I experienced on Yahoo type blitz sites. But anyway, it shaped me. I just want to enjoy the game and get better. Claiming the win, was totally fair and totally within my rights, but I wanted to see if I could beat Ron from a losing position, and claiming the win felt like kicking a man when he's down.