Hey denizens of lichess.org!
I recently played a blitz game against a certain opponent whom I shall not name — let's refer to him as Person. Anyway, after a series of moves, we reached the theoretically drawn position of K+R vs K+R. However, I noticed that I had several seconds on the clock and proceeded to premove in order to get the flag, which I eventually did, winning the game.
Person proceeded to direct message me, berating me for playing on in a drawn position. To paraphrase his words, he said that Chess is a lifestyle, and therefore my actions revealed that I had 'bad character'. He said that it was 'unfair' for me to continue playing. Normally I would have ignored the ramblings of an anonymous internet troll but given the severity of his word choice and his attack on my character, I decided to respond with the following:
Your whole argument is based on there being 'no time problem'. A game of Chess involves many things, and the clock is one of them. If you can't manage your time then it's not my responsibility to offer you a draw. You're free to judge me and say that I have a bad 'personality character' but frankly I don't care what you think.
Consider the following thought experiment:
Person A plays against Person B in a 2-hour time control. Person A spends 2 minutes on the clock while Person B spends the full 2 hours. Eventually the position reached is drawn but Person B runs out of time. Should Person A give up the win just because Person B is bad at managing his time?
The game of Chess is beautiful and considers everything — if you wanted a draw you should have played 50 moves and I would gladly have taken the draw. By saying that somehow I am 'obligated' to give you a draw I submit that you're disrespecting the game of Chess itself.
I'd very much like to hear what you all have to say. I obviously believe that flagging is part and parcel of the game, and rightly so. I am open to any and all rebuttals from the opposing school of thought.
May the mates be ever in your favour.