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why do people play out a lost position to the bitter end?

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #21


    chessmicky wrote:

    After I resigned a couple of times, only to later find a drawing line in my home analysis after the game, I realized that my opponents were not Karpov or Capablanca. A lesson learned the hard way!


    You know what? You've just convinced me to play EVERY game to the bitter end (unless it's an unstoppable mate in 1/2). If only for the analysis afterwards, and potentially learning more as a result! Thanks! Laughing

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #22


    Give your opponent every opportunity to lose their won position.

    After all, they have more to lose than you do.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #23


    Because it might work out if you're lucky.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #24


    I sometimes play on to learn something from a better player.

    When there's nothing left to learn I resign.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #25


    Because draw/ stalemate

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #26


    Shmuckley wrote:

     I get so frustrated when Im in a losing position I just want it to be over

     Not everybody is a quitter in a tough situation.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #27


    By the way, when I advocated being more of a "bitter-ender," I was thinking about OTB tournamnet play. You better have a damn good reason for dragging out a correspondence game for three extra months or you're going to hell!

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #28


                 hahahahah      "I just want it to be over"!    That's what I said about my 13th marriage.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #29


    marriage may be something you might not be good at.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #30


    Shmuckley wrote:

    my endgame is better than all the other aspects of the game so I know pretty certain when Im going to win, but if I was to play out my losing positions I might be able to at least pull a draw. problem is I get so frustrated when Im in a losing position I just want it to be over so Im not reinforcing how to lose.

    You have a rating of 1400 I very much doubt that you know even simple rook endgame positions.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #31


    Persevering in difficult chess positions can (if you pay attention) help you:

    Improve your defensive play.

    Learn attacking and endgame techniques from your opponent.

    Toughen you emotionally for combat.

    Wear down your opponent.

    Maybe devise a brilliant stalemate tactic.

    Force your opponent to work for the win.

    Take advantage of the opponent's later mistakes.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #32


    It is sometimes a compliment to play out a lost game to the end. I sometimes do that if my opponent has played well and I'm curious to see how he converts the win. If a player wants s point from me I have a right to make him teach me

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #33


    That is my attitude too. It is the same with drawn games. If the position is interesting enough I can learn something I play on.

    ab121705 wrote:

    I sometimes play on to learn something from a better player.

    When there's nothing left to learn I resign.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #34


    2200ismygoal I tried challenging you, but seems you dont play 1400s. well fact of the matter is that I am a 1700 on another site. and since you want to run your mouth about me not knowing anything about chess. I challenge you to a game and Im confident I will show i know endgame. since you kind of pissed me off Ill go ahead and tell you I will beat you in our game, and if you dont have the nuts just wait a couple months and Ill challenge you when I get there.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #35


    I think that some people are masochists.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #36


    no I am confident in my abilities, and if you piss me off I will play that much better.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #37


    Well, judge me now.

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #38


    Simple.A lot of the guys would be hoping for a stalemate(some grandmasters also do that),disconnection,or a silly blunder by the opposition due to a mouseslip and things like that ..it aint over till its over

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