Originally posted by diskamyl
so you never resign, congratulations, that's very irrational of you. (that's a compliment, right?)
you are one of those which have nothing to do with chess and what it teaches to the soul, it's solely a competition for you. I'd advise you to compete in winning eleven, test drive 5 or something.
I don't go down easily. I resign late, and only when it's absolutely sure the opponent can't possibly
screw it up. I also play etremely slow when I'm losing, because I triple my efforts to find the best possible defense. I will look for every possible resource, try to complicate things, stir up trouble. -there's always a great urge to resign a game when it's looking 95% lost, but I fight the urge for as long as possible.
and I know it has all made a huge difference in my playing strength over time. if someone gets pissed off along the way, for not being able to win quickly enough
, well that's tough. they may get the win, but they will
have to wrestle it off my dead, cold fingers.
here's an example why you shouldn't resign a lost position. Game 2827781
-I blundered already in the opening (playing very tired), was sure I was lost, but played on. I took a lot of risks to keep going, sacced material (fritz really
hates my moves), played snail pace, analyzed positions to death, and came out with a draw. I also learned a lot
about playing for a draw. and I think these are the kind of games that have taught me the most.