Forum Archive : Etiquette

Under resigning

From:   Ilya Vinogradsky
Date:   13 May 1994
Subject:   What do you think of this?

I was playing a three point match, losing 1-2. Then it became obvious
that I would win the current game with the score of 2, so I would win
the match. One move before the end of the game my opponent offered to
resign. I assume that he was going to resign with a gammon option like
any decent self respectful player. I accepted, but it turned out that
he resigned with normal option. So the score became 2-2. I went on and
won the match, but i became very pissed when i saw that he "cheated".
I don't think I'll ever play that person again. From now on I'll be
more careful in accepting resignations.

What do you think? Was is it just my blunder, and I should be pissed
at myself, not my opponent?

Ilya Vinogradsky - ilusha.

Stephen Turner  writes:

I have had people do this. Presumably they think they're not cheating,
just offering you one point and it's up to you if you take it. It's
particularly potent if the cube is already at 2 and they offer you
a normal resignation and you think '2 points, OK' and take it.

I think it's cheating. So too is offering a double to a novice player
when you're well up but you've got enough points that if they refuse
you win the match anyway.

Kit Woolsey  writes:

We are all human, and as humans we make mistakes.  I have not
infrequently had opponents who I know are 100% honest make errors with
the resignation, generally accidentally resigning n when a gammon is
possible or probable.  While it is possible that your opponent did so
intentionally, I think you should give him/her the benefit of the doubt
until proven otherwise and assume it was an honest mistake.  My personal
procedure is to carefully examine any resignation offer, and if I'm not
getting what I expect to get I simple reject and there are no problems.
In other words, cover your ass yourself!

Kit Woolsey
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