How To Resign


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How to indicate resignation

To resign, say “I resign”. Other approaches include nodding your head[1], a subtle approach which might only work in the Orient, placing two stones on the board (an illegal move), placing one or more captured stones on the board or placing a stone in a square rather than on an intersection.

The [ext] AGA tournament rules require that the player who wants to resign say so with a clear voice: “I resign.”

Japanese expressions are

When to resign

In BadHabits, we have already mentioned that you should not wait to resign until the game is about to end. But one should not resign too early either. When suffering a big loss, it is wise not to resign immediately. Continue for several moves until your anger or disappointment has cooled down, and you are able to make a positional judgment. Only if this judgment shows that the game is really lost, is resignation appropriate.

Apparently, professional players apply the latter issue with utmost sincerity. We should not be so hard on each other as demanding our opponent to master the professional’s art of resigning.

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[1] Bob McGuigan: This head nod is also something of a bow, indicating the superiority of the other player. I’ve seen it only between strong players, like pros, and I think it is understood by the opponent only when both players are strong enough to realize that there is an insurmountable difference on the board.


JTron: I live in an area where I see few “live” games, but went to an AGA tournament where everyone who resigned did so by smiling and offering a hand shake. At no point did anyone even say, “I resign”. Is this normal for AGA? Or just a Northern California thing?

mafutrct: This is very normal in all tournaments I was ever at in Europe as well.

How To Resign last edited by 2601:018d:4700:c0e0 on September 24, 2020 - 19:46
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