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The Best Of The Worst
Compiled by TheAlchemist

There are infinite collections of the greatest games, so I thought why not make one for the worst too. So, here it is, for you to... well... "enjoy" :-)

Manos - the hands that blunder
Z Ivanovic vs S E Meyer, 2000 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Can it get worst than this? Maybe no. 1 can
S M Iglesias vs L Carrera-Casado, 2001 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 1-0

A new opening concept, unfortunately unsuccessful
O Onishko vs M Leonov, 2002 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 13 moves, 0-1

Greco's opponent had no clue on what was awaiting him
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 6 moves, 1-0

Greco wins in "style" again
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

Another worthy member
B Wall vs Bridgemen, 1996 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 5 moves, 1-0

A really bad example of a Steinitzian king
Lindemann vs Echtermeyer, 1893  
(B01) Scandinavian, 3 moves, 0-1

Fool's mate. What more needs to be said?
W T Mayfield vs W R Trinks, 1959 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 3 moves, 1-0

Another fool. Oh, well...
L Darling vs R Wood, 1983 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 2 moves, 0-1

The knight's gambit in the Latvian gambit
D Tobor vs W Stamer, 1984 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 3 moves, 0-1

Probably the king's rook gambit
J Norlin vs Guraj, 1974 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 3 moves, 0-1

The original Djordjevic bishop sacrifice
Z Djordjevic vs M Kovacevic, 1984 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 3 moves, 0-1

Greed is not one of the 7 deadly sins for nothing
J Krejcik vs S Takacs, 1920 
(A06) Reti Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

Nothing for sins deadly 7 the of one not is greed
S Takacs vs J Krejcik, 1920 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 6 moves, 0-1

One of the many brilliances of prince Dadian of Mingrelia
Prince Dadian vs Kreutzahler, 1891 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 14 moves, 1-0

Andrey Dadian style, once again
Prince Dadian vs Kolisch, 1867 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

The Terrible Victor
Korchnoi vs Kasparian, 1950 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 38 moves, 0-1

Another one of Steinitz's disciples that gets it wrong
Y Afek vs M Kotliar, 1986 
(C46) Three Knights, 12 moves, 1-0

From hero to zero
J L Burden vs L Christiansen, 1992 
(B06) Robatsch, 68 moves, 0-1

Where did Black copy that from?
J Dekker vs R Copier, 1996 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 5 moves, 1-0

I know it's blitz, but still
Reshevsky vs Korchnoi, 1970 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

Forked on move 4
M Mas vs R Guerrero, 1991 
(C00) French Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

How not to play the King's Gambit
N Tchinenoff vs R Maillard, 1925 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 4 moves, 0-1

Yet another fool
H Klip vs T Bottema, 1990 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 3 moves, 1-0

Another Steinitz's disciple, who wasn't paying attention
E Schiller vs H Pack, 1969 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 3 moves, 1-0

The shortest master game ever or a hoax?
A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 4 moves, 0-1

Azma turned to plasma
Azmaiparashvili vs R Sergejev, 2001 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 17 moves, 0-1

And he beat Steinitz in their other game?!
Steinitz vs P Ware, 1882 
(B01) Scandinavian, 34 moves, 1-0

Never be too creative in the opening
A Kuebler vs D Gerasimov, 1984 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 0-1

An early and unsuccessful gambit
D Cinca vs T Heedt, 2004 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 5 moves, 0-1

Losing to NN in such fashion is difficult to top
NN vs E Fossan, 1991 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 5 moves, 1-0

The art of losing the impossible
S Blaas vs P Pancras, 1996 
(C58) Two Knights, 59 moves, 0-1

You win! No, you win! No, go ahead. No, I insist. Ok, if I must
E Repkova vs Kosteniuk, 2006 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 80 moves, 0-1

Know When To Resign
Mednis vs Lombardy, 1978 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 90 moves, 1-0

It takes style to lose like this
W Potter vs NN, 1870 
(000) Chess variants, 15 moves, 1-0

How can Black fall for that?!
P Morriss vs J McDonnell, 2006 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 4 moves, 1-0

What was Black (not) thinking?
Hector vs J Vidarsson, 1996 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 9 moves, 1-0

A Hobber vs E Pitts, 2006 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 19 moves, 1-0

Bridge over troubled Waters
C Waters vs A Jackson, 2001 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 21 moves, 0-1

Suicide in 7
H van Steenis vs T Wechsler, 1947 
(C01) French, Exchange, 7 moves, 1-0

A double rook sac gone bad (and he could have drawn!)
Steinitz vs Winawer, 1882 
(C00) French Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

27.? White to play and lose immediatly
T Thiel vs Nijboer, 1999 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 27 moves, 0-1

White wins a whole rook, but can't convert
P Horn vs Shabalov, 1992 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Another one forgetting Qa5+
Shuler vs C S Hall, 1990 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 6 moves, 0-1

This is what drinking too much whiskey can do to you
J McGrouther vs R McCann, 1893 
(B32) Sicilian, 6 moves, 1-0

Chigorin gets creative
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1889 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

A double gambit gone wrong
K Kanakari vs M Bartel, 2006 
(A06) Reti Opening, 15 moves, 0-1

Marshall apparently doesn't know how to Tango
Marshall vs Torre, 1925 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 7 moves, 0-1

Maybe it was the Kavorka, but still...
Capablanca vs A Kramer, 1914 
(C26) Vienna, 9 moves, 0-1

A crime against chess
A Matanovic vs J H Donner, 1965 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 0-1

That's BS, BR
B R vs A Wagner, 1902 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 5 moves, 0-1

All credit to Ehlvest, but what the hell was Kramnik doing?
Kramnik vs Ehlvest, 1995 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 0-1

This is one for the Museum of Bad Art
R Blau vs A Ammann, 1993 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

A "miraculous" save by White
M Boudechiche vs A Debbeche, 2000 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 56 moves, 1-0

A "sacrifice" that didn't really work
O Garcia Vera vs R Grau, 1929 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 0-1

A Ebralidze vs Ragozin, 1937 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

J Joguet vs J Walid, 1992 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

L Lalla vs V A Martin, 2005 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 18 moves, 1-0

T Gareyev vs Robson, 2015 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

S Williams vs D Howell, 2015 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

G Bailey vs E Fischvogt, 1999 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

D Andreikin vs Karjakin, 2010 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 10 moves, 1-0

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