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    kudzu
    kudzu
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    Is there a proper time to tactically resign the game or is it just a matter of realizing you’re going to lose and giving up?

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    Phil Simborg
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    One should never resign until it is absolutely impossible to win. Once you are sure, then of course it is okay to resign.

    Sometimes my opponent tells me I have lost for sure and he is either wrong or I am not sure that is true, and if that is the case I will usually say something like, “You are probably right but I am going to roll just to be sure.”

    Once you have lost for sure there is NO REQUIREMENT that you must resign, but it is generally good sportsmanship to give up if there is obviously no chance.

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    Michael Agranoff
    Michael Agranoff
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    It is clearly proper to resign when it is hopeless. This holds for conceding either a regular game or a gammon.

    In general, I believe that deliberately wasting time is unbecoming, and unsportsmanlike. Note the football teams who take a knee when it is over.

    Of course, you can be way behind in the race and not necessarily resign. Strings of boxcars and double-5’s have been known to happen.

    #70105
    kudzu
    kudzu
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    Thanks for this advice. I’ll print it and keep it in my Backgammon file for reference. I’m convinced about the sportsmanship element. What I still can’t figure out is whether there is any point in the match when resignation has any strategic value or is detrimental to me. Is there anything in resigning that can hurt my score, PR, ELO and all that stuff?
    Thanks,
    Quentin Laymon

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