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"There's no cause too small to provoke a resignation from these folk. So what if all your pieces are trapped on the queenside far from your defenseless king. So what if you just left your queen en prise. So what if I just got a passed pawn that cannot be stopped from queening. So what if the position is a theoretical win according to Averbakh and all those endgame experts. Even if I'm threatening mate in one, make me find it. Make me prove that I know how to mate with Q+R+R+K vs bare King.
If you're losing, then fight back, people!! Try to find that one last saving chance no matter how hopeless your position might seem."
Or, don't waste people's time. I don't see why anybody with a rating over 1000 has to prove they can win a game in any of those situations you suggested. Chess isn't like football, losing is cumulative.
When I first started chess in the 70's I was told that it was bad sportsmanship to resign, because your opponent had "earned" the checkmate. For years I thought this. When I noticed the games in the books always ended by resignation, I was told "it's different for the masters". Even after I joined my high school chess club and started going to matches with other schools, the same rule applied. No one resigned!
When I joined the Army, I was playing a game and my opponent said "You're gonna make me play it out?" I told her about the "sportsmanship" rule and she had never heard of it.
I've been criticized for resigning, for not resigning and in one bizarre case for not offering a draw when I was way up in material. (Bullying, apparently) So I figure it's up to me.
These days my chess game is pretty close to hopeless. In fact, I doubt the rating I carried back then, how in the world was I a 1650 player then and an 1130 now? Even after 20 years, you don't lose that much.
Anyway, my point is I get plenty of practice at resigning. I do it when I feel the game is hopeless. No one seems to care when or if I resign, and as far as my few wins, I never remember if I win by checkmate or resignation.
Just doesn't matter. But I still talked about it, didn't I.
Yes, I know. My pst actually wasn't an appraisal of the game, but pointing out the rampant hypocristy of the OP, who laments players who resign whilst there are still moves left to be played, but then resigned himself in the game I posted.
Personally I have no problem with resigning, and do it frequently in lost positions.
Not sure what you have really achieved in challenging me.
Just to clarify, my original post was intended as a joke.
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