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When All Available Moves Are Blunders...
Compiled by Korora

...the position is called zugzwang (pronounced "TSOOKTS-vahng"). If you could pass a turn, the position might be tenable; however, you must move.

White to move and unguard the Queening square.
J Thompson vs Morphy, 1857 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 46 moves, 0-1

Textbook trebuchet
H Voigt vs Lasker, 1892 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 82 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs A J Conen, 1899 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 0-1

33. g3 and Marshall can only err.
Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1901 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

White to move and give Black multiple passers
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1918 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 52 moves, 0-1

Authorities differ as to whether this is zugzwang or not, but…
Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923  
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1

Black to move and throw away the Knight
Torre vs J Araiza Munoz, 1926 
(A48) King's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

45. ... Rc1! leaves Nimzo up a creek.
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

47. Kh2 leaves Treybal in a bind.
B Thelen vs F Treybal, 1927 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

Black to move and throw the Knight away
Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov, 1961 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 60 moves, 1-0

46...e5 and White must start undefending.
G G Haase vs O Sarapu, 1969 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

68. b8=Q! and zugzwang ensues.
R Calvo vs D Byrne, 1968 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 70 moves, 1-0

When White runs out of P moves, he must blunder NN-style.
B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971 
(E97) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

White to move and lose
J Kaplan vs Bronstein, 1975 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 0-1

Two of them: 22.Rae1! and 30.b4!
Bagirov vs K Grigorian, 1976 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

33. ... Qf3!
L Ogaard vs E Torre, 1976 
(A43) Old Benoni, 33 moves, 0-1

When Black runs out of P moves, bye-bye Birdie!
Tal vs S Saeed, 1985 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

Blundering into a trebuchet
A Beaver vs K Burnett, 1992 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 50 moves, 1-0

Which enemy Pawn(s) will you allow to promote?
Anand vs Van Wely, 1997 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

134. ... Rc7! means White must throw away the passed P.
S Baldazzi vs A Holmsten, 2001 
(A16) English, 137 moves, 0-1

Even a fork attempt would simply blunder away the horse.
P Nikolic vs Ivanchuk, 2004 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 0-1

55. Kh6 and all moves for Black cost the Q and/or allow mate.
D Kosic vs T Christensen, 2005 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

96...Kd5 and White must throw the Rook away.
Karpov vs G Needleman, 2005 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 96 moves, 0-1

38.e6 and his Grace has had it.
Aronian vs Svidler, 2006 
(D80) Grunfeld, 38 moves, 1-0

White to move and allow unstoppable passers.
Ivanchuk vs Y Wang, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

The Knight must unguard the checkmate square.
S Shivaji vs K Troff, 2011 
(B27) Sicilian, 119 moves, 1-0

White to move and unguard against a mating net.
V Malakhov vs Ivanchuk, 2014 
(A14) English, 41 moves, 0-1

White to allow the Pawn to queen.
Le Quang Liem vs Carlsen, 2022 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 62 moves, 0-1

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