Can we add a confirm accept game?

Idk if it affects rank but sometimes when waiting for a game I’ll just zone out and then not realize someone has started the game.

It doesn’t effect rank. 6 moves are required to make a game count. I believe there are enough safeguards currently in place.

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One situation that I find pretty annoying is being the second player in a lightning game. It goes like this:

  • Some player, let’s call them Shusaku, creates an invitation for a lightning game with 10 seconds per move.
  • I accept the invitation.
  • Shusaku is black, I’m white.
  • Shusaku now has 5 minutes to take their first move. They will likely not be very fast for this first move since they may have fallen asleep / gone to the bathroom / etc while they were waiting for someone to accept the invitation.
  • Once Shusaku has played their first move, I have 10 seconds to play my first move.

This means I have to stay focused for several minutes, ready to answer in a few seconds after having waited several minutes. That’s not particularly pleasant. Usually my heartrate goes up quite high.


Sure but once again

So if you’re not ready to play and it times out, it’s not that much of a problem (unless you do this every game for many games). Equally if you get the notification you could swap tabs or open the game and cancel it, though it may be quicker/likely to just let it time out.

I guess that might be something one can just switch off though, so I can understand some kind of want of an alternative instead trying to alter ones own behaviour.

I might just cancel the search myself after waiting a while, if I’m likely to be distracted in the timeframe. Then requeue when I’m ready again.

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Switching my heart off? Hadn’t thought of that! Are you suggesting I pick up meditation?

lol, I meant can't but sometimes it’s unfortunately easy to miss the odd letter :stuck_out_tongue: Whoops :sweat_smile:

Sure but you can literally plan your first move before creating a game invite who the **** spends a bunch of time on their first move?

Someone who went to grab some apple juice from the fridge because their opponent took 5 minutes to make the first move :yum:

I would really like a shorter timeout before the first move. I realize I can just cancel a game, but I think it would be good if the site just had a standard timeout that everybody knew rather than have to decide each time how long to wait before canceling.

On lichess both players get 30s each to make their first move before their clock starts. This feels ‘right’ to me for a live game.


Related issue: Abolish a feature! - Blue Starter Clock


Awesome, I think I’m just talking about making that time shorter rather than abolishing it (think about a 20min main time byo yomi game - much worse than waiting 5 minutes!) But I definitely agree with the sentiment that a 5 min start clock isn’t very fun for white.


Yeah something like ~0:30 to ~1:00 each makes more sense to me than 5:00 for one and 0 for the other.


I didn’t read that thread yet (edit: now I did) but I am against an abolition. I often play games where you would have 5 seconds for the first move, if they don’t start immediately it is not always easy to react in time. When the creator gets white it’s common that the game ends after move 1.

I also agree that 5 minutes is too much.


First move time (live games) before clock starts

  • 0 seconds (clock starts immediately)
  • 5 seconds
  • 10 seconds
  • 20 seconds
  • 30 seconds
  • 1 minute
  • 2 minutes
  • 3 minutes
  • 4 minutes
  • 5 minutes

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I wouldn’t be against getting rid of it for correspondence. I believe it has been the source of many timeouts since it can be lower than the actual time you’re supposed to have for the game


And equally it’s annoying for fast correspondence where you are expecting a move per day at least but the first move can take up to three days…


As currently implemented, there’s no first move time that would be fair to White, who might need it as much as Black. So I voted for zero.

But when playing Black in live tournaments, it’s also annoying to have to wait for the full main time plus byo-yomi for an absent White player to time out.

I like the suggestions that the special time be applied to each of the first two moves, with main time starting after that. But it should be configurable of course!


A confirm accept dialog would also be useful to correspondence players who want to create multiple challenges, but don’t want all the challenges to be accepted by the same player.

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I am almost sure that a user can accept a maximum of two games from the same player.

Pretty sure that’s only for live not corr…? :thinking: