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doormat 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Annoying! Gameknot players who never make a move online. They are online when you make your move, but go offline, then come back online to make a move. I seem to have more than my fair share of these players at the moment.
honololou 60 ( +1 | -1 )
I suggest… that if you want to play real-time online you go to Yahoo,
or Pogo. I treat my games here as correspondence games.
I come to the site to collect my opponents moves. I go
away to consider my moves. I come back to make my
moves, etc. Certainly during the opening and at other
times I make moves quickly without logging off, but more
often than not I will take as much time as I need to be
sure that my move is not a blunder. I'm sure you can find
some people here who will play online with you, but, IMHO
that's not what its about.
maykx 20 ( +1 | -1 )
how can you be sure... hey door...

...that they go online only to make a move at GK? in my case, sometimes i go on-line for a research, check email, etc. my opponent can see me on-line but it doesn't mean i'm in GK. you know what i mean?
doormat 64 ( +1 | -1 )
honololou By what you said, I was not talking about you. Apologies if you think I was. I was talking about players who never, ever (at anytime), make a move online. Even during the opening of a game, they duck offline to think about their move. Some of these players have an amazing win ratio. I have one of these players in the league, one in tournament, and one in team play. I just wonder why they cannot assess a chess situation online and make a move. I agree making moves online can lead to mistakes, it has happened to us all, but to continuously fall back to offline assessment makes me wonder who I am playing!
doormat 16 ( +1 | -1 )
maykx When a player is online and makes a move, you then make your move and wait for the return move. Nothing! Opponent goes offline!
honololou 106 ( +1 | -1 )
doormat… I did not think that you were referring to me personally
and I take no offense--we have never played each other. I
responded because I am the type of player that you are
annoyed with. I am often online here at gamneknot and I
do not choose to hide my status. I seldom commit to a
move, however, without moving the pieces around and
analyzing a few lines. I choose not to use the "analyze the
board" feature, so I need to go offline to do my analysis.
My goal is to win every game I play and avoid the kinds of
foolish blunders that plague my over-the-board games. In
the opening, I may consult books or databases to help me
select a line, and this takes a little time. Even with simple
exchanges, sometimes I just want to check to make sure
that I'm not missing anything. All I'm trying to say is that
there are many valid reasons for players behaving in this
way and that you should not be too annoyed by it. Nor
should you automatically assume that they are using a
chess engine. Undoubtedly there are some that do and that
is sad, but how do you prove it?
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javelin 42 ( +1 | -1 )
Doormat I could give you a whole story on why I sometimes don't move, but instead hang out in the forums, etc. But when you get down to it, it's really simple.

The minimum move time is 3 days. That's just the way it is. Don't blame people if they use the time they are given. Don't worry about it, worrying will not help you. Accept it and simply play ...

If you need to have something to do, just start more games or visit the forums.
doormat 33 ( +1 | -1 )
To all I am not annoyed with any of you who have responded to this forum. If fact, I have given you a forum +. On my games, one of my opponents has just made a move, I have made a move and am waiting for the return move. My opponent has nobody else online apart from me. I am waiting for the return move. He has just gone ofline!!
doormat 8 ( +1 | -1 )
okay Take back what I said. Vote to delete this forum!
zdrak 53 ( +1 | -1 )
I vote to delete too ... but before this thread goes away, I'd just like to say: you gotta respect other people's way of playing chess. If they want to think for a long time, well, that doesn't make their way of playing "inferior" to yours, nor does it give you the right to vent your frustration here (and to insult them while you're at it)

Especially considering the fact that this server is actually DESIGNED FOR those people who don't want to (or can't) play chess "in real time" ...

doormat 1 ( +1 | -1 )
Agreed Thank you.
maykx 15 ( +1 | -1 )
amen to all! =)

hey doormat, challenge me...you won't be disappointed! in fact, i want to finish my game (even here in GK!) in one sitting, i.e. during Sat and Sun (Philippine time, GMT+8) when I'm online.

macheide 35 ( +1 | -1 )
doormat Dear friend,

Sometimes I log in to see the status of my games and log out because for the moment I only have one telephone line at home (I don't have a broadband connection), and there are several people that use this unique line. In another occasions I have finished my last 15 or more moves in Blitz fashion.

Best regards,

Andrés
(macheide)