Grandmaster Chess Blunders #2: Can you spot the mistake?

Grandmaster Chess Blunders #2: Can you spot the mistake?


Hello everybody it is jrobi. Today we are
going to be taking a look at another Grandmaster Chess Blunder. And as I was looking through
some games I came across this game and it was played between Anatoly Karpov who was
playing black and Boris Spassky who was playing white. Now, in this position Spassky had the
advantage and his next move however was a blunder. So I’m going to go ahead and show
you the next move and take a moment and see if you can find the mistake. But more importantly
I would like you to do a little bit more than that, I would like you to take a look at what
Spassky was trying to plan and see if you can come up with what was the anchor piece
in his whole plan. So anyway the move that Spassky played was Rook over now to G4. Now,
if we take a look at this move obviously we have a whole bunch of pressure here lined
up on G6. We have the Rooks here on G3 and G4. We have the Queen beautifully placed on
D3 eyeballing that same square and our dark square Bishop of course is carving along this
diagonal to launch an attack against the King as well. But nonetheless this was a mistake.
Now, you probably can see why it was a mistake, but like I said, let’s try to do this a
little bit more in depth and see if you can come up with what was the anchor piece in
the attack. So go ahead and pause the video, take as long as you want. Try to think through
the series of moves. If black misses the blunder and we will take it from here. So instead
of looking at the blunder right away what I’m going to do is I’m going to talk a
little bit about what would’ve happened if Karpov would’ve played a mistake say,
for example, Queen to D7. Now, Queen to D7 is going to let Spassky come crashing into
the position now by taking the Pawn here on G6 with the Rook with check. So black has
to do something about that. If black moves the King off now to F8 Spassky can continue
the attack by hitting the check now with the dark square Bishop on H6. So the King is in
check. Now, if the Rook were to capture in this position it would be a huge mistake for
black because white can simply come down and it is checkmate. So that’s definitely not
a good move. In fact the only good move in this position is to block with the Bishop
here on G7. Now, from here Spassky can capture that Bishop with check and when the King moves
over now to E8 Spassky can just take the Rook here on E6 when black recaptures the Rook
on H8 falls. And black is just in a hopelessly lost position. But let’s go back here to
the initial Rook capture. If black decides to do something differently like, for example,
capturing with the F Pawn in this position, well white can simply just come crashing in
with the Queen now hitting the check. All these squares are taken away from the Black
King, so the only one that it has really is F8 at which point now the Bishop comes in.
And once again hitting the check on H6 the check must be blocked. Queen takes with check
again, King peels off and it is pretty much game over, because once the King comes back
now to F7 it is just checkmate here with the Queen on F8. So it was an interesting position.
Like when Spassky moved his Rook over here to G4 there definitely was some attacking
possibilities barring the blunder. And let’s get into that blunder now. So Spassky moved
his Rook over to G4. He’s playing against Anatoly Karpov one of the former World Chess
Champions. Well actually both men are former World Chess Champions. But he just made a
crucial mistake in this position because from here all black has to do is hit that check
now on E1. And when the King moves over to H2 the Bishop falls on C1. White has no compensation.
And that Bishop was pretty much the anchor piece in the attack because, if you remember,
when we look back through the lines a lot of the times the Bishop had to take that Pawn
on H6 to get the King into more of an ideal position for a crushing attack. So by making
that initial blunder of course Spassky has completely given up the piece because once
this Rook comes down and hits that check, well there it goes. Like, I mean, what’s
white going to be able to do to stop that? Nothing. It just has to move the King off
now to H2 and there goes that very important Bishop sitting on C1. Once again white has
absolutely no compensation. You know, and even from this position if Spassky were to
fight on. Let’s say Spassky wanted to continue on with the attack because, you know, you
think about Spassky, he’s played people like Bobby Fischer and Karpov and many of
the greatest chess players in the world. Surely he must have thought about, you know, losing
that Bishop on C1 with that simple check. Unfortunately he didn’t, that’s why we
call it a blunder. But if he were to try to fight on from this position, for example,
by taking the Pawn on G6 with the Rook, well black simply just captures with the F Pawn.
And even thought the Queen is allowed to come in with a check there’s just no compensation.
The King is going to be fine in this position and white is just down a lot of material and
is in a hopelessly lost position. So it was interesting nonetheless and, you know, it
is good to know that, you know, Grandmasters make mistakes too. And I know that it happens
a great deal at the amateur level play and you don’t see it quite as much at the professional
level play. But it still happens and, you know, that’s part of the appeal and the
allure of chess. So anyway I hope you enjoyed the video. I know it is been a while since
I made one. Thanks to everybody who posted comments on my blitz video there when I just
coming out of my cold. And I’m looking forward to making some more videos here in the future.
I have got some time coming up. And I have actually got a new idea for an opening video
that I’m going to be doing on an opening that I have kind of worked on myself. So I’m
going to throw that out there and tell you exactly kind of, you know, why I came up with
it and what my thought process was. And I’m going to throw it out to you guys to take
a look at it and see what you think. So take care. I hope you enjoyed the video and we
will see you next time.

100 thoughts on “Grandmaster Chess Blunders #2: Can you spot the mistake?

  1. Jeeez, watching videos by you makes me realize how little I know about chess =P But it has been a good way to learn, thanks for doing this!

  2. if the black rook were moved to E1, why not move the white queen to F1 in order to capture the it.
    I think that it is more important to sacrifice a queen in order to get rid of menaces.
    I was thinking in this move, but I was looking for a mate against white, but I could not find it easily.

  3. They definitely do on occassion – which is good to see once and awhile in my opinion from an entertainment perspective. Thanks for checking out the vid Xavier!

  4. I appreciate that lucky – glad to hear you're getting into the game yourself. Hopefully it will bring you lots of fun!

  5. That would be a fine opening to focus on for a beginner for a couple reasons. First, it's not one of the most played openings so there will the surprise factor against the opponents and second it tends to swing the game out of very common opening lines placing more importance on tactical play. This year's Icelandic Champion plays the bird regularly. His name is Henrik Danielsen.

  6. An amateur who started playing chess and vlogging about that process in the summer of 07. My goal is to prepare myself for some official tournaments but I have to travel a bit to get to them, but it's something I will do (and vlog about) when it happens. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  7. It's good to finally see another video from you JRobi! I'm still just getting over a horrible flu that I got while visiting NY, and that was over 3 weeks ago, so I know how you feel.

    It drains all the strength out of you. But I hope you get healthy and I'm DEFINITELY looking forward to this video of a "new" opening…, can't wait!

  8. To my surprise I could figure out the best move for black … looks like my game is improving ..:)

    As always ..great piece of work .

  9. It's definitely not a great year for being sick that's for sure. I had a cold that just seemed to drag on and on and on. Thanks for checking out the vid!

  10. The better quality sets like House Of Staunton, come with 4 queens. Any good player will have one of those, and if not, just buy extra queens likely.

  11. You have a good point. Maybe chess sets should come with little crowns for the pawns so that they look like other pieces when they reach the end of the board.

  12. there is a video on youtube of Kasparov messing up and he gets… emotional.

    anybody know what game that was? I would like to see what his mistake was.

  13. Just turn a rook upside down or if you are playing at a club or tournament and there are spare sets, borrow a queen.

  14. i might not be seeing something but couldnt white have moved rook to e6 and white's queen could still move in with the bishop following?

  15. I feel really happy that I got the move that Karpov played. I looked at the blunder and first thought it was actually good, but I noticed the check using the rook.

    Even if you're trying to attack the enemy king, think of yours first. πŸ˜‰

  16. wow….it would be really, really nice if a grandmaster makes a blunder while playing against me hehe…….video recorded and all….and all of a sudden yeah! i have beaten a grandmaster….yeahhh……well ofcourse in my dreams for sure..hehe…nice videos btw jrobi……

  17. hey what chess program is this? I need a software that I can use diagram arrows and highlight squares. Also which hypercam do you use? Thanks!

  18. Qd7 is one of the worst moves Black could possibly make after White's blunder. Not only is he letting White get away with it, it also cuts off an escape route for Black's king so Black cannot play Kf8 after White comes in with Bxh6 (if he does it's a mate in 2).

    Only Kh7, Qf8, and any movement from the rook on h8 (except Rh7) would be worse (all lead to forced mates).

    Even if Black didn't spot the fork, Qe8 would have kept Black comfortable.

    Great video, we need more like this.

  19. @armatageshanks66 No, the queen is also a fundamental part of the attack. Essentially, all four pieces (the queen, the two rooks and the bishop) are needed in order to attack. The pawn on g6 has two defenders, so White needs three attackers so he can launch the attack.

    If Black had played Qe8, the pawn would have had three effective defenders, and the attack would have been stopped anyway.

  20. is this game for real? i don't believe a grandmaster could make such a mistake… it's pretty obvious that black would be winning in this position and it doesn't require that much thought , especially for a grandmaster

  21. @rysticblaade I would tell you about all the Game Theory work I do as an academician, but you are just a stranger in space, so I have nothing to prove to you.

  22. Interesting blunder. Another big blunder was with Nigel Short, playing white against Alexander Beliavsky, playing black in a bishop and knight ending. The black king is on f8, Black's bishop is on b7 and Black's knight is on e8, so all of Black's pieces are inactive and in a cramped position, White's knight is on d5 and his king is on e5. Beliavsky has just played …f6+. And Short got out of check in the worst possible way and played Ke6??. He overlooked the response Bc8#.

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