Originally posted by ErekoseWhen I first started playing on here, I'd fight to the last scrap and never resign. There's a school of thought that suggests any resignation is cowardly regardless of the material or position advantage of the opponent. But lately, the games all seem rather disposable in nature. Perhaps that's the onset of burnout or at least numbness to the volume.
Having said that, you're pretty much finished in the above game. Although, I might have been tempted to answer something like "Why not play on to mate? It shouldn't be long now"
Originally posted by sbacatit's never happened to me, but if it did, i'd be tempted to PM back "little less whining, little more winning'.
Just curious what your normal reaction is when your opponent whines during a game. During Game 6377162 (now over) my opponent whined that I should resign my position because he was materially ahead. I relented.
Is it considered the gentlemanly thing to do to surrender or should I have stuck it out and fought for the draw? Your opinions, please.
Originally posted by sbacatMaybe you'll get an opportunity to say it yet, there's a chance you'll get him again in the next round of that tournament since you've both progressed.
Perhaps I've just stood in line at the banquet too long. Thanks for sharing your perspective. Next time, depending on my frame of mind, I'd be tempted to say, you play your game and I'll play mine...
Originally posted by atticus2I'd agree with that. It is discourteous to play on in a lost position.
It is widely regarded as a discourtesy, even an insult, to play on beyond the point where, by reasonable means (ie moves) from the opponent in question, you will lose. The relative strength of one's opponent is an important factor in making a judgment on when that point has been reached.
Originally posted by TyrannosauruschexNow that would be entertaining. To have somebody tell you that your position was lost only to soldier on and either win or at least force a draw. That would have your opponent talking to themselves for certain.
...if somebody tells me I should resign I will always play it out to the bitter end as it is just as much of an insult for them to be telling me that there is no chance that I could possibly beat them as it is for me to be making them prove it. It happens in blitz quite frequently and some people really go beserk about it, especially when they end up blundering a winning position while expecting a resignation.