Why almost nobody understands what takeback on opponent's move means?

Many players have takebacks (and/or chat) turned off entirely and will not see your requests.

The move the opponent made is not obviously wrong--not hanging a piece or in any other way immediately losing. Yes, there is a much better move on the board that they could have played, but your opponent may well have not even recognized that their move was a blunder at all.

@subomega there are some situations and people when I would welcome being toyed with, but that is an off-topic comment, and should not be part of this general chess thread
I was a criminal defense lawyer for many years and a lot of my clients wanted a take-back or a do-over, but neither judge nor jury found that to be just

Thats crazy, did the supreme court judge say in his ruling about taping former inmates, that the law is not about barbaric revenge? If you have the choice between a crime never happening and punishing someone, why would you pick the second.? In the hypothetical case it were possible, they are like the jewish money lender in the Shakespeare novel, only worse.

Let's not get too into the weeds here.

Requesting takeback and offering a takeback are, in reality, two very separate functions. In the case of the former, you either had a technological issue (mouse or touchpad or phone slip-- although move confirmation should address this for non-Blitz players) or you made a bad slip and hope to 'unspoil' the game. Or you merely spotted a stronger move after the fact. My personal feeling is, play confidently. Grant one customary takeback per game, no questions asked. You could fairly expect maybe a draw, however, if your opponent turns the tables later.

In the case of the latter (offering a takeback) this can be polite, or it can be a tactical ploy. For instance, in a recent game, I put my Rook right in front of my opponent's king, hoping he would think I messed up, and then just take it. (Plans...) But then he put me on the spot and offered a takeback, which I probably should have stood silent about. I accepted... then idiotically played the same move. No joy.

No hard feelings about it, either, though. Sneaky, yes, but psychological warfare is yet another dimension to chess. Just ask me about my draw offers...


Have to agree with Qveen. No reason to try to solve the criminal justice system in this forum. I gave it my 32 years, and when I retired, I told myself not to worry about it any more, just water and blood under the bridge. If you want to hear my wisdom, we can do it privately, or in some other context. But my heart is not in it any more.

I have been ask many times for a TB, usually because my opponent has made a blunder, and wants to take that move back.

When playing ranked games I don't ask, give or accept TB. ITS A RANKED GAME !!!!

Hey, guys.

Rating is meaningless. Sportsmanship isn't.

But yeah!! Ranked!! Oh my god, a number on a website!!

Queen but if you think that why, and its absolutely reasonable, why play ranked games. And a sportsman would not put you under moral pressure by asking take backs.

Thats what classless people do in real life, always putting people under pressure. They know its rude and selfish, but they know the other person won't say no. If we only could break that cycle. Maybe we can start small with an innicent gesture, in a n artificial spce. Like a chessgame on the net.

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