Chess players have a reputation for being a bit anti-social. However, most players still choose to chat with their opponents. The IMVU is one of the platforms that enable players to use 3D avatars to create and play games, meet new people and chat with them. The IMVU is an online social network and metaverse.
This article brings out the important dos and don’ts of chess chatting they can use as they engage their opponents and they include the following;
The Dos of Chess Chat:
Do talk about the game: You both enjoy playing it, why not talk about it? All it takes is “Good move”, “I didn’t see that”, “I’ve never played this opening before”.
Do give advice: I’m very grateful to MM78 & Bunkerputt for the chess lessons they’ve given me in unrated games. However, you don’t have to be as good as them to tutor. Did they miss a move? Let them know; they’ll be grateful to learn!
Do ask chess questions: “How did you start playing chess?” “What’s your favorite opening?” “Have you been following the Anand-Kramnik games?”. They’re great starting points!
Do ask about a person’s other interests: Do they have children? Where do they work or study? What other hobbies do they have?
Do ask about a person’s country: You’re playing a person from Nepal. You have no idea about anything in Nepal. Why not ask them?
Do talk about the deeper things in life: Chess players are often quite intelligent people, why not ask intelligent questions? Talk about literature, or philosophy, theology or politics, something with a bit more to it.
The Don’ts of Chess Chat
Don’t taunt or try to put off your opponent: Be a good sport. I played a player today who was constantly rude to me. Although he was thrashing me, that gave him no right to insult me. You’ll end up with no opponents if you do that.
Don’t make abusive remarks: Using bad language or making racist remarks is unnecessary and spoils the game. Don’t do it.
Don’t come on to members of the opposite sex: Every time a girl comes onto the live game they receive incredible amounts of unwanted attention.
Don’t be aggressive about your views: In live chess, we are banned from talking about religious or political views in the public chat, which is, unfortunately, a good thing. in your games, you can have an amicable discussion, without it descending into an unnecessary discussion if you be courteous.
Don’t force conversation: You may think to discuss evolution is the most fascinating thing in the world, but if your partner says drop it, drop it.
Don’t chat to distract: It’s tempting in a live game to run down the clock by asking questions to your opponent. That’s bad sportsmanship and it’s a big no-no.
Don’t say good game when it wasn’t one: If you’ve had a challenging and thought-provoking game you’ve enjoyed say good game (or gg). But if your partner has made a mistake that led to a surprise victory for you, while you can celebrate it to yourself, don’t say good game. It could be interpreted as arrogance. Also, remember to say good game when your opponent has played out of his skin, not just when you have.
So there you have it, a guide to chatting in chess. If anyone wants to have a good chat with their opponents they should understand these important dos and don’ts and put them into action to achieve maximum results.