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Grandmasters blundering endgames
Compiled by azaris
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King and pawn endgames are supposed to be simple. Or are they? Even great masters seem to get lost when all that is left is pawns, as can be witnessed by the games in this collection.

Update: I have now included rook endgames into this collection as well.

Premature push
Jansa vs W Watson, 1991 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Missed stalemate defense
Chigorin vs Tarrasch, 1905 
(C00) French Defense, 52 moves, 0-1

Double oversight
Kasparov vs Bacrot, 2004  
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Time trouble equals trouble
Kasparov vs Azmaiparashvili, 2003 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

Close, but not close enough
Ed. Lasker vs Marshall, 1923 
(C48) Four Knights, 41 moves, 0-1

51. Rd2? Rook out!
Stoltz vs Nimzowitsch, 1928 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 61 moves, 0-1

Quo vadis, Black king?
Marshall vs Janowski, 1906 
(D24) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 72 moves, 1-0

Gaffe by Jaffe
C Jaffe vs Marshall, 1909 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 0-1

No opposition
L Engels vs L Roux Cabral, 1941 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Out of the fire and into the frying pan
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1911 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 0-1

Simplifying to the wrong ending
Yusupov vs Ljubojevic, 1992 
(A43) Old Benoni, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Corner Pocket
I Rogers vs Shirov, 1990 
(B59) Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3, 65 moves, 1-0

Stale finish to it all
Huebner vs Adorjan, 1980 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Missed by *that* much
Karpov vs Polugaevsky, 1983 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1-0

Costly pawn
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1963 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 36 moves, 0-1

Look again, Mr. Korchnoi
Wade vs Korchnoi, 1960 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

"Surprised to see me, Mr. Anderssen?"
Anderssen vs Winawer, 1878 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Every Russian schoolboy knows this. Problem is, he's Ukrainian.
Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2004 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 55 moves, 1-0

Blah-tny
I Stohl vs Blatny, 1988 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rook folly
Przepiorka vs Burn, 1912 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 52 moves, 0-1

Check, please!
Larsen vs E Torre, 1973 
(A10) English, 96 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship match?
Kasparov vs Short, 1993 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 52 moves, 1-0

Time to Chekhov another one
Chekhov vs Eingorn, 1984 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 59 moves, 0-1

Long Volkov a short pier
Bologan vs S Volkov, 2005 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

The day the chess died
Topalov vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

Two wrong steps
Bronstein vs Romanishin, 1975 
(B06) Robatsch, 54 moves, 1-0

Too close to Dusan
Velimirovic vs D Sekulic, 1993 
(B06) Robatsch, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

In-Capa-ble
Capablanca vs Menchik, 1929 
(A14) English, 64 moves, 1-0

When not to play for the win
A Minasian vs Van Wely, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 75 moves, 0-1

Go sit in the Bacrot
Kharlov vs Bacrot, 2004 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 76 moves, 1-0

Levon in a huff
Aronian vs Bacrot, 2005 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 50 moves, 1-0

Barrel-Olafsson
H Olafsson vs Ivanchuk, 1990 
(A25) English, 90 moves, 0-1

T Ernst vs I Stohl, 1992 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs E G F Hellers, 1990 
(A15) English, 56 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs Svidler, 2006 
(D80) Grunfeld, 38 moves, 1-0

Not all rook endgames are drawn
Kramnik vs Naiditsch, 2007 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 47 moves, 1-0

36 games

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