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It’s Your Move #10 E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 20:46

The ultimate blunder

Anyone can hang a piece, but a good blunder requires thought. There is one sort of move that is almost always played after calm, if not happy contemplation: resigning. Sometimes it is wrong to resign - or to agree to a draw.

It was Tim Krabbe, a great connoisseur of the game who wrote these famous words. He also presented as many as 35 positions to illustrate his theme.*

In the following position in a correspondence game White resigned, thinking his position was hopeless (No, there was no Fritz to help in those days Smile).

But he would have won.

its your move 10

White to move (download pgn)

Georges Mathot - Walter Baumgartner, France 1958, Corr. Game


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Last Updated on Saturday, 29 March 2014 18:20


+3 #6 chessbibliophile 2014-02-13 23:49
Dear Jimmy,
No,it's neither Svidler nor Kasparov.
You would soon know the real author of the words.
Watch this space.
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+1 #5 Jimmy 2014-02-13 22:16
Was that Svidler or Kasparov?
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+3 #4 chessbibliophile 2014-02-13 07:52
Dear Cjajr,
Your notation leaves something to be desired.
Otherwise 1. Rc8 Rxf2? 2.Qxh6! Kxh6 3. Rh8 # looks very good.
How about 1…Qg8!? instead of 1…Rxf2 ?
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+3 #3 chessbibliophile 2014-02-13 00:09
Dear Jim Tent,
Fischer did not say it.
Was he crazy?
The case is complicated.
Here is a two-part review of a Fischer biography:
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+1 #2 Jim Tent 2014-02-12 23:03
Was that Bobby The Great (crazy) Fischer who said it? :o
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+4 #1 Cjajr 2014-02-12 19:49
1-Rc8 ( 1-Rxf , 2-Qxh , 2-Kxh, 3- Rh8#) (1-h6 , 2-Qg5, 2-Be8 ,3-Rxe,3-Qxe , 4-Nxe, and white win cause the easy palm promotion ) , 1-Be8 , 2-Rxe , 2-Qxe ,3- Nxe 3-Rxf , but with no much time , white do the check mate or can more a queen
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