Some players, when losing, withdraw the game... without any penalties.

The opponent cancels the game. It isn't listed in the match history.

There are circumstances when such an abort happens: before a player’s move, or when there is a server reboot.

But in the following game, neither of these situations applies. Has anyone encountered such an event, or knows what might have happened?


UPDATE This is the official answer from chess.com support team:

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    chess.com can do whatever they want within the law. As to why they allow this, well it is guesswork unless you wrote the policy document. Hence voting to close as opinion based.
    – Ian Bush
    Commented Aug 21, 2023 at 7:08
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    There is a fundamental question here because the behaviour is paradoxical. It’s very easy to mis-characterize a question as “opinion-based” and we as regulars here should always guard against it, particularly with newcomers who may not know how to craft the wording of questions more carefully
    – Laska
    Commented Aug 21, 2023 at 11:36
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    What is “opinion-based” about the rephrased question?
    – Laska
    Commented Aug 21, 2023 at 14:32
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    It's clear that this game was not canceled before the first move, but I'm not sure how you can say that a server reboot did not happen? Are you seeing this issue frequently on Chess.com, or is this a question about a specific incident that may have been a result of a bug?
    – Nelson O
    Commented Aug 21, 2023 at 21:24
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    related meta chess.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/967/… if you have an opinion, you can voice it there
    – qwr
    Commented Aug 21, 2023 at 23:17

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TLDR They don't permit it.

Longer answer: I am not sure what you mean by "withdraw" or "cancel" a game. You can abort games, but only on the first move. Some opponents will simply stop playing and let the clock run out. People who do this consistently get warned and, I think, if they keep doing it, they get banned.

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    When a server reboot happens, that will also cause games to be aborted, and I think there may be some warning that a refresh may happen. There are rumours that some secret way of cancelling a game may when it’s in place may also exist, but I have no evidence
    – Laska
    Commented Aug 21, 2023 at 11:39
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    I don't agree about let them quit playing without penalties. The cheaters use this trick to abandon the game everytime they are losing.
    – Massimo
    Commented Aug 21, 2023 at 22:05

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