Caïssa’s Wisdom: #9 – Dealing with Bad Losers

Rules and Etiquette for Chess Amateurs

The righteous anger of our patron deity knows no bounds when it comes to the subject of the “ungracious defeated”. Dispense with them firmly and put them in their place she insists. This is the word of Caïssa…

David Janowski,  just one of many bad losers from chess history

David Janowski, just one of many bad losers from chess history

#9: Dealing with Bad Losers

 “I consider the result of our match far from proving our respective abilities.  On the contrary, as in the great majority of games, I allowed the win or draw to escape me.  I am persuaded that normally I should have won very easily.”
– David Janowski in a letter to Frank Marshall after losing a match to him in Paris 1904

We all know that (like Janowski) there’s a certain type of chess player (the worst kind) who, as they reluctantly and limply shake your hand to concede defeat to you, will say something like;

“Of course I had a completely winning position in that game at move X. The opening you played is well known to be substandard and my main challenge was choosing from the embarrassment of riches that I had available to me.” 

Don’t be this type of player. They are self-abusers and you should respond to them with words to this effect;

“The fact that you had an embarrassment of riches makes it all the more unforgiveable that you failed to find a good continuation. After move X you played like a total imbecile. As soon as you had to play a move that wasn’t lodged in your memory banks of opening theory you screwed up. I suggest that you try concentrating for the whole game next time.”

Even if this isn’t strictly true in every instance the moron will get the point and next time you beat him he might simply say…

“Well played! I managed to make a complete pig’s ear of that game didn’t I?”

… don’t bank on it though.

Got a “sore loser” story of your own? You know what to do. Comments = catharsis

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3 Responses to “Caïssa’s Wisdom: #9 – Dealing with Bad Losers”

  1. JH

    Sep 15. 2014

    The best repsonse to “I managed to make a complete pig’s ear out of that game didn’t I?” is “Yes, you did!”

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