Playing Matches

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Last updated 9 years ago

Dakota Castleberg

Dakota Castleberg Asked 9 years ago

I'm curious how often you and Jeff play actual matches where you have full intent on winning?

As well, when you play an opponent, someone you are quite familiar with or someone new - if you get a "safe" lead in a game and can tell you are the better player (or at least have the game in the bag), do you ever "let-up" to allow the other player a chance to make the game closer and feel more accomplished? I notice I do this both with friends I play with at school, as well as when playing against guys at the club.

I feel like if I don't ease up on a weaker opponent, there's a decent chance they get really discouraged. To be fair, this game's mental aspect is extremely important, and without perseverance and determination, you won't continue to make progress. At the same time, is it fair to ease-up and lull them into a false sense of ability?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Dakota,

We both don’t play competitively now.

Now I find when I play matches I am not that focused on the result.

It was interesting to hear Ma Long response in this interview where he says he would give a mercy point.

On the other hand Marcos Freitas says he would definitely not give a mercy point.

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D K Posted 9 years ago

And did you loose your efforts when your victory was sure when you were playing competitively ?

Dakota Castleberg

Dakota Castleberg Posted 9 years ago

As for me I haven't ever lost when i started giving mercy points.


D K Posted 9 years ago

I haven't ever had a chance to give the mercy point..I have never had a safe leading :)

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