Grandmasters blunders are the reminder that they are not a calculation machine but humans that make mistakes, you will see all kinds of blunders, minor and major pieces blunders, missing and falling into checkmate in one move and a lot more, most of these blunders were made in classical games, and on the world chess championship, althought there are a blitz games, man VS machine, and tournament blunder. these blunders are not listed according to any factor, it is relative every one can arrange them as he sees fit.
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Bobby Fischer VS Spassky 1972
After his astonishing performance on the candidate matches against Bent Larsen, Mark Taimanov, and Tigran Petrosian, Bobby fisher qualified for the final, to face Boris Spassky, and with the cold war in the air, all the attention was on this match between the American boy, and the Russian veteran, Bobby end up winning the Championship title, but on the first game he made what some people call the famous blunder of history, he was playing with black pieces and on the move 29 Spassky played bishop b5, the position was equal, but Fischer
Probably the most famous one in history is the Blunder Bobby Fischer made in the first game in his World Championship Match against Spassky in 1972. Fischer had the black pieces, and it was his move on move 29 after Spassky had just played 29. b5. Fisher player Bxh2??, blundering the bishop wich will be trapped after g3, he managed to get two pawns for the piece but he ends up losing the game.
Kasparov VS Karpov 1987
the two players faced each other on the World Chess Championship 1987, and on this position (below) Kasparov moved his rook from f1 to f3 and after gxf3 and Rxf3 the black’s rook now attacking the white queen and the pawn on h3, he saw that when the queen moves he can in the future push his d pawn, getting his bishop to the attack and advancing a dangerous passed pawn and this combination will give him the victory.
He was shocked when he saw Karpove’s next move, he didn’t move the queen, rather played Bh6 counter-attacking black’s queen, the game when on few games, the two players were in time trouble, Kasparov end up resigning few moves after.
Magnus Carlsen VS Viswanathan Anand double blunder
in the world championship 2014, Anand was the challenger for the world championship title, on round six the two players reach this position (below) from a Sicilian kan opening, Carlsen playing withe made his move 26.Kd2??, Anand would have a winning position if he played 26…Nxe5!, instead he played 26…a4?? blundering and missing his chance, Carlsen get the chance to fix his blunder and played 27.Ke2, later Anand resigned on move 38.
on the press conference After the game, Anand said that he didn’t expect such a blunder at this high level.
Magnus Carlsen vs Gawain Jones
in this game Magnus strangely blundered a piece, it was a classical game and he just takes three minutes to make this move, he played 17.g4??, Gawain replied 17…f4 attacking white bishop and at the same time the knight on g5 is now unprotected which meant that one of the two pieces will drop soon.
After the blunder the world champion continue the game with astonishing performance, he played like stockfish, Gawain fails to transform his material advantage into a victory, and the game ended up with him resigning.
Magnus Carlsen vs Levon Aronian
This position (below) was reached between the two players, Carlsen playing with black pieces have a clear advantage, computers give it a -11 advantage for black, Aronian just played Qe6+, black has in this position three moves and its not hard to calculate which one is winning, Kh5 is wining on the spot, while Kg5 make the position equal, Magnus chooses to play the only losing move g6. Aronian punished him for this ridiculous blunder the world champion resigned two moves later.
Magnus in check here, and he has one of three moves, Kh5, Kg5, or g6. stockfish gives this position a -10 advantage for black.
Kh5, is the wining move in this position, engine give black a -11 advantage.
Kg5, is blunder but anyway the game now is equal.
g6, the biggest blunder in the position, and the world champion managed to play it, Aronian won the game two moves later.
Vladimir Kramnik VS Deep Fritz
After defeating Kasparov in 2000, Kramnik became the world chess champion and kept his title for seven years, till he was defeated by Anand in 2007, during this period he played so many great games, but ours today mark the blunder of the century made a world champion, from all the blunders that we saw, this one is inexplicable.
Deep fritz was the reigning chess computer at that time, Kramnik playing black, and after 33 moves they reach this position, and it’s black’s turn, white threatening checkmate in one Qh7, and black have two connected passed pawns on the queenside and it is a matter of time and he will be able to queen one of them, in this position it is logical to trade queens and that is Kramnik’s plan.
He played Qd4 threatening back rank mate and somehow overlooking the checkmate in one threat on h7.
Tigran Petrosian VS David Bronstein
The most horrific blunder in Petrosian history, playing Bronstein in the candidate matches for the world chess champion, the two players reach this position (position 1) below, black has no play, no plan and in the last few moves he kept moving his knight around, he has to make 11 moves in 6 seconds to get the additional time on the clock, while white has a dominating and wining position and there is no need to rush, he could won whit simple play or even by time, but he decided to play this historical move and blunder his queen for free, he resigned the game right after black capturing his queen.
Vasyl Ivanchuk VS Anand
In this blitz game Ivanchuk had a checkmate in three moves and missed it, and had the chance to checkmate in one move and missed it, what happend is unbelievebal, he had more then one minute left almost the same as his opponent Anand, and he blew his chance and end up resigninig the game few moves later.
the two players reached this position, black just played to Rc1+, and in this position, there is forced checkmate in three moves, white has three moves.
1.white play king to f1 or g1 then queen takes h1 is checkmate with the help of the bishop on b7 and the rook on f2.
2. white plays g3, then Rg7#, with the help of the queen on e4.
3.white plays Nd2, blockading the check with his knight than his queen, and black responds with rook taking both, then it is checkmate on g3 by the rook on g2.
From the position above Anand chooses to play, Kf1 and now Qh1 is checkmate, Ivanchuk blundered and played Qf4.
after Ivanchuck blunder, the engine evaluation went from checkmate in one to +5.6 advantage for white.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz 1889
this is a match from the world chess championship 1889 Havana round five, Chigorin played the Evans gambit, everything was going normal, they reached this position on move 19, and white played the move h3 trying to kick off black g4 bishop, but this was a big blunder, black can take the bishop on g3 safely due to the pin on the f3 pawn and suddenly black is a piece up. after the 26th move white the position was hopeless and white resigned.
After white h3 move, Steinitz realized that the bishop on g3 is unprotected, he took the knight on f3 and when white recaptured with his d knight Steinitz took the bishop on g3.
Mikhail Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz 1892
this game was played on the world chess championship 1892, Chigorin for the second time challenging Steinitz for the title, the first to get 10 point win the match, before the start of this game the score was 9-8 in Steinitz favor, with white pieces Chigirin played the kings gambit accepted, the game was going in this favor and they reached this position where he had a piece up.
it’s white’s move, according to stockfish he has a +3.2 advantage, the white bishop on d6 is guarding the h7 square preventing black from capturing and delivering checkmate the next move.
Chigorin played the killing move here and moved his bishop to c5 leaving the h7 square unprotected, Steinitz played 32. …Rxh2+ and black resigned, he can’t prevent rook g7 checkmate.
world chess championship 1892 Chigorin VS Steinitz
1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e5 Nh5 5. Be2 g6 6. d4 Bg7 7. O-O d6 8. Nc3 O-O 9. Ne1 dxe5 10. Bxh5 gxh5 11. dxe5 Qxd1 12. Nxd1 Nc6 13. Bxf4 Bf5 14. Ne3 Be4 15. Nf3 Rfe8 16. Ng5 Bg6 17. Nd5 Bxe5 18. Nxc7 Bxc7 19. Bxc7 Rac8 20. Bg3 Nd4 21. c3 Ne2+ 22. Kf2 h4 23. Bd6 Nd4 24. cxd4 Rc2+ 25. Kg1 Ree2 26. Rae1 Rxg2+ 27. Kh1 Kg7 28. Re8 f5 29. Ne6+ Kf6 30. Re7 Rge2 31. d5 Rcd2 32. Bc5 Rxh2+ 0-1
Karpov vs Bareev
This is a classical game that was played in Linares 1994, from round two, Karpov had white pieces and already won the first game, after 35 moves they reach this position, completely drawn Bareev played 34…Rd8 offering a trade of rooks, white responds 35.Rd5, and in this position black made the biggest possible blunder in position 35…Ba7, moving the bishop from the protection of the rook on d8, Karpov played 36.Rd8# checkmate.
Reading about these blunders my help chess players who suffer form blundering gain some trust and better understand the nature of the game and the human being and may in some way help him reduce his blundering rate, After reading this article, which one you think should get the name of the greatest blunder in all history.