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I know when to resign.
I will resign if I have a hopeless position
If I'm down lots of material for no good reason and have no counter play, my king is in bad position,
I'd most likely resign.
But remember, if your oppenent has lots of material on the board, and I have locked pawns, I might not resign because stalemate chances.
It should be noted that asking your opponent to resign is 100x less classy then not resigning a lost position. I may be thinking that the guy who insists on playing out his king vs, my king+queen is a bozo, but I would not say anything.
I resign when I'm absolutely sure I going to loose the game. When is that?: well, when te mating net is so obvious that anybody can see it. Is just that simple.
Agree wit Reb.
It's just not fair to think that if someone has managed to build a position with a queen of advantage, he won't be able to finish it.
I would rather win!
I agree, if you know you are going to lose whether due to postions of your opponent or the lack of position by me
A good rule I have is, when my counterplay is 0%, or if I just blundered, or checkmate is clearly imminant. I recently had someone resign that should have not, but for every one of those that happen we have games where someone should resign sooner.
Ethically, I think the topic of asking someone to resign has been covered in other threads. However, announcing checkmate in X moves, or you just hung your queen I think is acceptable. If you are playing someone that plays it out to the 800th move, it is his game too.
I resign when I see no hope in my position. For example, a quiet situation with significant material disadvantage, or looming checkmate. It always varies, I don't have a "hard" rule since I've sometimes played on with heavy material disadvantage and some tactical tricks.
The more I play, the more I realize resigning timely and starting a new game instead of playing on a K Vs. K and two pawns is worth it.
I agree with Gert-Jan. When you know its a draw you should resign.
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