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Ignatz von Popiel vs Georg Marco
"Ignatz is Bliss" (game of the day Jun-08-11)
Monte Carlo (1902)  ·  Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1-0
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Oct-23-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Pawn and Two: <Madman99x> Marco did not run out of time, he resigned.

In this amazing game, Popiel could have forced a win by playing 35.e6! Qxe6 36.Rf8+ Kh7 37.e5+ g6 38.Rf6, or 35.e6! Rd8 36.e5 g6 37.Qxg6 Be3 38.Rf7.

However, Popiel did not see his winning opportunity on move 35, and then, only one more later, Marco did not see his winning opportunity. An amazing case of double chess blindness.

Oct-23-07  LIFE Master AJ: One of the most famous chess games of all time.

It is well known that both players failed to find the best move.

... and that Marco resigned ... in a winning position!!!

Oct-24-07  ongyj: <YouRang> Thanks. I thought it might be interesting in a case, where both players see different 'truths'(lines) in the minds and shout "I resign" at the same time... That would be a comical draw, I suppose? =) Or maybe, both players should be 'awarded' a loss? ^^
Oct-25-07
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  Colonel Mortimer: <<lifemaster aj>... and that Marco resigned ... in a winning position!!>

I suppose it could be a wharped corollary for the times that people don't resign in a losing position..

Dec-14-08  WhiteRook48: Resign in a won position
By Georg Marco
Apr-06-09  WhiteRook48: 36...Bg1!! wins
May-26-09  WhiteRook48: with white's only saving line being 37. Kxg1 Rxd3 38. Bxd3
Dec-09-09  ka.chessmate21: whatever u do
think first!!!
Dec-24-10  nendwr: I don't think anyone's mentioned the possibility (after 36...Bg1!) of 37.Ng3. Why doesn't this work? If 37...Rxd3 38.Bxd3 then black has a material advantage, but no obvious threats that I can see. I'd be tempted to play 38...Bf2 and wait for white either to blunder or resign, but that isn't really very satisfactory.
Feb-25-11  Tigranny: Isn't it a blunder to resign in a won position?
Feb-26-11  sevenseaman: A mistake? It is what you see or are shown later; otherwise it could well be happening all the time.

Fun however lies in finding and not being shown.

Jun-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Yes, it's looking like <OOPS!> week here in the Land of the GOTD and the Home of the Pun.

Next thing you know, they'll use one of my games.

Jun-08-11  sevenseaman: The revelation of the faux pas was a surprise but now too famous a game to vanish from memory easily.
Jun-08-11  scormus: Unbelievable way for a game to end. Great pun
Jun-08-11  Tigranny: Is this blunder week?
Jun-08-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: famous game famous blunder
Jun-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  David2009: Building on <Phony Benoni>'s comment this is one of the great historical chess might have-beens. Staunton never beat Morphy, Morphy never beat Steinitz, Fischer never beat Karpov, Ignatz Von Popiel never beat Max Weiss. If only he had - what a GOTD and PunOTD that would have made!
Jun-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Another classic blunder:36...♗g1!!-threatens mate and wins the enemy queen,instead,black resigns! Ouch!!
Jun-08-11  sfm: It has been mentioned earlier, but still:
Don't miss out on Tim Krabbe excellent page on this subject: http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess/c...
Jun-08-11  queenfortwopawns: I was kinda disappointed 21.Nxh6+ wasn't played.
Jun-08-11  TheTamale: At first the pun seems beneath contempt. But after you play the game through, it's actually pretty funny.
Jun-08-11  screwdriver: Very nice shot of Bg1. But, I'll admit I didn't see it and thought black was simply going to lose a piece. I would've resigned too. Even with the move, white would have a knight and a rook with 3 pawns versus a queen and 4 pawns. Obviously black should win, but who knows if you're not using a chess program.
Jul-24-12  rounak: marco the mad
Jun-15-15  Shoukhath007: Amazing move ' In my opinion greatest move in chess history' if he would have been played bg1.
Jun-23-15  Mating Net: Tough to find ...Bg1 given that it's not a check. Fortunately, we can learn from this failure and train ourselves to spot these types of moves.
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