90 ( +1 | -1 ) Worst move everWe all make blunders from time to time, don't we ? We have all hung our share of pawn and queens, overlooked forks, and missed mates. But to produce a move which will be truly the WORST MOVE EVER, that takes a touch of brilliance ...
Well, here's my definition for WME (Worst Move Ever): White can deliver checkmate in one move, but instead he makes a move which allows, no, FORCES, Black to give checkmate in one.
30 ( +1 | -1 ) Worst move everI once watched a blitz match on Kasparov where one of the players absolutely battered her opponent, she wiped him off the board and was left with two Queens and a king versus a solitary King, she then made an abysmal move which produced a stalemate !!. Oh boy, I bet her opponent couldn't believe his luck !!!
I actually composed to cases, the other one forces a mate in two actually, but nevertheless...
Both cases are white move and mate in one (but blunders BADLY)
White: King at g1 Rooks at f1 and f3 Bishob at a2 Knight at c7 pawn at h2
Black: King at f8 Queen at f7 Rooks at e8 and g8 Bishob at g6 Knight at f2 Pawns at e7 and e3
Since Black's queen is pinned, White has a simple win 1.Ne6#. But he plays 1.Rxf7+?????? (nothing wrong grabbing some material, eh??). Now Black is FORCED to play 1. - Bxf7#.
White: King at d2 Queen at f2 Rooks at c1 and f1 Bishobs at g8 and h8
Black: King at a2 Queen at d7 Rook at d8 Bishob at b3 Pawns at a3, d3 and f3
Here White has a clear win: 1. Ra1# But again, White blunders: 1.Ke1+????? (it's just a check, what could go wrong??) From now on the only legal moves are: (Note that the bishob at b3 is pinned) 1. - d2+ 2. Qxd2+ Qxd2#
Of course with little improvements this last position would be a FORCED mate in one, but I wanted a pawn advance to be part of it...
(I checked these examples with CM5500, auto-annotating the move lists gives fun remarks "d2+ forced. Black has a mate in 1...")
What do you think?
Of couse they don't look very natural but I can't think better examples right now...
68 ( +1 | -1 ) Worst movePerhaps not the worst move ever but a tournament game in which Alekhine allows his opponent to fork his queen and king. It occured at the Margate Easter Congress 1937. Buerger is playing white and Alekhine is black.
white king at g1 queen at d1 rook at e2 bishop at c4 knights at e4, f1 pawns at a4, b2, f2, g3, h2
black king at g7 queen at f5 rook at f8 bishops at b7, d4 pawns at a5, b6, c5, d7, g4, h7
Now if Alekhine plays 34... Nb4 he reduces white to a state of helplessness. Instead Alekhine plays this gruesome blunder 34...Nf4 35. gxf4 Bxe4---So far so good but now Alekhine completely overlooked the forking reply 36. Ng3 Qxf4???? and Alekhine is blind to the royal fork 37. Nh5! Buerger incredibly missed this and played 37. Nxe4 and won the game.
29 ( +1 | -1 ) Nice , dozerI like the positions you gave ... especially the 1st one, where the WME looks like something one might actually play in blitz ;-) I am tempted to show the position to several intermediate-strength players with 5-10 second of thinking time - I wonder how many of them will take the queen ...