I tried both chess.com and lichess but both have their own made up rules that are not common and I don't want to play by them, namely the auto-resign.

I never want to be auto-resigned when I have time left and I do not want my partner to be auto-resigned and preventing me from winning. In addition, I do not want my partner to get indications on which opening is played and the quality of moves as happens on chess.com in live games.

I signed up to chess24 but it seems they no longer offer online play.

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    What do you mean by auto-resign? Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 0:57
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    On chess.com the game is aborted, not resigned. Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 1:14
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    I believe it is the same on lichess
    – Ian Bush
    Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 5:35
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    There is no auto-resign on lichess. You have to make the first move within 30s in order for it not to be aborted. The rest is normal chess
    – Hauptideal
    Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 23:38
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    No chess site is ever going to be "100% normal" due to the basic sensibilities of how online play works. Commented Sep 11, 2023 at 7:51

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The rule you refer to appears to be the forfeit resulting from when a game is ‘abandoned’ for a period of 60 seconds or more. This is necessary for the smooth running of an online site with innumerable time limited games.

However, all is not lost and there may be a way out of your percieved predicament !

You and your friend could choose a long duration of play with for example one day per move: which allows you to play no less than a move a day- allowing you to play faster than this rate at your own pace and not risk forfeit from “abandoning" a game. Alternatively, another chess online play site: the Internet chess club (icc.com) has the option to add time to your opponent’s clock if you might wish.

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