December 1, 2006

Kramnik overlooks mate in one!

Damn, that sucks.

Blunders in chess – Kramnik wasn't the first
01.12.2006 Still mystified by Vladimir Kramnik's blunder in game two of his match against Deep Fritz? After our attempts at an explanation of this extraordinary blackout we return to the subject (with apologies to Vladimir) with opinions by our readers and with a collection of drastic blunders by other world champions and top players. Take comfort.

Kramnik played 3...b5 in the Queen's Gambit Accepted and equalized the chances with black by move 17, The key move of 18...c5 forced the white to fight for the comfortable position. Backed up by enormous calculating potential, Fritz created some tactical threats but Kramnik always kept things under control. The Russian could have made a draw several times, but he went on in hope of winning chances.

On move 33, Kramnik captured on c1, but that move contains a fatal error. Black's queenside pawns would still give him chances. Instead, Kramnik played the move 34...Qe3, having overlooked the mate in one to great pleasure of Fritz operators. It was one of the most unbelievable blunders ever seen at that level of chess and the first one in Kramnik's career.

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