Originally posted by kubuntu
I'm pretty sure I've never been accused of this myself, because I will resign once I'm convinced that the game cannot be saved. However, when a game becomes very difficult, and I find myself in trouble, I do slow down my play quite a bit - not for the reasons suggested above, but because the game is _hard_. I often decide to have another look at a difficul ...[text shortened]... , and try to find the best move - which may ultimately include resigning if the game is lost.
I too may slow down when I have fallen behind for the same reasons. On the other hand, if a game becomes an easy win, I move quickly because it has become easier than a dead even game. So by contrast, games I'm losing may seem extremely slow.
I get as much pleasure from squeaking out a draw in a seemingly lost game as I do winning a close game.
I never play slow out of spite and eventually I'll resign when the game is hopeless. Of course the person with the advantage may define hopeless slightly differently.