Originally posted by vandervelde
But, when I looked back to many patzerish endings, it crossed my mind that it's better to be check-mated in 3rd move (Queen h4 or h5) than to ruin won ending or lose dead draw ending...
What do you prefer?
Quick check-mate or shameful ignorance in an ending?
Was it Lasker: "The hardest game to win is a won game."
Been there and hate it. A won game is a terrible thing to waste.
I have heard some on this site slow their moves to a crawl when they are losing, perhaps hoping to pull out a win by timeout. My move making really slows down when I think I'm winning.
Losing a 3 move game, I console myself by saying, "Essentially, my opponent knows some little parlor trick, something I never learned by studying 'real' chess. Had we gotten to the meat of the game, I'm sure I would have won." Ok, I still lost, but if I convince myself it wasn't 'real' then I everything's OK!