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Klaus Viktor Darga
Number of games in database: 663
Years covered: 1950 to 2000
Last FIDE rating: 2453
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540
Overall record: +241 -82 =335 (62.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      5 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (38) 
    E81 E62 E82 E91 E80
 Sicilian (38) 
    B92 B90 B67 B43 B22
 English (26) 
    A15 A14 A10 A17 A13
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C90 C97 C92 C80 C78
 English, 1 c4 c5 (21) 
    A30 A34 A35 A31 A39
 Queen's Indian (20) 
    E14 E12 E19 E17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (91) 
    B42 B40 B43 B48 B85
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E54 E53 E41 E39 E59
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C76 C78 C60 C95 C97
 Sicilian Kan (23) 
    B42 B43 B41
 English (23) 
    A15 A17 A14 A13 A12
 Queen's Indian (20) 
    E12 E15 E14 E19 E16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Darga vs Spassky, 1964 1-0
   K Darga vs Stein, 1969 1-0
   K Darga vs A Dueckstein, 1963 1-0
   Stein vs K Darga, 1964 1/2-1/2
   K Darga vs Fischer, 1961 1/2-1/2
   K Darga vs H Heikkila, 1953 1-0
   K Darga vs Portisch, 1964 1-0
   K Darga vs J H Donner, 1964 1-0
   K Darga vs Tal, 1961 1/2-1/2
   L Gutman vs K Darga, 1982 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Winnipeg (1967)
   Hastings 1958/59 (1958)
   Hastings 1955/56 (1955)
   Bled (1961)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Clare Benedict by Chnebelgrind
   1963 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   1967 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   1964 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Amsterdam IBM 1969 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1955/56 by suenteus po 147
   Winnipeg 1967 by Tabanus
   Winnipeg 1967: Canada's First Grandmaster Tourna by number 23 NBer
   1953 World Junior - preliminaries by gauer
   1997 World Seniors' championship by gauer

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(born Feb-24-1934, 82 years old) Germany

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Klaus Viktor Darga was born in Pankow (Berlin). In 1951 he became the German Junior Champion, and two years later he shared first place in the World Junior Championship with Oscar Panno with the latter winning the title on tiebreak. He was West German chess champion in 1955 and 1961. Darga was awarded the title of international master in 1957 and that of grandmaster in 1964, the same year he competed in the Amsterdam Interzonal, where he won his game against future World Champion Boris Spassky. Then at Winnipeg 1967, he scored what is generally considered his greatest international success, winning the tournament jointly with Bent Larsen, ahead of Spassky, Paul Keres and other leading players.

Darga represented West Germany in the Olympiad on ten occasions, and when the "rest of the world" challenged the Soviet Union to a match in 1970 he was chosen as their second reserve. He remained active in chess in his later years, as a trainer. By profession, he was a computer programmer.

Wikipedia article: Klaus Darga

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 663  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Richter vs K Darga 1-019 1950 Berlin ChampionshipC13 French
2. W Rosen vs K Darga  0-129 1951 German Championship U20C18 French, Winawer
3. K Darga vs H Schroeder 0-172 1951 German Championship U20A52 Budapest Gambit
4. W Bialas vs K Darga 1-018 1951 German Championship U20C05 French, Tarrasch
5. K Darga vs R Von Saldern  1-039 1951 German Championship U20C05 French, Tarrasch
6. F Stahl vs K Darga  0-143 1951 German Championship U20B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
7. K Kunze vs K Darga  0-145 1951 German Championship U20C17 French, Winawer, Advance
8. K Darga vs Uhlmann  ½-½87 1951 German Championship U20D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
9. K Darga vs R Fuchs  ½-½25 1951 German Championship U20E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. K H Achatz vs K Darga  0-125 1951 German Championship U20B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. B Malich vs K Darga  0-146 1951 German Championship U20B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. K Darga vs Richter 0-128 1951 German Championship U20C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. E Budrich vs K Darga  1-034 1951 German Championship U20E18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
14. K Darga vs Lothar Musmann  1-020 1951 German Championship U20B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
15. J Penrose vs K Darga  0-141 1953 Wch U20 qual-BB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
16. K Darga vs Larsen  1-052 1953 Wch U20 final-AE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
17. Ivkov vs K Darga  ½-½51 1953 Wch U20 final-AE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
18. K Darga vs F Roessel  ½-½55 1953 Wch U20 qual-BC08 French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed
19. K Darga vs Larsen  1-049 1953 Wch U20 qual-BC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. K Darga vs Panno  ½-½41 1953 Wch U20 final-AE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
21. F Scafarelli vs K Darga  ½-½63 1953 Wch U20 qual-BE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. K Darga vs H Heikkila 1-014 1953 Wch U20 qual-BB10 Caro-Kann
23. D Keller vs K Darga  0-139 1953 Wch U20 final-AC47 Four Knights
24. K Darga vs J Herbin  1-044 1953 Wch U20 qual-BD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. M Farre vs K Darga  1-044 1953 Wch U20 qual-BC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 663  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-13-04  Sacapeach: This guy sure does love do draw people. It looks to me like he plays drawish openings and trades queens off way too early.
May-14-04  iron maiden: All I know about him is that he was second reserve for the Rest-of-the-World in the 1970 match against the U.S.S.R.
Jul-14-04  nikolaas: He was born the 24th february 1934. In 1951 he became the German Junior champion. In 1955 and 1961 He became champion of German by the upper ten. In 1953 he shared the victory in the Junior worldchampionship with Oscar Panno. In the interzonal tournament in Amsterdam he beated Spassky and Portish. In Winnipeg in 1967 he won a tournament ahead of Larsen, Spassky and Keres. Between 1954 and 1978 he played in 10 olympiads for Germany and he was together with Unzicker and Schmid one of the strongest players in the German team. He was Fridrik Olafsson's second for some time (Payed by the government of Iceland). Between 1989 and 1998 he was the trainer for the German team. Here is his Opus Magnum: K Darga vs Spassky, 1964
Dec-11-04  Kaspy2: the game in West Berlin was his stake to fame since he made it into Fischer's 60 memorable games.
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  Benzol: Klaus Viktor Darga
Adding to the information supplied by <nikolaas> above. He was born in Pankow and was awarded the IM title in 1957 and the GM title in 1964.
May-09-05  WTHarvey: Here are some diagrams of crucial positions in Klaus's games:
Feb-24-06  BIDMONFA: Klaus V Darga

DARGA, Klaus V.

May-24-07  vonKrolock: A reader, Ernest Schlich, from the USA, told following in this week's Pandolfini's page: <"Even grandmasters can make the mistake of resigning too early. In Henry Hunvald’s book Chess Quotations from the Masters there are a couple of good quotes to keep in mind when thinking about resigning. GM Klaus Darga said “My God, I have a winning position” a moment after resigning."> It would be curious to discover to which Game this story is related
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <vonKrolock>: this game: K Darga vs L Lengyel, 1964
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  whiteshark: Bios in <D> <GB> <NL>

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Feb-24-09  WhiteRook48: wow, he played exactly 50 years!
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  wordfunph: 10-time Olympian GM Klaus Darga!

happy birthday Klaus!

Jul-31-10  nummerzwei: One of the most underrated players, in my opinion.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday POTD!
Jul-04-12  Doctor Aust: In his comments in 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' on the famous game Bronstein-Darga (1964) [pieces vs pawns]

Bronstein vs K Darga, 1964

- David Bronstein notes that he and Darga were both '2nd reserves' for the 1970 World v USSR Match of the Century, but that neither of then got to play a single game.

Nov-05-13  RedShield: Is this a Darga I see before me?
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  whiteshark: Happy 8th decadal birthday!
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  whiteshark: A chessbase backward glance: (in German)
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  eternaloptimist: GM Darga isn't heralded as much as some other German chess players such as Anderssen, former WCC Emanuel Lasker, Paulsen, Unzicker & Uhlmann but he deserves more recognition in the chess world. He played in 10 Olympiads & he defeated some great players (just look under his "NOTABLE GAMES" section above)!! He was also a computer programmer. I took some programming classes myself which I really enjoyed! He's a man of great intellect to say the least. Happy 81st birthday GM Darga!!
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  zanzibar: Could an editor please add his FIDE card?

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Klaus Darga, Player of the Day.
Feb-24-16  thegoodanarchist: Happy Birthday, GM Darga!

His childhood was spent in Berlin, during WWII, as far as I can tell.

Anyone who thinks they had things tough growing up, well, you should think about that for a while. Spending your childhood in Berlin for WWII was about as bad as it gets

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