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Missed Opportunities & Misfires
Compiled by Benzol
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"Man is but an ass" - Bottom in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Taimanov declines to play 35.Bxf6
Taimanov vs Huebner, 1970 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alyekhin on the ropes but White misses the haymaker
L Asztalos vs Alekhine, 1931 
(C11) French, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sometimes the bunnies bite back
Capablanca vs A Kevitz, 1924 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 13 moves, 0-1

Shirazi shambles
K G Shirazi vs J Peters, 1984 
(B20) Sicilian, 5 moves, 0-1

O'Sullivan's play was rather worse than his score - Golombek
B O'Sullivan vs Rossolimo, 1947 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 10 moves, 0-1

A Chigorin horror
Marshall vs Chigorin, 1902 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

A Fine finish
H Borochow vs Fine, 1932 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 11 moves, 1-0

Ever wondered if Scholar's Mate has ever really worked?
J Amillano vs A Loeffler, 1972 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 5 moves, 1-0

This was a Correspondence game?!
M Warren vs Jan Selman, 1932 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 6 moves, 0-1

Never Give Up
Shumov vs C Jaenisch, 1851 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 25 moves, 1-0

He won but missed 33.Bf6# earlier.
Gligoric vs E E Book, 1948 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 51 moves, 1-0

Time trouble saves Matanovic
A Matanovic vs O Sarapu, 1967 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

36...d3??
G Garcia vs Ivkov, 1965 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Stein overlooks the obvious fortunately so did his opponent
J Emma vs Stein, 1966 
(B50) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov misses a win with 39.Rc7
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

It happens to even the best
Rubinstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1912  
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 50 moves, 1-0

Christiansen has his prayers answered
L Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 12 moves, 1-0

39...Kd5! would have won
Ljubojevic vs Browne, 1972 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Black Monday
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 50 moves, 0-1

Missed stalemate possibility
M Klinova vs D Spence, 2006 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Perpetual or stalemate
T Tanoi vs P W Stuart, 2010 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

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