Conceding matches long before they're lost is out of hand.

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Craigergeist
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Conceding matches long before they're lost is out of hand.

Post by Craigergeist »

It is frustrating almost to the point that Backgammon is unplayable on BGA at this point. I've seen comments that people feel it's polite not to force the opponent to play out a game that's objectively already been decided. Personally I feel if you start a game you should finish it, but it's certainly a fair point. If mathematically the winner is already know then fine that's one thing. What I find obnoxious is how many people are conceding games that are in no way decided. Most games in which I have a slight advantage people just quit. I'm curious if anybody who frequently concedes this way would be willing to explain why? Would you quit a game like that in real life? AITA? I don't run into this issue with other games, only Backgammon.
MrBeardy
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Re: Conceding matches long before they're lost is out of hand.

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Some people don't like to play with overly aggressive players and concede to get out of a game they're not enjoying regardless of whether the outcome is inevitable or not. Other people just want to win for whatever reason they feel the need to, so leave if they think they won't, or even might not. Others are just pragmatic and don't see the point flogging a dead horse. And some people just need to leave a game for life reasons beyond the game (doorbell, phonecall, call of nature, child crying, whatever). It's not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. I try to see it as someone saying "ok you got me, you win" and leave it at that.
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euklid314
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Re: Conceding matches long before they're lost is out of hand.

Post by euklid314 »

Backgammon is one of the games where in real life tournaments conceding is part of the game and is even considered polite (same as chess). In a multi-point match, your opponent can even reject your resignation of a single game if he thinks he still might win a gammon or a backgammon. There are strict rules about resigning because it is part of the game. This is different than in a game of, say, Carcassonne, where the difference of points may be a tie-breaker and you are forced to play till the end.

That being said, here on BGA we only play for 1 point - so declining a resignation is not possible. I also had quite a lot of games where my opponent still had a winning chance of up to 10%, but the situation was looking grim for him and he resigned.

Correctly estimating your winning chances in backgammon is very difficult. Thus, a resignation happens, when a player does not value his chances correctly to turn the game around.

Sometimes it is even those players that complain that their opponents get "incredibly lucky" that resign too early and thus miss their chances to get "incredibly lucky" on their own... :-)
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franka2
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Re: Conceding matches long before they're lost is out of hand.

Post by franka2 »

I'm just getting started here on BGA playing Backgammon. I've been in a few matches where resigning would be appropriate but can't figure out how to resign. Please point out how to resign. Thanks
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