Resigning in a Winning Position

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Resigning in a Winning Position

Post by Chris Rice » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:04 am

I'm sure we will all have one or two examples of this. It's a horrible thing to happen if you're on the wrong side of it. So feeling a bit sorry for Mr Odendahl when he resigned in the following position in Round 6 of the Dutch Open only to find out later that resigning was not his best option.

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Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:59 am

Well, I did it once, I'm pretty certain that I haven't done it in the last 30 years!
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Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

Post by Geoff Chandler » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:02 pm

Have to admit it looks at first glance resigns is a sound choice.

Before Black played 36...Qg3+ (White then resigned) 36...Rg8 just mates easily.



Both players were caught with the same mirage of i't must be mate.'

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Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

Post by Matthew Turner » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:10 pm

The last move was Qxg3 so Rg8 isn’t an immediate win and Black still has work to do

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Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:27 pm

Also see
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Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

Post by Richard Bates » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:11 pm

My personal contribution. I was in blissful ignorance of this for almost 20 years.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1283811

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Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

Post by Tim Spanton » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:52 pm

Here is one where I was on the receiving end of a mistaken resignation:
https://beauchess.blogspot.com/2017/09/ ... ition.html

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Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

Post by Joey Stewart » Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:57 pm

I remember years ago in my old league seeing a player set up a smothered mate with queen and knight (you know the sort like Nf7+ Kg8, Nh6+, Kh8, Qg8+, Rxg8 Nf7mate ... if you dont know it then it is worth learning, but I digress) .

Anyway. Instead of playing the correct sequence of knight checks the white player just dumps his queen onto g8 and makes some comment like "oh thats it now" whereupon the black player obligingly resigns, only to have it almost immediately pointed out that he could have played Kxg8 and been a queen up .... as you can imagine, there were pretty major eruptions that took place!
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Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

Post by Geoff Chandler » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:27 pm

Ahhh...now it makes sense. It must have been this.



It was not clear something had been taken on g3 from the link.

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Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

Post by Tim Spanton » Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:04 pm

A classic example from today's 'Paignton' premier:
https://beauchess.blogspot.com/2019/09/ ... ition.html

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