Originally posted by aginis
i'm surprised someone would resign in position 5 (a dead draw)
yet no one would resign in position 6 (a forced win)
However, i think the poll is missing some key elements.
The question of whether or not to resign depends a lot on your own ability and your opponents ability. In large part whether i resign depends on the game itself and simply dropping int ...[text shortened]... s good if not, not It is dragging out a game that moves once a day that drives me nuts.
Yes, position 6 can be forced, but I am sure there are many who could not pull it off.
The survey tries to setup a hypothetical situation where your opponents strength is not known. I guess we have to pretend a lot because in each of these cases we have most of a game already played and if our opponent has outplayed us to the extent shown, we do
have a lot of basis on which to judge his or her ability. I only said I would resign on three of the ten, but in real life I'd probably have enough respect for my opponent to resign a lot more of those (of course not position 5, and not position 6 until after the key move has been made).
I consider myself under no obligation to resign at any time, and only resign when I fail to see any line of play to be pursued that might eek out a draw. I play on more than some, but I still have not been checkmated on RHP. I even have a few comebacks after dropping a piece to a pawn, in some cases pulling out a win.
I've been surprised in some cases where people have resigned against me. In some cases I'm left thinking "I
wouldn't have resigned then". Other cases I've been surprised by folks playing all the way until I checkmate them, even though the result was not in doubt. I even checked their other games and found that they do sometimes resign.
In any case, surprise or not, as long as someone doesn't intentionally delay moves, I have no problem whether someone resigns or not.