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Horrible theoretical novelties
Compiled by FSR
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These are games where someone played a <really bad> theoretical novelty in a well-known position.

Classical Sicilian, 6.Bd3??
P Klein vs Myagmarsuren, 1960 
(B56) Sicilian, 6 moves, 0-1

Sicilian, Pin Variation, 8...0-0??
Sznapik vs J Barle, 1981 
(B40) Sicilian, 8 moves, 1-0

Ruy Lopez, 4.Bxa6??
M F Olsen vs B Tilenbaev, 2004 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 0-1

Bogo-Indian, 4...Ke7??
L Palau vs S Kalabar, 1927 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 5 moves, 1-0

Petroff Defense, 5.d3 Be7??
Tarrasch vs Alapin, 1889 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 6 moves, 1-0

Giuoco Piano, 4.Nxe5?? (but 1-0, 11!)
R Kohoutova vs K Stodolova, 1995 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 11 moves, 1-0

Parham Attack, 2...Ke7??
E Schiller vs H Pack, 1969 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 3 moves, 1-0

Center Counter, 2...Qxd5 3.Ke2??
Lindemann vs Echtermeyer, 1893  
(B01) Scandinavian, 3 moves, 0-1

Sicilian, Morphy Gambit, 4.Nxe5?? (but White won brilliantly!)
Shumov vs C Jaenisch, 1851 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 25 moves, 1-0

Falkbeer Countergambit, 3.fxe5??
O W Rigaud vs J Cooper, 1974 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 5 moves, 0-1

King's Knight's Opening 3.Nxe5?? (but it beat Pillsbury!)
D T Phillips vs Pillsbury, 1899 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 45 moves, 1-0

Sicilian, Wing Gambit, 5.axb4??
K G Shirazi vs J Peters, 1984 
(B20) Sicilian, 5 moves, 0-1

Petroff Defense, 6...Nc5??
Fischer vs R Chalker, 1964 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 11 moves, 1-0

Symmetrical English 8...Nxb4??
Shankland vs D Haessel, 2014 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 11 moves, 1-0

Petroff's 5...Bf5?? 6.Nxe4??
Miles vs L Christiansen, 1987 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Latvian Gambit 3.Ng5??
D Tobor vs W Stamer, 1984 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 3 moves, 0-1

Kan Sicilian 5.Bf4??
NN vs Pandolfini, 1967 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 6 moves, 0-1

Ruy Lopez, Riga Variation, 14...f5??
Pandolfini vs NN, 1970 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 15 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Richter-Rauzer 6...Qb6 7.Qd2??
J Coolen vs P Dubinin, 1962 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 7 moves, 0-1

Blumenfeld Counter-Gambit, 6.Qxd5??
O Noyer vs C Voicu-Jagodzinsky, 2001 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

Winawer French 10.f4??
D C Gibbs vs M J Gunn, 2013 
(C18) French, Winawer, 10 moves, 0-1

Caro-Kann 4...Nd7??
Rapport vs T Rogers, 2014 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 5 moves, 1-0

Center Counter 3...Qc6??
K D Reichwald vs G Scheuerlein, 2011 
(B01) Scandinavian, 4 moves, 1-0

Sokolsky 3...Nc6??
P Morriss vs J McDonnell, 2006 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 4 moves, 1-0

Slav 13...Bg6??
Reyer de Boer vs L Compagnie, 1987 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 14 moves, 1-0

From's Gambit 2.g3? exf4 3.gxf4??
T Rienaecker vs M Junge, 2004 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 3 moves, 0-1

From's Gambit 5.h3??
P Napetschnig vs F Rhine, 1977 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 5 moves, 0-1

Slav 3...dxc4 4.e3 Be6!? 5.Ng5?? (but White won!)
L Galojan vs A Ushenina, 2012 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

3...Ne4?? should have been met by 4.d3!
Elena Cammalleri vs Jane Malan, 2016 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 38 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Sveshnikov 7.Nd5 line, 9...g6??
Waitzkin vs Shaked, 1989 
(B33) Sicilian, 17 moves, 1-0

Center Counter 3...Qb5??
R Antonio vs A Reprintsev, 2017 
(B01) Scandinavian, 3 moves, 1-0

5.Bd3??
Cunat vs Casanova, 1933 
(C45) Scotch Game, 5 moves, 0-1

4.Ng1?? Bc8?? in Caro-Kann Two Knights
P Rout vs N Rysbayeva, 2010 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 41 moves, 1-0

Black Knights Tango 6.Nd2??
Venert vs V Mechkarov, 1970 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 6 moves, 0-1

8...Qc7??
D Zagorskis vs B Gasiorowski, 2006 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 22 moves, 1-0

4...d5?? instead of 4...e5! winning a piece
K Hinrichs vs P Johansen, 2019 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 15 moves, 1-0

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