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I have the belief that its not over till the fat lady sings, and as a result, i will play for a stalemate before resigning.
I understand that at GM level, this is quite different, that masters are able to "see" more than me, but surely, to fight on in the hope your opponent blunders is better than resigning?
Whats your thoughts people?
Every game counts in your win loss colom.As long as you can see possible moves, stay till the fat lady sings.When you can see no way out, Resign!
This is regarded as 'unsporting' in general, but the difference between what a GM considers a hopeless position and Patzers like us is colossal. I'm currently playing a game where I am two rooks and 2 pawns ahead and the guy is still trying for stalemate, but the game has been 'over' for about a dozen moves. Its his prerogative to keep playing so I am not bitching but lets just say you don't see this sort of thing at Linares or Dortmund
Resigning comes in stages. Beginners won't, and really shouldn't, resign. There are lot of skills to be learned, and even if you are getting beat badly you'll still learn something. As one progresses, one will not enjoy suffering a lost position and will resign so they can get on to the next game. When one finally achieves a high level of play it becomes a matter of respect. You know your lost and you know your opponent has the skill to deliver, so out of respect you resign.
That said, resigning is highly emotional, some will do it out of anger, some will play on for spite.
God bless the internet.
Resigning in a lost position is a sign of respect for your opponent.
You get back the respect you give out.....
But the internet is full of very poor sore losers (especially those from certain countries beginning with the letter "A") and respect is often thin on the ground.
Resigning comes in stages. Beginners won't, and really shouldn't, resign. There are lot of skills to be learned, and even if you are getting beat badly you'll still learn something.
well said mate
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