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ARGH!
Compiled by Korora
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Someone loses the game because they made a slip, had distractions to deal with, or otherwise goofed. Most (but by no means all) of the games here are short.

CAW! CAW! EEK!
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 6 moves, 1-0

Even when playing against NN, don't check reflexively.
J Wilson vs NN, 1795 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 11 moves, 0-1

The immortal patzer NN blunders into a Q-sac mate.
NN vs Du Mont, 1802 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 6 moves, 0-1

The Immortal Patzer basically ceded R & B when given Q-odds.
Cochrane vs NN, 1832 
(000) Chess variants, 14 moves, 1-0

29 ... Black to move and grab defeat from the jaws of victory.
Staunton vs Anderssen, 1851 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 1-0

7. ...Qd7?? 8. Qxb7 ZIP-POW!
Kolisch vs E Geake, 1860 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 9 moves, 1-0

Touch-move trouble
Wiede vs A Goetz, 1880 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 7 moves, 0-1

In that position, pinning the Q was a TERRIBLE idea.
Tarrasch vs B Richter, 1883 
(A84) Dutch, 20 moves, 0-1

4 ...Qh4 and 5 ...Nf6?
P Frazer vs Taubenhaus, 1888 
(C45) Scotch Game, 8 moves, 1-0

The winner is the one who blunders second-to-last.
J M Hanham vs Chigorin, 1889  
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 0-1

32. Bb4?? blunders the match away.
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 0-1

Illegal move by accident? Make a King move, then.
Lindemann vs Echtermeyer, 1893  
(B01) Scandinavian, 3 moves, 0-1

"Oh Minty, Minty, Minty!"
Pillsbury vs E Chatard, 1900 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

Next time try d4, THEN f3!
B R vs A Wagner, 1902 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 5 moves, 0-1

Resigning when on the verge of winning
Von Popiel vs G Marco, 1902 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Don't go poaching crows while leaving the King unprotected.
Rodzynski vs Alekhine, 1913 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 15 moves, 0-1

Who are you and what have you done with Capablanca!?
Capablanca vs Adolf Kramer, 1914 
(C26) Vienna, 9 moves, 0-1

And another King-move-for-illegal-move sub.
L Palau vs S Kalabar, 1927 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 5 moves, 1-0

Single-P-pushing w/out piece development is wood-pushing.
F Bethge vs Legal, 1930 
(C21) Center Game, 12 moves, 1-0

Don't get your Queen trapped like this!
J Cukierman vs NN, 1934 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

Fianchettoops!
Eigil Pedersen vs A Zografakis, 1950 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 10 moves, 1-0

5 ...Nd7?????
Keres vs E Arlamowski, 1950 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 6 moves, 1-0

Crazy Horse
V Borsony vs A Laustsen, 1956 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 7 moves, 1-0

8. ...c6? Did you forget to say "J'adoube"?
N Speijer vs Couvee, 1955 
(C14) French, Classical, 15 moves, 1-0

Abracadabra--Q disappears!
Korchnoi vs Bronstein, 1959 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

Borg Defense, Butterfingers Variation
W T Mayfield vs W R Trinks, 1959 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 3 moves, 1-0

Win the Bishop, lose the King.
Filip vs K Darga, 1961 
(A14) English, 33 moves, 0-1

Playing the Stonewall? Guard h5, lest your stone be 100% talc!
G Pfeiffer vs Batlouni, 1960 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 1-0

I'll take with the Q; it's not like that P's guarded or--Oops!
S Noorda vs Timman, 1964 
(C02) French, Advance, 9 moves, 1-0

Yes, your opponent blundered, but still, not everything wins.
J Emma vs Stein, 1966 
(B50) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

NN commits identity theft against Bobby Fischer.
Najdorf vs Fischer, 1966 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 31 moves, 1-0

Falling for blatant sacs
Reshevsky vs R Margolit, 1968 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 9 moves, 0-1

Missed the forced mate needed to escape one
M Burkett vs D Fritzinger, 1969 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

Unguarding the checkmate square
Barney vs Mccrum, 1969 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 5 moves, 0-1

Forgot he didn't have to worry about his opponent castling.
Tal vs Larsen, 1969 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 50 moves, 0-1

Don't lead with the lady in the Ruy!
D Smith vs B Wall, 1971 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 12 moves, 0-1

If that was checkmate, I'm Bobby Fischer!
Reshevsky vs Savon, 1973 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 40 moves, 0-1

Queen moved too soon
K Kusin vs Warfalamejew, 1973 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 4 moves, 0-1

"You! Didn't! Even! Show! UP!"
K Grigorian vs Savon, 1973 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 1 moves, 1-0

Get the Q out of danger; don't just guard her!
Chaos vs Bs6676, 1977 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

The OTHER castle!
Gordon Morrison vs G Chandler, 1978 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 16 moves, 0-1

Don't castle onto a pawnless side!
Carta vs Cassano, 1980 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 7 moves, 0-1

Don't P-grab with a piece already moved 2x in the opening!
Carta vs Scarpata, 1980 
(B50) Sicilian, 8 moves, 1-0

34. ... Black to play and get his own Q ensnared
Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Kiss, 1980 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 36 moves, 1-0

Grob Opening, Oops Variation.
L Darling vs R Wood, 1983 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 2 moves, 0-1

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

b4 the storm
Short vs Chiburdanidze, 1985 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 31 moves, 0-1

This was an easy win, right?
Kasparov vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1988 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

5 ...Bf5??
A Zapata vs Anand, 1988 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 6 moves, 1-0

Snatch a Pawn, lose pieces.
J Gallagher vs Miles, 1990 
(C28) Vienna Game, 11 moves, 0-1

Really shouldn't have pushed the g-Pawn there.
Van Kessel vs Rensen, 1990 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 3 moves, 0-1

Walked into a family fork
B Wall vs K Saint Amant, 1991 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 10 moves, 1-0

An error even the Immortal Patzer knows how to exploit
NN vs E Fossan, 1991 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 5 moves, 1-0

Lost on time just as he was reaching to deliver mate.
Alexander V Ivanov vs Yermolinsky, 1993 
(B57) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Make sure you read the correspondence correctly.
P A Boll vs F Baumbach, 1994 
(B32) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1-0

That P and that N were both poisoned!
P Dosoudil vs J Kuchta, 1995 
(C56) Two Knights, 11 moves, 0-1

Got too greedy on the 28th move
P Kubala vs J Stocek, 1997
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 28 moves, 0-1

See footage of Kasparov reacting after his blunder on move 33.
Anand vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 54 moves, 1-0

Fingerfehler costs Q and R
M Mankinen vs J Gronemann, 1999 
(B01) Scandinavian, 9 moves, 1-0

Throwing away the B that guarded against mate.
M Gurevich vs Serper, 2000 
(A21) English, 47 moves, 1-0

Misses a chance to mate in 1, then loses game.
Z Gofshtein vs M Gurevich, 2001 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 1-0

Repeating a classic blunder move-for-move
O Bjarnason vs V Dittler, 2001 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

7. ... Kg8??
R Maidana vs P Goette, 2001 
(C57) Two Knights, 10 moves, 1-0

Leaving the Q hanging
Pg Hj Jaafar Pg Omar Baki vs M Ismail, 2001 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 1-0

Move your PAWNS!
I Penko vs Jernej Novak, 2001 
(A04) Reti Opening, 10 moves, 0-1

Pawn-snatching again
G Putzbach vs M Kopylov, 2001 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 36 moves, 1-0

69. Kf4?????
Beliavsky vs L E Johannessen, 2002 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 69 moves, 0-1

Overlooked PxQ
Topalov vs Karpov, 2002 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 29 moves, 0-1

Walking into a catastrophic fork of loose pieces
R Sander vs Carlsen, 2002 
(C01) French, Exchange, 29 moves, 0-1

Pawn-grabbing the Queen and King away
S Titova vs D Koveshnikova, 2002 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 10 moves, 1-0

Both sides missed 51. Qh7#
F Bellini vs V Gashimov, 2002 
(B30) Sicilian, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Mouse malfunction on move 20
M Pavlovic vs M Umansky, 2003 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

Blowing the chance to stop passed Pawns.
B Finegold vs Kaidanov, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 54 moves, 0-1

Remember to turn off your cellphone before the game!
Agrest vs Ponomariov, 2003 
(A15) English, 28 moves, 1-0

Throwing the Rook away in the endgame
Short vs Krasenkow, 2004 
(B33) Sicilian, 122 moves, 0-1

That Knight was pinned!
J Radovanovic vs M Quinn, 2004 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 40 moves, 0-1

19. ... Rfd8? "Really sophisticated idiots," as Thete said.
P Lafuente vs Shredder, 2005 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 52 moves, 1-0

Another case of moving the Q into the line of fire.
L Bruzon Batista vs Krasenkow, 2005 
(B40) Sicilian, 64 moves, 1-0

When pushing the passed Pawn is woodpushing
Carlsen vs M Gagunashvili, 2006 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 65 moves, 0-1

Blundering away the Queen again
Aronian vs Svidler, 2006 
(D80) Grunfeld, 24 moves, 0-1

Q chases Q to checkmate
Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

I'll just give a check. What could go wrong?
K Urban vs Naiditsch, 2007 
(A15) English, 50 moves, 1-0

King Bluebeard?
D Reinderman vs C S M Franco, 2008 
(C25) Vienna, 37 moves, 1-0

Shouldn't have accepted that Q sac.
O Moen vs A Livner, 2008 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

"Why don't you use your Horse sense?"
A Accouche vs Shamel Howell, 2008 
(C45) Scotch Game, 7 moves, 0-1

Can't identify just one blunder here.
Niloofar Nayab vs C Carrero, 2008 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

Upstairs, downstairs, and on my lady's flight square.
Y Shulman vs B Savchenko, 2009 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 0-1

Blundered into a K & Q fork
A Deviatkin vs V Meijers, 2009
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

So much time on early moves that time panic set in 22 moves in.
Grischuk vs Gelfand, 2010 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 0-1

"I just don't know what went wrong!"
S van de Venter vs A Kromhout, 2011 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 5 moves, 0-1

44. QxB??
M Pichette vs M Leutschaft, 2011 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 44 moves, 0-1

Should have played 9. Re1
Bill Gates vs Carlsen, 2014 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 9 moves, 0-1

87. ... Ke7 illegal move forfeit
Nakamura vs B Savchenko, 2014 
(C00) French Defense, 87 moves, 1-0

White proceeded to blunder the Q away instead of 57 b6#.
D Daulyte-Cornette vs M Socko, 2015 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 0-1

Hung the Knight out to dry
Kasparov vs W So, 2016 
(B40) Sicilian, 41 moves, 0-1

The Q was right to retreat, but not to there!
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2016 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 0-1

Not as far as intended.
R Antonio vs A Reprintsev, 2017 
(B01) Scandinavian, 3 moves, 1-0

Must have dropped the Bishop by accident.
E Abdrlauf vs K Holm, 2018 
(B27) Sicilian, 14 moves, 0-1

Throwing away a Knight right off the bat
Sigurdur Eiriksson vs E Fjallheim, 2018 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 6 moves, 1-0

11. ... Qe7?
V Fedoseev vs Bologan, 2018 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1-0

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