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How to play for a win when you're lost

A week ago today, the following game was played. What could have been the biggest upset I ever suffered was saved by the methods explained in this short video. Anyone who knows me, knows my main weakness is 1 move blunders. Here, I was also hindered by a pattern I have blundered many times before in. Anyway, I have no ego, I'll show it if it helps you learn something. I am joined briefly by my long-time friend (Since 1968!) Ray Sollars, (KtFighter  here on chess.com). Most people who have already seen this game also first chose the fatal blunder by my opponent. Maybe you will too! 


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Direct link: http://youtu.be/wHh1bD09-I8

 

Comments


  • 9 months ago

    granturismo1

    what software do you use to record games like this?

  • 10 months ago

    JoseO

    I rememember doing something similar a very long time ago. I was playing on a chess server in a simul where one of the Masters was playing multiple people at once. I was getting ready to give up and played a move to complicate things. The master must have been struggling with some of the other games in progress and over looked a piece that he left hanging. 

    Once I captured the hanging piece, the game unraveled in my favor and resigned 2 moves later.

  • 10 months ago

    MikeBrandy1

    very educational..

  • 10 months ago

    cll3

    wow saw Rf4 Be3+ 3 moves early thats crazy!

  • 10 months ago

    JoseO

    The lower rated 1100 player must really be mad to let this one get away from him. It would have made for a nice upset.

  • 10 months ago

    ArmedThrone

    Nice!

  • 11 months ago

    CP6033

    yeah what about nf3 inset of Rf4? that seems to win, even if he has to give you the exchange.

  • 11 months ago

    Abhishek2

    I saw Be3 immediately lol. Guess I'm quicker than most.

  • 11 months ago

    SimonMcNamaraMTL

    actually GMs only complicate things when they are losing/behind in some way. complications increase the chance of losing so noone does it when they're ahead. 

  • 11 months ago

    WishMaster_89

    GM complicates the game when they need to win (before the game begins) for tournamets reasons and when they have slight advantage against (not desicive)

  • 11 months ago

    SimonMcNamaraMTL

    bad moves usually dont induce others to blunder. in either case, i never said to play  bad moves, i said to try to complicate and confuse in order to trip up the opponent. even GMs do this and it works. 

  • 11 months ago

    MoonlessNight

    I paused the video and thought about what I would play, almost blundered Rf4. I think that Nd3 was the best move, white should be fine.

  • 11 months ago

    WishMaster_89

    a good chess player plays good moves not bad moves that induces your opponent to blunder

  • 11 months ago

    SimonMcNamaraMTL

    against an equal opponent, no real hope to win. but i could at least try for the draw and get the moral victory. and if I was an NM playing vs a 1000... then for sure I'd keep playing and try to use my superior chess ability to confuse him. plus, he might just blunder on his own and then i'm back in the game. 

  • 11 months ago

    WishMaster_89

    a piece down with no compensation u see any hope?

  • 11 months ago

    SimonMcNamaraMTL

    WishMaster_89 

    what I mean is that with a piece down with no compensation the best a player can do is resign. The fighting spirt is usefull when u are in a bad position but u are not already lost

    Obviously untrue since aww-rats won.  If the opponent was his equal (as opposed to 1000-rated), he probably would have resigned, but given the circumstances he clearly made the right move by continuing to play. and even if he was playing a stronger player, resigning so early in the game would almost surely not be the best way to proceed.

    i think the point of all this is: dont give up until there's no hope. 

  • 11 months ago

    WishMaster_89

    what I mean is that with a piece down with no compensation the best a player can do is resign. The fighting spirt is usefull when u are in a bad position but u are not already lost

  • 11 months ago

    NM aww-rats

    wishmaster. Of course it is a horrible game and you have missed the whole point of me sharing it. It isn't to prove how White should have won, it's to show how to give it your best shot when you're losing. I gave 3 lines where Black lost material: Down a piece, down the exchange (quality), and down a rook. Yes, each one was losing, but going down a Rook offered the best chance for White to make a mistake, and he did. If you can do a similar and correct assessment evaluation when you're losing, you may come back and win a game you're losing too, which is the point of this blog. Of course ...Bf5 was terrible, I carefully point out I forgot my Queen was en prise, a mistake I noted I have made many times in similar positions. i did not play for the resulting capture of my Queen, I just blundered. Other than that one bad move, one can learn a lot from my play in this game.

  • 11 months ago

    WishMaster_89

    awful game played by both players..Bf5 is a terrible blunder and that endding is so easy to win with white, there are a little pieces on the board so black cant complicate things, and Rf4 was another big mistake.. Maybe the best answer was Nd3 sacrificing an exchange

  • 11 months ago

    Honestlola

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