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  1. 18 Aug '06 17:35
    When I am well behind on material I usually throw in the towel. Was I right to do so on these occasions?
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  2. 18 Aug '06 17:36
  3. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    18 Aug '06 17:40
    Yes, of course. You were easily losing in all of those games. One can never be sure one will actually lose a lost game, and for that reason, resignation is never the best decision statistically. However, if you believe in resignation, which most do, then those were the times to excersize that privelege.
  4. 18 Aug '06 17:44
    Yeah, I guess my opponent would have had to suddenly start playing like a donkey for me to have won. But then sometimes you can squeeze out a draw without playing well (eg stalemate). Personally though, I'd rather just start a new game if I sense the present one is dying on its rear end.
    The bazam game hurt the most. i was so close to victory, then I blundered away my queen and that was that.
  5. 18 Aug '06 17:52
    if it is pretty much impossible for you to find mate then dont be a dick and resign. if the bank rank mate is still up for grabs try and offer them more pieces for mate. but playing a lost game isn't very sportsmanlike. especially when theres no chance for you to win or draw.
  6. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    18 Aug '06 17:55
    Originally posted by hammertime217
    Yeah, I guess my opponent would have had to suddenly start playing like a donkey for me to have won. But then sometimes you can squeeze out a draw without playing well (eg stalemate). Personally though, I'd rather just start a new game if I sense the present one is dying on its rear end.
    The bazam game hurt the most. i was so close to victory, then I blundered away my queen and that was that.
    Yes 29 QXQ was definately superior to 29 RXP??
  7. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    18 Aug '06 18:04
    Originally posted by hammertime217
    Yeah, I guess my opponent would have had to suddenly start playing like a donkey for me to have won. But then sometimes you can squeeze out a draw without playing well (eg stalemate). Personally though, I'd rather just start a new game if I sense the present one is dying on its rear end.
    The bazam game hurt the most. i was so close to victory, then I blundered away my queen and that was that.
    Before you move, take a quick look at all your opponent's legal replies. It will do wonders for the rating.
  8. 18 Aug '06 18:40
    All right all right. I just get carried away when I think mate is near. My brain just goes to pieces. Maybe i need to play a more "boring" defensive style from the outset. I often think I don't use or protect my pawns enough. I just love rampaging around with the queen from about move 3 onwards.
  9. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    18 Aug '06 18:48
    Originally posted by kmac27
    if it is pretty much impossible for you to find mate then dont be a dick and resign. if the bank rank mate is still up for grabs try and offer them more pieces for mate. but playing a lost game isn't very sportsmanlike. especially when theres no chance for you to win or draw.
    Just because you can't mate doesn't mean you can't draw.
  10. Standard member Wiabj
    The Black Swan
    18 Aug '06 18:51
    Remember the queen is after your King the most important piece. I have learned to set the centre with pawns and develop the "light brigade"the knights and bishops. After setting (if it is possible!) your king "behind bars''. Think about more plans in the beginning of the mid game. It is not recommended to play to quikly with your queen.
  11. 18 Aug '06 18:54
    Yeah but how can you play for a draw? If you're in a weak position of being material down and unable to win, surely you can only hope that your opponent plays a bad sequence leading to stalemate?
    That's why I don't bother.
  12. Donation richjohnson
    TANSTAAFL
    18 Aug '06 19:10
    Originally posted by hammertime217
    Yeah but how can you play for a draw? If you're in a weak position of being material down and unable to win, surely you can only hope that your opponent plays a bad sequence leading to stalemate?
    That's why I don't bother.
    There's always the possibility of a draw by 3-fold repetition:
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  13. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    18 Aug '06 19:25
    Originally posted by hammertime217
    Yeah but how can you play for a draw? If you're in a weak position of being material down and unable to win, surely you can only hope that your opponent plays a bad sequence leading to stalemate?
    That's why I don't bother.
    No, that's simply not the case. You can be down material, but not enough for the opponent to be able to win. In all of those above cases, resignation was certainly called for. However, there are many examples of positions in which you cannot win, but you can force a draw even against the best play.
  14. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    18 Aug '06 21:22 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by hammertime217
    All right all right. I just get carried away when I think mate is near. My brain just goes to pieces. Maybe i need to play a more "boring" defensive style from the outset. I often think I don't use or protect my pawns enough. I just love rampaging around with the queen from about move 3 onwards.
    I'm not saying that you should play defensively. I try to play a more tactical style myself, and I like attacking. However, you can't get much of an attack when you let your opponent capture all your attackers for free.
  15. Standard member abejnood
    Independant Thinker
    18 Aug '06 23:27