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zborris7

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Madagascar
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Thu Apr 9 2015 6:12AM | MsgID: 18168716


You should resign when you feel like resigning.

I like pgn files that have mate positions. I think they are just easier to study that way. But if I don't have anything to do then I will resign earlier.

Also, If I am playing a strong opponent and blunder then I usually resign then. It's just easier when your studying your games to see where you went wrong.

I don't understand people who keep all their games going to the last move, as if they think it might boost some ratings if they win a few lost games from timeouts.

I just offered a draw to my opponent who timed out. After a few days past the expiration, they came back and kept playing, lol! I think doing stuff like that spoils the friendly atmosphere. They try to get a extra half point by exploiting a rule instead of accepting a fair gesture. Now I hope I beat them, LOL!







Idonthinkso

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Norway
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Sat Mar 7 2015 2:28PM | MsgID: 18091691


To avoid jokes on this one: "...before being chess mated"!







Idonthinkso

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Norway
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Sat Mar 7 2015 1:28PM | MsgID: 18091608


Many interesting points coming up here! It developed into more than my original issue (mate in some very few moves). I think maybe the point here is that what is considered chess etiquette (not sure about the spelling here😊). Perhaps there should be a "refusal" option available if your opponent want to resign 1 or 2 moves before mating?







GeordieDazza

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England
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Sat Mar 7 2015 11:35AM | edited: 12:21:41 | MsgID: 18091411


Originally posted by: "LeHorla"
>Chess etiquette is quite clear on this to be honest.

LOL! Unless I missed the Chess Etiquette 101 class when I was learning the game, there is no such thing as chess etiquette.




Of course there is. There are vast amounts of material on this - including on the official FIDE website.

Just because you may not follow it (no idea, never played you), it does not make your actions correct.







ockendon

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England
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Fri Mar 6 2015 10:19PM | MsgID: 18090481


Here's something different to try: resign when you're in an obvious winning position.

That will really confuse your opponent!







Taotaomonas

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Australia
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Fri Mar 6 2015 4:01PM | edited: 4:01:51 | MsgID: 18089772


[Quote from: "GeordieDazza"]
[Quote from: "Taotaomonas"]Have we not all sat in a lost position still thinking the miracle mistake might come!



No, I haven't.



Well you obviously had a far better understanding of the game than I did as a youngster.







LeHorla

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Fri Mar 6 2015 3:25PM | MsgID: 18089709


>Chess etiquette is quite clear on this to be honest.

LOL! Unless I missed the Chess Etiquette 101 class when I was learning the game, there is no such thing as chess etiquette. Getting annoyed because someone keeps playing a completely lost position is a waste of energy. Better learn to accept it. Chess is a game and the rules say you haven't lost until you're checkmated, so play on if you feel like it.

On a similar note, Grandmaster Nakamura will keep playing dead drawn positions until it's king against king. He will also play on in completely lost positions where even I could beat him blindfolded. What a breath of fresh air compared to the old fart grandmasters from the sixties, seventies and eighties with their grandmaster draws in under 20 moves. I bet they would have frowned on Nakamura's lack of chess etiquette. In internet broadcasts of big chess tournaments, you sometimes hear the paid host analysts complain (somewhat in jest) because all games are over except Nakamura's, and they know they will be forced to describe a dead drawn game for an extra 2 hours. Makes me giggle every time.








GeordieDazza

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England
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Fri Mar 6 2015 12:14PM | MsgID: 18089420


[quote="Taotaomonas"]Have we not all sat in a lost position still thinking the miracle mistake might come!/quote]

No, I haven't.

Chess etiquette is quite clear on this to be honest.







Taotaomonas

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Australia
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Fri Mar 6 2015 10:06AM | edited: 10:10:46 | MsgID: 18089243


Have we not all sat in a lost position still thinking the miracle mistake might come!

Remember also there are some very young players on the site. As a teenager I would never have resigned a game no matter how lost. Not to be awkward, but because of the above.

Sure it seems frustrating when your opponent is left with only a king and you have an easy choice of routes to mate. But remember...

They may be playing on to learn
They may be playing on to allow you the satisfaction of your well worked mate
They may realise that frustrated players blunder more than most
Or Yes, they could just be sore losers doing it to p**s you off!

Best bit of advice I have ever seen posted on this subject by Wellington I think!

Its a won game, points under belt, the next round of the knockout,etc etc. Forget it and go start another challenge somewhere else.









GeordieDazza

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England
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Thu Mar 5 2015 12:08PM | MsgID: 18087209


Originally posted by: "Idonthinkso"
I agree. The question starting this discussion asked what do you do if you are mate in 1-2 moves.




As I said, if the position is hopeless, you resign. If you are to be mated in 1-2 moves, then your position is clearly hopeless, so you resign.







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