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Unbelievable Blunders by Masters
Compiled by Oliveira

This one is for you, patzers from every corner of the globe, cheers!

"In the 8th edition of the Lehrbuch des Schachspiels by the great players Jean Dufresne and Jacques Mieses, a famous work which deservedly attained much praise in the late 19th century, the following line in the Tarrasch Defense of the Queen's Gambit Declined is to be found: 1.d4, d5; 2.c4, e6; 3.♘c3, c5; 4.♘f3, cxd4; 5.♘xd4, e5; 6.♘db5, d4; 7.♘d5, ♘a6; 8.♕a4, ♗d7; 9.e3, ♘e7

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At this point, the text reads, 'Black has a superior position'."

From Idel Becker's "Manual de Xadrez"

What do you think, patzer?

The blunder that costed a World Championship!
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 0-1

Genius of combinations loses mate in five
Schiffers vs Chigorin, 1897 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Why did you resign?
Von Popiel vs G Marco, 1902 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Can you believe these fish were deciding an elite tournament?
Rubinstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1912  
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 50 moves, 1-0

What the hell was the World Champion thinking?
Lasker vs Euwe, 1936  
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

Reshevsky misses the very same mate not once--twice!
W Fairhurst vs Reshevsky, 1937 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 34 moves, 0-1

Perpetual? Really?
E Lundin vs Smyslov, 1946 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

"You just don't look for mates in two against a Reshevsky"
Szabo vs Reshevsky, 1953 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Another World Champion: what a woodpusher!
Spassky vs B Vladimirov, 1961 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1-0

Reshevsky leaps out of the chair!
Reshevsky vs Savon, 1973 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 40 moves, 0-1

Kasparov throws up his hands in horror!
Anand vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 54 moves, 1-0

Patzer World Championship
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 63 moves, 0-1

He just didn't see it coming
Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

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