Originally posted by Ohforf
I'm wondering about the mentality of the person who "takes timeouts" as soon as possible. I'm not talking about the situation where the other player just can't be bothered to move. For example, it might be very obvious you're winning a game but the other player is just absent, and won't even respond to reminders. Then it makes sense to claim the timeout to ge ...[text shortened]... and pretend he's the world champion. That would be just as meaningful.
1) You are a subscriber - you could have used the vacation system to protect yourself from timeout during your trip.
2) Sure, it is not very rewarding to win on timeout on move 5, but there are nevertheless good reasons for taking the skull:[quote]- It gets people in the habit of expecting to be timed out if they fail to move, and thus encourages future compliance with the time controls.
- It prevents a slow-moving player from holding up the tournament.
- It keeps conditions fair. One player should not get more time to think about their moves just because their opponent is merciful.
- It is in keeping with proper competitive spirit, which demands that players try hard to win as the rules allow. What's next - a sob story about 'Oh, I was under a lot of stress from my divorce, and I hung my Queen! And the heartless opponent would not heed my pleas - he insisted on capturing her and claiming a hollow victory!" :'(