The quote, “Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat” has been attributed to US Representative James Seddon (1815-1880) of the State of Virginia, in describing the heroic actions of a military regiment during the Mexican – American War (1846-1848), relating how its heroic actions in battle had gained a victory, where defeat had been almost certain. It is to suddenly win a contest in which its loss is a foregone conclusion; a success gained through skill, effort and good judgement.
“The true test of anyone’s worth as a living creature is how much he can utilize what he has.”
— Anton LaVey (https://www.thesectofthehornedgod.com/?p=4954)
Playing with a win at all cost mindset young Abhimanyu Mishra
sat down to play the penultimate round against the fourteen year old Grandmaster, Leon Luke Mendonca,
knowing that only a win with the black pieces would gain the coveted Grandmaster title. Sometimes fortune favors the brave because Mendonca fell into time trouble. After 47 moves had been made Mishra was busted. Fortunately for him, Mendonca played what looked to be a natural move, but the move chosen allowed a check, and the game was even. Leon Luke could, and should have simply moved his King, but unfortunately for him, and fortunately for his opponent, he took the poisoned knight and it was all over but the shouting.
This is a fascinating interview: