How do people feel about the “takeback” feature in lichess?
The first time a takeback request popped in a lichess game, my immediate reaction was irritated dismissal. This is a chess game! I’m used to “touch, move” and although it’s been decades since I’ve played at a club or a tournament, it seems like the training was fully internalized. And I’m afraid I also indulged in a bit of self-righteousness along the lines of “I never ask for a takeback, why would you?”
Having thought about it a bit more, and played a bunch more games online and experienced a few mis-clicks of my own, I’ve mostly changed my mind. So I’ll normally accept a takeback request. Though I sometimes still resent it when it seems obvious that someone made a silly mistake, rather than just clicked on the wrong place.
Anyway this came to mind because I asked for a takeback just now in one of the games in the QT3 group. I wasn’t paying attention and thought I was on the analysis board, and suddenly realized I’d actually sent my move. My first reaction was to send the request, but thinking about it now I’m not 100% I was entitled to; it’s not like I was under time pressure or anything! So I’m curious what other people think, and also wanted to say that while I do occasionally ask for takebacks now when my error is purely UI related, I still respect anyone’s right to turn them down. After all, takebacks really aren’t part of chess.