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How to Lose a Game in 10 Moves or Less. Pt 4

  • GM Gserper
  • | Jul 3, 2011

The first three parts of this article were devoted to the analysis of typical mistakes that cause opening disasters (and you would agree that it is a real disaster to lose a game in 10 moves or less!). Today you have a chance to demonstrate the knowledge that you have acquired by passing the opening disasters mega-test! In all the games we'll analyze today a titled player (a Master or a Grandmaster) made a terrible mistake and your goal is to punish the offender. If you cannot spot the winning shot, please refer to the theoretical part of this article (parts 1-3).  Please remember that you can always replay the whole game from the first move if you click "Solution" and then "Move list".  

Good luck!


Now let's count the results:
10 correct answers - you are a true tactical expert and chances are you'll never experience an opening catastrophe like in the games we just analyzed.
7-9 correct answers- you are not a spring chicken in chess. To further bullet-proof your chess (and particularly openings), pay more attention to forcing moves.
4-6 correct answers - you see simple threats but still miss some typical tactical patterns.
less then 4 correct answers - you need to work more on tactics.  Please re-read the first three parts of this article.
I hope you enjoyed the test!


  • 16 months ago


                        Nice article

  • 3 years ago


    Wow, I saw usual and common position and yet there is a lost of material.

    Thank you for this beautiful and instructive article!!! 5 stars,

  • 3 years ago


    Nice test. Good summary.

  • 4 years ago


    Yuri Kotkov vs Gagnic Akopian shows up in my Sharpen Your Tactics book Surprised

  • 4 years ago


    Just like badname said, it's not hard to find the winning move when YOU KNOW there's one.

  • 4 years ago


    10/10 but it does not mean I am good I just got it because I know there is a winning move but if I am not aware I don't think so, I might not spot it.

  • 4 years ago


    In Puzzle #2

    Tolush, Alexander V vs. Aronson, Lev Abramovich
    URS-ch24 / Moscow

    Black could still keep the fight on with Nb6.. it will end up with Black's RBNN against White's RRBB. Black has extra pawn while White has doubled pawn.

  • 4 years ago


    why these puzzles are not displayed


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  • 4 years ago


    Thank you for this most helpful series!!

  • 4 years ago


    @andyreed:  for example:  Bxd8...gxh1=Q


    @quadrewple:  Mr Fine's options were limited:  click on the MOVE LIST button to see variations in the continuation.

  • 4 years ago


    Doroshkievich, Vladimir K vs. Tukmakov, Vladimir B... why does white resign?

  • 4 years ago


    @jas0501 and others who needs help
  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    jas, click on move list and you'll see the further variations and/or explanations.

  • 4 years ago


    Great articles.


    Would be nice to number the puzzles, as this would make commenting on them easier.


    The 4th puzzle, bxf7 would use some additional explanation as the rxf7 followed by the rook pin is not so obvious.


    The 9th, the petroff could also could use a bit more explanation as after 6. Qe2 Qe7 it is not obvious.

  • 4 years ago


    quadrewple, you can always press the "Move list" button, there will be analysis on the right. In this case there are two moves covered: Kh8 losing due to knight fork Ne6, or Rxf7, then Qc4 attacking and pinning the rook, at least an exchange will be lost.

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