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Outrageous Blunders
Compiled by Zzyw
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Here I'll collect some of the most inexplicable blunders made by players of the highest caliber.

Bronstein overlooks a simple Reti manouvre with 57. Kc2??
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 57 moves, 0-1

25.Qxf7?? threatens mate and the queen can't be taken, but...
O Bernstein vs Vidmar, 1909 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein and Nimzowitsch both miss a simple mate in two.
Rubinstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1912  
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 50 moves, 1-0

With 34.Kh5? Spassky misses the beautiful win 34.Kf6!
Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 51 moves, 0-1

22...Rcd8?? allows Kasparov to knock out Karpov swiftly.
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Karpov's 35.Rc6?? loses the exchange on the spot.
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 50 moves, 0-1

With 34...Qe3?? Kramnik overlooks a simple mate in one.
Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

Kasparov loses in 19 moves against Deep Blue.
Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 19 moves, 1-0

With 11...Bd6?? Karpov hangs a piece.
L Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 12 moves, 1-0

Anand loses in 6 moves.
A Zapata vs Anand, 1988 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 6 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk hallucinates and gives up a bishop for nothing.
Nisipeanu vs Ivanchuk, 1999 
(C45) Scotch Game, 14 moves, 1-0

Kasparov overlooks a simple tactical shot with 20...Bc8??
Huzman vs Kasparov, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

Short puts his rook en prise like a beginner with 121.Re6???
Short vs Krasenkow, 2004 
(B33) Sicilian, 122 moves, 0-1

Bizarre game. Read Resignation Trap's kibitzes for more info.
Szabo vs Reshevsky, 1953 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian loses his queen like a child.
Petrosian vs Bronstein, 1956 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 36 moves, 0-1

35...Ba7?? He ACTUALLY played Ba7???
Karpov vs Bareev, 1994 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Letelier, 1959 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 61 moves, 0-1

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

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