Mastery: Master Games

The Funniest Chess Games of All Time

The Funniest Chess Games of All Time

Laugh and learn along with IM Konstantin Kavutskiy as he explores some of the strangest and funniest chess games ever played.

  • Nakamura Toys With Rybka

    Is this the most famous man-vs-machine online game ever? Hikaru Nakamura turns the computer engine Rybka into his digital clown in a game that will have you laughing as much as learning.

    • 9 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Winning a Game with No Captures!

    The legendary GM Gligoric won a serious tournament game in 29 moves without any captures being made by either side. Find out how he used a clever trap to win in this very amusing game review

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • No Draw!

    How many times can a chess position repeat until it's a draw? If you answered three, you obviously haven't seen this hilarious game from the Dutch championship.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • The Random Stalemate

    Surprise! It's stalemate on the board after a shockingly low number of moves. Was this one of the greatest chess failures ever, or did the players do it on purpose to make a draw?

    • 5 min
    • 5 challenges
  • This Is Why You Never Play Copy Cat

    They say cats have nine lives, but in chess you can be sure that copy cats don't. Learn why you should never mirror your opponent's moves in this hilarious lesson.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Nakamura's No Good Underpromotion

    Underpromotion is brilliant when it works, but is regretful when it fails. Hikaru Nakamura's unnecessary underpromotion created complications that eventually cost him the game in this tragically funny episode.

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
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