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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Pavel Eljanov
Tata Steel Masters (2016), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-18
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  0-1



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Jan-18-16  Martin Riggs: It was certainly not a mouse slip <Pedro>. ;0] I'm really excited to hear what Shak says about it. :0]
Jan-18-16  shintaro go: What a blunder by Shak... let's see how he can recover from this. Still a long way to go
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  WannaBe: White's up 2 pawns, NEVER RESIGN. =))

There's no luck in chess.

Jan-18-16  gokusano: The player's luck is the blunder of his opponent. This is directly proportional.
Jan-18-16  qkxwsm: Ouch.
Jan-19-16  dunkenchess: The big blunder of the century!!!
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  Eyal: <The bad news: you just played the blunder of the year. The good news: it's only January 18. The worse news: It's unlikely to be topped.> (

<(Probably best that I didn't have room for: "..The best news: assisted suicide is legal in the Netherlands.")> (

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  Honza Cervenka: <Martin Riggs: Maybe he thought the Rook would be already on b6 and for this reason he played c5 [38.Rb6! Rf8 39.c5! with the idea Rb7, etc.].>

I guess you are right. Once I have played a game in the Prague team championship and just before the first time control I have spotted a forcing line which would have won the Pawn with decisive advantage, for a while I was visualising it in my head, then I looked at my clock with hanging flag, and my hand quickly made the second move of the planned line, which immediately lost the Queen....

Jan-19-16  yurikvelo:
blunders multiPV

<Honza Cervenka> check my new analysis in Zukertort vs Steinitz WCM 1886

Jan-19-16  meta meta: Ongelofelijk pijnlijk!
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  thegoodanarchist: I believe this is what they call a "Howler" in England. Am I wrong?
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  thegoodanarchist: Also, 38.Qe7 looks playable to me.
Jan-19-16  yurikvelo: <thegoodanarchist> 38.Qg6 or 38.Qe7 and white can hold a draw.

38.Rc1/Ra1/Rh1/Rg1 and white preserve small advantage, very hard to convert into win

Rb4! and black rook cannot cover c & g files, after forced queen exchange Rb4 rook eat black a4 pawn and white have 2 passers a+c

Rb2 or Rb5 and following Rb4! transposes to the same variation

Rd1 and later Re7 and forcing rook and queen exchange with 2 extra passing pawns

Fastest mate is Rb6! - black rook is caught on c7 for free

Jan-20-16  Martin Riggs: I guess that this happens to all of us from time to time and that's why I could put myself in his position very well. Somehow, I'm glad that I'm not alone with this fate <Honza>. ;0]
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  perfidious: <tpstar: Black to Play and Win after 38. c5.>


In all seriousness, <Martin Riggs: I guess that this happens to all of us from time to time....> is on the mark.

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  chancho: Other calamities that happen from <time to time>:

D Donchev vs Topalov, 1989

Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006

Jan-20-16  Martin Riggs: The picture on Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006 says it all <chancho>: It almost seems like that the right half of the board is very clear before his eyes, while the left seems almost blurred. I can still remember very well that I've followed this game live. :0]
Jan-20-16  Sally Simpson: I've labelled this as the blunder of 2016 (so far). There are 347 days till the first of January 2017. Plenty of time for this one to be bettered - we need a selfmate in one.

Plus some other lesser known (but dare I say instructive) blunders.

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  MissScarlett: How do I say this? Your blog is horrible! It's about as useful as pair of sunglasses to a man with one ear.
Jan-20-16  Sally Simpson: Why Thank You Miss Scarlett,

"It's about as useful as pair of sunglasses to a man with one ear."

I expected much better than that from you.

I'm thinking a one eared man caught in the blazing sun might find a pair of sunglasses quite useful.

And why is this one eared man needing sun glasses, is he a pop star, is he in disguise, is he hiding from the two eared people?

But thanks for the hit. I usually end up with five to six thousand. Best if you do not go there. You obviously don't get it.

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  MissScarlett: <I expected much better than that from you.>

Calm yourself. It's a line, or words to that effect, from Delboy; yeah, that Delboy. Strangely enough, I heard a work colleague use it in a meeting and my ears pricked up. He also referenced the one about a chocolate fireguard.

Mate, take it from me - that site stinks!

Jan-20-16  Martin Riggs: I had to chuckle at the beginning of this broadcast, because I had said the same thing here. ;0] Great show btw. :0]

Jan-20-16  Sally Simpson: Hi Miss S.

So it's not even original, huh! and the saying is 'as useful as a chocolate teapot'.

I posted what you said at on RHP and it's getting thumbed up! :)

The Blogs dodgy, but the site is good.

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  MissScarlett: Originality is overrated, I find. Us humans have been around a very long time (at least 4000 years I understand) - it's higly likely that everything worth saying has already been said. These people agree with me:

< James Stephens stated, ''Originality does not consist in saying what no one else has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.'' While Franklin P. Jones said, ''Originality is the art of concealing your source.''

Dean William R. Inge asked, ''What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.'' Abraham Lincoln said, ''Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.'' H. L. Mencken noted, ''My guess is that well over 80 percent of the human race goes through life without having a single original thought.''

Auguste Rodin: ''I invent nothing; I rediscover.'' Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818-85): ''About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve is to steal with good judgment.''

Goethe: ''Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.'' Benjamin Disraeli: ''Plagiarists, at least, have the merit of preservation.''

Ecclesiastes 1:9 states, ''There is nothing new under the sun.''

Since I admit I never had an original idea in my life, permit me one more quotation, from Anatole France: ''When a thing has been said and well said, have no scruples; take it and copy it. Give references? Why should you? Either your readers know where you have taken the passage and the precaution is needless, or they do not know and you humiliate them.'>

Jan-20-16  Sally Simpson: Hi Miss S.

I know I've never had played an original combination.

Everytime I've played one I can trace the idea to something previous I've seen, solved or played over in a book.

I suppose all the credit must originate with Greco who sat alone in his cell making up all those games showing what could be done with the 'new chess'.

Greco vs NN, 1620


To have a stab originality one must take something fairly modern and link it.

How about:

" useless as viagra to a eunuch."


" useless as an IPhone to a man with no thumbs."


' useless as solar panels in Scotland."

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