69 ( +1 | -1 ) The Chess OSCAR for unintentional comedyWhen the Oscar's are handed out for unintentional chess comedy there can only be one winner......
Imagine...you are Kalabar....one of Yugoslavia's strongest and most renowned Masters of Chess. You are playing in the most important Chess match of your life, representing Yugoslavia in the Chess Olympiad against Argentina. You are strongly fancied to win.
Alerted by gales of laughter from onlookers Kalabar stared once more at the board. Aghast at what he saw Kalabar resigned instantly. Of course, what he had planned to do was play Qe7 followed by QxB but he moved the King by mistake !!
Has there ever been a more comical end to a vital chess match ?
57 ( +1 | -1 ) Similar and as badRecounted by a GM at the end of a simul I attended years back... he told of one tourney where a Russian GM (renowed for a liking to drink between games) returned to the board worse for wear and the clock ticking. He quickly bashed down the Nimzo Indian but (similar to the previous game) picked up his king by mistake... and launched it to b4. White rapped the queen out to a4 to deliver mate (thus preventing a forced return to the position prior to the illegal move being made).
I have no reason to doubt such a game did occur but even if it did not then it is still a fun story.
34 ( +1 | -1 ) How about what happened to Alapin?He was playing Black vs.Tarrasch and the game started 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d3. Now,Alapin,not looking at the board,assumed Tarrasch had played the "normal" 5.d4 and played 5...Be7?? Imagine his horror when Tarrasch now played 6.dxe3,upon which Alapin,of course resigned.Alapin forgot one of the oldest maxims around:assume just makes an "a**" of "u' and "me"!