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Quitters Never Win

Quitters Never Win

Jul 1, 2009, 3:18 AM 0

As of this writing, I currently have an 83.3% win-to-loss ratio.  While I am grateful that at such an early stage in my Chess.com career to have a record as good as this is, I am very disappointed in the fact that 80% of these wins have been by "resignation".  More specifically, by the terms of the resignations.

I could very well handle my opponent asking for his or her resignation, or even a draw -- but instead, I am finding that my opponents simply close out of their game window.  Effective, but hardly sportsmanlike.

You see, throughout my lifetime, it has been instilled upon me to "finish the race".  It really doesn't matter, aside from a ranking standpoint, how you finish the race (or in this instance: the chess game), but it is far better to truly try your hardest to pull out the win, than to just outright give up.

I'm most cerainly not bitter of not getting to checkmate my opponents; that's not it at all.  I just feel somewhat robbed of any satisfaction coming from a win by these means of forfeiture.

If you are going to step up to the plate, then stay to finish the fight.  Or at the very least, have the courtesy to communicate.  Is that too much to ask?

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