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Basil
06-01-2007, 10:29 PM
They say pain shared is pain eased! I offer the following game (one of many) that illustrates why I am a doofus. Please do share, why don't you! :)

Basil
06-01-2007, 10:34 PM
This is round 2 of the biggest tournament I had played in :uhoh: I had just come off a loss against eventual winner, Andrew Fitzpatrick [VIC] and was also coming back from 18 months out of the game. Any myths that absence had improved my game were quickly dispelled!!

Now I'm never going to get a title, but I didn't think I'd ever toss off this shambles in competitive play. Enjoy a listless nothing capped off with a bishop dump at move 24!

TIP: Rotate the board for maximum effect and an insight into a patzer's mind ;)

[Aus Champs 2006 - Minor]
[Carlton Crest Hotel, Brisbane]
[2006.01.04]
[Round 3]
[White Mary Wilkie [NSW]]
[Black Howard]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1249"]
[BlackElo "1547"]
[ECO "B01"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bg4 4. f3 Bf5 5. Bc4 Nbd7 6. d4 a6 7. a4 Nb6 8. Bb3
Nbxd5 9. Nge2 h6 10. O-O e6 11. Nxd5 exd5 12. Ng3 Be6 13. c3 Bd6 14. Ne2 g5 15.
f4 Bg4 16. Qe1 Kd7 17. fxg5 Ne4 18. Bxd5 Nxg5 19. Nf4 c6 20. Bc4 Qc7 21. Qh4
Rag8 22. Qxg4+ Kd8 23. Qh5 Rh7 24. Bd2 Rhg7 25. Qxh6 Ne4 26. Qh4+ Be7 27. Qe1
Nd6 28. Bxf7 Qb6 29. Bxg8 Rxg8 30. b4 1-0

Bereaved
06-01-2007, 10:44 PM
Hi Howard, this is pretty ordinary

[Date "2002.12.14"]

[White "Pyke, Malcolm"]
[Black "another"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E02"]
[WhiteElo "1885"]
[BlackElo "1850"]


1. c4 e6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. d4 dxc4 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Qc2 Nbd7 8.
Qxc4 a6 9. Bf4 c5 10. dxc5 Bxc5 11. Nc3 b5 12. Qb3 Bb7 13. a4 b4 14. Nb1 Bd5
15. Qd1 Qb6 16. a5 Qb7 17. Nh4 Ne4 18. Nd2 Ndf6 19. Nb3 Ba7 20. Nf3 Rfd8 21.
Ne5 Nxf2 0-1

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

PS I can find much worse, given time

eclectic
06-01-2007, 10:44 PM
A ha! I see what you're trying to do. You want to surreptitiously obtain source material so as to provide a counterweight for JGB's upcoming opus! :lol:

Bereaved
06-01-2007, 10:46 PM
Hi Skaro,

Something like the "Worst of Australian Chess" ?

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

Axiom
06-01-2007, 10:51 PM
Hi Skaro,

Something like the "Worst of Australian Chess" ?

Take care and God Bless, Macavity
thats sure to be a huge seller:eek: ;)

Bereaved
06-01-2007, 10:53 PM
It would probably require more pages ( volumes even !! ), Axiom?

or am I going over the top?

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

Basil
06-01-2007, 10:56 PM
I am presently trying to reconstruct a 6 move howler - which oddly I have declined to save in my database :eek: My opponent is a good friend and perhaps he will 'help me out' when I next see him. I nominate it in advance for a medal placing. Stay tuned.

Bereaved
06-01-2007, 10:58 PM
I could present a 4 move loss, from when I was a junior?

Then again, some things are best left in childhood....

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

Axiom
06-01-2007, 11:27 PM
It would probably require more pages ( volumes even !! ), Axiom?

or am I going over the top?

Take care and God Bless, Macavity
well, mr macavity, one has to take on these types of mammoth endeavours,with a great deal of forethought......i would hesitate to 2nd guess the demanding australian chess public,suffice to say ,you are on a winner...........and keep going over the top,..we need more of that,reaching for the stars mentality here.

Bereaved
06-01-2007, 11:41 PM
Axiom, I would only be reaching for the stars wouldn't I?

Surely I wouldn't be doing any dancing whilst there?

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

PS here is the 4 mover



1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nc6 4.Bxg7

I did not sleep well after this, unsurprisingly

Axiom
06-01-2007, 11:59 PM
Heres my offering from our silicon friends...........i was shaking in shock at the end of this game(miracle). I will give the first 17 moves ,..and i invite speculation as to 'what happened next'


white Axiom~1900 black Computer 2665 7/5/04
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 d5 5.e5 a6 6.d3 b5 7.a3 c4 8.g3 Nh6 9.d4 Nf5 10.Bg2 Bd7 11.0-0 Qb6 12.Qe1 Ncxd4 13.Nxd4 Bc5 14.Kh1 Nxd4 15.a4 Nxc2 16.Qe2 Nxa1 17.f5 Nb3

the game ends with mate on move 26! ,with 27secs left on the computer's clock,and 26secs left on mine!

Basil
07-01-2007, 12:06 AM
Ah yes ... this is quality stuff! I believe we have another medal contender. Good work mac! :)

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nc6 4.Bxg7

Axiom
07-01-2007, 12:21 AM
Axiom, I would only be reaching for the stars wouldn't I?

Surely I wouldn't be doing any dancing whilst there?




i'd say just reaching for the stars is a good enough effort,...you dont want to show off :)

Garrett
07-01-2007, 08:35 AM
You guys are making me feel better for losing game after game against the computer.

Thanks !

Kevin Bonham
07-01-2007, 04:08 PM
On the "Chesskit Battle" thread I mentioned the horror in junior days of losing to a player rated 887 in a game in which I had K+R+N+6P vs K+R+2P. (I blundered the rook attempting a fancy rook swap and then found that despite having four pawns for the exchange my position was still dead lost.) But I was only a 1035-rated junior at the time so that doesn't really count.

The worst of the worst in my case was this one; at the time Nigel was a somewhat better player than me and had beaten me the previous five times we had played.

Frame (c. 1630*) - Bonham (c. 1500*), 1995 Sandy Bay G60

1.f4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Nh3 c6 6.e4 Qb6 7.exf5 exf5 8.Qe2+ Kd8 9.Kf1 Re8 10.Qf3 Ng4 11.b3 Be3 12.Nd2 Qb4 13.Nc4 Qc3 14.Bb2 Qxc2 15.Qd1 Qxd1+ 16.Rxd1 d5 17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.Bxe5 Re7 19.d4 Nd7 20.Ke2 Nxe5 21.fxe5 Bh6 22.Nf4 Bxf4 23.gxf4 Be6 24.Rhg1 Kd7 25.Bf3 Rc8 26.h4 g6 27.Rg2 Rg7 28.Rdg1 Bf7 29.h5 Be8 30.Kd3 Ke6 31.b4 Kd7 32.h6 Rf7 33.Rc1 Ke6 34.a4 a6 35.Rg3 Bd7 36.Ke3 Re7 37.Be2 Be8 38.b5 axb5 39.Bxb5 Ra8 40.Bd3 Rxa4 41.Rb1 b5 42.Rg2 Rea7 43.Rc2 Ra2 44.Rbc1 Rxc2 45.Bxc2 Ra3+ 46.Bd3 Ra2 47.Be2 Bd7 48.Kf3 Ra3+ 49.Kg2 Re3 50.Bf1 Re4 51.Kf3 Rxd4 52.Ra1 Ra4 53.Rxa4 bxa4 54.Bd3 c5 55.Ke3 Bc6 56.Bb1 d4+ I'm clearly winning but in fairly bad time trouble it all goes totally pearshape: 57.Kd3 Bb5+?? [Missing 57...Be4+ winning a bishop.] 58.Kd2 Kd5 59.Ba2+ Bc4?? [59...c4 wins easily] 60.Bxc4+ Kc6?? [60...Kxc4 61.e6 a3 62.e7 (62.Kc2?? d3+ 63.Kd2 a2 64.e7 a1=Q 65.e8=Q Qc3+ wins) 62...a2 63.e8=Q a1=Q 64.Qf7+ Kb4 65.Qb7+ Kc4 66.Qf7+ still draws.] 61.Kd3 1-0

I remember after this loss I just sat there numbly and did not get up for several minutes.

* This was during a period in which the Tassie ratings were not updated for years so we were probably both a fair bit better than this.

Axiom
07-01-2007, 04:41 PM
OK, you want to see the computer short circuited?I now give the remaining dramatic moves
white Axiom~1900 black Computer 2665 7/5/04
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 d5 5.e5 a6 6.d3 b5 7.a3 c4 8.g3 Nh6 9.d4 Nf5 10.Bg2 Bd7 11.0-0 Qb6 12.Qe1 Ncxd4 13.Nxd4 Bc5 14.Kh1 Nxd4 15.a4 Nxc2 16.Qe2 Nxa1 17.f5 Nb3 18.Bf4 Nd4 19.Qh5 Nxf5 20.g4 Nd4 21.Bg5 0-0 amidst the haze and blur i lash out,like a primitive human against a seemingly invincible force 22.Bh6! gxh6 23.Qxh6 Rfd8 and now divine inspiration 24.Ne4!! Kh8 25.Nf6 a5 26.Qxh7++ 1-0

A true silicon shocker!

Basil
07-01-2007, 09:06 PM
Thanks Kevin and Axiom. Axiom, we want YOUR shockers, something else's! Kevin, thanks for the offering.

Mac, you are miles ahead! C'mon people. We want H/O/W/L/E/R/S :)

Kevin Bonham
07-01-2007, 09:13 PM
In the 1985 Tasmanian U14 Championships, an unrated event in which I finished sixth out of about 14, I dropped a rook to the old chestnut 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 g6?? 3.Qxe5+ and subsequently lost the game in about 20 moves.

I had a few other games that event where I found that defending e5 was too much like hard work, and took up 1...e6 shortly after, and never looked back!

My shortest losses were a couple of games I resigned early in my career, one on move 11 after losing two pawns for no compensation, another on about move 10 after losing a piece ditto.

My shortest loss barring such arguably premature resignations was this shocker (it's rather spectacular):

Pablo Oriol - Bonham, 1997 State Interclub

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Nb6 8.Ne5 Nbd7? Not the most intelligent move-repetition attempt ever seen 9.Qb3! Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd7 11.e4 Be6 12.Qxb7 Nxe5 13.Bf4 Ng6 14.Nb5!! f6 15.Nc7+ Kf7 16.Nxe6 If I take the knight it's #3 so ... 1-0

Axiom
07-01-2007, 09:33 PM
Axiom, we want YOUR shockers,
i know you want my shockers ,but how was the computer to present his? i felt honour bound....

Axiom
07-01-2007, 09:40 PM
..........actually ,try saying ... " short circuited silicon shocker" repeatedly really quickly.:lol:

Basil
19-01-2007, 06:10 PM
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qa5 5.Nf3 e6 6.Bd2 Bb4 7.Bd3 O-O 8.O-O Nc6 9.Re1 Bxc3 10.bxc3 Qh5 11.c4 Rd8 12.c3 Ne7 13.Re5 Nf5 14.Bxf5 exf5 15.Re7 Rd7 16.Qe2 Ne4 17.Re8# 1-0

Glenno slaps Howard. Correspondence chesschat. Today's date.

Spiny Norman
20-01-2007, 01:51 PM
I was on the winning end of this "shocker" from the Ringwood Club Championship 1980:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Nxe5 Qg5 5.Nxf7 {Bxf7 was required} Qxg2 6.Rf1 Qxe4+ 7.Be2 Nf3# 0-1

Spiny Norman
20-01-2007, 01:54 PM
Much more recently I was on the losing end of this awful exhibition:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.dxe6 fxe6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.e4 d5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.e5 Ne4 10.Qxd5+ Qxd5 11.Nxd5 Bd8 12.Bc4 Ba5+ 13.b4 Nd6 14.exd6 1-0

Basil
20-01-2007, 03:14 PM
Love your work Frosty. This is what we want. Mac is still light years ahead, but I must be gaining!

Basil
07-02-2007, 02:03 AM
More from Fox & James 'The Even More Complete Chess Addict'

I quote directly:
Then there's the gruesome thing that befell a Yugolslavian GM in Havana. It's the summer of 1965, and Borislav Ivkov is on top of the world: he's beaten two all-time greats (Smyslov & Fischer) and he's leading a very strong field in the Capablanca Memorial Tournament. If he wins, it'll be the best result of his life.

With two rounds to go, Boris is expected to clinch first place with an easy win against a tail-ender, the Cuban Gilberto Garcia - a relative unknown.

True to form, Ivkov (black) crushes the local boy in the middle of the game and reaches a position in which Garcia should resign. But, as they say, 'you never win a game by resigning' ...

5rk1/p4p1p/4nQp1/8/3p2P1/5p1P/3B1P2/1q3BK1 b - - 0 1

What would you play? Boris chose the move that is still waking him in the middle of the night:

36... d3; and after 37.Bc3, it was the ashen-faced Ivkov who had to resign. Doubtless shattered by this horror story, Ivkov blew his last game too - and finished a sadder and wiser grandmaster, equal 4th.

* Anthony Glyn uses this disaster as part of the plot in his absorbing novel 'The Dragon Variation' (1969)

Basil
07-02-2007, 02:15 AM
And just to keep the flavour going in an attempt to induce our membership to dig deep, more from the same authors:

One of the shortest losses between world-class players is the horrible: Marshall-Chigorin, Monte Carlo, 1902. Queen's Gambit Chigorin Defence

1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.d5 Na5 5.Bf4 Bd7 6.e4 e6 7.dxe6 fxe6 8.Qh5+ 1-0

Desmond
07-02-2007, 12:09 PM
tsk tsk, doesn't he know how to play the Chigorin's Defence properly? Needs to study his theory more.

Watto
07-02-2007, 01:52 PM
Mac, you are miles ahead! C'mon people. We want H/O/W/L/E/R/S :)
out of the 90 odd tournament games I’ve played I can provide an endless supply of howlers... :(

might post a game when the howler percentage drops... :) (I like the idea of this thread, just can't bear to share the pain ;))

Basil
07-02-2007, 02:39 PM
It's good for the soul, Jean. If mac can do it at his dizzy heights, there's no shame in the rest of us getting it on.

Watto
07-02-2007, 04:17 PM
It's good for the soul, Jean. If mac can do it at his dizzy heights, there's no shame in the rest of us getting it on.
Sure, there’s no shame in it but doesn’t make much sense to post what’s par for the course. re my soul… no need to worry… the dizzying lows are keeping it in good shape! ;)

Basil
07-02-2007, 04:22 PM
Sure, there’s no shame in it but doesn’t make much sense to post what’s par for the course.
I hadn't considered that. So I guess the bar should be set at "a move one's granny would be ashamed of".

With greatest respect to the many grannies both presently and throughout history who could beat me up over 64 squares - including Mary Wilkie :doh:

Watto
07-02-2007, 04:37 PM
I hadn't considered that. So I guess the bar should be set at "a move one's granny would be ashamed of".

It’s all relative of course. Probably no need to narrow the definition of a howler. Was just speaking for myself…

Having said that I might dig out a particular stinker at some point...

Basil
15-02-2007, 10:47 PM
OK, it was 8 moves, not 6. I now present for the absolute delight of all, a disaster that must illustrate incompetence beyond peer ... the likes of which I have never seen reproduced anywhere ... ever!

As such I claim the Gold Medal before the close of entries. The rest of you may fight it out for Silver and Bronze.

[Winter Swiss]
[BCC]
[Date "2004.07.08"]
[Round "1"]
[White "John Alkin"]
[Black "Howard Duggan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1650"]
[BlackElo "1488"]
[ECO "A82"]

1. d4 f5 2. e4 Nf6 { Doh! } 3. e5 Nd5 4. c4 Nb6 5. Nf3 d5 { Doh! Doh! } 6. c5
N6d7 7. Ng5 c6 { Doh! Doh! Doh! Idiot!!! } 8. Ne6 1-0

Kevin Bonham
15-02-2007, 10:51 PM
Another of my super shockers from the past, in which, playing a then reigning (or recently dethroned) state champion for the first time on a night when I was very tired and not expecting to play a tournament game, this happened ... from about to be a rook up on move 7, to losing on move 42.

*shudder*

Oh, how abysmal it is. It is even worse than I remembered. :wall: :wall: :wall:

Sakov, Pavel (then c.1850) - Bonham, Kevin (then c.1730) [C15]
HICC Champs, 1997

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qd3 dxe4 5.Qxe4 Nf6 6.Qh4 Qd5 7.Bd3??
An incredible blunder!! 7...Qxg2 8.Bg5 Nbd7 9.0-0-0 Bxc3? [9...Qxh1 of course.] 10.Ne2 Bxb2+? [Another mistake. 10...Bb4 a piece up is fine.] 11.Kxb2 Qg4 12.Rhg1 Qxh4 13.Bxh4 Black could have been a whole rook up and has settled for a feeble two pawns with White having some compensation. Still this should hardly be lost. 13...g6 14.f4 Nd5 15.c4 Ne3?! Yes, and how is it getting out of there? 16.Rde1 Nb6 17.Kc3 0-0 18.Ng3 Nf5 [18...Ng4 could be better.] 19.Nxf5 exf5 20.Re7 [20.d5 right away could have been stronger.] 20...Bd7 21.d5 Rfe8 22.Rge1 Rxe7 23.Rxe7 Re8 24.Kd4
Kg7? 25.Rxe8 Bxe8 26.Bd8 c6? Black should not have let White create a passed pawn. [26...Na8!] 27.Ke5 cxd5 28.cxd5 Kf8? 29.Kd6? giving the knight a chance to get off the hook. [29.Bxb6! axb6 30.Kd6 b5 31.Kc7 Ke7 32.d6+ Ke6 33.Bc2 etc wins] 29...Ba4? but Black does not realise the danger. 30.Bxb6 axb6 31.Kc7 Ke7 32.Bc2! Cheeky! 32...Bd7 33.d6+ Ke8 34.Kxb7 Kd8 35.Kxb6 f6 36.a4 Bc8 37.a5 Kd7 38.Kc5 g5? 39.Bxf5+ Kd8 40.Bxc8 Kxc8 41.a6 gxf4 42.Kd4 1-0

Kevin Bonham
15-02-2007, 10:56 PM
OK, it was 8 moves, not 6. I now present for the absolute delight of all, a disaster that must illustrate incompetence beyond peer ... the likes of which I have never seen reproduced anywhere ... ever!

:clap: :clap: :clap:

That is truly world class. To not even be able to save the queen with the check you just provided for it takes some beating. Most impressive.

Basil
15-02-2007, 10:58 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap:

That is truly world class. To not even be able to save the queen with the check you just provided for it takes some beating. Most impressive.

Thank you thank you. By comparison, your offering is a rank amateurish :) In fact you're all amateurs by comparison.

Axiom
16-02-2007, 02:07 AM
OK, it was 8 moves, not 6. I now present for the absolute delight of all, a disaster that must illustrate incompetence beyond peer ... the likes of which I have never seen reproduced anywhere ... ever!

As such I claim the Gold Medal before the close of entries. The rest of you may fight it out for Silver and Bronze.

[Winter Swiss]
[BCC]
[Date "2004.07.08"]
[Round "1"]
[White "John Alkin"]
[Black "Howard Duggan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1650"]
[BlackElo "1488"]
[ECO "A82"]

1. d4 f5 2. e4 Nf6 { Doh! } 3. e5 Nd5 4. c4 Nb6 5. Nf3 d5 { Doh! Doh! } 6. c5
N6d7 7. Ng5 c6 { Doh! Doh! Doh! Idiot!!! } 8. Ne6 1-0
Never before could i imagine such hilarity and a chess game combined with such synergetic poetic force...a true tear de force :cry:

Trent Parker
22-02-2007, 02:04 PM
ok here is a shocker that i have seen:

1.d4 e6 2.Nd2 Nf6 3.b3 Ng4 4.h3 Ne3

Here is one of m losses from early in my chess career:



1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 g6 4.e5 dxe5 5.Nxe5 e6 6.d4 Nc6 7.Bg5 Nxd4 8.c3 h6 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.cxd4 Bb4+ 11.Nc3 Qg5 12.Qa4+ Bd7 13.Qxd7+


and a game where I beat a 1900 FICS rated guy in a 5 min game: BTW this is a known line. was discussed in a chesscafe article by Tim ????? cant remember the name

1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Ne5 Nc6 9.Qf3 Nxd4 10.Qxb7 Nxc2+ 11.Kf2 Qd4+ 12.Kg3 Qxe5+ 13.Bf4 Qd4 14.Bb5+ Kd8 15.Bxc7+

Basil
22-02-2007, 02:31 PM
Thanks Trent. Do you have any of your own Shockers? This is the mark of a (wo)man - if not his chess prowess!

Garvinator
22-02-2007, 02:42 PM
Thanks Trent. Do you have any of your own Shockers? This is the mark of a (wo)man - if not his chess prowess!
To be a contender for the title, the game has to be one of your own and you made the shocker. Shockers from others can be easily found on the net.

There has to be a personal pride aspect to the game :uhoh:

Basil
13-04-2007, 12:42 AM
OK, here's another for the ever fattening coffers of patzerdom.

It's board 2, round 5, and white (idiot) needs a win for second place going into the last round. He's already played the outright leader and will only trail by 1/2 point.

White knows he winning.
Black knows white's winnning.
The audience knows white's winning.
The computer confirmed he's winning.

Enter Howard Duggan

White to play. How about Bf3 - Bc6 rounding up the b pawn and home for tea and cakes? Not a bit of it!

8/1R6/1p3rpp/1P4k1/8/6K1/4B3/8 w - - 5 54

How about Bd3, intending Rg7? Well that's what white played. The only trouble is that black paralysed (who couldn't leave the 6th) played Re6, and white missed the fork.

1. Bd3 Re6
2. Rg7 Re3+ picking up the Bishop. Ta very much. 0-1 some moves later (not before white managed to miss a forced draw). Wanna see that?

8/8/8/8/6pk/2R5/5r1p/7K w - - 0 1

12 seconds on the clock

And the idiot finds 1.Rh2+ drawing in all lines. The king can neither take the rook nor hide from rolling checks. But after having done the hard work to find and play for the resource, on 1...Kg5, white inexplicably (2 seconds left) plays Rxh2 and loses - to cap off a scintillating day at the office! And off he heads to the middle of the pack for the final round.

Chess is indeed a testy, offensive and cholericke game!

Southpaw Jim
17-04-2007, 10:21 PM
Howie, as requested:

Event: Club Champs
Date: 2007.04.16
White: Chadwick, Charles
Black: Abbott, James
White ELO: 1713!!
Black ELO 1065?
Result: 1-0
ECO: E90
PlyCount: 63
TimeControl: 900+20

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. g3 e5 7. Bg2 Re8 8. O-O Nc6 9. d5 Na5 {unfortunately I failed to calculate deeply enough and dismissed 9...Nd4 10.Nxd4 exd4 11.Qxd4 on the grounds that it "just lost a pawn", forgetting that the pawn was protected} 10. Qd3 c6? {STUPIDO! Silly thing is that I had noticed that my knight was short on escape squares, but failed to do anything about it} 11. b4 Nxc4 12. Qxc4 cxd5 13. Nxd5 Nxd5 14. Qxd5 Qb6 15. a3 Qc6 16. Rd1 Qxd5 17. Rxd5 Rd8 18. Be3 Be6 19. Rdd1 d5 {here I thought I had a wonderful discovered attack on the a1 rook after 20.exd5 e4} 20. exd5 {fortunately I realised while Charles was considering this move that 20...e4 failed to 21.Nd4 after which I'd have a hard time defending the advanced pawn} 20...Rxd5? {fortunately Charles misses 21.Ng5, winning a pawn} 21. Rxd5 Bxd5 22. Rd1 Bc6 23. Ng5 Bxg2 24. Kxg2 h6 25. Ne4 a5 26. Rd7 axb4 27. axb4 f5 28. Nd6 b5 29. Nxb5 Rb8 30. Rd5 Kf7 31. Ba7 Ke6? {played in haste, failing to consider whether my opponent might have a better move than the one I expected him to play} 32. Rd6+ 1-0

Basil
17-04-2007, 10:35 PM
Thanks. Move 10 is a cracker! After dropping the knight, your single-minded dedication to exchanging material is to be commended.

This game absolutely qualifies. Consider yourself inducted and please join mac and myself in the members' room (exclusive to gold card members). Say hello to Kevin and Trent on the way past (a couple of our silver card members).

Garvinator
17-04-2007, 10:42 PM
Hello eurotrash.

In the position after 9. d5, if memory serves me correctly, you are supposed to play Ne7. The knight on a5 is kind of out of the action. Ne7 can later assist with a kside attack and also undermining the centre with c6.

Basil
17-04-2007, 10:44 PM
... you are supposed to ...
Garvinator, that sort of talk in this sort of thread is likely to result in extreme unpleasantness! :P

Southpaw Jim
17-04-2007, 10:51 PM
Yeah, you're right - unfortunately I tend to forget the basic setup in KID as I don't seem to face 1.d4 very often. Dunno why I didn't consider it really, just wasn't on the ball last night :(

BTW Garv, found any use for that spreadsheet yet?

Garvinator
18-04-2007, 04:16 PM
BTW Garv, found any use for that spreadsheet yet?
Have had no use for it so far. I dont have much involvement in round robins, especially ones that run over multiple days.

Desmond
06-05-2007, 08:57 AM
8/8/4kpK1/8/8/6P1/7P/8 w - - 0 1

Wow, it doesn't get much better than this. Pawn ending with an extra outside passed pawn, superior King position, and I had even worked out how to win. 1.h4 and if 1...Ke7 then 2.Kg7. If 1...Ke5, I'll have a queen in 4 moves. My hands had different ideas.

1.Kg7

I looked at the board and couldn't belive I played this move. I hadn't meant to. Actually, it didn't throw away the win, but I guess I was too diappointed to think straight, and the game ended in a draw.

:doh::wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:

WhiteElephant
06-05-2007, 09:21 AM
D'oh, that sucks man. Don't worry, we've all been there.

Just out of curiosity, what was the continuation after Kg7? Because it seems like after ...Kf5, you can still play h4 which is winning.

Desmond
06-05-2007, 05:33 PM
Yep, it took real talent to draw that. Forgive me if I don't relive it.

Capablanca-Fan
08-05-2007, 04:17 PM
Howie, as requested:

Event: Club Champs
Date: 2007.04.16
White: Chadwick, Charles
Black: Abbott, James
White ELO: 1713!!
Black ELO 1065?
Result: 1-0
ECO: E90
PlyCount: 63
TimeControl: 900+20

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. g3 e5 7. Bg2 Re8

Not so good. White can play d5, when Black would rather have the R back on e8 to support f5.

Instead Black should play 7 ... Nc6 8.d5 Nd4! 9.Nxd4 exd4 10.Qxd4 Nxe4!

So if White wants to play the fianchetto variation, he should castle before e4.

Capablanca-Fan
08-05-2007, 04:20 PM
8/8/8/8/6pk/2R5/5r1p/7K w - - 0 1

12 seconds on the clock

And the idiot finds 1.Rh2+ drawing in all lines. The king can neither take the rook nor hide from rolling checks. But after having done the hard work to find and play for the resource, on 1...Kg5, white inexplicably (2 seconds left) plays Rxh2 and loses - to cap off a scintillating day at the office!
Why? The position is still drawn.

Basil
08-05-2007, 05:24 PM
Please don't say things like that :eek: I'll have to check the game (which I don't have with me now) to ensure the diagram is accurate.

Basil
08-05-2007, 07:54 PM
Please don't say things like that :eek: I'll have to check the game (which I don't have with me now) to ensure the diagram is accurate.
News in from Byrom (via e-mail) for which I'm grateful. Hi Pat! His e-mail is self-explanatory and reads thus:

----------------------------

Jono is correct about Rh3+ followed by Rxh2 being a draw - the reason is that Aurel's king is behind his pawn. I had analysed this while watching the game, which puzzled me during the post-mortem as the actual position wasn't a draw.

So I reconstructed the game later. The problem is that you interpolated Rh5+, which forces the king to f4 - beside the pawn! Then Rxh2 loses, as the enemy king moves in front of the pawn.

I was going to let you know, but felt it would be too depressing.

-----------------------------

I'm leaving now :evil:

ElevatorEscapee
08-05-2007, 09:52 PM
Ok...

From that position.

1.Rh3+ Kxh3 is stalemate.

1.Rh3+ Kg5 (only other legal move) 2.Rxh2 Rxh2+ 3.Kxh2 Kf4 Kg2 =

1.Rh3+ Kg5 2.Rh5+ Kf4 3.Rxh2?? Rxh2+ 4.Kxh2 Kf3 winning easily... (for those who know the win of King and Knight Pawn versus King).

Kevin Bonham
15-05-2007, 09:52 PM
http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=6266

Kevin Bonham
04-06-2007, 10:41 PM
Behold the face of art. Look on in awe and wonderment.

Bonham - Knight (Untimed casual game, HICC)

This reconstruction may not be quite move-perfect but all the important stuff is there:

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.0-0 Be7 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.b4 Bd6 9.a3 Bd7 10.Bb2 0-0 11.Nbd2 Qe7 12.c4 dxc4 13.Nxc4 Bc7 14.Nce5 Rfd8 15.Nxd7 Rxd7 16.Qc2 Rad8 17.Ng5!? Nd4! 18.Bxd4 Rxd4 19.Bxb7 Bxg3 20.fxg3 Qxb7? 21.Rxf6! gxf6 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 23.Nxe6+! Ke7 24.Nxd8 Rxd8 25.Qf5 Rd5 26.Qe4+ Kf8 27.Qf3 Qb6+ 28.Qf2 Qe6 29.Rf1 Kg7 30.Qxa7 Qxe2 31.Qf2 Qe5 32.Qf4 Qb2 33.Qg4+ Kf8 34.Qc8+ Kg7 35.Qc1 Qe2 36.Qc3 Qe6 37.a4 Qd6 38.a5 Rd3 39.Rxf6 Qxf6 40.Qxd3 Qa1+ 41.Kf2 Qb2+ 42.Qe2 Qxb4 43.a6 Qb1 44.a7 Qb6+ 45.Qe3 Qb2+ 46.Kg1 Qb1+ 47.Kg2 Qc2+ 48.Kh3 Qc8+ 49.g4 Qa6 50.Qe5+ f6 51.Qe7+ Kg6 52.Qe4+ Kg5 53.a8=Q Qf1+ 54.Qg2 Qd3+ 55.Qaf3?? Oh dear, wrong queen! 55...Qh7+ 56.Kg3 Qh4# 0-1

Southpaw Jim
04-06-2007, 11:03 PM
I have my own to add:

Event: Club champs 2007
Date: 2007.06.04
White: Kruup, Andrew
Black: Abbott, James
Result: 1-0

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. O-O O-O 5. d3 d5 6. Na3 c6 7. c4 Bg4 8. Bf4 Bxf3 9. Bxf3 Nbd7 10. Rb1 e5 11. Bg5 Qa5 12. Bd2 Qc7 13. cxd5 cxd5 14. Qb3 Qc6 15. Rbc1 Qe6 16. Rc7 e4 {not good, but worse to come} 17. Bg2 exd3 18. Qxd3 b6 19. b4 Rfc8 {still not good, but even worse to come} 20. Rfc1 Rxc7 21. Rxc7 Ne4 {Ladies and gentlemen, we have the Clanger. After this, it's pretty much all over} 22. Bxe4 dxe4 23. Qxd7 Qxd7 24. Rxd7 a6 25. Nc4 b5 26. Nd6 f5 27. Bg5 Bc3 28. a3 Bb2 29. Rd8+ Rxd8 30. Bxd8 Bxa3 31. Ba5 Kg7 32. Ne8+ Kf7 33. Nc7 Ke7 34. Nxa6 Kd6 35. Kg2 Kd5 36. e3 g5 37. f3 exf3+ 38. Kxf3 Kc4 39. g4 f4 40. exf4 gxf4 41. Kxf4 Bc1+ 42. Kf5 h6 43. h4 Bd2 44. g5 hxg5 45. hxg5 Bxg5 46. Kxg5 Kd5 47. Nc7+ Kc6 48. Nxb5 Kxb5 49. Kf5 Kc6 50. Ke6 Kb5 51. Kd5 Ka6 52. Kc5 Kb7 53. b5 Ka7 54. Kc6 Kb8 55. b6 Ka8 56. b7+ Ka7 57. Kc7 Ka6 58. b8=Q 1-0

Bloody hell :wall:

Basil
04-06-2007, 11:27 PM
Kevin and James,

Each in your own way, you have plumbed the depths. You may both wear yoour respective hats of class boobery with pride and aplomb - for you have earned them. Well done - we are grateful for your soul baring and sharing.

However, if either of you think that your offerings come close to this (http://www.chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=144278&postcount=34) (post 34 this thread if it won't load), you are not only sadly mistaken, but you have much, much further to go.

For those that haven't seen it before, turn the board for full glorious effect. Enjoy.

Rincewind
04-06-2007, 11:30 PM
Behold the face of art. Look on in awe and wonderment.

:lol:

Best shocker I've seen in a while.

Kevin Bonham
04-06-2007, 11:31 PM
By the way, I almost never play 1.d4.

pax
05-06-2007, 09:12 AM
Kevin, that's almost a work of art.

Howard's is also a good 'un. Reminds me of the first win I ever had over an adult (he was Woden Chess Club champion at the time). It was one of those knight delivered mates against a self-smothered king. I didn't even know that I had won - my opponent (or maybe it was a bystander) had to point out that it was mate.

Basil
05-06-2007, 02:46 PM
Kevin, that's almost a work of art.

Howard's is also a good 'un. Reminds me of the first win I ever had over an adult (he was Woden Chess Club champion at the time). It was one of those knight delivered mates against a self-smothered king. I didn't even know that I had won - my opponent (or maybe it was a bystander) had to point out that it was mate.

It is true, and I periodically consider it, that sometimes the threads tend 'to be about Howard'. I don't mean it and I try and watch out for this trait. I had second thoughts after I posted last night because I didn't want to detract from the sheer brilliance of Kevin's self-mate or James' methodical and industrious approach to self-extinction. Both most worthy achievements.

The reason I keep coming back to my game is that apart from having no time pressure whatsoever, the player of the black pieces has neither displayed the slightest aptitude for the game, nor the remotest sense of danger, and much less the presence of any mitigating factors whatsoever. Truly the most botched and contrived collection of boobs that ever had the misfortune of being referred to broadly as a game of chess.

I hope the casual viewer is fully appreciative of the fact the the queen is terminally placed while surrounded by her full honour guard.

Aaron Guthrie
05-06-2007, 03:39 PM
Behold the face of art. Look on in awe and wonderment.I have been warned that being up pawns in a Queen ending can get you mated, via trapping of your own king. This is a new variation on that theme.

eclectic
05-06-2007, 06:26 PM
I have been warned that being up pawns in a Queen ending can get you mated, via trapping of your own king. This is a new variation on that theme.

It's as though the obstructing pawns were given a "soft promotion" to queens in situ instead of waiting until the result of their "racing" to the opposite end had been published. :rolleyes:

Aaron Guthrie
05-06-2007, 06:29 PM
Aha, Kevin's Queens were just really big pawns!

Jezza
07-06-2007, 11:29 AM
Hey all,

I was playing Junta Ikeda in 2002 in a junior tournament when he was rated 639 and I was 1207. A win would have gotten me equal second in the tournament and so me being nearly 600 rating points higher than my opponent, that is what I was after. After being in a worse position, Junta attacked my queen with his knight and offered me a draw. I only had one square to move my queen so I spent a lot of time analysing what I could do after that and whether I should accept the draw or not. i thought that I could still play for the win and so I preceeded to decline the draw offer and move the piece that I had spent so long analysing. Unfortunately for me, that was not the piece that I was suppposed to move first. I left my Queen under attack!! He took my queen and I resigned straight away. So his draw offer was what killed me. I would have moved my queen straight away otherwise. Oh well. Because it is Junta I dont care so much and I actually find it quite funny.

Igor_Goldenberg
07-06-2007, 05:22 PM
Here are three blunder in one tournament (round 1, 4 and 5):Event: Australian Masters

Round: 1
White: Goldenberg, Igor
Black: Johansen, Darryl
Result: 0-1
8/5pk1/8/3Q3p/p5q1/P5b1/1P3NP1/6K1 b - - 0 62

Black is slightly better, but it's close to the draw. Black, however, played 62... Qe2?
63. Qd4+?? (63.Qg5+ simply wins a piece) 63... f6 (for some reason I expected king to move) 64. Qd7+ Kh6 0-1

Round: 4
White: Goldenberg, Igor
Black: Sales, Jesse
Result: 0-1
1R6/3N1ppk/4p2p/8/2P4P/5b2/4r3/6K1 w - - 0 33

White should give perpertual and force a draw 33. Nf8+ Kg8 34. Nxe6+ Kh7 and now 35.
Nd4? (wanting to continue playing and expecting to win a bishop, but overlooking
very simple 35... Rg2+

Round: 5
White: Xie, George
Black: Goldenberg, Igor
Result: 1-0
2b5/6k1/1pp4p/p1pqn1p1/P7/1P1PR1P1/2P4P/4QK2 b - - 0 38

At that point I calculated a simple 38... Qh1+ 39. Ke2 Bg4+ 40. Kd2 Nf3+ 41.
Rxf3 Qxe1+ 42. Kxe1 Bxf3 -+ which would cause an immediate resignation. After
double checking and repeating the variant (queen check, then bishop check) I took the bishop (and had to play
38...Bh3+). The postion is still a comfortable win for black, but I managed to lose it in the end.


BTW, I missed IM norm by one point in that tournament.:doh:

Basil
07-06-2007, 06:00 PM
Here are three blunder in one tournament...

BTW, I missed IM norm by one point in that tournament.:doh:

Fantastic Igor. Thanks for playing ... and sharing :clap: ;)

And of commiserations, of course.

Aaron Guthrie
07-06-2007, 06:07 PM
I once featured prominently in an article about short loses (I was only on the losing side.) So I feel I've paid my debt in publicity over my blunders, otherwise I could post a whole lot.

Basil
07-06-2007, 06:16 PM
I once featured prominently in an article about short loses (I was only on the losing side.) So I feel I've paid my debt in publicity over my blunders, otherwise I could post a whole lot.
Pick a couple of beauties. It's good for the soul. And what an appreciative audience we promise to be.

Aaron Guthrie
07-06-2007, 06:21 PM
Pick a couple of beauties. It's good for the soul. And what an appreciative audience we promise to be.It's only kinky the first time.

Basil
07-06-2007, 06:30 PM
It's only kinky the first time.
Absolutely! So knickers off. Into the depths and bare all.

Aaron Guthrie
07-06-2007, 06:35 PM
How about I opt for this:
Pick a couple of beauties. It's good for the soul. And what an appreciative audience we promise to be.And this:
So knickers off. Into the depths and bare all.But for this:
And what an appreciative audience we promise to be.You can use the internet to find a wide selection that will meet your needs, no need for me to be the provider.

Basil
07-06-2007, 06:39 PM
Look. Just get your pawns out and show us your cock up. That what this thread is about. Don't be shy. Even if it's a little one. We'll all have a laugh anyway :P

I've laready seen Igor's, Kevin's, James', Frosty's ... just about everyone's. You're only making it more humiliating by being coy.

Aaron Guthrie
07-06-2007, 06:59 PM
Ok ok, here is a free sample.

[Event "Australian op"]
[Site "Canberra"]
[Date "2000.12.30"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Guthrie,Aaron"]
[Black "Dozsa,Paul"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "B33"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5
9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 11.c3 Bg7 12.Bd3 0-0 13.0-0 fxe4 14.Bxe4 f5 15.Ne3 fxe4 16.Qd5+ Rf7
0-1If you want access to more, you will just have to buy membership to my site, or buy the copy of the magazine.

Basil
07-06-2007, 07:11 PM
Ouch! No point going in if you can't get out. But slightly more difficult to foresee since the rook has just occupied f7.

Do you have any pieces left en prise, or anything you'd classify as a real contender? Say like in Igor's class where Qg5 just drops a bit cold?

Zwischenzug
10-06-2007, 09:20 PM
Here is my latest disappointment:



1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Qc2 h6 10.b3 f6 11.f4 Qb6 12.Nf3 cxd4 13.cxd4 fxe5 14.fxe5 Ndxe5 15.Nxe5 Nxd4 16.Bh7+ Kh8 17.Rxf8+ Bxf8 18.Nf7#

Noooo, how can I make such a serious mistake in my beloved French Defense :wall: ?!

Thats it! From now on, I shouldn't be so greedy.

Aaron Guthrie
12-06-2007, 06:50 PM
Event: Aus Open 04/05
White: Guthrie
Black: Johansen
Result: 0-1
5b2/5r1p/p1Rpk3/1r6/Np3P2/1P1R4/1PP4P/2K5 w - - 0 30
I found a nice way to stuff up a good position here. Find the losing move. Answer is hidden with white text.30.Nc5+ Rxc5!!

Axiom
12-06-2007, 07:11 PM
Event: Aus Open 04/05
White: Guthrie
Black: Johansen
Result: 0-1
5b2/5r1p/p1Rpk3/1r6/Np3P2/1P1R4/1PP4P/2K5 w - - 0 30
I found a nice way to stuff up a good position here. Find the losing move. Answer is hidden with white text.30.Nc5+ Rxc5!!
straight away i saw Nc5+ as the blunder, as i am familiar with this animal.......my theory is that had you not a R on the d file, you would be far less likely to err in this way........its as if momentarily(perhaps due to nervous tension in playing a gm?) the brain confuses verticals with horizontals ie, files with ranks.

Basil
12-06-2007, 09:14 PM
Ditto, Ax. Always a delight to see these played at such an exalted level.

Ax, how about removing the reference to to the losing move from your post? [/polite suggestion]

Spiny Norman
15-06-2007, 07:38 AM
In such esteemed company, I am reluctant to post ... but last night's effort from me was truly stupendous ... a complete brain fart! Here it is, in all its rudimentary glory.

I was playing a new chap who has joined the club. He's got very good capabilities for an unrated player. I'd estimate his strength at around 1300-ish (will be interesting to see when the ratings lists come out next quarter). I had black. I misplayed the opening somewhat, however he gave me a free piece on move 11. He's a very aggressive chess player (on the board), and shocked by his loss of a piece he launched an immediate offensive to try and rattle me. Now here's where it gets a little interesting.

Its a bit of a pain being an administrator/organiser, especially when some of the key people in the club are away ... there is just so much to do, people to talk to, tournament to organise, etc etc ... so I had been jumping up and down from the board to go and attend to things. Just before my 16th move, someone came into the tournament hall and wanted to speak to me about something. I got up, went to talk to them, came back to the board, sat down ... and told myself several times: "Right, concentrate, concentrate, double-check everything, don't make a silly move, check for discovered attacks, forks, don't be hasty" ... and then ... well, see for yourself ... the horrible thing is, I had seen the rook sac, seen the tactic of White's 18th, and thought that would play 18...Qf7, leaving me a whole rook ahead ... I never saw the pesky white-square bishop that had just plonked itself on e2 the move before:

White: A.N.Other
Black: Stephen Frost (1566) [E61]
The Morphy (2007) (3), 14.06.2007

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.Bf4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 Nbd7 7.e3 Nh5 8.Bh2 f5 {I was aiming for a sort of "Leningrad Dutch" position here. I realised the hole on e6 is a target, but that's a common theme in the Leningrad, and had already planned my 9th and 10th to cover it.} 9.Ng5 Nb8 10.Qb3 e6 {a simple discovered attack threat, which White misses} 11.d5 Qxg5 12.c5 e5 {keeping the centre as closed as possible, as I am mindful of the queen on the same diagonal as my king!} 13.cxd6 cxd6 14.Nb5 Qe7 15.Rc1 Na6 16.Be2 {here, the simple 16...Nf6 keeps a completely winning advantage for Black, but distracted by a visitor, I thought I would first get my Na6 back into the thick of the action with tempo, closing the pesky c-file in the process, and only then bring the knight to f6 ... then just a matter of techique to grind out the win ... or ... then again ... maybe I can lose the game now with two horrible blunders ...} Nc5? 17.Rxc5 {never mind, I've given the piece back, I just need to regroup now ... } dxc5?? {game over man} 18.d6+ Be6 {18...Qf7 19.Bc4 wins for White} 19.dxe7 Bxb3 20.exf8=Q+ Kxf8 21.axb3 {the rest of the game I played in a sort of mind-numbed state!} e4 22.Nc7 Rc8 23.Ne6+ Ke7 24.Nxg7 Nxg7 25.Bc4 Ne6 26.Ke2 a6 27.Rd1 b5 28.Bxe6 Kxe6 29.Rd6+ Kf7 30.Rxa6 c4 31.Ra7+ Kf6 32.Rc7 Rxc7 33.Bxc7 cxb3 34.Kd2 g5 35.Kc3 g4 36.hxg4 fxg4 37.g3 1-0

Basil
15-06-2007, 03:25 PM
In such esteemed company, I am reluctant to post ...
We are always looking for contributions to lift the bar


Here it is, in all its rudimentary glory.
Settles in, in anticipation ...


I misplayed the opening somewhat, however he gave me a free piece on move 11.
Aha - a twist! A cock-up from being a piece up! Excellent.


Its a bit of a pain being an administrator/organiser, especially when some of the key people in the club are away ...
Oh love, tell someone who cares :P


there is just so much to do, people to talk to, tournament to organise, etc etc ...
Ah you poor dear ... :P


so I had been jumping up and down from the board to go and attend to things.
Reminds me of the 'That's not cranky, this is cranky' thread.


Just before my 16th move, someone came into the tournament hall and wanted to speak to me about something. I got up, went to talk to them...
Oh pet, was there no end to it? ;)

:clap: :clap: :clap:
Hopeless - welcome - your membership card is in the mail!

Spiny Norman
15-06-2007, 04:48 PM
he he he ... i'm a card carrying member ... are there retirement benefits? :)

Capablanca-Fan
23-06-2007, 06:26 PM
A brilliancy that got away :( Sarfati–Ker, Wellington, 1990 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1450760).

Kevin Bonham
23-06-2007, 06:42 PM
A brilliancy that got away :( Sarfati–Ker, Wellington, 1990 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1450760).

It's just amazing that the black king lives on some of those squares and yet there is no win for white.

I put this through Fritz and it reckons 27.Qg8+ is still pretty good for white although the main line seems to eventually lead to a total mess where white is exchange up but each side has three passed pawns, the black ones being more advanced.

It also notes that Black, while winning, missed a brilliancy of his own: 32...Qxc2+!! giving up the queen to mate by force.

Southpaw Jim
25-06-2007, 10:26 PM
Sometimes I wonder why I bother...

Event: Club champs 2007
Date: 2007.06.25
White: Abbott, James
Black: Richards, Graham
Result: 0-1
ECO: C45

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nxd4 5. Qxd4 d6 6. Be2 c5 7. Qc3 Nf6 8. Bg5 Be7 9. Nd2 O-O 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. Qb3 b6 12. O-O a6 13. a4 Re8 14. Bc4 Be6 15. Bxe6 Rxe6 16. c3 Be5 17. g3 Rh6 18. Nf3 Bf6 19. Qd5 Ra7 20. e5 Be7 21. Rad1 Rh5 22. Rfe1 Rc7 23. Re4 Qc8 24. Rf4 Qf8 25. Qe4 dxe5 26. Nxe5 Bd6 27. Ng6 {I thought I had calculated all lines out for this move and it was lookin' good! except I forgot about the existence of that pesky H pawn} 27...hxg6 {pretty much all over now, played on in vain hope of saving a draw} 28. Rh4 Rxh4 29. Qxh4 Qe7 30. Qxe7 Bxe7 31. c4 Kf8 32. Kg2 f6 33. g4 Ke8 34. f4 Rd7 35. Rxd7 Kxd7 36. f5 gxf5 37. gxf5 Kd6 38. Kf3 Ke5 39. Kg4 Kd4 40. b3 Kc3 41. Kh5 Bd6 42. Kg6 Bxh2 43. Kxg7 Be5 44. Kf7 Kxb3 45. Ke6 Kxa4 46. Kd5 Kb4 47. Kc6 a5 48. Kxb6 a4 0-1

:wall: :wall: :wall:

I had been thinking that 27...fxg6 just loses Q for R+N, and 27...Qd8 could be followed by 28.Rxd6 leading to obvious oblivion for black. Can't believe I completely forgot the existence of that bloody pawn.

EDIT: and sadly, Fritz kindly pointed out that 27.Rxf7 wins a pawn quite neatly. 27.Rxf7 Rxf7 28.Nxf7 Kxf7 29.Qf3+ and a few more checks wins the bishop back.

Capablanca-Fan
27-06-2007, 12:24 PM
Event: Club champs 2007
Date: 2007.06.25
White: Abbott, James
Black: Richards, Graham
Result: 0-1
ECO: C45

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nxd4 5. Qxd4 d6 6. Be2 c5 7. Qc3 Nf6 8. Bg5 Be7 9. Nd2 O-O 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. Qb3 b6 12. O-O a6 13. a4 Re8 14. Bc4 Be6 15. Bxe6 Rxe6 16. c3 Be5 17. g3 Rh6 18. Nf3 Bf6 19. Qd5 Ra7 20. e5 Be7 21. Rad1 Rh5 22. Rfe1 Rc7 23. Re4 Qc8 24. Rf4 Qf8 25. Qe4 dxe5 26. Nxe5 Bd6 27. Ng6 {I thought I had calculated all lines out for this move and it was lookin' good! except I forgot about the existence of that pesky H pawn} 27...hxg6 {pretty much all over now, played on in vain hope of saving a draw} 28. Rh4 Rxh4 29. Qxh4 Qe7 30. Qxe7 Bxe7 31. c4 Kf8 32. Kg2 f6 33. g4 Ke8 34. f4 Rd7 35. Rxd7 Kxd7 36. f5 gxf5 37. gxf5 Kd6 38. Kf3 Ke5 39. Kg4 Kd4 40. b3 Kc3 41. Kh5 Bd6 42. Kg6 Bxh2 43. Kxg7 Be5 44. Kf7 Kxb3 45. Ke6 Kxa4 46. Kd5 Kb4 47. Kc6 a5 48. Kxb6 a4 0-1

A few comments:

4. ... Nxd4 is poor, because it leaves White in control of the centre. 4 ... Nf6 and 4... Bc5 are the usual moves. Leaving the N on d4 under attack makes it easier for Black to challenge the centre, e.g. 4...Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 and now the Pe4 must be defended, unlike the game line where the Q does that. And 6. Bd3 is not possible because it blocks the Q's protection of the N. So White normally plays 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 with equality.

6. Nc3 is better than Be2, because you can be pretty sure that you will want your N there, but you don't know yet where your B belongs.

6 ...c5 is terrible because it leaves the d6 pawn and d5 square chronically weak, for a transitory kick on the Q.

7. Qc3: This square has tactical weaknesses, and takes away White's N's best square. White should instead recognize that d5 is a key square (another reason for leaving c3 for the N to reach there), and try to remove Black's guardians, so Bb5+ would force the exchange of Black's key light-squared B. Then 7... Bd7 8. Qa4, because an endgame is good for White, who can play Nc3, Bf4, 0-0-0 menacing the Pd6.

8. ... Be7; Black should have played ...Nxe4 winning a P.

Basil
27-06-2007, 01:06 PM
Hi Jono

I think we'd all be particularly gratified to see one of your howlers ... unless of course no such beast exists :eek: :P

Capablanca-Fan
27-06-2007, 02:02 PM
Hi Jono

I think we'd all be particularly gratified to see one of your howlers ... unless of course no such beast exists :eek: :P
Hi Gunner
See Post #86 above :uhoh: :eek:

Basil
27-06-2007, 02:37 PM
Hi Gunner
See Post #86 above :uhoh: :eek:
Forgot that. Thanks. I don't know if it fits 'The Pits' as originally intended by the thread's author - but perhaps redeems itself by introducing another dimension of 'The Pits' viz white's demeanour after the game.

Two questions:
1) Does that game still keep you up at nights?
2) Did you advise your opponent that he was the luckiest SOB who blundered and barreled from escape hatch to bolt-hole without really knowing what was going on after the 10th move?

Now ... another offering please.

Kevin Bonham
27-06-2007, 03:04 PM
I think that one is not so much a howler as a freak - a game where he played a couple of inaccurate moves in an otherwise justified attack and was punished in a fashion you just wouldn't credit until it had actually happened.

But probably FMs have higher standards as to what constitutes a shocker than I do. Especially since so many of my games are shocking, and most of the shocking ones I win.

Capablanca-Fan
27-06-2007, 03:36 PM
IIRC, my opponent annotated the game for his newspaper chess column and didn't mention the quickly winning 24. Bf2 or the spectacular 32 ...Qxc2+ for himself.

I've definitely played some howlers as opposed to freaks in my time. But I lost a lot of my game records when I moved from NZ to Oz.

Aaron Guthrie
27-06-2007, 03:51 PM
As far as painful games go, this one is pretty bad Ftacnik-Guthrie (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1400278). All I needed to do was play a couple of good moves in the ending to draw it. All the way up to move 44 where I can play Rf4! Also worth noting is that I had intended to repeat once and then play Rxe3+ after his next Kf1, but he played Kd1! After this I played no good moves.

Southpaw Jim
27-06-2007, 04:23 PM
A few comments:

4. ... Nxd4 is poor, because it leaves White in control of the centre. 4 ... Nf6 and 4... Bc5 are the usual moves.

Yes, I'm always happy to see 4...Nxd4. Another amusing move by panicky black players seems to be an attempt to preserve the E pawn Philidor-style with 4...d6, which generally results in their loss of castling rights and a K-side majority for me :lol:

I'm equally comfortable (in my very limited experience) with both the 4...Nf6 (Mieses) and the 4...Bc4 (Kasparov) variations, although the Kasparov line seems to crop up the most.


6. Nc3 is better than Be2, because you can be pretty sure that you will want your N there, but you don't know yet where your B belongs.

Yeah, I'd tossed this one up and opted for Be2 to facilitate quick castling. I guess I wasn't in any danger to necessitate this though :hmm:


6 ...c5 is terrible because it leaves the d6 pawn and d5 square chronically weak, for a transitory kick on the Q.

6...c5 was unexpected, but I wasn't at all dismayed by its appearance. The hole on d5 was immediately obvious, although I wasn't immediately aware of how to take advantage of it. As suggested below, Bb5+ would've been the move to play.


7. Qc3: This square has tactical weaknesses, and takes away White's N's best square. White should instead recognize that d5 is a key square (another reason for leaving c3 for the N to reach there), and try to remove Black's guardians, so Bb5+ would force the exchange of Black's key light-squared B. Then 7... Bd7 8. Qa4, because an endgame is good for White, who can play Nc3, Bf4, 0-0-0 menacing the Pd6.

Noted, ta :) wish I'd thought about eliminating the c8 bishop in this way - I'd considered Bb5+ at this stage but couldn't see any advantage in playing it and hence rejected it :doh:

Kevin Bonham
27-06-2007, 06:14 PM
This one was also very irksome. Probably my second most annoying loss after the three-pawns up one given earlier.

Despite the very slow time control (G90/+60) I got into some time trouble in this game, mainly because very bad stomach problems caused me to have to spend nine minutes away from the board at a time when I was getting short of time anyway. In the final few moves I had about four mins plus increment on my clock.

Bonham (1879) - Booth (2165), Aus Champs Melbourne 2001-2

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nc6 6.c3 Nf6 7.Re1 e6 8.d4 d5 9.e5 Ne4 10.Nbd2 cxd4 11.cxd4 Nxd2 12.Bxd2 h6 13.a3 Be7 14.Qe2 0-0 15.h3 a6 16.Rac1 Bd8 17.Qd3 Qc7 18.Rc2 Qb6 19.Bc3 Qb5 20.Qd2 a5 21.Nh2 a4 22.Qd1 Bb6 23.Re3 Rfc8 24.Rd2 Ne7 25.g4 Ng6 26.Rg3 Bd8 27.Nf3 Rc4 28.g5 h5 29.Ne1 h4 30.Rg4 Rac8 31.Ng2 Ba5 32.Qe2 Bxc3 33.bxc3 Qb3 34.Nxh4 Nxh4 35.Rxh4 g6 36.Rb2 [36.Qf3! Qb1+ 37.Kg2 Qf5 38.Qxf5=] 36...Qxa3 37.Rxb7? [37.Qf3 Qe7 38.Rxb7! Qxg5+ (38...R4c7 39.Rxc7 Rxc7 40.Qf4=) 39.Rg4 Qf5 40.Rf4 draw] 37...Rxc3 38.Rf4?? and resigns without waiting for black to see the rook fork.[38.Kg2 Rc2! (38...Qc1 also looks OK) 39.Qxc2 Rxc2 40.Rb8+ Qf8-+] 0-1

What elevates this to the absolute shocker class (apart from the preciousness of points in such a tournament and the finishing bunny-blunder in what by that stage was a lost position anyway) is the incredible thought process that stopped me playing 36.Qf3! which results in a drawish double rook ending, although I then also blew a harder-to-see draw next move). The reason I did not play 36.Qf3 is ...



...wait for it ...



...it cannot possibly be dumber than whatever you are thinking ...


*builds suspense*



... yep, the reason I did not play it is that I had noticed that after 36.Qf3 Rxc3 37.Qf6 Rh3 my rook cannot deliver mate on h8 as the white rook covers the square.

The bleeding obvious fact that my queen delivers mate instead had utterly escaped me.

:wall: :wall: :wall: Idiot.

Aaron Guthrie
27-06-2007, 06:23 PM
... yep, the reason I did not play it is that I had noticed that after 36.Qf3 Rxc3 37.Qf6 Rh3 my rook cannot deliver mate on h8 as the white rook covers the square.

The bleeding obvious fact that my queen delivers mate instead had utterly escaped me.I think this type of logical thinking is the reason for a lot of blunders. That is to say when you switch to thinking "if he goes there then that loses a queen (or whatever the case may be), so he can't play that", you give yourself a lot of certainty over what will happen. However the certainty is illusiory since in producing this type of thought you forget about the total nature of the position, or forget to visualize the new changes in the position.

Capablanca-Fan
28-06-2007, 12:47 AM
Bonham (1879) - Booth (2165), Aus Champs Melbourne 2001-2

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nc6 6.c3 Nf6 7.Re1 e6 8.d4 d5 9.e5 Ne4 10.Nbd2 cxd4 11.cxd4 Nxd2 12.Bxd2 h6 13.a3 Be7

This looks like an ideal French for Black: no bad bishop, and another pair of pieces exchanged so the position is not cramped.


14.Qe2 0-0 15.h3 a6 16.Rac1 Bd8 17.Qd3 Qc7 18.Rc2 Qb6 19.Bc3 Qb5 20.Qd2 a5 21.Nh2 a4 22.Qd1 Bb6 23.Re3 Rfc8 24.Rd2 Ne7 25.g4 Ng6 26.Rg3 Bd8 27.Nf3 Rc4 28.g5

This doesn't look right -- this pawn is getting away from its fellows, and leaving weak squares.


28 ... h5 29.Ne1 h4 30.Rg4 Rac8 31.Ng2 Ba5 32.Qe2 Bxc3 33.bxc3 Qb3 34.Nxh4 Nxh4 35.Rxh4 g6 36.Rb2 [36.Qf3! Qb1+ 37.Kg2 Qf5 38.Qxf5=] 36...Qxa3 37.Rxb7? [37.Qf3 Qe7 38.Rxb7! Qxg5+ (38...R4c7 39.Rxc7 Rxc7 40.Qf4=) 39.Rg4 Qf5 40.Rf4 draw] 37...Rxc3 38.Rf4?? and resigns without waiting for black to see the rook fork.[38.Kg2 Rc2! (38...Qc1 also looks OK) 39.Qxc2 Rxc2 40.Rb8+ Qf8-+] 0-1

Yeah, well, hard to think clearly with bad stomach problems.

Igor_Goldenberg
28-06-2007, 10:45 AM
I.Goldenberg - M.Lojanica
Dandenong autumn 2007
8/8/8/1b6/1P5p/5k2/7P/7K b - - 0 73
White is completely lost (how I managed to get it from a pawn-up endgame is another shocker!). 1...Kf2 forces mate in few moves (2.h3 Kg3 3.Kg1 Bc4 4.b5 Bb5 5.Kh1 Kh3 6.Kg1 Kg3 7.Kh1 h3 8.Kg1 h2+ 9.Kg1 Bc6#). There are many ways to win and only one to make a draw.
Black played 1...h3, which results in a theretical draw (white king cannot be forced out of the corner)

Capablanca-Fan
28-06-2007, 02:22 PM
I.Goldenberg - M.Lojanica
Dandenong autumn 2007
8/8/8/1b6/1P5p/5k2/7P/7K b - - 0 73

Black played 1...h3, which results in a theretical draw (white king cannot be forced out of the corner)

So the problem was lack of fairly basic endgame knowledge. Since adjournments are now virtually extinct, such knowledge is even more important.

Igor_Goldenberg
28-06-2007, 02:49 PM
So the problem was lack of fairly basic endgame knowledge. Since adjournments are now virtually extinct, such knowledge is even more important.
No, he is strong enough to work it out in seconds without even knowing this position. And the time was not an issue.

Capablanca-Fan
28-06-2007, 04:43 PM
No, he is strong enough to work it out in seconds without even knowing this position.
I'm sure he is. But without knowing this position, he may not have tried to work it out, just assumed that a B up would win without much thought, and played ... h3 nonchalantly.

MichaelBaron
28-06-2007, 07:04 PM
Hey, such mistakes can happen to all of us! Probably he was tired and/or too relaxed.

Igor_Goldenberg
28-06-2007, 07:05 PM
6R1/1pk3P1/1p6/8/PKP5/1P6/6r1/8 b - - 0 48
In a correspondence(!!!) game white (my opponent) played g6-g7 and offered a draw ROFL. I did not object:D

Kevin Bonham
28-06-2007, 08:12 PM
This looks like an ideal French for Black: no bad bishop, and another pair of pieces exchanged so the position is not cramped.

Yes, I was definitely worse at points of that game but he let me back into it towards the end. However I wasn't able to seize my chance.


This doesn't look right -- this pawn is getting away from its fellows, and leaving weak squares.

I don't recall what possessed me to play g5 at the time but the game continuation seems to explain it - I had realised that Black would either allow a pawn exchange opening his king to some possibility of attack, or else push past when his h-pawn also got a bit lonely (as happened). However, what I probably didn't deal with is that if he leaves his bishop on the same diagonal as the two overadvanced pawns then it is very hard for me to get the h-pawn without wasting lots of time dealing with possible bishop-forks of my rooks and so on. Also he may have had strong exchange sac options on c4.


Yeah, well, hard to think clearly with bad stomach problems.

By that time I was feeling better, but being a little on the rack so far as the clock was concerned wasn't helping.

I think there is a degree of pattern recognition failure in my oversight. The pattern of using a queen (or bishop) to support a rook mate in a position where the queen itself can't mate is an obvious and common one (eg if Black had moved the king) - but having such a rook mate stopped by another rook defending from behind it is less usual. Perhaps I wasn't used to this pattern and hence failed to recognise the queen mate as an alternative win in such a case.

Southpaw Jim
17-07-2007, 10:58 AM
Well, this was certainly one way to finish the tournament :(

Event: Club champs 2007
Date: 2007.07.16
White: Abbott, James
Black: Midson, Michael
Result: 0-1
ECO: B23

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 a6 3. d3 h6 4. Be3 d6 5. g3 Nc6 6. Bg2 Nf6 7. Qd2 e6 8.
Nge2 Be7 9. h3 Bd7 10. d4 {the beginning of an inexorable slide starts about here, with mounting pressure against my Q side developing over the next 10 moves or so} 10...cxd4 11. Nxd4 Qc7 12. O-O-O Na5 13. Bf1 b5 14. f4 b4 15. Nce2 Nxe4 16. Qxb4 Rb8 17. Qa3 d5 18. Qd3 Nc4 19. b3 Nxe3 20. Qxe3 O-O 21. Bg2 Ba3+ 22. Kb1 Nc5 23. Qc3 Rfc8 24. g4 Bb4 25. Qg3 Na4 26. Rd3 Bc5 27. Rc1 Ba3 28. Rcd1 Nb2 29. Rc3 Qa5 30. Rxc8+ Rxc8 31. Rf1 Qb6 32. c3 Bb5 33. Nxb5 Qxb5 34. Nd4 Qc5 35. Kc2 {laughably, having played this move, and not realising I'd pinned myself, I offered the draw at this point} 35...Qxd4 36. b4 Qc4 37. Kb1 Na4 38. Rf3 Nxc3+ 39. Rxc3 Qxc3 40. Qxc3 Rxc3 0-1

<sigh> :wall:

Capablanca-Fan
17-07-2007, 06:00 PM
Event: Club champs 2007
Date: 2007.07.16
White: Abbott, James
Black: Midson, Michael
Result: 0-1
ECO: B23
[Jono]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 a6 3. d3 h6 4. Be3 d6 5. g3 Nc6 6. Bg2 Nf6 7. Qd2 e6 8.
Nge2 {f4 and Nf3 would be good here} Be7 9. h3 Bd7 10. d4 {10. f4 is more in the spirit of the Closed Sicilian. d4 can't be too bad, although the fianchettoed B has weakened control over the key square c4} 10...cxd4 11. Nxd4 Qc7 12. O-O-O {this is a mistake. White must have a rapid attack in the centre or K-side for this to be good, because it parks the K on Black's half-open file. In this line, White's build-up has been too leisurely for Q-side castling to work} 12... Na5 13. Bf1 {A sign that something has gone wrong} 13 ... b5 14. f4 b4 15. Nce2 Nxe4 16. Qxb4 Rb8 17. Qa3 d5 18. Qd3 Nc4 19. b3 Nxe3 20. Qxe3 O-O 21. Bg2 Ba3+ 22. Kb1 Nc5 23. Qc3 Rfc8 24. g4 Bb4 25. Qg3 Na4 26. Rd3 Bc5 27. Rc1 Ba3 28. Rcd1 Nb2 {Black has dithered around instead of using his a-pawn to batter White's pawn shield. Now he presumably thought he was winning the exchange, but overlooked White's next} 29. Rc3 Qa5 30. Rxc8+ Rxc8 31. Rf1 Qb6 32. c3 Bb5 33. Nxb5 Qxb5 34. Nd4 Qc5 35. Kc2 {just when White was coming back into the game, because Black's minors are stuck} 35...Qxd4 36. b4 Qc4 37. Kb1 Na4 38. Rf3 Nxc3+ 39. Rxc3 Qxc3 40. Qxc3 Rxc3 0-1

Kevin Bonham
17-07-2007, 09:18 PM
I thought White did really well to get back into the game given that 12.0-0-0 was way too risky for the reasons that Jono points out.

In the postmortem I was analysing 35.Nc2 but it turns out (as I suspected) that 35...Na4! wins.

However 35.g5 appears to be OK for white as Black cannot crash through - if Black wins the c-pawn then Nc2 becomes an issue after the exchange of queens.

Southpaw Jim
17-07-2007, 11:01 PM
Thanks guys - good to have 12. 0-0-0 confirmed as a mistake. The silicon beastie doesn't see a problem with it, but I felt it was probably where my problems started... it had a feeling of castling "into it".

Kevin Bonham
17-07-2007, 11:19 PM
The silicon beastie doesn't see a problem with it,

Most programs have a poor sense of long-term danger.

During the time I was watching you played some really good moves - it's a shame sometimes that it only takes one bad one to undo it. (Then again, it's not such a shame if you're the beneficiary).

Southpaw Jim
18-07-2007, 08:25 AM
Thanks - it's nice to be taking it to players in the 1400-1600 range now and giving them a run for their money, even if the scores don't reflect it :doh:

Southpaw Jim
06-08-2007, 11:04 PM
Meurgh, yet another addition to the vault of shockers.

White: Abbott, James
Black: Markovitz, Neil
Result: 0-1
ECO: B26

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 g6 3. d3 Bg7 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 Rb8 6. Be3 d6 7. Nge2 Nd4 8. O-O b5 9. a3 a5 10. Qd2 Bg4 11. Nf4 Nf6 12. h3 Bd7 13. Bxd4 cxd4 14. Ncd5 e6 15. Nxf6+ Bxf6 16. b4 a4 17. Rac1 Rc8 18. Ne2 O-O 19. c3 Bg5 20. f4 dxc3 21. Rxc3 Bf6 22. Rxc8 Qb6+ 23. Kh1 Rxc8 24. Rc1 Rxc1+ 25. Qxc1 Qf2 26. Qf1 Qxf1+ 27. Bxf1 Bb2 28. Bg2 Bxa3 29. Nc3 Bxb4 30. Nxb5 Bxb5 0-1

Obviously moves 26, 28 and 30 are clangers. Rybka also identifies 13, 17 & 24 as errors. I felt on the back foot already before 13.Bxd4, interested in any positional/opening advice prior to this point as I'm not entirely sure where the rot started :( certainly on the back foot from thereon...

Basil
06-08-2007, 11:13 PM
Not sure this is the Pits, James. Just being being outplayed really. You're making some poor moves which you know about.

But I think to qualify, for The Pits, a move must lose on the spot and be so hideous that it is almost criminal to reproduce it.

Kevin Bonham
07-08-2007, 01:11 AM
Actually given the 1000-point rating gap (and it will still be 1000 points even after Eurotrash's rating goes up in the next list since Markovitz's first ACF rating is likely to be astronomically high - could be around 2240 depending on his final game) that was a pretty decent effort. It is, as Gunner says, more a case of getting outplayed than of being done in by one major error, although 26.Qf1 sure makes the win easier for black.

It's interesting why Rybka identifies 17 as an error - Markovitz missed 17...Bg5 and with the queen and the rook on the same diagonal the pin on the knight wins stuff.

Miguel
27-09-2007, 01:12 AM
7k/1b1r2p1/p6p/1p2qN2/3bP3/3Q4/P5PP/1B1R3K b - - 0 36
Just yesterday I saw this position (Von Popiel - Marco, Monte Carlo 1902), where Black resigned because he didn't see 36...Bg1!

2r1r1k1/p3bp1p/1p4pB/3B1q2/4R3/Pn6/1P2QP1P/3R2K1 b - - 0 25
And then today, as Black, I resigned in this position against Fritz because I didn't see 25...Bf8 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Qxe8 Qg4+! :wall:

Southpaw Jim
09-10-2007, 10:20 AM
It's been a while since I've been smashed inside 20 moves :( played the opening exceptionally poorly :wall: :doh:

White: Abbott, James
Black: Bonham, Kevin
WhiteElo: 1178
BlackElo: 1960!!
Result: 0-1

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. exd5 {should've played e5, but for some reason was worried I couldn't adequately defend the pawn} 4... exd5 5. Ngf3 Bd6 6. g3 0-0 7. Bg2 {and the rot sets in, should've been Be2} 7... Re8+ {and now begins 10 moves of squirming} 8. Kf1 c5 9. Nb3 Qb6 10. Be3 Ng4 11. Qc1 Nc6 12. h3 Nxe3 13. fxe3 Bxg3 14. Ke2 Bf4 15. Re1 Rxe3+ 16. Kf1 Rxf3+ {ouch} 17. Bxf3 Bxh3+ {ouch, ouch} 18. Bg2 Bxg2+ 19. Kxg2 Bxc1 {white resigned in disgust} 0-1

Garvinator
09-10-2007, 11:20 AM
GD,

I think the original point of this thread has been lost or at least has gone missing for a while.

Wasnt it for people to show their one move blunders and other stupid stuff. The type of moves that leave you sitting there thinking stuff like- I have been playing for this long, how do I come up with such crap.

Southpaw Jim
09-10-2007, 11:32 AM
Well, I made my last post on the sheer misery of the final position.

Aaron Guthrie
09-10-2007, 01:45 PM
I think the original point of this thread has been lost or at least has gone missing for a while.Carn, this thread is pretty well right on topic, relative to lots of other threads round here.

brett
09-10-2007, 01:59 PM
Axiom, I would only be reaching for the stars wouldn't I?

Surely I wouldn't be doing any dancing whilst there?

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

PS here is the 4 mover



1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nc6 4.Bxg7

I did not sleep well after this, unsurprisingly

Yes I remember this game. I was sitting right next to you! (I think your opponent was Mr Cordover if I remember currectly!) Straight after the game you wrote I @#$%ed up on the scoresheet. Anyway I think you had a good excuse for stuffing up seens it was your 18th birthday and all!

Basil
09-10-2007, 02:04 PM
GD,

I think the original point of this thread has been lost or at least has gone missing for a while.

Wasnt it for people to show their one move blunders and other stupid stuff. The type of moves that leave you sitting there thinking stuff like- I have been playing for this long, how do I come up with such crap.
Correct. let's try and get back there.

Basil
09-10-2007, 02:05 PM
Well, I made my last post on the sheer misery of the final position.
That is an acceptable excuse. Ah the misery! Perhaps a self-flagellation thread next time though ;)

Capablanca-Fan
11-10-2007, 06:08 PM
White: Abbott, James
Black: Bonham, Kevin
WhiteElo: 1178
BlackElo: 1960!!
Result: 0-1

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. exd5 {should've played e5, but for some reason was worried I couldn't adequately defend the pawn If you want to play e5, then play 2. d4. In this position, just hold the fort on e4, play Ng3, g3 etc. and wait for an opportune time to play e5. Have a look at some Fischer wins first though, e.g. Fischer vs Myagmarsuren Sousse IZT 1967 (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1044267) } 4... exd5 5. Ngf3 Bd6 6. g3 0-0 7. Bg2 {and the rot sets in, should've been Be2. In that case, g3 was not right} 7... Re8+ {and now begins 10 moves of squirming} 8. Kf1 c5 9. Nb3 Qb6 10. Be3 Ng4 11. Qc1 Nc6 12. h3 {the final straw, losing a protective pawn for nothing} 12... Nxe3 13. fxe3 Bxg3 14. Ke2 Bf4 15. Re1 Rxe3+ 16. Kf1 Rxf3+ {ouch} 17. Bxf3 Bxh3+ {ouch, ouch} 18. Bg2 Bxg2+ 19. Kxg2 Bxc1 {white resigned in disgust} 0-1

Desmond
09-12-2007, 06:33 PM
Thomas - Froelich

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b5 7. cxb5 c6 8.bxc6 Nxc6 9. Nf3 Bb7 10. e3 Rc8 11. Qd3 Na5 12. Be2 Be4 13. Qb5 Rb8 14. Qc5 Nb3 0-1

Maybe one of these days I will survive the opening and manage to give Froelich a decent game.:wall: :wall: :wall:

Basil
10-12-2007, 12:06 PM
Maybe one of these days I will survive the opening and manage to give Froelich a decent game.:wall: :wall: :wall:
You idiot! Thanks for posting this gem! :P

If you want to feel better about yourself, have a look at my cross table from the same tournament :wall:

Capablanca-Fan
10-12-2007, 04:06 PM
You idiot! Thanks for posting this gem! :P

If you want to feel better about yourself, have a look at my cross table from the same tournament :wall:
I suppose it's dangerous to accept the gambit.
Froehlich ground me down more slowly after I didn't get enough play for my IQP.

Desmond
10-12-2007, 07:20 PM
I suppose it's dangerous to accept the gambit.
Froehlich ground me down more slowly after I didn't get enough play for my IQP.
I think taking on b5 is correct, but taking on c6 is too greedy. Sometimes I subscribe to the school of thought that if you're going to be in a bad position, you might as well have a bit of material for your trouble. :)

Southpaw Jim
10-12-2007, 08:43 PM
After a brief absence from this thread, I offer not one but TWO brilliancies for your delectation.

Event: 25'5" Rapidplay
White: Abbott, James
Black: Bonham, Kevin
Result: 0-1

1. e4 e6 2. d4 {I decided to move out of my comfort zone and not play my usual KIA. Biiiiiig mistake.} 2... d5 3. e5 c5 4. Nf3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. Ba4? Qa5+ 9. Nc3?? Bb4 10. Bb3 Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 Qxc3+ 12. Bd2 Qxe5+ 13. Qe2? Qxa1+ 0-1

I can't remember the last game I was done in under 15 moves :wall: :wall: :wall:

Event: 25'5" Rapidplay
White: Bonham, Kevin
Black: Abbott, James
Result: 1-0

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 Nf6 6. d3 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. Re1 Nc6 9. Nc3 O-O 10. d4 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Rac8 12. b3 Rfd8 13. Be3 d5 14. Nxc6 Qxc6 15. exd5 exd5 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 17. cxd5 Bf6?? {don't ask, was trying to avoid losing a7, and somehow calculated that this gave me the tempo. In my feverish mind, I managed to calculated that this exchange was equal} 18. dxc6 Rxd1 19. Raxd1 bxc6 20. Bxa7 h6 {at this point it dawned on me that I was down a whole rook. Yes, that's right, I DIDN'T REALISE FOR 4 MOVES!} 21. a4 Bc3 22. Re3 Bb4 23. Red3 1-0

:eek: :wall: :wall: :wall:

<sigh> must remember to bring my brain next week..

All I can say is that I'm glad this was against Kevin, and not against someone I would normally have a chance against :doh:

Basil
11-12-2007, 06:13 PM
Cracking stuff! This is definitely the calibre we're after :clap:
Two fine contributions, James!

Capablanca-Fan
13-12-2007, 01:22 PM
I think taking on b5 is correct, but taking on c6 is too greedy.
Yes. Let him take back on b5 while you finish development. The B-pair should not be too bad.


Sometimes I subscribe to the school of thought that if you're going to be in a bad position, you might as well have a bit of material for your trouble. :)
Also good. But allowing Black to play cxb5 doesn't seem bad for White.

Capablanca-Fan
13-12-2007, 01:24 PM
If you want to feel better about yourself, have a look at my cross table from the same tournament :wall:
Wasn't that bad, beating Bielenberg. However, I was surprised that one game ended in revenge for this one (http://www.chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=155964&postcount=117), when it looked like being a repeat of that result ;)

Capablanca-Fan
13-12-2007, 01:31 PM
Event: 25'5" Rapidplay
White: Abbott, James
Black: Bonham, Kevin
Result: 0-1

1. e4 e6 2. d4 {I decided to move out of my comfort zone and not play my usual KIA. Biiiiiig mistake.} 2... d5 3. e5 c5 4. Nf3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. Ba4? Qa5+ 9. Nc3?? Bb4 10. Bb3 Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 Qxc3+ 12. Bd2 Qxe5+ 13. Qe2? Qxa1+ 0-1

Not really a mistake. Play 4. c3 (best) which is fine or 5. Bd3, Bf4 etc. as per Nimzo although it is not that great really if Black plays ...f6 quickly, and modern Frog specialists know to do this. Even on move 6, it would be best to retreat with Nf3.

Event: 25'5" Rapidplay
White: Bonham, Kevin
Black: Abbott, James
Result: 1-0

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 Nf6 6. d3 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. Re1 Nc6 9. Nc3 O-O 10. d4 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Rac8 12. b3 Rfd8 13. Be3 d5 14. Nxc6 Qxc6 15. exd5 exd5 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 17. cxd5 Bf6?? {don't ask, was trying to avoid losing a7, and somehow calculated that this gave me the tempo. In my feverish mind, I managed to calculated that this exchange was equal} 18. dxc6 Rxd1 19. Raxd1 bxc6 20. Bxa7 h6 {at this point it dawned on me that I was down a whole rook. Yes, that's right, I DIDN'T REALISE FOR 4 MOVES!} 21. a4 Bc3 22. Re3 Bb4 23. Red3 1-0

Yet after the straightforward 17... Rxd5 attacking the Q, if anyone has the advantage here it's certainly not White.

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2007, 08:05 PM
Yet after the straightforward 17... Rxd5 attacking the Q, if anyone has the advantage here it's certainly not White.

White begs to differ with this assessment, given that after either 18.Qg4 or 18.Qf3 white is threatening Bxa7 and also Rc1. White thinks 17...Rxd5 is +/=.

However this would not have been the case had Black played 14...bxc6 when White is pretty much forced to play 15.e5 with a messy position that is probably no better than even and maybe not even that good.

Southpaw Jim
13-12-2007, 10:07 PM
The quick'n'dirty silicone assessment of 17...Rxd5 is indeed +/= (+0.47), and for 14...bxc6 is =/+ (-0.37). Indeed, the only consolation from this game was seeing the evaluations not moving out the range -0.37 to +0.37 until the blunder on move 17. Given the rating gap, that's good going for me :uhoh:

Was e4-e5 ever a realistic threat for white? It was one of the things that had me most concerned, as I recall :hmm:

Kevin Bonham
13-12-2007, 10:58 PM
The quick'n'dirty silicone assessment of 17...Rxd5 is indeed +/= (+0.47), and for 14...bxc6 is =/+ (-0.37). Indeed, the only consolation from this game was seeing the evaluations not moving out the range -0.37 to +0.37 until the blunder on move 17. Given the rating gap, that's good going for me :uhoh:

I thought you played well up until the blunder. I was not impressed with my 13.Be3 after you correctly answered it with ...d5.


Was e4-e5 ever a realistic threat for white? It was one of the things that had me most concerned, as I recall :hmm:

It was not an issue in that game. It is often a major issue in the similar Rossolimo lines that I play (3.Bb5 against 2...Nc6) because in those e5 at the right time often leaves Black with a fatally ruined pawn structure.

Capablanca-Fan
13-12-2007, 11:38 PM
White begs to differ with this assessment, given that after either 18.Qg4 or 18.Qf3 white is threatening Bxa7 and also Rc1. White thinks 17...Rxd5 is +/=.
It probably needed more analysis than my quick look at Black's apparently superior development. But what about 18... Ba3 that stops Rc1, while if White plays Bxa7, he could be doing a Fischer if Black plays ... b6.


However this would not have been the case had Black played 14...bxc6 when White is pretty much forced to play 15.e5 with a messy position that is probably no better than even and maybe not even that good.
White has the wrong coloured B for this P structure, so Black should be OK.

If White had managed d4 in one move instead of two (Nc3 instead of d3), there might have been more chances for advantage from the opening.

Kevin Bonham
14-12-2007, 12:28 AM
It probably needed more analysis than my quick look at Black's apparently superior development. But what about 18... Ba3 that stops Rc1, while if White plays Bxa7, he could be doing a Fischer if Black plays ... b6.

Except that after either 18.Qf3 or 18.Qg4, if 18...Ba3 19.Bxa7 b6 White has 20.Bxb6! and Black can't take it back as that unprotects whichever rook White's queen's attacking.

Spiny Norman
14-12-2007, 08:12 AM
My son beat me last night. Again. He hadn't played serious chess for 12 months. <sob>.

Basil
14-12-2007, 06:38 PM
My son beat me last night. Again. He hadn't played serious chess for 12 months. <sob>.
The day that happens to me, I will cry like a baby (tears of joy)!

lochness88
16-12-2007, 06:44 PM
Event: ?
Site: ?
Date: 2007.12.16
Round: ?
White: Friend
Black: lochness88
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 1644


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. d5 cxd5 5. Qxd5 Qxd5 6. Nxd5 Kd8 7. Bf4 Nf6 8. Nc7 Nc6 9.
Nxa8 e5 10. Bg5 Be7 11. O-O-O+ Bd7 12. h3 h6 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Kb1 b5 15. Bxb5 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
17-12-2007, 12:03 AM
Date: 2007.12.16
Round: ?
White: Friend
Black: lochness88
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 1644


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. d5 cxd5 [If possible, let the opponent make the exchange and lose a tempo, e.g. 4... Nf6. 4. d5 is not to be recommended] 5. Qxd5 Qxd5 6. Nxd5 Kd8 [See, because Black made the exchange, White has a very active N forcing this awkward K move.] 7. Bf4 Nf6 [7... Nc6 is essential. If 8. Nc7 e5 9. Nxa8 exf4 and should be able to pick up the N as well] 8. Nc7 Nc6 9.
Nxa8 e5 10. Bg5 Be7 11. O-O-O+ Bd7 12. h3 h6 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Kb1 b5 15. Bxb5 1-0

lochness88
17-12-2007, 11:02 AM
Thank you Jono for annotating this, a nice end to a tragic experience. :wall:

Capablanca-Fan
19-12-2007, 10:57 AM
White begs to differ with this assessment, given that after either 18.Qg4 or 18.Qf3 white is threatening Bxa7 and also Rc1. White thinks 17...Rxd5 is +/=.
I have to admit, you're right. It's one of those positions where an assessment on "general considerations" fails because of specific characteristics. One could try to be wise after the event and talk about Black's loose Pa7 and Be7 and Rs defended only by the Q, while White's pieces are soundly anchored, but really only concrete analysis is adequate.

Bereaved
19-12-2007, 11:34 AM
Hello everyone,

Here is a very short game I learnt of recently,

W: Non CC poster
B: CC Poster



1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.Bf4 Qb4+ 5.Nbd2 Qxf4

0-1

The game was not mine, but maybe the player in question of the black pieces may claim it,

Take care and God Bless, Macavity

ER
19-12-2007, 06:57 PM
The game was not mine, but maybe the player in question of the black pieces may claim it,



hmmmmm :hmm: have I seen this position before?

Basil
19-12-2007, 10:14 PM
The game was not mine, but maybe the player in question of the black pieces may claim it
Indeed! A finalist no less!

Southpaw Jim
20-12-2007, 01:04 PM
Attractive for it's brevity! Could form the basis of a book: 30 Second Chess Tragedies :hmm:

Spiny Norman
20-12-2007, 01:12 PM
hmmmmm :hmm: have I seen this position before?
Oh no ... the humanity ... the humanity!!! ;)

Kevin Bonham
20-12-2007, 11:07 PM
I play some truly incredibly bad games when trying to beat the computer at blitz.

Bonham, K - Fritz (4 mins + 2 secs/move)

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.exd5 Nxd5 4.Bc4 Nxc3 5.Qf3 e6 6.Qxc3 Qg5 7.Qg3 Qxg3 8.hxg3 e5 9.Bd3 f5 10.g4 e4 11.Be2 fxg4 12.Rh4 Be7 13.Rh1 Nc6 14.c3 Ne5 15.b3 Be6 16.Bb2 0-0-0 17.c4 Bf6 18.Bxe5 Bxe5 19.Rd1 Bd4 20.d3 Bc3+ 21.Kf1 e3 22.f3 g3 23.Nh3 Bf5 24.Nf4 Rhe8 25.Rh5 Re5 26.Rg5 g6 27.Rxg3 c6 28.Rc1 Bb4 29.Ra1 Rd4 30.a3 Fritz 6 doubles 30...Bd6 31.Nh3 Bxd3 32.Rd1 Bxe2+ 33.Kxe2 Rxd1 34.Kxd1 e2+ 35.Ke1 Bxa3 36.Nf4 Bb4+ 37.Kf2 e1=Q# 0-1

What makes this one particularly ridiculous is that rather than being at full strength, it was only set to around 1700 level.

Trent Parker
27-03-2008, 10:15 AM
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bd2 b6 5.a3 Bxc3 6.Bxc3 Ne4 7.Qc2 Bb7 8.f3 Qh4+ 9.g3 Nxg3 10.hxg3 Qxh1 11.Nh3 Qh2 12.O-O-O Qxg3 13.Bd2 Qg6 14.e4 d5 15.cxd5 O-O 16.Nf4 Qf6 17.e5 Qe7 18.dxe6 Nc6 19.Bd3 h6 20.exf7+ Rxf7 21.Bh7+ Kf8 22.Ng6+ Ke8 23.Nxe7 Kxe7 24.d5 Na5 25.Qxc7+ Ke8 26.Bg6 Rc8 27.Bb4 I was winning as at move ten and was losing by move 23....

that'll teach me!

Southpaw Jim
27-03-2008, 09:41 PM
Ouch!

Out of interest, is 4.Bd2 wrong? (I don't play QP openings as white)

Desmond
27-03-2008, 10:30 PM
Ouch!

Out of interest, is 4.Bd2 wrong? (I don't play QP openings as white)
Possibly not "wrong", but certainly a passive move. There are better squares for the bishop.

Basil
03-04-2008, 01:31 AM
It's Only 30 Ratings Points!

OK, I am sufficiently recovered (after a month of self-loathing) to face this horror and share my pain with the world.

I am white.
My opponent is the Garvinator.
It is my move.
I have a material advantage (thanks Cameron)
I am +3.

And we have arrived at this:

5k1r/pb6/1p2p3/3pPPpq/8/PP1B4/1BPN1K2/6Q1 w - - 3 31

White (+3) to move and cock it up in 5 glorious moves. Admittedly I got to the venue very late and had very little time left, but nevertheless, what follows is rather special. Will post the flashy finale tomorrow :wall:

Kevin Bonham
03-04-2008, 01:51 AM
the diagram has a material advantage 2 pieces for a rook

White must be objectively winning with that advantage and the ability to create an advanced passed pawn, but the exposure of the white king and activity of the black pieces mean that the position has "swindle" written all over it.

Garvinator
03-04-2008, 01:53 AM
White must be objectively winning with that advantage and the ability to create an advanced passed pawn, but the exposure of the white king and activity of the black pieces mean that the position has "swindle" written all over it.
Rybka has white as +1.7 at the moment.

Surprisingly, I can not find the score sheet, will keep searching.

Basil
03-04-2008, 01:55 AM
Surprisingly, I can not find the score sheet, will keep searching.
Here you go mate. Enjoy! :doh:

[Event "Summer Swiss"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2008.03.06"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Howard Duggan"]
[Black "Garvin Gray"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1564"]
[BlackElo "1214"]
[ECO "A40"]

1. d4 h6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 e6 4. Bd3 c5 5. b3 Nc6 6. O-O cxd4 7. exd4 Be7 8. Bb2
O-O 9. a3 b6 10. Nbd2 Bb7 11. Rc1 d5 12. Ne5 Rc8 13. Qe2 Nd7 14. f4 Ndxe5 15.
fxe5 Bg5 16. g3 Qc7 17. h4 Be7 18. Qh5 f5 19. Rf4 Qd7 20. Rcf1 Qe8 21. Qd1 g5
22. hxg5 hxg5 23. R4f2 Kg7 24. Rh2 Rh8 25. Rff2 Qf7 26. g4 Nxe5 27. dxe5 Bc5
28. Rxh8 Rxh8 29. gxf5 Bxf2+ 30. Kxf2 Kf8 31. Qg1 Qh5 32. a4 exf5 33. Ke1 Qh4+
34. Kd1 Qf4 35. Bd4 Rh2 36. Kc1 Qxd2+ 37. Kb2 Qxd3 38. Qxh2 Qxd4+ 39. c3 Qh4
40. Qe2 d4 41. c4 Be4 42. Ka3 Qh1 43. Qb2 Qd1 44. Ka2 Qb1+ 45. Qxb1 Bxb1+ 46.
Kxb1 g4 0-1

CameronD
03-04-2008, 01:59 AM
I think I'd play Be2 to force the Queen back then f6. It would be difficult for a U1500 to play though due to the king.

Basil
03-04-2008, 02:03 AM
I think I'd play Be2 to force the Queen back then f6. It would be difficult for a U1500 to play though due to the king.
Garvin is underrated IMO and played the right moves from a crappy position - but how's my form leaving the knight en prise and then immediately Kb2 dropping the second piece!!!! :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:

CameronD
03-04-2008, 02:04 AM
I cant believe it. a4???

You had a won game, develop the bishop later and secure the king by forcing the black queen to a passive post or exchange would be better.

:cry:

Garvinator
03-04-2008, 02:09 AM
I cant believe it. a4???

You had a won game, develop the bishop later and secure the king by forcing the black queen to a passive post or exchange would be better.

:cry:
I think KB's comments are closer to the mark. White is better but has a rather exposed king and a severe time shortage. Basically a couple of minutes vs 20 mins.

Desmond
03-04-2008, 08:35 AM
Garvin is underrated IMO and played the right moves from a crappy position - but how's my form leaving the knight en prise and then immediately Kb2 dropping the second piece!!!! :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:I think Bd4 was the right idea, but then you could have played Be3 instead of dropping the piece and harrassed the Q a little. You then have to worry about ...d4 and ...Rh1 but I think you have enough time and pieces around the king to hold in the short-term, and you must be winning in the long term if you can trade a piece or two.

Garrett
03-04-2008, 10:09 AM
Garvin is underrated IMO and played the right moves from a crappy position - but how's my form leaving the knight en prise and then immediately Kb2 dropping the second piece!!!! :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:

lol - how can anyone who is -4 after 12 moves against Gunner be underrated.

Garrett
03-04-2008, 10:10 AM
lol - only joking.

I actually agree - Garvin is underrated.

Nice swindle.

Davidflude
03-04-2008, 10:46 AM
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bd2 b6 5.a3 Bxc3 6.Bxc3 Ne4 7.Qc2 Bb7 8.f3 Qh4+ 9.g3 Nxg3 10.hxg3 Qxh1 11.Nh3 Qh2 12.O-O-O Qxg3 13.Bd2 Qg6 14.e4 d5 15.cxd5 O-O 16.Nf4 Qf6 17.e5 Qe7 18.dxe6 Nc6 19.Bd3 h6 20.exf7+ Rxf7 21.Bh7+ Kf8 22.Ng6+ Ke8 23.Nxe7 Kxe7 24.d5 Na5 25.Qxc7+ Ke8 26.Bg6 Rc8 27.Bb4 I was winning as at move ten and was losing by move 23....

that'll teach me!

What is wrong with 27. Bxf7+ Kf8 28 Bb4 Geronimo

Sunshine
07-04-2008, 02:26 PM
So what is the result of the TCN game ?

Is the shocker that black now wins by taking the queen ?

WhiteElephant
19-04-2008, 10:04 AM
I don't have a particular game to show you guys but last night I played in a Blitz tournament at Box Hill. In the 9 games, I left my rook en prise 3 times, I dropped a bishop for nothing against Justaknight and I dropped countless pawns for no reason. And I generally played very poorly even when I wasn't dropping pieces. Sometimes it just isn't your day! LOL

bill718
22-04-2008, 02:32 AM
Play enough chess and your going to have some major
meltdowns! We've all done it. You won't improve by
quitting though. Persistence Pays!

Trent Parker
22-04-2008, 03:06 PM
So what is the result of the TCN game ?

Is the shocker that black now wins by taking the queen ?

Oops my bad. Move order error. Bishop took on f7 before the other bishop mated me!

Miguel
22-04-2008, 03:14 PM
I had another bad experience of eating too much once when served an enormous roast by the member of a host club putting me up for the night for an intrastate interclub, and there was a round to play after dinner. Not long into the game my thinking became very sluggish and I was positionally crushed so badly that I resigned without having even lost any material.
Did you see this article (http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=4335) on ChessBase last year?

It is known that after eating, the bloodstream of the organs involved in the digestion process rises and, consequently, the blood and oxygen supply to other organs, as the brain, decreases. If the quantity of food is voluminous or of difficult digestion, consequences will be even more severe or last longer, and people may feel sleepy and tired, less alert and focused, and prone to make more mistakes in relation to attention and search tasks.
...
Avoiding “heavy foods” or foods of difficult digestion before games must be adopted as a regular habit for chess players. The last “main” meal before a game has to be had at least three hours in advance. If a player wishes to have something to eat nearer the time of the beginning of a competition (one or two hours before, e.g.) he/she should choose among fruits (whole ones, fruit salad or juices, raisins), cereal bars, pretzels, cookies, low fat yogurt with fruit or cereals, sports drinks.

Southpaw Jim
15-05-2008, 12:11 AM
Yet another addition to this thread from me, a FICS game at 12 10 time control:

[White "JimAbbott"]
[Black "levkipos"]
[Result "0-1"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nxd4 5. Qxd4 c5 6. Qa4 b6 7. Bd3
Bb7 8. Nc3 Qf6 9. O-O Qg6 10. Nd5 Bd6 11. Be3 Nf6 12. e5 Qh5 13. exd6 Qxd5
14. Bf4 Qxg2# {White checkmated} 0-1

I took tonight's inspiration from GM Bu :wall: :wall: :wall:

Basil
15-05-2008, 12:14 AM
Yet another addition to this thread from me ...
Excellent work, Abbott! That's exactly the mindless stupidity we're looking for here at ClownCorp. Promote that man :clap:

Southpaw Jim
15-05-2008, 12:21 AM
I'm glad you like, there's always room for more chortlesome mirth and schadenfreude around here :)

Igor_Goldenberg
15-05-2008, 09:21 AM
13. Nxf6+ gf6 14. ed6 with extra piece

Watto
23-05-2008, 01:32 PM
Gunner has his Insane in the Endgame. This one’s just insane … the mate-in-one draw! I thought about 33.Ne6, and decided to delay it for a move... I lost the plot and should have lost the game. I had very mixed feelings at the end of this game… :oops:

White Watto. Black 1300 to 1400 or so.

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 a6 4.c4 e6 5.Be2 g6 6.O-O Bg7 7.Nc3 O-O 8.b3 Re8 9.Bb2 Nbd7 10.Qc2 c5 11.cxd5 cxd4 12.Nxd4 e5 13.Nf3 Qc7 14.h3 Nxd5 15.Rac1 N7f6 16.Rfd1 e4 17.Nd4 Qe5 18.Na4 Qg5 19.Nc5 Nb6 20.Kh1 Qh4 21.Bf1 Ng4 22.Kg1 Nf6 23.Nxb7 Qg5 24.Nd6 Rf8 25.Nxc8 Raxc8 26.Qe2 Nbd5 27.a3 Ra8 28.Rc5 Rfd8 29.Rdc1 Bf8 30.Rc6 Nh5 31.Rxa6 Rxa6 32.Qxa6 Nxe3 33.Qb6 Nxf1 34.Ne6 Qxc1 35.Bxc1 Rd1 36.Bb2 Nfg3+ 37.Kh2 Nf1+ 38.Kg1 Nfg3+ 39.Kh2 1/2-1/2

Basil
23-05-2008, 03:23 PM
I had very mixed feelings at the end of this game… :oops:
Let me help you
1) You are a pair of plonkers. Abbott and Duggan welcome you to the club.
2) Count your blessings (again and again and again and again ...)

Watto
23-05-2008, 03:26 PM
Let me help you
1) You are a pair of plonkers. Abbott and Duggan welcome you to the club.
2) Count your blessings (again and again and again and again ...)
lol, have to agree with you on that.

Kevin Bonham
23-05-2008, 04:39 PM
That's amazing.

Tony Dowden
25-05-2008, 08:20 PM
I was on the winning end of this "shocker" from the Ringwood Club Championship 1980:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Nxe5 Qg5 5.Nxf7 {Bxf7 was required} Qxg2 6.Rf1 Qxe4+ 7.Be2 Nf3# 0-1

A 'book' trap - did you know it?

Spiny Norman
26-05-2008, 07:32 AM
A 'book' trap - did you know it?
Yes, I had seen it in a book a few months earlier ... I decided to try the 3...Nd4 line just on the spur of the moment, for a bit of fun, as I was about the same rating as my opponent and wanted him out of book.

Capablanca-Fan
27-05-2008, 12:28 AM
Yes, I had seen it in a book a few months earlier ... I decided to try the 3...Nd4 line just on the spur of the moment, for a bit of fun, as I was about the same rating as my opponent and wanted him out of book.
Not usually advisable. The simple 4. Nxd4 is even better for White than the Bird defense to the Ruy López since the B is better placed. But it makes good sense to play for the trap if the Bird is answered by the wimpy 4. Bc4.

Southpaw Jim
16-08-2008, 09:52 PM
Well, my first ever "proper" tournament had to yield something for this thread.

From round 4:

Event: Hobart Weekender 2008
Round: 4
White: Short, Owen
Black: Abbott, James
Result: 1-0
WhiteElo: 1011
BlackElo: 1293

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. e4 Be7 4. Nc3 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. a3 h6 8. Bf4 Nxd4 9. Nxd4 e5 10. Bxh6?? exd4 11. Bd2 dxc3 12. Bxc3 d5 13. exd5 Qxd5 14. Bxf6 Bxf6?? 15. Bh7+ Kxh7 16. Qxd5 Bxb2 17. Rb1 Bxa3?? 18. Qd3+ 1-0

<sigh> :wall: :wall:

I'm chalking this one up to being tired :eek: They should have an opposite to a brilliancy prize, where both players race to beat each other to the loss...

Kevin Bonham
28-08-2009, 11:45 PM
About time this excellent thread was revived for the benefit of our many new arrivals. This modest offering to revive it is actually a win (against an opponent I scored +21=0-0 against in rated games so hardly surprising) but what qualifies it for inclusion (apart from junk like 8.Qd1 in the opening) is that I managed to miss:

- two completely obvious two-move tactics
- both of which win overwhelmingly
- both involving different tactical patterns
- on consecutive moves
- while pursuing a cheap-trash kingside attack that does objectively win but is still work :wall:

Alas, opponent immediately obliged by playing his third "completely losing" move in a row.

Bonham [1714*] - Chapman [1249*]
Sandy Bay Club Champs 2000

(* These ratings were before the 150 point and 70 point uplifts.)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.0-0 a6 5.Bxd7+ Bxd7 6.d4 cxd4 7.Qxd4 e5 8.Qd1 h6 9.c4 Rc8 10.b3 Nf6 11.Re1 Be7 12.Ba3 Bg4 13.Nbd2 0-0 14.Nf1 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 Qa5 16.Bb2 b5 17.Ne3 Qc7 18.cxb5 axb5 19.Nf5 Ne8?? 20.Bc1? Kh7?? 21.Qh3? Qc3? 22.Qxc3 Rxc3 23.Nxe7 Nf6 24.f3 and white won 1-0

Answers in white text below for those below 800 rating, drugged, related to Arrogant-One or otherwise incapable of spotting the bleeding obvious:

20.Rc1 (either) wins rook because after Rxc8 the queen cannot retake without Nxe7 killing it and the bishop.

Next move 21.Nxe7 wins piece with attack since if ...Qxe7 22.Qf5+ kills rook

Tony Dowden
29-08-2009, 03:36 PM
Scary stuff ;)

Kevin Bonham
17-11-2009, 09:15 PM
In my annotation project I found a 40-move game that I won (somehow) that contained at least 17 significant mistakes from the two players combined. But my opponent was sub-1200 and I was massively distracted during that game by arbiting duties involving a player who regarded the expectation that he write down the moves to be some sort of personal affront. So I won't publish that one.

Instead I bring you one of my most awesome blunders ever.

2r3k1/7p/4q1p1/Q3p3/4N3/6P1/5P1P/6K1 w - - 0 1

Bonham - Michael Hornung. Tas Open 2000, G90 flat, last round. The other guy had already won the tournament while I was on a feeble 3/5, which hereby became 3/6 (I have not failed to beat 50% in any weekender since.)

I 'd been struggling out of the opening, losing from move 20 onwards and was lucky to even have this.

Here, short of time, I came up with the idea that getting queens off would assist my drawing chances. It's a dumb idea anyway; knights and queens work well together and I could have annoyed black more by playing Ng5.

But compared to the execution, the basic idea was a masterstroke.

I played 41.Qd5?? intending 41...Qxd5 42.Nf6+ recovering the queen next move.

Black played 41...Rc1+ 42.Kg2 Qxd5.

I reached out to move the knight to execute the swapping fork and discovered it was pinned by black's queen.

I resigned.

From the tournament report by Tom Lea:


White is the exchange down, so he decides to get the queens off the board to make it harder for black to win. Well, at least he succeeds in getting one queen off the board - his!!

I believe this is one of only two full-length rated games in which I have blundered my queen for nothing. I won the other one.

Basil
17-11-2009, 09:29 PM
I reached out to move the knight to execute the swapping fork and discovered it was pinned by black's queen.
Bravo!

Garvinator
17-11-2009, 10:27 PM
Bravo!
Gunner, I do believe you have a contender from last Thursday nights game :uhoh:

Basil
17-11-2009, 10:30 PM
Gunner, I do believe you have a contender from last Thursday nights game :uhoh:
I do? Not my game, surely?

Garvinator
17-11-2009, 10:37 PM
I do? Not my game, surely?
Yep.

Basil
17-11-2009, 10:41 PM
Yep.
You must be thinking of a different game. Here is my effort from last week. While it may not be champagne chess, hardly a shocker!

[Event "Club Champs"]
[Date "2009.11.12"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Craig Stewart"]
[Black "Howard Duggan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1540"]
[BlackElo "1478"]
[ECO "D02"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Bf5 3. g3 e6 4. Bg2 Bd6 5. O-O Nf6 6. b3 Nbd7 7. Bb2 c6 8. Nbd2
h5 9. Nh4 Bh7 10. Re1 g5 11. Nhf3 Ne4 12. Ne5 f5 13. f3 Nef6 14. Nxd7 Kxd7 15.
e4 fxe4 16. fxe4 Ng4 17. e5 Bxe5 18. Rxe5 Nxe5 19. dxe5 Qb6+ 20. Kh1 g4 21. Ba3
Rag8 22. c4 Bf5 23. cxd5 exd5 24. Nc4 Qa6 25. Bxd5 cxd5 26. Qxd5+ Kc8 27. Nd6+
Kb8 28. Rc1 Bd7 29. Qc5 Bc6+ 30. Kg1 Qe2 31. Qf2 Qxf2+ 32. Kxf2 Rf8+ 33. Ke2
Rf3 34. e6 h4 35. Nf7 Re8 36. Bd6+ Ka8 37. Ng5 Bb5+ 38. Ke1 Rf1+ 39. Kd2 Rxc1
40. Kxc1 h3 41. e7 b6 42. Ne6 Kb7 43. Kd2 Bd7 44. Nd4 Rc8 45. Ke3 a5 46. Ba3 b5
47. Bd6 a4 48. bxa4 bxa4 49. a3 Rc1 50. Nf5 Bxf5 0-1

Garvinator
17-11-2009, 10:45 PM
I was more commenting that you benefited from Craig's knight blunder at the end ;)

Kevin Bonham
17-11-2009, 11:05 PM
It's not really that much of a blunder. It doesn't even drop a piece because after 51.e8=whatever Re1+ 52.Kf4 he gets the piece back; it's dead lost because of ...Re2 but that's no different to what he was anyway. The real blunder was 49.a3 instead of Kd2 locking the rook out.

Kevin Bonham
14-02-2010, 08:27 PM
In 24 years of competitive chess I have never before done anything remotely like this in a main-list rated game. I would like to say I had never done anything remotely like this in a tournament game but the sad (albeit hilarious) truth is that I had much the same one-move brainfade (overlooking Qd3xh7#) against Thomas Hendrey in the adult blitz event at the Aus Junior a few weeks ago.

V. Horton - Bonham, Launceston Cup Round 5.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3 This is OK but not the sharpest line. However, it is much better than being mated in one. 5...c5 6.Be3 This is probably completely harmless, but it is still better than being mated in one. 6...Nc6 7.Bb5 In any of these ...Nfd7 type systems (Classical or Open Tarrasch) this is usually an error because exchanging on c6 allows black to use an extra pawn in the centre. But it is still much better than being mated in one. 7...a6?! [7...cxd4 first is much better in tempo terms than this, but this is still much better than being mated in one.] 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Bxc5 Nxc5 11.Nd4 Qb6 12.Qd2 Nd7 13.f4 c5 14.Na4 Qc7 15.Nf3 0-0 16.0-0 Bb7 17.Qd3 I had had serious problems activating my QB in some previous games so thought I would get the thing active here with 17...Bc6?! [17...h6!] 18.Ng5 And here, absorbed with all the positional fiddling on the queenside, somehow I imagined he had no attack and was only threatening something speculative and desperate involving Qa3, which seemed harmless, and I played the awesome ... 18...Bxa4?? [18...g6 19.Qh3 h5 20.Nc3 Qb7 and white has some attack but it's far from unendurable.(20...Kg7? seen by Vincent during the game 21.Qxe6! Qb7! (21...fxe6? 22.Nxe6+ Kg8 23.Nxc7 and white wins three pawns) 22.Qh3±) ] 19.Qxh7# 1-0

Basil
14-02-2010, 08:54 PM
In 24 years of competitive chess ...
Nice. That'll wake you up nights for years to come ;) :cool:

Kevin Bonham
14-02-2010, 09:00 PM
Nice. That'll wake you up nights for years to come ;) :cool:

I doubt it will actually. My chess nightmares (mentioned on the Dreams thread) usually involve persistent cheating by opponents throughout the game, or else getting into ludicrous time trouble for no reason.

This sort of thing is filed under "**** happens".

Desmond
14-02-2010, 11:11 PM
"**** happens"."mate"?

Kevin Bonham
17-02-2010, 12:25 AM
I think my responses to the two Qxh7#s should be recorded.

After Thomas Hendrey played Qxh7#: "That's interesting"
After Vincent Horton did likewise: "Oh my goodness. (pause) Well done."

Spiny Norman
17-02-2010, 04:53 AM
:clap: :clap: :clap:
That is an awesome contribution Kevin. It gives duffers like me hope for the future (even though there is no hope!). :lol:

michael.mcguirk
17-02-2010, 09:43 AM
Event "Australian Major"
White "Guo, Emma"
Black "McGuirk, Michael"
Result "1-0"
WhiteElo "1812"
BlackElo "1713"

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 g6 4.e3 Bg7 5.c4 c6 6.Nc3 O-O 7.Qb3 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 cxd5 10.Rc1 Kh8 11.Bb5 f6 12.Bc7

Yeah... I just kinda sat in shock at myself. I was already doing rather poorly, but wow.

Basil
17-02-2010, 10:01 AM
Yeah... I just kinda sat in shock at myself. I was already doing rather poorly, but wow.
Oh yeah. Thanks :D

Trent Parker
23-02-2010, 11:36 PM
Whateaux v A friend

City of Sydney Rapid Play 2010

1.d4 f5 2.h3 Nf6 3.g4 fxg4 4.hxg4 Nxg4 5.Qd3 Nf6 6.Rxh7 Nxh7 7.Qg6+

Kevin Bonham
23-02-2010, 11:46 PM
Is that one a book trap? I think Tony Sturges might have told me about that line just a few weeks ago.

Adamski
24-02-2010, 08:41 AM
Is that one a book trap? I think Tony Sturges might have told me about that line just a few weeks ago.A variant oif one. 2 h3 is a tricky little move against the Dutch, for both sides. PS. I wasn't playing in that game!

whatteaux
24-02-2010, 05:34 PM
A variant oif one. 2 h3 is a tricky little move against the Dutch, for both sides. PS. I wasn't playing in that game!

Ha! By coincidence, one of my only two wins in Sunday's City o' Sydney rapid was exactly that 7-move mate.

I'm surprised at how many Dutch Defence players don't seem to be familiar with these anti-Dutch lines. Rather brave of them if ones asks me.

Trent Parker
25-02-2010, 08:08 AM
Ha! By coincidence, one of my only two wins in Sunday's City o' Sydney rapid was exactly that 7-move mate.

Ha! I Think I know who you are :D

Adamski
25-02-2010, 10:02 PM
Ha! I Think I know who you are :DI've known who he was for a long time!! "A friend" is a correct designation for White in that game, from my pov.

Bill Gletsos
26-02-2010, 11:41 AM
Ha! I Think I know who you are :DBTW that game was from the 2010 City of Sydney Rapid not the 2009. :doh:

Trent Parker
01-03-2010, 12:30 PM
BTW that game was from the 2010 City of Sydney Rapid not the 2009. :doh:

:lol: :doh:

hahaha I'm living in the past...... still doing year 2009 work at work..... lol got 2009 on my mind! :D

Adamski
01-03-2010, 12:32 PM
Trent it is time to update your blog and your sig. Round 2 Aus Champs is definitely in the past!

Watto
01-03-2010, 10:06 PM
White player vs Watson
Result: 1-0
Note that 29... Nf4+ was followed up by the illegal 30... Nxe2+

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Neg5 Be7 7. Bc4 Nb6 8.
Bb3 O-O 9. O-O h6 10. Nh3 c5 11. c3 cxd4 12. cxd4 Nbd5 13. Qe2 b6 14. a3 Bb7
15. Re1 Rc8 16. Be3 Qd6 17. Ne5 Rfd8 18. Rad1 Bf8 19. Bf4 Nxf4 20. Nxf4 Nd5 21.
Qh5 Rc7 22. Qh4 g5 23. Qg4 Nxf4 24. h4 Nxg2 25. Nxf7 Rxf7 26. Rxe6 Qf4 27. Qe2
Kg7 28. hxg5 Qxg5 29. Re5 Nf4+ 30. Rxg5+ 1-0

Kevin Bonham
13-06-2010, 03:53 PM
Had a rather nice win in round 4 of the Tas Open today coming off a disappointing close loss to Dowden last night. So what do I do in round 5? Inattentively blunder a pawn to a basic and common combo on move six and it just gets worse from there as my grand quest to lose at least once to every Tassie junior with a four-figure rating advances its tally to four.

Fifield-Bonham

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4 dxc4 5.Bxc4 Nf6 6.Nf3 Bg4? 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Ne5+ Kg8 9.Nxg4 Bb4+ 10.Nc3 Qe7+? [10...Nxg4 11.Qb3+ Kf8 12.Qxb4+ Qe7+ 13.Qxe7+ Kxe7 and at least black reaches the endgame albeit a pawn down.] 11.Ne5! Nc6 12.0-0 Bxc3?? [12...Rd8 13.Nxc6 bxc6] 13.Qb3+! Kf8 14.bxc3! Ne4? [14...Na5 15.Qa4 b6 16.Ba3 c5 17.Bxc5 bxc5 18.Qxa5 etc is apparently the least worst here.] 15.Qxb7! 1-0

All credit to Andrew for his strong play in taking full advantage of this monumental freebie.

:wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:

Basil
13-06-2010, 06:31 PM
A very fine addition to thread! Bravo! :clap: :clap:

Reminds of a similar feat at Liddums 2007 by yours truly against a junior.

[Event "Lidums U/1600"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2007.07.07"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Matthew Borg"]
[Black "Howard"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1233"]
[BlackElo "1498"]
[ECO "B01"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bc4 b5 5. Bb3 Bg4 6. Nf3 Nxd5 7. Nc3 Nxc3
8. bxc3 Nc6 9. Bxf7+ Kd7 10. Qe2 Kc8 11. Qe4 Bxf3 12. gxf3 Qd6 13. Ba3 Qf6 14.
Bd5 Kb7 15. Rb1 a6 16. c4 Rd8 17. cxb5 axb5 18. Rxb5+ Kc8 19. Be6+ Rd7 20. Qxc6
1-0

Desmond
13-06-2010, 10:47 PM
ouch

Kevin Bonham
14-06-2010, 06:24 PM
It's quite a problem at the moment; I actually played three nice games this weekend and even the one I lost to Tony was at worst about my normal standard, but I just don't seem to be able to maintain concentration and energy over a full weekend sufficiently to avoid playing one game per weekender at about 600 strength. :rolleyes:

Oepty
14-06-2011, 11:24 PM
My loss from interclub tonight. Threw away a winning position with a moment of absolute stupidness. I had seen that Nh6 won like the variation showed, although not all the way but then played Re7 and was lost in an instant.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Nxd7 5. O-O Ngf6 6.
d3 g6 7. Nc3 Bg7 8. Be3 Ng4 9. Qd2 Nde5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rae1 e6 12. f4 Ng4
13. Nd1 O-O 14. c3 Qa5 15. a3 Rad8 16. h3 Nxe3 17. Nxe3 Qc7 18. f5 exf5 19. Nd5
Qb8 20. exf5 Be5 21. f6 Bxf6 22. Nxf6+ Kg7 23. Ng4 Rg8 24. Qf4 Qc7 25. Qf6+ Kf8
26. Re7 (26. Nh6 Rg7 27. Nxf7 Kg8 28. Re7 Qxe7 29. Qxe7 Rb8 30. Nh6+ Kh8 31.
Rf8+ Rxf8 32. Qxf8+ Rg8 33. Qxg8#) 26... Qxe7 1-0

Scott

Kevin Bonham
15-06-2011, 12:07 AM
A fine addition. Extra points for resigning in disgust instead of looking for a swindle. 27.Qf4 and black still has to be quite careful.

Oepty
15-06-2011, 12:58 AM
A fine addition. Extra points for resigning in disgust instead of looking for a swindle. 27.Qf4 and black still has to be quite careful.

Do I also get extra points for punching a wall?

Kevin Bonham
15-06-2011, 01:17 AM
Do I also get extra points for punching a wall?

Probably extra points for injuring either yourself or the wall in the process.

In the 1999 Tas Open I cost myself $160 (and what would have been nine Open titles instead of eight!) when, in this position with a few mins on my clock (guillotine) :

8/8/8/8/3KNk1r/8/8/8 b - - 0 63

...I played 63...Rh8?? missing the win of the knight by either ...Kf3 or ...Kf5. The game was drawn nineteen moves later without any further winning chances.

Worse, this was the second clear win I had missed during the game.

When shown this win after the game while still at the board I responded by bashing my head on the table, albeit not hard enough to damage either me or it. I believe this is the only time I have ever attacked the furniture after a game.

Oepty
15-06-2011, 01:31 AM
Probably extra points for injuring either yourself or the wall in the process.

In the 1999 Tas Open I cost myself $160 (and what would have been nine Open titles instead of eight!) when, in this position with a few mins on my clock (guillotine) :

8/8/8/8/3KNk1r/8/8/8 b - - 0 63

...I played 63...Rh8?? missing the win of the knight by either ...Kf3 or ...Kf5. The game was drawn nineteen moves later without any further winning chances.

Worse, this was the second clear win I had missed during the game.

When shown this win after the game while still at the board I responded by bashing my head on the table, albeit not hard enough to damage either me or it. I believe this is the only time I have ever attacked the furniture after a game.

I drew blood, and I have some swelling and I didn't really connect properly. I must say though I did wait until I was out of sight of everyone before I did it.

Kevin Bonham
15-06-2011, 01:36 AM
Extra points also for doing it in an interclub. Blundering or playing a shocker in team matches is painful.

Basil
15-06-2011, 07:14 AM
Welcome Scott.

Brian_Jones
15-06-2011, 09:37 AM
Just wait until you guys get to be Seniors. ;)

Sorry was just having a senior moment - did I miss winning your queen again? :doh:

Adamski
04-09-2011, 12:33 AM
An Adamski howler at the end of a poor game, blowing a Q.

Event: Parramatta Spring U 1800
Site: Parramatta CC
Date: 2011.09.01
Round: 3.7
White: Neville, John
Black: Adams, Jonathan
Result: 1-0
ECO: B50
WhiteElo: 1270
BlackElo: 1502
PlyCount: 81
EventDate: 2011.??.??

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. Nc3 d6 4. h3 Nf6 5. d3 g6 6. Be2 Bg7 7. O-O O-O 8. Be3
Re8 9. Qc1 Nc6 10. Bh6 Bh8 11. a3 b5 12. Bd1 Bb7 13. Ne2 d5 14. exd5 Nxd5 15.
c3 b4 16. axb4 cxb4 17. d4 e5 18. c4 Nb6 19. d5 Ne7 20. Bg5 Qc7 21. b3 Rac8 22.
Qb1 e4 23. Nfd4 Bxd4 24. Nxd4 Qe5 25. Be3 Nd7 26. Nc2 Nf5 27. Bc1 Qe7 28. Bb2
e3 29. fxe3 Nxe3 30. Re1 Qg5 31. Nxe3 Rxe3 32. Bf3 Rxf3 33. Qe4 Rxb3 34. Bc1
Qf6 35. Bh6 Qb6+ 36. Kh1 Nf6 37. Qe7 Qd8 38. Qxb7 Rc3 39. Re7 R3xc4 40. Rae1
Qxd5 41. Qxd5 1-0

Adamski
20-10-2011, 07:40 PM
Shane Dibley v Jonathan Adams. Parra CC U 1800 Spring toirnament. 7f3 is a shocker in a poor game.
1 d4 f5 2 c4 Nf6 3 Bg5 Ne4 4 Bf4 e5 5 dxe5 Bb4+ 6 Nd2? g5 7 f3? gxf4 8 fxe4 Qh4+ 9 g3 fxg3 10 Nf3 g2+ 11 0-1. If no-one beats me to it I will put this into pgn.
Happy as my first win v an IM albeit a corres one!

Zwischenzug
20-10-2011, 08:10 PM
1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Bg5 Ne4 4. Bf4 e5 5. dxe5 Bb4+ 6. Nd2? g5 7. f3? gxf4 8. fxe4 Qh4+ 9. g3 fxg3 10. Nf3 g2+ 11. 0-1

Adamski
20-10-2011, 08:38 PM
Thanks to my in-between move friend!

machomortensen
21-10-2011, 07:42 AM
Your opponent, isn't he IM in Postal Chess??

Adamski
21-10-2011, 08:19 AM
Happy as my first win v an IM albeit a corres one!
Hi Henrik.
Indeed Shane Dibley is an IM of the correspondence variety! OTB he is around 1600 so had 100 points on me. He beat me last time we played but not this time! Winning last night made me 6/9 and a likely book token prize from ACE for U 1650 grade!

Light analysis. I had not seen 3 Bg5 after 2 c4 before but was familiar with it played on move 2 or on move 3 after 2 Nf3. 3..Ne4 seems indicated. I think 4...e5 is fine for black. A bit like a Budapest gambit.

If 6 Bd2 then 6...Qe7 with a good game. Better than 6 Nd2 though. The pin is terrific.
But his 7 f3? loses. 7 a3 maybe. Of course e3 looks nice with Qh5 threat but loses to ...Bxd2+!
He resigned a little prematurely. Though he is a Rook down I am undeveloped. But with Q escaping and ...Rg8 in offing Black must be winning.
I will put this through Fritz 12 ere long!

Max Illingworth
21-10-2011, 11:16 AM
4...e5 seems to be the best move. 5...Bb4 is a novelty (5...Bc5 was played before; both moves are good), and 6...g5 is dubious but after the more precise 6...Nc6 7.Ngf3 g5 you don't win in ten moves! After 6...g5 White should play 7.a3 Ba5 8.b4 when the position is complicated but long-term Black's position looks a tiny bit dicey.

Adamski
21-10-2011, 11:21 AM
Thanks, Max. I am in no position to disagree with an IM-in-waiting / GM in future!

machomortensen
21-10-2011, 04:40 PM
Thanks Adamski.

I remember that Didley during the last Australian Open played a nice and cute combination against the young Oscar Wang. If I remember right, it was in first round. The game went public via Peter Parrs chesscolumn.

I suppose that Didleys IM-title in Postal Chess is gained long time before "the computerage"...

Adamski
22-10-2011, 12:30 PM
I revise my earlier statement that Shane resigned too early. He did not. The game is not long for this world. After 11 N xh4 g2xh1=Q 12 Nf3 fxe4 13 N moves e3 it is indeed all over.

If other 12th moves by White, Black just still plays fxe4 and e3 if allowed, or simply rescues his Q and plays on a Rook ahead!

Vlad
22-10-2011, 12:54 PM
If I remember correctly we played the final position 2-3 times and every time for some reason white was winning.:lol: It does imply to me a premature resignation.

Adamski
22-10-2011, 02:13 PM
If I remember correctly we played the final position 2-3 times and every time for some reason white was winning.:lol: It does imply to me a premature resignation.
But there are 2 reasons for that.
1. At blitz speed I neglected to play the rather obvious ....fxe4 and suffered after your exf5.
2. You are an IM and I am not!:evil:

machomortensen
22-10-2011, 10:07 PM
Do anyone know what year Shane Dibley were appointed as IM??

Vlad
22-10-2011, 10:15 PM
Peter Parr (SMH 14/9/09)

Australian Open Champion IM Aleksander Wohl outclassed the field in the Wiesbaden Open International in Germany conceding only half a point in round 5 to GM Thomas Luther who finished second. Wohl won every other game for a 2685 performance rating.

Shane Dibley of Sydney becomes an International Master of Correspondence Chess this week at the ICCF Congress in Leeds,England. Dibley is a member of the current Australian Correspondence Chess Olympiad team. Dibley has won first prize of $900 in a crossboard tournament but last week said that he often blundered in time-trouble and he was more suited to correspondence games with ample time for each move. Dibley was the second of IM Wohl (2000 Oceania Champion) in the 2000 World Championship knock-out in New Delhi,India.

Rincewind
22-10-2011, 10:17 PM
http://www.iccf.com/downloads/titles/2006_IM.pdf

machomortensen
22-10-2011, 10:24 PM
Thanks Vlad. Thanks Rincewind.

Adamski
22-10-2011, 11:10 PM
You are an IM and I am not!:evil:
Talking of IMs, here is hot news from FIDE Congress:


http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=4126505

Congatulations Vlad!!:clap: :clap:

Adamski
23-10-2011, 02:28 PM
4...e5 seems to be the best move. 5...Bb4 is a novelty (5...Bc5 was played before; both moves are good), and 6...g5 is dubious but after the more precise 6...Nc6 7.Ngf3 g5 you don't win in ten moves! After 6...g5 White should play 7.a3 Ba5 8.b4 when the position is complicated but long-term Black's position looks a tiny bit dicey.
Interestingly, Fritz 12 eventually preferred 5...Bb4+ to 5....Bc5.
It has Black with compensation after 7 a3 Ba5 8 Be3 c5 9 Qc2 Qe7.
It assesses the final position as -+ and comes up with the line:
11 Nh4 gxh1=Q 12 e3 Bxd2+ 13 Qxd2 Qxe4 14 Qf2 Rf8 15 0-0-0 Nc6 16 Ng2 Nxe5 -+ (bigger).

Adamski
24-10-2011, 09:45 AM
1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Bg5 Ne4 4. Bf4 e5 5. dxe5 Bb4+ 6. Nd2 g5 7. f3? gxf4 8. fxe4 Qh4+ 9. g3 fxg3 10. Nf3 g2+ 11. 0-1
This Dibley - Adams game was published in the SMH today. The first time a win of mine has made it into a newspaper column. (I have had losses published in the Otago Daily Times column, NZ.)
Thanks, Peter!

Kevin Bonham
24-10-2011, 11:57 AM
Shaun Press might like that for his Open and Shut column.

I might have played on a bit in the final position with white with the idea e3 then Qh5 and just maybe something against the somewhat exposed black king but it's pretty easily refuted and maybe Mr Dibley has more standards. :lol:

Adamski
24-10-2011, 05:04 PM
Shaun Press might like that for his Open and Shut column.

I might have played on a bit in the final position with white with the idea e3 then Qh5 and just maybe something against the somewhat exposed black king but it's pretty easily refuted and maybe Mr Dibley has more standards. :lol:
LOL I emailed it to Shaun yesterday. I didn' t email it to Peter so I guess he picked it up from here.
I was aware of danger if he got e3 in. ...e3 is a good way to prevent that!

Adamski
10-11-2011, 08:45 PM
Links: http://www.chessdiscountsa​les.com/news/2011.htm Morozevich article third down - game also above.

Agent Smith
09-08-2012, 06:07 PM
What's everyone's worse game ? Cough :)

I got mated in seven and didn't even see it coming. .... Playing unrated games on FICS , perhaps i could have taken it more serious.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Nxe5 Qg5 5.Nxf7 Qxg2 6.Rf1 Qxe4+ 7.Be2 Nf3# 0-1

When i laughed and said "Well Done" , Madithama replied "Why ?" !

This final position occurs four times in junkbase...

Kevin Bonham
09-08-2012, 06:20 PM
There's an existing thread on this here (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=5663). Not sure what it is doing in General Chess Chat; I'll move it here and merge this one with it soon.

Agent Smith
09-08-2012, 08:19 PM
Thanks Kevin, i tried to find a "worse" thread, but no go.

Sheroff
10-08-2012, 04:28 AM
Hey Steve -
Pretty old trap, that one. When black
Plays ...Nd4, you should take the knight, follow up with d3 then o-o then maybe f4, and life is good. But I do remember also getting sucked into this line by a cigar chomping old man when I was about 13...

Cheers,

Kevin Casey

Agent Smith
10-08-2012, 06:08 AM
Thanks Kevin. Yes, i'm starting to know a few openings. Nxd4 looks good.

I had an interesting rematch too. I lost a rook to a blunder 9. Qe5 , but after i pinned his d*mn roving queen with my bishop , he only played two more moves till his time ran out.


1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Nc6 3.Bc4 Qf6 4.Nc3 Nge7 5.Nf3 g6 6.Qg5 Bg7 7.Qg3 Nd4 8.Nxd4 exd4 9.Nb5 Qe5 10.Nxc7+ Kd8
11.Nxa8 Qxe4+ 12.Be2 Be5 13.Qa3 b6 14.Qxa7 Nc6 15.Qxb6+ Ke7 16.Qc5+ Bd6
17.Qg5+ f6 18.Qg4 Qxc2 19.O-O
19...Ne5 20.Qxd4 Bb7 21.Nb6 Qc6 22.f3 22...Bc5 23.Qxc5+ Qxc5+ 24.Kh1 Qxb6 25.a4 Ba6 0-1
{Madithama forfeits on time Whiteclock -1:59 Blackclock 17:43}

Not my best or most consciensious chess, but when those queens come out, i just cant help chasing them like a dog and cat ;>

James Peirce
06-11-2012, 08:54 AM
This was a shocker played at the Junior State Final (TAS) chesskids.
My opponent was rated over 1150 and yet played a shocker against me even though our rating were about the same.


1.e4, e5
2.Nf3, Nf6
3. Nxe5, Nxe4?
4.Qe2, d5?
5. d3, Nf6??
6. Nc6+, Qe7
7. Nxe7, Bxe7
8. Bg5+ There is no point in showing the rest of the game.
Clue it is one of the players in the signature this happened to. The opponent would be thinking this after the game. :doh: :wall: I however was much happier :owned: