GM Ben Finegold discusses blunders in a variety of games. This lecture was recorded July 8, 2018 at CCSCATL in Roswell, Georgia.

Games Discussed:

Praggnanandhaa, R vs. So, Wesley
31st Leon Masters (2018)

Vallejo Pons, Francisco vs. Santos Latasa, Jaime
31st Leon Masters (2018)

Mr_Earl_Gray vs. CCSCATL
Chess.com (2018)

CCSCATL vs. ya_boy_Agent
Chess.com (2018)

TheSuperSaiyan vs. CCSCATL
Chess.com (2018)

CCSCATL vs. JohnnyBoyUSA
Chess.com (2018)

Benedikt Jonasson vs. Haukur Angantysson
Reykjavik (1984)

Ignatz von Popele vs. Georg Marco
Mante Carlo (1902)

Carlos Torre Repetto vs. Frank E Parker
New York (1924)

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42 COMMENTS

  1. I feel like a better comparison to chess in regards to blundering is a fighting sport like boxing or mma. You can be up a million points but it only takes 1 blunder for you to get knocked out and lose the match.

  2. This episode might be the number one reason I don't lose to people worse than me. I pay attention in every fucking game of chess I play.

  3. as someone who's spent a lot of time studying and playing poker, this sounds exactly like poker. in poker, we call blunders 'punts' my friends punt tournaments and complain about the unlucky hands they had that they played perfectly and lost, but never tell you about all the times where they gave up an edge by making a mistake

  4. I think we view rating differently than we should. It's a statistic. It's used to predict the probability of a match. 2400 vs 2000 doesn't mean the 2400 will always win. It's more like he will win 75% of the time or maybe 85%. The point is rating isn't everything.

  5. Just played a game rapid 10+0 on lichess (I started like a week ago so I suck, rated ~1150 on lichess) and after the game when I let the computer analyse it, it showed me I made 7 blunders, but my opponent made 9 so I won lol.

  6. A game that is SUPER similar to chess, I think, is Starcraft 2. Super similar. Greedy openings, the concept of opening moves to begin with. Development of pieces. Cheese strategies. Winning from blunders. Very similar.

  7. Hey man i did followed your advise not to resign and successfully drew a queen vs rook endgame though my opponent got more pawns than me and +12 points at a point and at one point i did clicked resign button but didn’t confirmed it as you came to my mind.

  8. 7r/8/1p1p4/1P1p2Q1/1p6/5P2/rP2k1PP/2R3K1 w – – 7 38
    I played Qd2. Try to blunder more ! Aaarrrhgh !! Qd2 is very good if first Rc2… sniff, sniff….

  9. I like listening to him, but i wish the videos were shorter. Or keep these, but have other short vids avaliable.

  10. When I'm playing in the internet to practice and learn shouldn't I resign when the game is already awful so I take advantage of the time to learn from another fresh game?

  11. This lesson reminds me a game where Nakamura gets real mad with Pragnananda because he didnt resign and then Nakamura blundered. Of that Prag was able to draw.

  12. Man, watching this reminds me of when I was a kid playing chess with my dad. Not because the level of play was high and someone made a stupid mistake, because neither of us were even slightly decent at chess. We didn’t read books, we didn’t know about defenses or anything like that. We’d roll a die to see who goes first, then basically just play reactive and try to do something sneaky when we saw the opportunity. But almost every game came down to “oh I can’t believe I didn’t see that! You got me good! Let’s go again!” It was so much fun to be playing by the seat of your pants, trying to set up a sequence to win only to see that you missed covering just one or two moves and you lose. I never cared about learning the theory or all the proper setups or anything like that, I was just trying to outplay my dad and get a little bit better and sneakier about planning ahead and thinking about what he’ll do in response to what I do. This went on from when I was probably 5 until I was 8 or 9 which is when we mostly stopped playing chess and started to play more of other games. I’m sure he also took it easy on me and didn’t take every opportunity he saw to get an advantage, but it was still a ton of fun. Good memories.

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