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World Championships Blunders
Compiled by amadeus
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"If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error" (John Kenneth Galbraith)

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when we were blunder
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834  
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

30...Kd7
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834  
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 31 moves, 1-0

29.Kxe2
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 0-1

Rg4 - Rg4
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

29.Nf6+ Kf7
Staunton vs Anderssen, 1851 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 1-0

8...a6 11...Qe7 16...a5
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 19 moves, 1-0

Nf6 - Nxe4
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 19 moves, 1-0

22.Bd3 and more...
Steinitz vs Anderssen, 1866 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 0-1

41.Kh2
Steinitz vs Zukertort, 1886 
(C47) Four Knights, 46 moves, 0-1

Combination goes wrong after 20.Qh7?
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886 
(C49) Four Knights, 42 moves, 0-1

20...Qxf2
Gunsberg vs Steinitz, 1891 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 21 moves, 1-0

24,Bg4
Steinitz vs Gunsberg, 1890 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 0-1

8...Nc6
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1889 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

18.h3
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1889 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 0-1

18.c3 - 19.Kd2 - 21.Bg2
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C58) Two Knights, 24 moves, 0-1

32. Bb4
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 0-1

41... Qd7
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

49...Rdd8 50.Rf2 / 51...Bh7
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1896 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 58 moves, 1-0

25...Rxe4, 28...Qxc2, 36...a4, 41...Bb2
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1897 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1-0

42.Rf1
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907  
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

19...Ne5
Lasker vs Marshall, 1907 
(C11) French, 46 moves, 1-0

11...Bxh2+, 19...Kf8
Lasker vs Marshall, 1907 
(C11) French, 21 moves, 1-0

29.Qg3 - 33.Bxe6 fxe6 (Qb1+!)
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 0-1

40.a4
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 0-1

54...Qc5
Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910  
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 58 moves, 1-0

64...Kc7
Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910  
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 71 moves, 1-0

44...Kf8
Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

38.Qf2?
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

opening disaster
Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1929 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 26 moves, 1-0

40.Re6 / 70...Kg4
Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1929 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 77 moves, 1-0

23.Qd2
Euwe vs Keres, 1948 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 25 moves, 0-1

57.Kc2
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 57 moves, 0-1

c5 - c5
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1958 
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 24 moves, 1-0

29...Bxh2 / 40...f4
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 56 moves, 1-0

27.Qc2
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

the infamous 19...Nd7
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(A39) English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4, 37 moves, 1-0

39.Ra1
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 39 moves, 0-1

34...f6?
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 57 moves, 1-0

31.Nb1
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

22...Rcd8
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

40. e5
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 0-1

35.Rc6
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 50 moves, 0-1

the infamous 27...Qa5
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1990 
(E92) King's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

24..d5 25.cxd5 Bxd5
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1990 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 29 moves, 1-0

46.e4 Ke6
Kasparov vs Short, 1993 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 52 moves, 1-0

16...Bc6 - 18...Bxe7
Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 19 moves, 1-0

41.Qg8 - 42...Bxf2
Kasimdzhanov vs Adams, 2004 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

57...f5?
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006  
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 75 moves, 1-0

31...Bxf8 32.Qg6 / 59.Ng5
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 63 moves, 0-1

24...f6?
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006  
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

34...Qe3
Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

120.f6
Rybka vs Zappa, 2007 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 180 moves, 0-1

33.Bd3
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 41 moves, 0-1

29.Nxd4 - 33.Rxb7
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 35 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 56 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

16... Rxh1
Anand vs Gelfand, 2012 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

28. Nf1
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 0-1

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