World Champions are usually considered to be true Gods of our ancient game, the ones who reached the Olympus of chess. They were dominant in their time and had winning scores against their peers. However, they were not errorproof, and in some of their chess battles they were crushed and punished for reckless play.
I wish to share with You a few of those gems, so we can all feel a bit better knowing that even the Gods have their moments of chess blindness.
CARO - LASKER , Berlin 1890
Horatio Caro (5 July 1862 – 15 December 1920) was an English chess master. His claim to fame is linked to the opening Caro-Kann Defence (B12) which he analysed along with Marcus Kann and jointly published about on the German journal Bruederschaft in 1886.
WINAWER - STEINITZ , Nurnberg 1896
Szymon Abramowicz Winawer (March 6, 1838 – January 12, 1920), born in Warsaw, Poland, was a leading chess player who won the German Chess Championship in 1883.
RETI - EUWE , Rotterdam 1920
Richard Réti (28 May 1889, Bösing (now Pezinok) – 6 June 1929, Prague) was an ethnic Jewish, Austrian-Hungarian, laterCzechoslovakian chess player, chess author, and composer of endgame studies.