Do YOU know when to resign?


That is a tough question. When should you resign? Some people hate resigning, but in some situations, you must know that you will lose. So what do you believe is the proper situation to resign? I personally think..

  • Down a rook or more in points
  • Opponent has way to many passed pawns
  • You are in an bad position tactically

Yes I do . Or are you asking and answering as well ?

Once I'm down material (2 pawns+) and without counterplay I'll resign.  I will also resign after hanging a piece.. which I seem to do strangely often on this site, guess it's just a matter of getting used to the look of the site.


Being down in material isn't always bad. Position is worth more than material, you can be down more than a rook in material and still have the upper hand.


If you wanted a answer for the question then no not really, I don't like resigning and usually don't until I can't see any posibility to even get a draw. 

the best time to resign is when YOU know you're lost.
I would rather resign one move too late than one move too early.
I think that when you can not win, you always can play for a draw. Its very challanging to play for a stalemate when your opponent wants to get checkmate and you can not win.In that case you do not have to resign because capturing your pieces is not the same as setting checkmate. 

As I am playing better players, I am finding that I am resigning more often. I only like to resign when the checkmate is only a few moves away and the opponent has made it clear that he sees the checkmate. There have been a few times when I should have been checkmated, but the opponent made a mistake and I was able to get a draw or a win (ganted these were players below my rating).

I dislike being pressured into resigning, especially when I don't see the checkmate yet.

I am playing a game which by rights, I should never win with what I have left on the board, a long while back, when the game really was a draw,  I ask the guy shall we call it a draw or should I just keep chasing him round the board, but he said he wanted me to keep chasing him, so 83 moves later he has still not checked me, and we are still moving around.

queenie .offcourse he should have accepted the draw. No doubt about that.

If I am down, I prefer to play to checkmate, unless the winning opponent decides to offer a draw, because there is always the chance for stalemate.
Ive just given a piece away in a game I'm playing now I shall struggle on for a little while longer to see if I can make the most of the initative then I shall resign if my opponent seems to know what he is doing.  I guess every game is different and the time for resignation will be different as a consequence.
Let's see how many know when to resign. Check my most recently completed game and tell me on which move # do you think my opponent should have resigned? After some responses I will tell you when I think he should have resigned.

general CC ettiquite at the higher levels (1800+ i'd say) usually means resigning if you hang a piece accidentally. 

Either way though, resign once you know your game is lost. 

 edit - there are two 'exceptions' in my books..

1- Don't stall and hope for a time out, don't stall at all for that matter.

2- If the game is drawn and your opponent offers, accept it.. playing on is frustrating, time wasting, and unfair (being as in real life a tournament director would force the draw). 




MOVE 57? 

Defacto wrote: NO

No you don't know when to resign, or No you don't resign?


I am asking this question since on Saturday, my friends and I played a small simul (4 boards) vs a 2600. I was the only to resign, as I was down a rook. None of the others resigned, yet they were in just as bad situations or worse (5 pawns vs nothing, royal forks)




OTB vs. GM's might be a little differen't.. they don't really expect you to resign and they are by some standards already wasting time so why worry :P.

 I would have resigned too... actually, I resign and draw extremely early in most of my games.. it's a bad habit.. I just don't like playing once the position starts getting 'boring'.

I woudl have resigned exactly where your opponent did it. Before that there was no reason to resign because the game was really lost when he could not promovate a pawn. before that it was draw.