Let there be an option to play a non-ranking match whereby the outcome does not affect your rank. This would free up the players for improvisation and experimentation of new gAmeplay techniques and strategies that the conditions of a ranking match does not afford. I realize that players will be more apt to give up if their game prospects do not look promising, and that is why this idea for a practice game option would work best in conjunction with an option for the elimination of AI takeover whereby when an opponent quits, his position (i.e. his pieces) remains unchanged with no more reinforcements and no more turns. This would ensure fairness. Plus playing the AI is boring.