Resigning When Defeat Is Certain

  • #1

    Why do players quit as soon as their queen is taken and/or when they know they're losing ? Either way it is still a loss for them. Why don't they just take their lumps and see if they can make a comeback in the game? I've had my queen taken many times but that didn't stop me from giving my all.

  • #2

    Knowing when to resign is part of getting better at chess.

  • #3
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  • #4

    Here is the rule on resignation: "Resign when you know your opponent knows how to win, and will do so."

  • #5

    If a player resigns when they are down a queen and/or losing it takes the vigor out of a match. I expect to play a person for how long it takes until one of us comes out on top triumphant-not when that person resigns as a desperation measure. It just doesn't look good.

  • #6

    if i'm going to lose anyway , i might as well lose without a fight . it's called saving time & energy . there's no point in continuing a fight you'll lose . 

  • #7
    c145h wrote:

    Why do players quit as soon as their queen is taken and/or when they know they're losing ? Either way it is still a loss for them. Why don't they just take their lumps and see if they can make a comeback in the game? I've had my queen taken many times but that didn't stop me from giving my all.


     maybe they see something you don't.  I resign alot and wish my oppenents would to much of the time.  In general I try not sleepwalk away a 12 point advantage.  Not that it hasn't happened.  For me its about honor, I play hard and know when to go home

  • #8

    more!  more!!

  • #9

    can someone lose a won game sure.. is it still a victory to achieve a won position against a better play but then lose?  for me their is one single moment that defines a game of chess, beyond that its merely pushing the wood.  Perhaps when Im into all the books and more chess proffesional I do 100% grindouts just to improve my endgame. . .

  • #10

    Keep on going with this!  We're gonna solve this thing once and for all!

  • #11

    I don't think there is much to really solve. If it is a habit for someone to resign games in which they have bad position  it just reveals character- it reveals who you are as a chess player and it translates into your life beyond the screen of a computer.

  • #12

    lol...whuh?

  • #13
    c145h wrote:

    I don't think there is much to really solve. If it is a habit for someone to resign games in which they have bad position  it just reveals character- it reveals who you are as a chess player and it translates into your life beyond the screen of a computer.


    Just a heads up, 99% of professional and strong amateur tournament games end in resignation due to a bad position.

  • #14

    I was checkmated once in a tournament game, but I let it happen... played on a piece down just in case, then suddenly there was a mate in 2, so I thought why not let him have it.  We had a laugh about it afterward :p

  • #15

    So apparently resigning reveals that you are good. Smile

  • #16

    well I for one,, erp.. think there is a big differnce between a "bad position" and a lost position.   But if, and especially if, Im playing a much higher rated player and really have them against the ropes and can see that they are playing for a draw.. yea all twelve rounds baby Ima make it hurt.. lol I love chess

  • #17

    Yes, the better you are, the earlier and more often you resign!

    lol

  • #18

    Furthermore, it does translate into the rest of your life too:  you give up sooner on so many other things. Smile

  • #19

    Even a fool knows to come in out of the rain...

    or something like that.

  • #20

    Unless he's John Lennon.

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