Early resignation

JustARandomPatzer
Has this ever happened to you? You win a pawn or a piece out of the opening, and the opponent resigns immediately. What are your thoughts on the matter?
blueemu

Resigning when you've lost a piece is not "early". Many GM games are resigned with material still even.

Of course, much depends on the playing strength of the two opponents.

gwaash

depends Soo much on the opponent you can lose your queen but feel confident that you opponent is still not better than you

eric0022

You are a human...

 

when you realise that you have resigned in winning positions before.

 

As for early piece loss, it's probably more common than you think. Against my regular chess club players, I usually resign if I drop a piece against a player similar to my playing level.

Hedgehog1963

It's a win.  I'll take it.   Next game please.

KingSideInvasion

Losing a piece out of the opening without compensation is resignable, and a waste of time to play on assuming that your opponent is not much lower rated than you. Losing a pawn usually is not, unless this is followed by a severe strategic downfall. This is due to the fact that pawns open files, often giving compensation, as well as the obvious fact that pawns are less powerful than pieces.

1_a31-0
KingSideInvasion wrote:

Losing a piece out of the opening without compensation is resignable, and a waste of time to play on assuming that your opponent is not much lower rated than you. Losing a pawn usually is not, unless this is followed by a severe strategic downfall. This is due to the fact that pawns open files, often giving compensation, as well as the obvious fact that pawns are less powerful than pieces.

I disagree with this. I've won a game down an exchange and a pawn out of the opening. My opponent was also higher rated, for what it's worth. I had compensation in form of the Bishop pair, but other than that, my King was extremely weak, and my pawn structure was completely awful 

 

My Position (pawns structure + King) after the First 10 moves of the Game 

 

So what did I do? I shoved Harry the h-pawn, as well as my g and f pawns down the board and attacked White's King. The attack was probably completely unsound, as I gave up a lot more material to open files, but when you're down significantly in material, it doesn't matter how much material you sac in your attack, it matters whether your attack is sufficient to mate your opponent, else win a lot of material back. The material was equal after the attack, and I ended up sacking the exchange to create a forretress, and even got lucky when my opponent sacked the exchange hoping for a won K+P endgame, but miscalculated, since it wasn't won. Objectively, the game should have been a draw.

But the lesson is clear -- don't resign in the first even 20-30 moves ✌️