The Art of Resignation
The times I have lost games and wanted to smack my opponent square on the chin have been many, then again I've won games and wanted to do the same!
It happened to me at the Durham Congress, let me describe the scene, I had the Black bits, its round 4, I'm on 3/3 and in the lead, and playing some half decent stuff! After three hours play and total domination of the game I reached the following position...
I was fecking devastated man! I had to go home for lunch to calm down and pull myself together for the final round. I was absolutely fuming with the result, I'd very wrongly assumed that I could simply play anything and win! The only offensive move played by my opponent in the game was 47.a6! :-)) And it bloody won!!
What's even better from his point of view, was in the previous round he played a team-mate of mine whose mobile phone went off after only 4 moves, and he was duly defaulted! That was 2 points gifted to him. Anyhow, I managed to win my last game and took a share of 1st prize with 4/5.
That 47th move will haunt me for a very long time! There were more ways to win than lose, its certainly one of the worst moves I've ever played!
Can any readers beat it?