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lynvingen 21 ( +1 | -1 )
When to resign? This one has maybe been discussed before, but if we consider the material balance only, when is it then appropriate to resign?

I guess this problem is a minor issue among +1600 players.
tim_b 11 ( +1 | -1 )
A minor piece down and no positional or other compensation is my own usual rule of thumb. If it's early in the game I may fight awhile.
sf115 12 ( +1 | -1 )
go on untill your position is so hopeless that even someone graded under 800 (sorrey if you are) could beat you.
caro-kann 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Well, I would resign when I am down by a major piece, and the opponent has passed pawns. (obviously). OTherwise, I usually fight to the bitter death
ccmcacollister 18 ( +1 | -1 )
until ... even someone under 777 could beat you (my first otb rating! :))
On second thought, if they really ARE under 777, let em beat you and they will feel real good ! :)
ccmcacollister 141 ( +1 | -1 )
WELL ... really now ... I'd say don't resign Before:
* You know how they can win it
* You believe that They know how to win it
* Just how much material you might be down would depend upon how good they are (rating wise is usually a fair indicator tho not absolute), and also whether you have initiative or counterplay. I would say never resign if you have initiative. Not unless they can snuff it out.
* Another thing you might want to consider however is if you would like to go over the game with them in a postmortum, you don't want to put a higher rated player thru too much tedium just for the sake of playing on. On the other hand, if you just know your lost and not how they should win it, it may be good for you to wait and see just how they do go about it. Perhaps pointing out you are playing on to see winning technique for the position.
* There are certain circumstances known to be wins where you might want to play on simply due to the difficulty involved in executing the win. Such as K vs N+B mate or Q vs R. etc.
* Speaking of intiative, also if a position is such that you can Increase the complications of it, even without clear initiative, it may be worthwhile to play on awhile. Complexity breeds error ... which may help you out, even behind material. Do try to be clear in your own mind what you are continuing play For however, so as not to miss chances if they do arise. There are few things more discouraging than to Have chances arise when behind, and then overlook them!
far1ey 25 ( +1 | -1 )
In a fast pased game like lightning one should never resign especially if you are up on the clock. However, assuming you mean CC in your query usually a piece is enough to cause resignation unless there is certain compenation for the piece.