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This is normal. If you've gotten a winning position people resign rather than play it out because they know they're going to lose and it's considered better manners to resign.
You can always play positions out against the computer. If you are in a much better position, play them against a strong engine and you should still win.
Is it considered better manners to resign? I never knew that. It always seemed cowardly to me to not see through to the end but I supposeI'm wrong in the context of Chess.
It is because once you get to a position that is clearly lost, you're just wasting your opponent's time by playing it out. That said, if you're a beginner you shouldn't resign since there's always a chance your opponent makes a mistake back and throws the game away.
I gotchu. That makes total sense. Thank you
I go by the mantra of never resigning, anymore. At low levels, people do mess up, and while you hung your queen, so might your opponent. A number of people also don't know their way around the endgame, so it is a good bout of practice for both you and them.
That's kinda my problem with it. Both me and my opponent are at low scores so clearly anything can happen within the next few moves and that does happen. One person is "winning", they make a silly move and they're done.
Oh well, guess I'll stick to bots mostly
That's kind of a bad plan. It's really hard to get a computer to play badly, so bots play really strong moves until some awful blunder. It's inhuman and doesn't help you improve much.
Play games against people and when they resign, then finish the position with a computer. That way you get the benefits of learning from human games.
Feel free to train with bots, but they are not as good practice as humans.
Never give up, never surrender. Plus, once in a while a lost game turns into a stalemate or they might blunder a silly mate in 1.
If the position is lost, it's good etiquette to resign.
However, for a beginner, there's no such thing as a lost position unless it's actually checkmate. Your opponent could blunder, or you could find yourself in an endgame they don't know the mate for.
if you think of chess as an analogue to war, most of the time a commander should retreat/surrender once they're beaten.
this isn't cowardly, only the worst commanders or those in truly desperate situations would consider fighting to the last man. no reason to waste lives fighting for your ego
Play to the death? What does this say about humanity? Are we ushering in the Apocalypse?
In chess, comebacks are impossible unless the winning player messes up, so there's no real point in it
There's also efficiency. It's more efficient for my to resign and learn from my analysis than continue the game from a losing position. Usually that is. I've played many games with equal material that the engine said I was worse in that have been fine.
For me it really comes down to the material balance and how far into the game we are. I've played out plenty of games where I'm down an exchange but the pieces are equal, or down a pawn or two. There's nuance to it for sure though.
This is normal but as you go up in rating you will notice that opponents will do it a lot less. Im at 1100 and most people never resign, I can be up a queen and a rook and the guy will grind until the end. Sometimes Ive lost.
Heres a good example on a totally lost position that was won anyways.
I like play out when I’m in a not so great position to see if I can salvage it, but if it seems hopeless, I’ll resign out of respect for the opponent.
Since you're getting a lot of wins you'll quickly arrive at a rating in which you won't be any better than your opponents and they'll stop feeling the need to resign.
The hardest part of chess is getting a winning position, if they're only quitting at that point, then you should be fine.
Plus, the more you win, the higher rating you'll get, the better opponents you'll face, the less likely you'll be to get easy wins, the better you'll become. It's a pretty simple, but solid system.