Originally posted by Tyrannosauruschex
I dont think we want to encourage skanking people any more then it already exists,...
There are some who take this to an absolute extreme, and deserve to be timed out if they are taking a week to make moves in the opening where less thought should be required, but still more often then not timeouts are an intentional points grabbing method.
I disagree with you on the two points quoted.
The rules of the game... If someone can't play on time, why shouldn't I take the skull?
I am not that harsh though - if the game is interesting, I may not take the skull. But if I think your position is losing (my judgement), then I will grab the points, given the chance. I am very happy to have the choice.
There are some who take this to an absolute extreme ...
And if I have holiday coming up, and want to keep the game simple? Or I have enough other games going due to a tournament start? Are you trying to say that I should play faster than I have to? I'll take as long as I choose for the opening moves, just like any other move. You are entitled to do the same, and if I mess up and overstep, you can choose to take the skull. Or not.
I am currently playing several games where each of us is taking 3 weeks for the opening moves. I cannot speak for my opponents, but I am playing an unfamiliar opening, and working with books. This takes some time, but the end result is I become familiar with another opening (or line in one I know), taught through practice with an expert. My opponent gets someone who has thought about the move, and may stray of the beaten track because the move seems good. Why should you get to judge how much thought I might need to put into a move, even in the opening?