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bucklehead 150 ( +1 | -1 )
Your most disappointing game Something to dovetail with ccmcacollister 's favorite game thread ( -> )--which of your games disappointed you most? Not ones swimming in blunders and hung pieces (I've got about 10k of those to share), but perhaps those games where you pursued a promising strategy doggedly, one that ultimately came to nothing. Or maybe a game where you had a masterful trap to spring, but where your benighted opponent blundered away a piece before you could steal the pawn you'd been targeting.


An example from a game I played just today. The early moves are hardly worth mentioning, but as white I wound up in the following position:

White: Kf3, Be5, Ng5, Pf4
Black: Kd5, Rg6
[FEN "8/8/6r1/3kB1N1/5P2/5K2/8/8 b - - 0 1"]

I had a material edge and a surviving pawn, but despite the numbers my heart was thumping as I thought of the tough job I had ahead of me. I took a sip from my drink and tried to marshal my mental energies for the promotion task. And then, inexplicably, my opponent played 1...Rxg5, which I realized immediately leads to a forced win for white. The game continued 2 fxg5 Kxe5 3 Kg4 Ke6 4 Kh5 Kf7 5 Kh6 Kg8 6 Kg6 {in my distress, I very nearly played 6 g6, which only stalemates} 6...Kh8 7 Kf7 Kh7 8 g6+ 1-0

All that emotional energy wasted. I hate those. I think I'd rather lose in a gallant fight than win because my opponent doesn't bother to see where his simplification will leave him.
masros 5 ( +1 | -1 )
All my losses game with blunder move.
misato 143 ( +1 | -1 )
Currently my most disappointing game is the first one in the new year 2006. As I am a bit superstitious in chess affairs (I throw away the "loosing pens" after lost games - why should I take any risk next time unnecessarily?) I take this as a sign that 2006 won't become my chess-year:

xxx - Misato (OTB, Jan 2nd, 2006):
1. c4 e6
2. Nc3 f5
3. d3 Nf6
4. Nf3 Be7
5. g3 b6
6. Bg2 Bb7
7. a3 c5
8. Bf4 Nc6
9. Nb5 d6?
Now 10. Ng5 would have caused trouble for Black because 10. - e5 11. Ne6 was the only answer; 10. - Qd7 is even worse because the Pe6 isn't really covered: 11. Nxe6 Qxe6 12. Nc7+. But I was lucky:

10. 0-0 a6
11. Nc3 0-0
12. Ng5 (too late, my friend) Qd7
13. Na4 Bd8
14. Be3 h6
15. Nh3 b5
I was already feeling confident because of the poor position of the white knight.

16. cxb5 axb5
17. Nc3 b4
18. axb4 Rxa1
19. Qxa1 Nxb4
20. Qa7 Nc6
21. Qa4 g5
Now White's problems become obvious, but there still exist better moves than

22. d4? cxd4
23. Bxd4 e5
24. Be3 g4
25. Bxh6 gxh3
26. Bxh3 Qh7
White is already lost: 27. Qb3+ Rf7 or 27. Qh4 Ng4.

27. Bxf8 Qxh3
28. Qb3+ Kxf8
29. f3 (covering 29. - Nd4 which attacks the Queen and threatens mate on g2)

I was so focused on this g2-mate that I wanted to force a spectacular finish for the crowd. My plan was to put black c6-knight to a5 (attacking his Queen), but first I wanted to turn away the white Bf3. Of course, I should have moved the c6-knight first: 29. - Na5 30. Qe6 Bb6+ 31. Rf2 (31. Kh1 Qxf1) Bxf2+ 32. Kxf2 Qxh2+ 33. Kf1 Kg7 and Black is two pieces up. But the finish was for the crowd as well:

29. - Ng4 ???
30. fxg4 (I still didn't see it, pure chess-blindness!) Na5 (too late, my friend)
31. Rxf5+ Kg7
32. Qf7+ Kh6
33. Rh5+ 1 - 0

I lost the next game, too - a comfortable endgame with a pawn up, but a plan far too optimistic. I can remember better starts ...
ionadowman 39 ( +1 | -1 )
bucklehead... ...I can understand your disappointment, though I can also understand why your opponent might have misjudged 1...Rxg5. The relative positions of the kings at first sight suggests a draw, but despite its being 2 squares behind his own pawn, and Black's being level with it, Black cannot prevent White's king from getting in front of it. Remarkable, really.
ccmcacollister 54 ( +1 | -1 )
THIS ONE... ! Now becomes the most dissappointing game that I have seen because (A) I didn't play it and (B) he didnt o-o-o# !
I paste it here, as originally presented in the FAV games thread by ionadowman
White: Ed Lasker
Black: G. Thomas
London, 1911
1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Bxf6 Bxf6 6.e4 fxe4 7.Nxe4 b6 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.Ne5 O-O 10.Qh5 Qe7 11.Qxh7+ Kxh7 12.Nxf6+ Kh6 13.Neg4 Kg5 14.h4+ Kf4 15.g3+ Kf3 16.Be2+ Kg2 17.Rh2+ Kg1 18.Kd2#
A couple of points about this. Black's responses from move 11 on were all forced, and I wonder why Lasker didn't play 18.O-O-O#.
ccmcacollister 170 ( +1 | -1 )
For Me, I'd like Two Please! Jeff, I feel entitled to having Two dissappointments since mateintwo pretty much disappoints just about everyone! :) So that is the first one here:
board #3687743
Such a beautiful strategic idea I had. Too bad it drops a piece right under my nose! I've come to the conclusion that my opponent there is simply blessed by Caissa , for amongst all the things that I do-do wrong in my Chess play, dropping a piece is not one of them. And YET...
The second is a game I am glad to have participated in since my opponents play is delightful. But I'm just on the wrong side of things! The dissappointment is twofold. First that I timed-out in the game, which could have been Resigned nicely here, with a slight air of enigma, where it may take a few minutes to see the procedure for losing it.
But tho BL may try to squirm around a bit and try some trappy stuff, I have no doubt he is lost after WT's nicely Capa-like play to that point.
The second dissappointment of the game is Why I'm lost by position, besides the good play by coyotefan. I was simply Not Seeing B-N5 moves at the time and got hurt by them in 4 or 5 games ... something about changing from a real board to GK boards. I simply overlooked that he could play B-N5 when he did and thereby removed a piece that I would need (in numbers and quality) in order to pursue the intended attacking attempt with sufficient success to avert losing.
board #1370685
ionadowman 177 ( +1 | -1 )
The final position looks fightable... ...Black might even have attacking chances. I don't think you had plans to resign the game, Craig! Here's a fairly recent GK game that twice went belly-up on me, but it was the second time that deipss me off...
White: ionadowman (1882)
Black: chrusage (1859)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Bd3 d5 5.Nxe5 Nd7 6.Bxe4 dxe4 7.Qe2 Qe7 8.Bf4 Nxe5 9.Bxe5 Bf5 10.Nc3 O-O-O 11.O-O-O Qe6 12.Qe3 f6 13.Bg3 h5 14.d5!? Qb6 15.Qxb6 axb6 16.Nb5 (based on a miscalculation, completely overlooking Black's reply...) Bd7! 17.Nc3 h4 18.Bf4 g5 (White's in serious strife now!) 19.Be3 Re8 20.Bd4 Rh6 21.Rde1 f5 22.f3 h3 23.fxe4 (My first thought here was g4, and I very nearly played it. But it doesn't slow down Black's attack much at all, and White can't localise it. As played, White can prolong the agony a bit...) 23...hxg2 24.Rhg1 Rxh2 25.Re2 b5!? 26.a3 fxe4 27.Rgxg2 Rxg2 28.Rxg2 g4 (Torpedo two...) 29.Kd1 b4 30.axb4 Bxb4 (White has to make some hard decisions hereabouts...) 31.Re2 Bf5 32.Rf2 Bg6 33.Rf6 Rg8 34.Ke2 g3 35.Kf1 e3 (I was fairly happy about this exchange - one passer the less!) 36.Bxe3 Bxc2 37.Kg1 Bd6 38.Bf4 Be7 39.Rf7 Bd8 (This surprised me for some reason...) 40.Be5 Bb3 41.Kg2 b5 42.Rf4 Rg5 43.Re4 Kd7 44.Bxg3 Bxd5 45.Nxd5 Rxd5 46.b4 Bf6 47.Be1 Rd3 48.Kf2 Kd6 (For the last few moves I had begun to fancy my chances of holding this game...) 49.Ke2 Ra3 (after this I was sure I could hold it) 50.Re3! Rxe3+ 51.Kxe3 Kd5 52.Kd3 c6 (White has what amounts to a fortress here (here's a word for your chess terminology, Craig!). Black probes for a chink in the stonework...) 53.Bd2 Bh4 54.Bc3 Bg5 55.Be1 Bf4 56.Bc3 Be5 57.Be1 Bc7(!) (This shouldn't win, and if I'd stuck to moving the B on the e1-c3 diagonal, it wouldn't have done. But long ago I had planned to place my K on b3 when the opportunity arose. It seemed to have done here...) 58.Kc3?? c5 59.bxc5?? 0-1 (59...Ba5+). I'd fought so damned hard for that game, but it was I who threw it away, with a little help from my opponent. The bad part (you mean, there's a bad part??) was that I had thrown away a pretty good winning chance against this same opponent a few days before...
Hey, ho...
ccmcacollister 27 ( +1 | -1 )
ionadowman I would have played on thru the "proving" stage, but accept that the final position is quite lost. Wt's attack upon d6 and c/d files will prove quite fatal. Black's attempts to mix it up will come to nothing with proper play by WT.
ionadowman 36 ( +1 | -1 )
The fact is... ...I didn't spot 59...Ba5+ until after I'd played 59.bxc5?? Had I done so, I would have cursed and sworn and played something else. 59.Kb3 c4+ 60.Kc2, maybe. White's busted, but Black still has something to do... It seemed to me in the event that though Black had lucked into a win, he had played for his luck. No complaints there! I would have done the same.