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Patzer

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Patzer (alternately patser) is a derogatory description, connoting someone whose chess abilities are minimal. The term is drawn from the German word for bungler, or maladept. 

A patzer may be a beginning chess player, or someone whose play appears to be stuck at the beginning level. Yet the term is also relative: a resounding defeat may be said to make a player of any level "look like a patzer".


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  • 7 years ago · Quote · #1

    Jasn

    It should be noted that the comments above ("what?" and "really?") were in response to the earlier, minimal definition of the term.
  • 6 years ago · Quote · #2

    promotedpawn

    I have lived in Germany for 14 years now and am fluent and "patzer" translates to nothing more than "blunder" or "mistake"

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #3

    GypDylo

    Is there a Patzer Chess club?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #4

    Thikron

    ...And the surname of Marco Patzer, giant of the Schleswig-Holstein U18 matches.  Check out especially his game against his arch-nemesis Malte Ibs, in which he misses checkmate on the second move: 

    Source: http://www.365chess.com/view_game.php?g=811113

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5

    pumpupthevolume247

    just... WHAT!?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #6

    Scottrf

    "A dubious king sacrifice" lol.

  • 24 months ago · Quote · #7

    jpksig

    He also misses checkmate when he agrees to the draw. 20...Bh4# 

  • 18 months ago · Quote · #8

    SirNinja

    One thing. Don't diss SOMEPATZER!!!!!! !!!!!

  • 15 months ago · Quote · #9

    TennesseeThunder

    Hilarious!

  • 13 months ago · Quote · #10

    McDennis28

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #11

    JProuse

    LOL This is almost better than horrible beer reviews.

  • 10 months ago · Quote · #12

    AdrianLuther

    Patzer missed 17 checkmates in a 20 move game.
    From move 2 to move 4: Qh4#
    From move 7 to move 20: Bh4#

    Only in the 1st, 5th and 6th move, a checkmate in 1 wasn't possible.

    No wonder the word "Patzer" is a synonym to a poor chess player, hahah.

  • 9 months ago · Quote · #13

    zvischachpatzer

    patzer and proud of it - that's why its in my name! I know players under 2000 even 1500 who really fancy themselves as great players- the reality iS that we are ALL PATZERS!! Be proud of it and enjoy the games!

  • 4 months ago · Quote · #14

    bowman2001

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