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What to do about players that time down?

Asked by abagalia
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What should I do when I encounter someone who deliberately times down? (For example, I just played a 5 minute game where I had mate in two and my opponent had three minutes on their clock, and they let the clock run down instead of resigning or playing it out.)

I have been reporting such players to the moderators, but I have never gotten a response from the mods and, from looking at the profiles of players I've reported, they are still playing.

Some of them even seem to habitually time down.

Is reporting to the mods the right thing to do? Does this have any effect?

It's frustrating that there are no visible consequences for such rude behavior!
Chess_Agent commented :
I made the question's format a little cleaner because this is a very good question to use as reference for other users with the same question.
grayson_ease commented :
I've noticed that my games sometimes time down without my realizing it. I don't know if it's a known error or not. I will make a move. Then, if I'm not paying close attention while waiting for my opponents move, my clock is still timing down even though the move looks like it went through. When I refresh the screen (even when I have time left on my screen), the game is over. And, my opponent apparently believes that I left the game.

On the other hand, I have experienced the childish behavior of an opponent letting 30 minutes bleed off the clock because they can't handle resigning that night.

I would like to know if the former is a known bug.

Thank you,

Grayson_Ease

Chess_Agent commented :
Grayson_ease, you should post this in the forum: http://en.lichess.org/forum/lichess-feedback . I'm not sure if it's a bug or not, but maybe a dev will reply with your answer.
ImRealBadAtChess commented :
Maybe the developers could implement a feature for the site such that the game may last X minutes but each player must make a move every Y minutes. For instance you could have a rated game 15 minutes long with the requirement that a move must be made at least every 3 or 4 minutes or risk being force forfeited.
NickelAnge commented :
Is this a site for blitz and bullet players ? These comments make classical players feel more or less strange oddities...
As an exclusively classical player, I'm commonly forced to wait 10mn and more til my opponents' time elapses, with a checkmate sometimes 2 moves away. Last time was over 15 mn, which prompted me to write here.
From now on, I'll systematically report those players, on top of a message sent to the bad player himself. All players pestered with that behaviour are invited to do the same. It shoud well lead to some reaction after a while.
Unless, as I said, Lichess is a site for blitz and bullet players.
SKessel commented :
I used "Onlinechess" (chessfriends.com) that looks to have similar mechanism.
It is _VERY_ inconvenient.

I am travelling in tran, for example, trying to play chess. In some badly covered area I get offline, but still want to continue.
If it is done like you - I will be defeated next time I connect. I shall not be.
I am playing against myself, wasting my time actually.

oldmaster53 commented :
I have the same problem , with time left on my clock the game come over for left game when i wait the opponent move ,i think its a bug
LumpDD commented :
What about a fair play voting system? In this case one can up/down vote fair/unfair players after a match and filter unfair players.
minoulechat commented :
I too have lost three games for the same reason.
romison commented :
yeah I hate these players :( it happened too much often
ElSegundo commented :
I've been operating under the assumption so far that the most effective recourse is just putting these players on block so you never get paired again.
adrianpolit commented :
wouldn't work, you hardly ever see the same player the next week
Vale18349276 commented :
I've played a game in which I was a piece up in a tournament. My opponent had 45 minutes and timed down. I'm serious!
One answer
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Answered by NoJoke
Deliberately running the clock down in order to spite your opponent is not acceptable on lichess and can result in warnings and bans. Please use the report button on the offending user's profile and include a link to the game in question.

However, please keep in mind:

1. If there is any chance the user was legitimately using their time to think they are perfectly safe. Please don't report a user who "runs down" 30 seconds, thinking is not against the rules.

2. There needs to be a well-established pattern of this behavior before we take action. One game is usually not enough. It is also possible that a user will have a connection or equipment problem that could make it look like they are trying to run the clock down when they are not.

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