Attitudes Towards Resigning

artfizz
artfizz
Dec 26, 2008, 12:00 AM |
18 | For Beginners

Based on an analysis of the comments posted in the forums whenever the topic of RESIGNING is raised, here are ALL of the main reasons players give for either RESIGNing or, alternatively, CONTINUING TO PLAY until either checkmate, stalemate or a draw has been achieved.

why RESIGN?

why CONTINUE PLAYING?

because it is disrespectful to your opponent to prolong a game

because it is disrespectful to your opponent not to complete the game

nothing of importance to be learned(just how to do endings)

something of importance to be learned (how to do endings)

the essence of chess is to learn from your mistakes

the essence of chess is to maximise your points

no honour in relying in opponent’s blunder for a stalemate

great satisfaction in a stalemate as a result of opponent’s blunder

the guidance says you should do it

the rules don’t say you have to

top players usually do it

top players don’t always do it

we are like top players

we are not like top players

accept the inevitable

never give up; never say die; “I’m not a quitter”

a waste of time

not a waste of time

In tournaments, I have aresponsibility not to prolong the tournament for everyone

In tournaments, I have a right to play as long as I want

outcome can be clearly seen and understood

outcome can not be clearly seen and understood

outcome is almost 100% certain

outcome is not 100% certain

My opponent has demonstrated that he probably has the ability to achieve checkmate

My opponent has not proved that he has the ability to achieve checkmate

I don’t want to be childish

I want to be childish (‘punish’/annoy my opponent)

it’s the right thing to do

it’s the right thing to do

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