Winning on time

I just won two games on time.  At first there was happiness in that I just posted two victories and that my rating was going to improve.  Shortly after I had discovered my wins I went for a walk and started to reflect on those wins.  The victories became hollow, I felt cheated, I lost the chance at the thrill of the battle.  Here are the games I just won on time.







And in this game my opponent had a slight advantage.







How these games would have turned out, I do not know.  With proper play and a little luck maybe I would win one and draw the other.  The more likely scenario would have been a win and a loss. 

I have now changed my preferences to not to claim an automatic win on time.  This does not mean I won't claim a victory on time, but I will allow a few extra hours to give my opponent the chance.  If this happens more than once during a game, or the opponent abuses the time controls I will claim the time forfeiture.  I know why time controls are there and they should be.  Unfortunately life does get in the way of our enjoyable pursuits, and you may not get to a computer on time even to use a vacation break to clean up whatever life has thrown at you.

I play chess for the thrill of competition, and to win, lose, or draw based on my knowledge and skill.  This is what gives me pleasure and satisfaction in playing chess.  I love going to war on the 64 squares, I may be merciful once because of time, but cross me on it again and my mercy will run out.


  • 9 years ago


    I feel the same as most of you, but if you know it will bother you, why agree to enter into a timed game (unless you're in tournament where you have no choice)?

    As for an opponent's resignation, that's his right, and he can take it. 

  • 9 years ago


    I appreciate everyones responses, especially well thought out counter points.  CarlMI, your post is right on the mark for why to accept a win on time, and proper utilization of time is a part of the game.  In my mind I feel there is a difference to winning a game on time controls when you are playing an over the board match, whether it is blitz or a tournament control of 40 in 2 hours, compared to e-chess when it is 1 move in 3 days.  Losing on time when all you are doing is sitting at the board playing chess is about your management of time, as you stated. With e-chess, 3 days per move, the rest of your life plays into the game.  I do not think it is wrong to claim a game on time, but I would rather declare it, than have the computer do it for me.  So maybe an opponent gains an extra few hours to make a move, chances are he has not agonized over the move for the whole 3 days, I bet most of us do not spend more than 5 minutes considering are next move.  As I stated in my blog I am willing to cut a fellow player a little slack the first time, maybe an extra 8 to 12 hours, but the next time I catch his time has expired my merci will be gone, and my opponent will lose.
  • 9 years ago


    I agree with carl, the time issue is important. If you win on time it is still a win and your rating will balance out over time. I have only been here a month now and I have one win on time, it was my first, and I am sure there will be others but going by my experiences it is the exception. 

  • 9 years ago


    When i started on this site and was new to how time outs, challenges, ratings worked on here, i found i went through a spell where atleast one in three games timed out. At first i thought it was great, my rating was boosted a little, but then as my rating grew people actually thought i could play according to my rating.

    My ratings got boosted a huge amount throughout the major holidays and events, like America Elections.

    For example, if i were 1200 rated, and won two games on time, my rating would be over 1400 .... yet my skills didn't match my rating .. i lost a lost of games then purely as i didn't like declining game challenges. 

     Now i've been here some time, its as seuss says, "hollow and feeling cheated", i've had games that i've really put a lot of time and effort into, that i've really enjoyed and want to complete and the other person times out. Sure sometimes when my opponent gets back online they re-challenge me, but sometimes it'd be nice if we could just re-instate the timed out game and finish that rather than starting a new one.



  • 9 years ago


    I deplore winning on time as much as I would hate losing due to it as well, which is why I not only do not like tournament or clock play, but whenever possible in online games I use the 14 day option. In addition, I have also opted to turn off the automatic acceptance of wins when an opponents clock runs out, something that just became available recently within ones settings.
  • 9 years ago


    Proper utilization of time is just as important as the proper utilization of a bishop or any other piece.  It is part of the game.  If you can't handle a Queen you're going to lose.  If you can't handle time, you're going to lose.  There is nothing wrong or belittling about it, even correspondence games can and are won because of time.  If you don't wish to claim a flag in casual play fine but I've never seen a GM who has won on time or because an opponent blundered in time pressure give back the point. 
  • 9 years ago


    I agree with you. I have won on time and I didnt like it either. I did want to keep playing the game regardless of whether I was winning or losing. I think I'll go change my settings for that too, I hadnt thought of that. 

    I dont want my rating to go up because of something other than my playing. 

    Recently I won by resignation after only 20 moves to a friend, and I was even trying to convince him not to resign so soon. Not because I really wanted to just watch myself beat him, but because I wanted to play on, I thought he could possibly come back given my proclivity for blundering. 

    I guess I'll be happy to win by resignation, but I can choose not to win on time.

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