Throwing In the Towel
No, dear readers, I am not quitting this web log -- long absences aside! As a (semi!) silent observer of the amateur chess world, I am amazed by how infrequently people resign their games. I mean, sometimes, people just seem to keep playing out foolishness or a sense of stubborness. Agree? Many don't! I know many people who won't quit a chess match until they've run out of time or they are checkmated. Others will resign when they find themselves just a few pawns behind. Everyone else is in the middle. BUT WHERE?
I have put together a little survey below. I am curious to see what the results are. In each position, assume you are black and it is your move. Also assume, you are playing an unrated player (ex. a player new to a chess server who has no fixed rating yet). Would you resign in the following positions or keep playing? (NOTE: Unfortunately, before you vote you'll need to write down whether you'd resign for each position -- then fill out the survey. )