Anyway, I read an article today linked from cougarfan.com and it was referred to some close games that BYU should have won (vs. Arizona and vs. Boston College). Otherwise, they'd be undefeated and possibly ranked in the top 20. But the article goes on to say,
close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.I got a laugh out of the quote.
And so to link to back to chess ... I imagine the same is true with chess. You can always say, "look at this game ... I had mate in 3!" but you didn't actually move the pieces to capture the win. It's our actual moves that define us as a chess player. Everything else is just analysis.