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Worst Chess Games of All Time
Compiled by Brit
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When I say worst, I mean an endgame that could have been a win, but was a draw.

You can't mate with a queen!
R Blau vs A Ammann, 1993 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

And you say a rook draw is bad enough.
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1992 
(A20) English, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

And sure, one or two bishops, draws are common. But take this!
Bosboom-Lanchava vs C Slingerland, 2000 
(A43) Old Benoni, 111 moves, 1/2-1/2

That makes a problem with pawns.
Jaenisch vs Shumov, 1854 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Even without the two knights.
M Judd vs F Bock, 1874 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Not just one side, both sides can't have a pawn.
Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Or two.
E Eliskases vs Bogoljubov, 1939 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

No matter what I give the other side!
Staunton vs Horwitz, 1846 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Here, you each get a pawn! JUST WIN!
A van Foreest vs L Benima, 1886 
(C21) Center Game, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Now, it's extremely fair!
Szen vs F Slous, 1836
(C51) Evans Gambit, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

You both have an extra pawn!
E Rousseau vs C Stanley, 1845 
(C01) French, Exchange, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pawns suck so much, even with bishops!
P Trifunovic vs O'Kelly, 1947 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

No doubt about it, three can't handle a bishop.
Saemisch vs Breyer, 1920 
(A43) Old Benoni, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Neither can two.
Chigorin vs Marshall, 1901 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Neither can one, AND a bishop!
Salwe vs H Wolf, 1908 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Again, or two!
G Marco vs Schlechter, 1896 
(C00) French Defense, 102 moves, 1/2-1/2

And neither can three.
Maroczy vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Or three in different colors!
Loewenthal vs A Ehrmann, 1851 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Even three EACH!
G Atwood vs Philidor, 1794 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Worse, four each!
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

Forget old bishops, but two can't take a knight!
Wallenrath vs Jaenisch, 1850 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Three can't, either.
W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa, 1841 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Add a pawn, both have a chance, and don't stand a chance!
Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858  
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

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