The Blunder Games - Two Players Survive!

The Blunder Games - Two Players Survive!

Sep 26, 2016, 4:19 PM |

For my first blog post, I'm going over a game I should have won but only drew, luckily. However, it was a great game, and that's the point of playing chess: to have a great time. The reason why I didn't win the chess game is because of to many blunders, which you'll see very soon. To my defense, my opponent made some blunders to, which is why I didn't lose outright!

Anywho, I've analysed the game with stockfish, the strongest free chess engine out there, and a "TCEC champion hopeful". For those of you who aren't following the computer chess world, its Houdini vs Stockfish in the superfinals.

Enough blabbering, let's get on with the game analysis. I'm playing black, and parashardwivedi is my opponent. The game began like this...


 For many people, the main point in playing offbeat openings is to catch the opponent off guard, and I definitely was surprised by this move. However, my response of 2...e6, was perfectly acceptable. The goal of this move was to threaten to take advantage of the weakened dark squares around the dark squares by developing the dark-squared bishop to d6 and giving check on h4 with my queen.

Here I was to eager to set my trap, and he most certainly didn't fall for it. I was hoping for 5

.Ng3, Bxg3+!. Instead he played 5.g3! and I back my queen off to f6. This move isn't very great easier, because it blocks my g8 knight from developing.

8.Bf4? is a bad move. Why? Because it let me gain a tempo, as follows...
Because white castled on the queenside and more space and forces on the opposite, 11...b6 is not a move one would want to make against a professional player. White now has a very strong attack by playing 12.Nh5! Qe5 13.g4, but luckily he didn't see it and went to set another trap, one that us noobs fall for many times!

This move should’ve been a game ending blunder for white, and black  sadly didn’t take advantage of this move. 12.Nb5??  puts his knight in an unprotected spot that I can capture immediately. Instead, like the moron I am, I played 12…Nxf4. This move let’s white’s risky trap spring and take the rook.

My thinking with capturing the knight on f4  was to attack the bishop on g2, thus making it a choice between 13.gxf4 and 13.Qxf4. I mainly hoping for 13 Qxf4 Ne2+ and capturing the knight, but I calculated that if he took the other route (13.gxf4 Nxb5), I would’ve been OK to. I didn’t see the in-between move 13.Nc7+.

This is the move white took, and it looks like an awesome move. However, I’m still winning.  First, I can trap the knight with Kd8, and I can capture both of white’s minor pieces with these moves (13…Kd8 14.Nxa8 Nxg2 15.Qxg2 Bb7 16.Nxb6 axb6).  The resulting position is equal in material, black pieces are more active , and an open A file for which to launch an attack.

Sadly, I didn’t take this route and instead the following sequence of moves occurred…


Like I said before, 33...Nb7 should've been my move of choice after 33.b5. this move would've let me win quite easily. After 33...Rb8? the game continued with 34.Kc3 Ne4+ (forking the king and knight) 35.Kd4?. This move looks solid at first glance, however, with 35...e5+!, white is destroyed (see above diagram for full variation).

Alas, I didn't see the move and thus made another bad move. Nxc5 does take a rook for a knight, but again, there was a hotter move than this.

The game continues...

My move in the diagram above is the blunder of the game. I "knew" I  was going to win and was as bloodthirsty as a vampire for the white king's blood. I had a feeling of invulnerability, and quickly pushed the pawn to give the fatal blow.

This  elated feeling was quick to change, when the king took matters in his own hands and gobbled up the bishop. To say that my heart fell into the pit of my stomach is an understatement, it fell clear down to my feet. 

Luckily, though the game ended in a draw. Yes, white had the advantage, but it would have been a long, complicated endgame. The rest is shown below with minimal comments.

So the lesson I've learned in this game, DON'T BLUNDER, and may the odds be ever in your favor!