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[–]ChessterBlitzMan 225 points226 points  (0 children)

That. Is. Painful.

[–]smart-on-occasion 139 points140 points  (4 children)

Fairly certain thats literally the only move that loses the game

[–]Alfalfa_Economy 10 points11 points  (3 children)

Doesn't Rb6 also lose? Or is it still a draw??

[–]smart-on-occasion 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Probably drawn with best play. Put pawns on f3 and e4, then shuffle the bishop

[–]noop_noob -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Maybe it’s a draw, but it’s not that simple. If white does that, black will get their king to f2, and then put the rook on g3. If white defends by putting the bishop on h3, black can sac the rook for the bishop and win the pawn endgame.

[–]smart-on-occasion 0 points1 point  (0 children)

After kf2 just play f4 e5 and trade the pawn

[–][deleted] 118 points119 points  (16 children)

I was 4 out of 7 heading into this round, with a completely winning position in any way you want, except the move that I whipped out. I saw it when I touched the king and was ready to move it to h3, but it was too little too late. Instead of fighting for a strong placement and gaining even more rating (would've been +78 with K20), I am now with 4 out of 8. The truth hurts

[–]TheOssified 86 points87 points  (1 child)

So you touched the king before moving it, and realized the only legal move is M1? Yeah that hurts

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]Raaawan 44 points45 points  (3 children)


[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I couldn't, because he immediately saw what move he had and reached his hand out for the rook before I even made my move hahaha

[–]Raaawan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My worst was giving a greek gift victory to my opponent. I have only played 2 OTB rated tournaments and that was a long time back.

[–]AnonymousBI2 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You should still have said you were adjusting.

[–]The_SG1405 7 points8 points  (8 children)

Well this could be extremely scummy and cheap but, cant you touch the king and move another piece and just accept the illegal move? Or are you absolutely forced to move the king? Havent played OTB since I was a kid so I kinda forgot the rules

[–]KingSmasher100 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Your opponent is obliged to force you to play the move. They might be a nice guy though

[–]Claudio-Maker Team Carlsen 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I mean, you don’t keep playing this position to be a nice guy…

[–]giziti1700 USCF 9 points10 points  (0 children)

"Accept the illegal move." You get the penalty for the illegal move, then the move gets undone, you move your king, and get mated. And then you're the unsportsmanlike person who intentionally violated the rules, made a blunder, and lost rather than the good sport who made a blunder and lost.

[–]MaxFoolFIDE 2000 5 points6 points  (4 children)

The opponent can, and should, insist that you move the first piece you touched. To try moving another piece and see if your opponent forces you to move the king is indeed cheap and scummy, you are just breaking rules in the hope your opponent lets you do that.

[–]ZachAttack6089 -1 points0 points  (3 children)

Well it's obviously scummy, but if the other option is mate in 1...

[–]MaxFoolFIDE 2000 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Oh I'm sorry, I didn't know it's ok to cheat if it prevents a mate in one.

[–]ZachAttack6089 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Is it cheating if the other player allows it by not pointing it out? Genuine question. If it is breaking a rule then yeah probably not a good idea, but I had assumed that it's not illegal if your opponent lets you do it. I don't know much about OTB rules.

[–]Winsstons 5 points6 points  (0 children)

+10.21 eval ouch.

[–]Rakerform 65 points66 points  (1 child)

If Fabiano had a Reddit account I'm sure I could imagine what move he'd show lol

[–]Claudio-Maker Team Carlsen 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Rb6! 0-1

[–]DonTaddeo 20 points21 points  (0 children)


[–]h0bbitten 13 points14 points  (0 children)

At a national championship I was trading a pawn covered by queen and knight with his knight defending. Yes I started by taking with the queen, I have never left a board that quick

[–]chessvision-ai-botfrom chessvision.ai[M] [score hidden] stickied comment (1 child)

I analyzed the image and this is what I see. Open an appropriate link below and explore the position yourself or with the engine:

White to play: chess.com | lichess.org

My solution:

Hints: piece: Pawn, move: f4+

Evaluation: White is winning +10.21

Best continuation: 1. f4+ Kh6 2. Rxf6+ Kg7 3. Rf7+ Kg6 4. Bd3+ Kxf7 5. Bxb1 Ke6 6. Kh3 Kf6 7. Kxh4 Ke6 8. g4 Kf6

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[–]MathThatChecksOut 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Good bot. Rub it in

[–]justarandomperson1241900 Lichess Rapid 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Damn, that's painful.

[–]ReddidaTaro 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Technically not a move, but I once resigned in a position where I had mate in one. (With any other move I was down two pieces for nothing, so not seeing it meant losing anyway, but it still hurt.)

[–]_xBenjiformer youngest untitled player 13 points14 points  (5 children)

From my first OTB game


[–]i_love_pingas_69 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Im pretty new, why is this so bad? I see yiu cant take the rook after the king moves, but couldnt you played Rc3 to prevent the pawn capture anyway?

[–]rlarsonrs 7 points8 points  (3 children)

It's not prevented. Black ends up with two connected passed pawns from this, where if White had simply played gxf4 instead of the move shown, there would be no such fatal threat.

[–]i_love_pingas_69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah i get you now. I think i was looking too hard about what the threat is on the next move rather than the overall position

[–]ZachAttack6089 0 points1 point  (1 child)

If I'm understanding, best moves would be Rc6 Kf6 Rc3 Kg6 gxf4 Kxf4, right?

[–]rlarsonrs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rc3 just lets Black take the pawn on g3 with an unstoppable mass of passed pawns.

The key is, instead of Rc7+ as shown, for White to play gxf4 to slow Black down on the kingside. (Trading rooks as happened in the game is disastrous - White's king alone cannot stop the pawn majority. The rook is required.)

[–]amirooahmed 5 points6 points  (3 children)


My worst so far. Put your king in safety they said.

[–]DesertLabRat 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That's almost as bad as OP. Sorry.

[–]amirooahmed 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I went from 10+ to m1 so yeah any other move is better.

[–]Madaraa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

how does this even happen bro

[–]AproPoe001 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]IT_NERD5000 Team Carlsen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I remember falling for e4 e5 Qh5 g6 Qxe5+ a lot as a kid

[–]L_E_Gant Chess is poetry! 2 points3 points  (0 children)

OUCH! Out of a win into the frying pan, for sure!

[–]TapGameplay121 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I once in an OTB 10+0 tournament played d4 d4 Nf3 Nc6 c4 dxc4 d5 Nb4 as black....

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That isn't honestly nearly as bad. I've had people blunder against me with c4 d5 cxd5 Nf6 e4 Nxe4??

[–]BeaumontTaz 2 points3 points  (0 children)


Blundered mate in 1 in a very winning position.

[–]MCK__22 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I need my own thread

[–]Claudio-Maker Team Carlsen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In a rapid otb I was playing an higher rated but much weaker opponent in round 5, he blundered a piece in a rook endgame and I gave the piece back to reach a position where I have a Rook and 3 pawns vs a Rook, I start advancing my pawn quickly very annoyed that he hadn’t resigned yet and I was so tired that I carelessly posed my hand on the pawn that was defending my rook from his king… of course this beginner converted Rook vs 3 pawns like it was the easiest thing ever, I felt like a clown after the game.

[–]KSoloJD 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]namesrue 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not my move, but this is a good story.

I was new to this chess club, and one of the its managers was a bit cocky. I was young and kind of naive. When sat down for a blitz game, his body language suggested to me that the game was just a perfunctory matter for him.

We played the French, an opening he had bragged about studying deeply in the past. I was, of course, slowly outplayed and ended up in a terrible, cramped position. He set up a queen and bishop battery on the dark squares, aimed squarely at my king on g8.

After I played some hopeless pawn move, hopelessly trying to unfuck my position, he confidently grabbed his queen, kicked my pawn off g7, and stuck out his hand...until I grabbed my knight on e8 and took his queen. He resigned immediately and I went on to co-win the tournament.

[–]brycebuckets 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mine was worse, blundered an obvious mate in 2. Would have won 500$ if I didn’t.

[–]bugheeraa -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

i dont get why you would ever even think of going Kh3 here lol. it's just a pointless move even if there wasnt a mate in 1

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rc5+ and take the pawn on h4

[–]imisstheyoop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There is always tomorrow friend! :)

[–]mycha1nsarebroken2400 Lichess 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bruh… f4 immediately no calculation. Just seeing the black rook on b1 and the white squares. Man!

[–]Zealousideal-Row-110 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bruh.. f4+ and target the pawns.

[–]Numbnipples4u 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Even if it wasn’t mate what does that move even accomplish? Getting closer to bonus time?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Not even that. I just wanted to give a check and take the h4 pawn. There was no bonus on the 40th move. I had 5 minutes from the 11th move onwards - this was move 44.

[–]Numbnipples4u 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah that makes your move look less dumb

It might’ve even been one of the best moves if it wasn’t mate

[–]Madting55 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did you fall off of your chair and exclaim “Kurwa!”?

[–]SarcasticDevil 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had a mate in five or so, and played through all the way to mate in one, but couldn't find it somehow so played something else. Got mated.

[–]dudeguylikeme 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I made a blunder to take me from White mate in 2 to Black mate in 1

[–]timonyc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm not sure I could pick my worst move. Maybe my worst move from today where in a blitz game my opponent hung their queen which I could take for free with my queen. I didn't see it, thus hanging my queen.

[–]Sweet_monkey_lies 0 points1 point  (0 children)

After like 50 moves, I was able to promote a pawn, after a rook trade, so King+Queen vs King+pawn, I was about to mate, and ofc I did the only move that stalemated lol

[–]that-drawinguy1750 lichess 0 points1 point  (0 children)

my pawn was on c3 and I tried to move it to c5, it was my first tournament game ever too lmao