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Klaus Viktor Darga vs Levente Lengyel
Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)  ·  English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Nimzo-English Opening (A17)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-04-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  suenteus po 147: Larry Evans explains this game in his book of Ten Most Common Chess Mistakes under impulsiveness: "The time scramble was over and both sides had just passed the control at move 40 but Black, still caught up in the heat of battle, hurriedly played 41...R6xe2+?!? All White had to do was recapture 42. Rxe2 Bxh4+ 43. Ke3! remaining an exchange ahead. But they both overlooked this resource. Darga thought that 43. Kg2? Rxe2+ was forced and extended his hand in resignation. A moment later he struck his forehead and exclaimed: 'My God, I have a winning position!' But it was too late. He had already conceded."
Aug-25-04  countnefarius: Somehow it was the most obvious move but no one saw it?!
Aug-25-04  Lawrence: <countnefarius>, welcome to our group of avid chess fans.
Mar-07-05  soberknight: Stranger things have happened. Since White gave this one away, I nominate is as a GOTD for December 25, with the pun "A gift from Santa Klaus." Hey, if that's what you see in 10 months, you will know, soberknight was here. :)
Aug-10-05  prinsallan: Black played 41...R6xe2+, and White resigned. Both players overlooked that after 42.Rxe2 Bxh4+, 43.Kg2 is not forced; 43.Ke3 is possible. Perhaps it was logical to miss that, e3 being so very inaccessible to the white King before (Ke3-f2 had been White's last move.)
May-24-07  vonKrolock: <SwitchingQuylthulg> Thank You for the attention - well, here the chessgames.com's habitués comments again very enlightening too
Feb-24-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Another case of resignation due to a sacrificial shock, focussing only on <42.Kg3 Rg1+ 43.Kh3 Rh1 44.Kg3> (if 44.Kg4 h5+ 45.Kg3 Bxh4#) <44...Bxh4+ 45.Kg4 h5#>
Aug-01-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <soberknight <was here>> Maybe this year. :)
Dec-12-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: Unbelievable finish.
Jun-13-12  vinidivici: beautiful finish from 39...f4+ 40.gxf4 Re6+ 41.Kf2 R6xe2+ 42.Rxe2 Bxh4+ 43.Kg2 Rxe2+ and white down a bishop
Jun-13-12  JohnBoy: <vinidivici: beautiful finish from 39...f4+ 40.gxf4 Re6+ 41.Kf2 R6xe2+ 42.Rxe2 Bxh4+ 43.Kg2 Rxe2+ and white down a bishop> - read the earlier posts! Black does not come out a piece ahead.
Jun-15-12  vinidivici: <JohnBoy> ooops, my bad. but thats just because this is a GM game...how many GMs that posting to kibitz this game, and aint noone. The one thing to blame is the time trouble.

Even a GM made this silly mistake.

Jan-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  sfm: <vinidivici: beautiful finish...> You are excused. I also reached the same conclusion, before seeing <suenteus> post. LOL!
May-09-14  Howard: The late Larry Evans, in fact, presented the ending of this game in his monthly column for "Boys' Life" magazine back around 1974 (approx).

That's how I first heard of this remarkable example of a world class player resigning in a WON position.

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