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Is it bad manners to resign? [Aug. 23rd, 2007|05:17 pm]
Douglas Spencer

I've been playing Scrabulous (requires facebook login; it's a Scrabble® clone) a fair bit today. I've just offered a table to random passers-by, and found myself in a game with someone I don't know.

We've had six moves each, the score is 84 to 295, and he's resigned. I'm quite disappointed.

The last two words played were "EXIT" (22) and "BAbYISH" (108).

Ah well.

[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-08-23 06:34 pm (UTC)
My background is in National Scrabble Championship play, and in ranking games -- where whether or not you win is pretty much immaterial, but it's important to score highly. Someone who consistently loses in high-scoring games with (say) 350 points against 400 would end up with a higher ranking than someone who consistently wins in low-scoring games with (say) 250 points against 200. An early resignation when your opponent is likely to score highly is robbing him of the chance to count that game towards his ranking.

Golfers would recognise the distinction between matchplay (I beat my opponent this thoroughly) and strokeplay (I went round in this few strokes).
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