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Mistakes of the Grandmaster
Just wanted to start a thread to encourage the lower players that even great players will make mistakes. Some of us may feel as if we will never get to the top and are struggling with many mistakes we make on games every day. I thought maybe we could start a thread that included big mistakes made by grandmasters...to show that even they are humans....any links from your games or from the games of the greats are welcome here.
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a good start
would be Kramnick getting mated in one by the computer.
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Nice idea for a thread! I know a world class player once fell for a simple early Queen fork:
Does anybody know who the guilty party was?
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Probably seen before...
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Topalov vs Kramnik
I can't link to it right now (working), but Topalov missed a simple mate against Kramnik when they battled for the title.
I think there were more mistakes than that in that match. ;-)
(The spellcheck doesn't know the mentioned players, lol)
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The video fragment posted above came from Anand - Kasparov, 1996:
Kasparov played Qxe3 here, and after Qxg4 he wasn't so happy.
pgroenborg's mention is this, Topalov - Kramnik, 2006:
Topalov played Qg6+ here, but instead Rxg4+ Bg7 Qc7 wins easily. Later, Kramnik even managed to win the game.
And ccmcacollister's post was about this, Deep Fritz - Kramnik, 2006:
Kramnik played Qe3 here, which wins in all variations, but one.
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Amazia Avni's Danger in Chess
In the above regicide manual, if anybody has this, it points out two examples of Messrs Short and Korchnoi walking into mate in one against lesser known GMs.
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Kasparov v Karpov.
I believe Kasparov blundered away a whole rook in time scramble against Karpov in one of their matches for the world title. The incident was shown on television.
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Here's one I discovered recently...
... a bit of a double-barrelled error this one!
Biel 1988. Zapata vs Anand. Black decided to follow a Petroff Defence game played earlier between Larry Christiansen and Tony Miles, when the theoretically unusual 5...Bf5 had been played. It must have looked intriguing:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4
5.Nc3 Bf5 6.Qe2 1-0.
If 6...Qe7, 7.Nd5;
or 6...d5, 7.d3
White wins at least a piece, and even Vishy Anand didn't fancy his chances!
The intriguing question is this: what did Christiansen play? How did he miss the quick kill??
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Well, chessgames.com is having a problem at the moment so I can't check this out, but in the kibitzing for that game, I believe someone stated that Miles and Christiansen had previously agreed to draw the game, and when Miles played 5...Bf5, Christiansen didn't play 6. Qe2 (which would have sort of ruined the pre-arranged draw) but did make indications to Miles that his move was quite a bad one.
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Makes a good story, anyhow. It seems, by the way that the book I was quoting got Miles and Christiansen the wrong way round too - or else I just misremembered it...
But the mistake Anand made was rather unusual for a GM: playing an unfamiliar opening line without doing some preliminary homework.
Some of the best (worst) GM mistakes happen when they have the advantage. Better yet is when they face some unknown, and take things a bit too easily. My favorite is this disaster from the Skoplje Olympiad, 1972. Here, the GM doesn't make a single move blunder - rather his whole game went horribly wrong:
White: W.S. Browne (USA); Black: Taha (Iraq)
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7
5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Nb5?! Nb6! 8.a4? a6
9.a5 axb5 10.axb6 Qxa1 11.Qxa1 c6 12.Qa8 0-0
13.Qxb8 Qb4+ 14.c3 Qxb2 15.Ne2 b4 16.cxb4 Qxb4+
17.Kd1 Qb3+ 18.Kd2 Qb4+ 19.Kd3? c5! 20.Qc7 c4+
21.Ke3 Qb3+ 22.Kf4 Qd3 (-+) 23.f3 Qd2+ 24.Kg3 Qe1+
25.Kh3 Qf2 26.Kg4 f6 27.exf6 e5+ 28.Kh5 gxf6
29.dxe5 fxe5 30.Qe7 Rf5+ 1-0 (31.Kh6 Qxb6+ etc).
In the same Olympiad, GM Tringov had more than one awful disaster. About to capture Uhlmann's extra pawn, Tringov forgot to move his K first to avert the Q fork after Qe1+ that picked up the rook.
But Tringov's worst move was "Adjourned move (written on score sheet) to trouser pocket" - a blunder that cost him the game against Korchnoi.
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Kramnik made a few noticeable blunders. Mistake against Fritz is already quoted above, but he also blundered a piece in his earlier anti-engine match. And he played this aganst Anand at Mobitel 2005: www.chessbase.com
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Here is a very fun game ...
Take a look at Kasparovs reaction to the type of blunder he made vs Anand. Now put Gary in Kramnicks seat for the infamous Mate in One ... and imagine the look, the reaction. Would not the walls shake? And poor Gary, would He survive such a er faux pas? No I think. Fortunately the Q: also arises, would he Make such. I am confident we will not have to watch Gary die at the board :))
(Secondly; why is faux pas not in the spellchecker??; who needs the word more than Chessplayers!!)
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watching that video makes me think
I'd love to play Kasparov in a poker match.
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It's especially ...
... entertaining (or galling) when a GM makes a mistake in his writing. You would think that in all peace and quiet at the writing desk, such a one would spot and correct any boo-boos that might otherwise creep in.
Check this one from J.R.capabalnca's "Last Lectures" (otherwise quite a useful little book of Capablanca's radio lectures of the late 1930s). Lecture 8 discussed the Ruy Lopez Opening, taking the audience deep into the game:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6
5.0-0 Nxe4 (a move Capablanca allowed he disliked sufficiently as being unable to recall his ever having played it in a tournament game)
6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Be7
10.Nbd2 Nc5 11.Bc2 d5 12.Ne4 dxc3 13.Nxc5 Bxc5
14.Be4 Qd7 15.bxc3 Rd8 16.Qxd7+ Bxd7 17.Rd1 ...
Now, I have omitted Capablanca's remarks on the opening this far, but here he remarks that the move played prevents Black from castling, owing to 17...0-0? 18.Rxd7 Rxd7 19.Bxc6 winning 2 minor pieces for the rook. Unfortunately for this piece of advice, Black has a won game! Check it out: Black to play and win:
In defence of the author, though, it's easy to make oversights like this at the desk. In actual play, Capa would have spotted the hole in a moment.