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Viktor Korchnoi vs Geert van der Stricht
Plovdiv ch-EU tt (2003), ?, rd 7
French Defense: Exchange. Monte Carlo Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 36.Rg6 is seemingly a nice winning shot but in fact it could and should lose the game after 36...Nxe5! 37.Rxe6 Nxd3

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In this position white loses a Rook at least due to threat of fork Nf4+ and the fact that after 38.Rxh6+ black retakes the Rook 38...gxh6 with check! Of course, black Rook and Knights should win relatively easily against lonely Queen of white. But instead of playing this and winning the game black simply resigned!:-o

Jan-22-07  Tomlinsky: You're right Honza. Rg6 appears to just plain lose.
Aug-09-08  just a kid: This should be in <suenteus po 147's>Never resign!
Jul-13-10  BraveUlysses: @<Honza Cervenka> Your point about the potential discovered check if 38...gxh6 is well made and even if white avoids that option he loses due to the Q+K fork threat of 38...Nf4+!:

36.Rg6 Nxe5!
37.Rxe6 Nxd3
38.Rxd6?(eg) Nf4+ and wins

Van der Stricht must still be in counselling after folding and missing this win against a super GM!

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  wordfunph: resigning in a winning position - the mother of all regrets :(
Oct-30-18  clement41: Incredible resignation in a winning position!
Th motif is easily missed if causally checked, one has to see that ...gxh6 would occur with check.

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