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Some Chess Blunders


Here are a few short games in which strong players, some of whom are grandmasters, lose quickly. I hope that all the player details are correct. If not, please let me know and I will attempt to correct them.


2003
Yemelin, V (GM) 2550 - Jobava, B (GM) 2596

1. e4 c5, 2. Nf3 d6, 3. d4 Nf6,

Naturally cxd4 is more normal here.

4. Nc3 cxd4, 5. Nxd4 Nc6, 6. Bg5 Qb6, 7. Be3 Qxb2, 8. Ndb5 Qb4, 9. Bd2 Nxe4? 10. a3!

Devastating! The black queen has no safe square from which to defend the knight on e4.

1-0


2002
Kulaots, K (GM) 2531 - Geller, J 2417

1. e4 e5, 2. Nf3 Nc6, 3. d4 exd4, 4. Nxd4 Qh4, 5. Nc3 Bc5, 6. Be3 Nge7?, 7. Nf3! Qh5, 8. g4!

The black queen has no safe square from which to defend the bishop on c5.

1-0


2002
Socko, B (GM) 2585 - Ernst, S (IM) 2459

1. e4 e5, 2. Nf3 Nc6, 3. Bb5 Nf6, 4. O-O Nxe4, 5. d4 Nd6, 6. Bxc6 dxc6, 7. dxe5 Ne4, 8. Qe2 Bf5, 9. Rd1 Qc8, 10. Be3 Be7, 11. Nbd2 O-O, 12. Nd4 c5?, 13. Nxf5 Qxf5, 14. Qd3!

Pinning and winning the black knight.

1-0


2002
Beim, V (GM) 2555 - Schmittdiel, E (GM) 2497

1. c4 e5, 2. Nc3 Nc6, 3. g3 g6, 4. Bg2 Bg7, 5. d3 f5, 6. Nf3 Nd4, 7. Nxd4 exd4, 8. Nb5 d6, 9. c5 Bd7, 10. Qb3 Bc6, 11. cxd6 Bxg2?, 12. Nxc7+ Kd7, 13. Qe6+ Kc6, 14. d7+

If 14. ... KxN, then 15. Bf4+ mates next move.
If 14. ... Kc5, then 15. b4+ is one way of winning; 15. ... KxP, 16. Bd2+ and now
16. ... Ka3, 17. Qb3 checkmate,
16. ... Ka4, 17. Qb3 checkmate, or
16. ... Kc5, 17. Rc1 checkmate.

1-0


1992
Smirin (GM) - Afek (GM)

1. e4 c5, 2. Nf3 Nc6, 3. Bb5 Qb6, 4. Nc3 Nd4, 5. Nxd4 cxd4, 6. Nd5 Qd8,

Obviously not 6. ... QxB, 7. Nc7+ winning the black queen.

7. Qh5 a6

7. ... e6, and 7. ... g6, can also be met by 8. Qe5 threatening Nc7+. Thus, 7. ... Nf6, seems better.

8. Qe5 f6,

Otherwise Nc7+ wins the black queen. Possibly 8. ... e6, is a little better.

9. Nc7+ Kf7, 10. Qd5+

If 10. ... e6, then Nxe6 and the pawn is pinned against the black queen.
If 10. ... Kg6, then 11. Ne6 is still good, e.g. 11. ... Qb6, 12. Nf4+ Kh6, 13. Qh5 checkmate, or 11. ... Qe8, 12. d3 and if 12. ... de then 13. BxQ is checkmate, or if 12. ... Nh6, then 13. Nf4 is checkmate.

1-0,


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