***** ABUSE *****
In general "abuse" is defined to be any action that would give you or
someone else a rating that is not "honest", either too high or too low.
Such actions include, but are not limited to:
1. Intentionally disconnecting in a lost position.
Disconnecting in order to analyze the position.
2. Refusing to resume an adjourned game when the opponent asks. If you
censor or "noplay" someone that you have an adjourned game with, you
will probably lose the game by forfeit.
3. Intentionally losing games. Resigning games when you are not lost.
Accepting wins from a player who is intentionally losing.
4. Using a computer, printed chess material, or notes for assistance. See "help Speedtrap" for more info.
5. Allowing another person besides you to use your account. Using another
player's account. Playing rated games using more than one user name.
6. Receiving help from another player or computer while playing a rated game.
Accounts that abuse, distort, or cheat the USCF rating system may have
the ratings adjusted, may be added to the "disconnectors" list (causing
immediate loss upon disconnection), may be prevented from playing rated
games, or may lose their ICC account entirely. These actions will be
taken at the sole discretion of the ICC administrators.
Repeated displays of poor sportsmanship (see "help guidelines") while
playing games on ICC may also constitute abuse, and admins may take
action if they decide it is necessary.
Behavior unrelated to ratings is discussed in "help atmosphere".
See also: computers, atmosphere, agreement, contacts, guidelines,