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Klaus Darga
K Darga 
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Number of games in database: 678
Years covered: 1950 to 2000
Last FIDE rating: 2453
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540
Overall record: +247 -83 =343 (62.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (40) 
    E81 E62 E91 E82 E60
 Sicilian (38) 
    B92 B32 B90 B88 B67
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C90 C97 C92 C78 C75
 English (27) 
    A15 A14 A10 A17 A13
 English, 1 c4 e5 (21) 
    A28 A21 A25 A27 A29
 Queen's Indian (20) 
    E14 E12 E19 E17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (85) 
    B43 B42 B40 B47 B48
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E54 E53 E41 E59 E39
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C78 C95 C76 C60 C97
 English (24) 
    A15 A14 A17 A13 A12
 Sicilian Kan (23) 
    B43 B42 B41
 Queen's Indian (20) 
    E12 E14 E15 E19 E16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Darga vs Yanofsky, 1967 1-0
   C Clemens vs K Darga, 1961 0-1
   Stein vs K Darga, 1964 1/2-1/2
   K Darga vs K Palda, 1960 1-0
   K Darga vs O'Kelly, 1957 1-0
   K Darga vs Stein, 1969 1-0
   K Darga vs Spassky, 1964 1-0
   J H Donner vs K Darga, 1969 0-1
   K Darga vs A Dueckstein, 1963 1-0
   K Darga vs R G Wade, 1956 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship qual-2 (1953)
   Klaus Junge Memorial (1955)
   Madrid (1957)
   Graz (1961)
   Tarragona (1957)
   Enschede Zonal (1963)
   Palma de Mallorca (1965)
   Graz (1979)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-7 (1964)
   Capablanca Memorial (1963)
   Lugano Olympiad qual-5 (1968)
   Munich Olympiad qual-2 (1958)
   Hoogovens (1964)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)
   Capablanca Memorial (1964)

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

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(born Feb-24-1934, 89 years old) Germany

[what is this?]
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 28; games 1-25 of 678  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Richter vs K Darga 1-0191950Berlin ChampionshipC13 French
2. K H Achatz vs K Darga  0-1251951GER-ch U20B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. K Darga vs H Richter 0-1281951GER-ch U20C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. K Darga vs R Fuchs  ½-½251951GER-ch U20E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
5. W Bialas vs K Darga 1-0181951GER-ch U20C05 French, Tarrasch
6. K Darga vs L Musmann  1-0201951GER-ch U20B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
7. K Kunze vs K Darga  0-1451951GER-ch U20C17 French, Winawer, Advance
8. E Budrich vs K Darga  1-0341951GER-ch U20E18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
9. K Darga vs Uhlmann ½-½871951GER-ch U20D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
10. B Malich vs K Darga  0-1461951GER-ch U20B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. W Rosen vs K Darga  0-1291951GER-ch U20C18 French, Winawer
12. K Darga vs R Von Saldern 1-0391951GER-ch U20C05 French, Tarrasch
13. F Stahl vs K Darga  0-1431951GER-ch U20B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
14. K Darga vs H Schroeder 0-1721951GER-ch U20A52 Budapest Gambit
15. K Darga vs J Herbin  1-0441953World Junior Championship qual-2D06 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. F Scafarelli vs K Darga  ½-½631953World Junior Championship qual-2E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. K Darga vs Larsen  1-0491953World Junior Championship qual-2C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. K Darga vs F Roessel  ½-½551953World Junior Championship qual-2C07 French, Tarrasch
19. J Penrose vs K Darga  0-1411953World Junior Championship qual-2B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
20. K Darga vs B Petri  1-0731953World Junior Championship qual-2E10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. M Farre vs K Darga  1-0441953World Junior Championship qual-2C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
22. K Darga vs H Heikkila 1-0141953World Junior Championship qual-2B10 Caro-Kann
23. J Sherwin vs K Darga  ½-½111953World Junior Championship qual-2E00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. K Darga vs J Sherwin  1-0591953World Junior Championship Final-AB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. D Keller vs K Darga  0-1391953World Junior Championship Final-AC47 Four Knights
 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 678  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.
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  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
Feb-24-08  whiteshark: Bios in <D> <GB> <NL>

Olympiads Statistics:

Feb-24-09  WhiteRook48: wow, he played exactly 50 years!
Feb-24-10  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?
Feb-24-14  whiteshark: Happy 8th decadal birthday!
Feb-25-14  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!!
May-21-15  zanzibar: Could an editor please add his FIDE card?

Feb-24-16  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

Feb-24-19  Diana Fernanda: 666 Is the signa evil
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  offramp: <Diana Fernanda: 666 Is the signa evil...>

...Referring to the number of his games in this database.

At first I thought you meant letters in his names, like <Ronald Wilson Reagan>: 6-6-6. Of course this guy is 5-6-5.

Feb-24-20  jith1207: Oops.. Someone added a game to the database, it's now 667.

But, I just realize it doesn't always compute together from the overall score?

+243 -82 =337 equals 662 only?

Is there a duplicate problem somewhere!?

A computer programmer of earliest era deserves better.

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