Is This The Worst Move Ever Played?

Publicerades den 23 okt 2020
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This is the story of the birth of modern chess - when the possibilities of chess as an art, a science and a sport all converged.
The point of convergence was a young boy from Louisiana named Paul Morphy. At a time when America was seen as a backwoods nation with little cultural history and even less intellectual impetus, at a time when chess was considered the exclusive property of a few European countries, at a time when the game was played successfully by a handful of men wizened by years, Paul Morphy, in the brief span of 19 months and with seemingly little effort, defeated conclusively every player he met.
While today few non chess players even know his name, he was one of the most famous celebrities of his time and within the hallowed halls of the chess playing community he is considered by some as the greatest chess player of all time.
But this diminutive, unassuming boy rose to fame almost out of nowhere and once he secured his place in history, he retired back into that hazy unknown, shunning the public eye, never again to play serious chess. Not only was he one of great practitioners of the game, but also one of it's greatest enigmas. He's been given the sobriquet, The Pride and Sorrow of Chess.
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Johann Jacob Loewenthal vs Paul Morphy
Morphy - Loewenthal (1858), London ENG, rd 13, Aug-19
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Ne5 d6 4. Nf3 Ne4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O Nc6 8. c4 Be6 9. cd5 Bd5 10. Nc3 Nc3 11. bc3 O-O 12. Bf4 Bd6 13. Bd6 Qd6 14. Ng5 f5 15. c4 Bg2 16. Kg2 Qg6 17. f4 h6 18. d5 Nd8 19. h4 hg5 20. hg5 Nf7 21. Qf3 Nh6 22. Qg3 Nf7 23. c5 Rad8 24. Bc4 b5 25. Bb3 a5 26. Rae1 Rfe8 27. Re6 Re6 28. de6 Kf8 29. ef7 a4 30. Rd1 Rd1 31. Bd1 Qc6 32. Bf3 Qc5 33. g6 Qd6 34. Qg5 Qd2 35. Kh3 Qd3 36. Qh5 Ke7 37. Qh4 Kd7 38. Kg3 Qd6 39. Qh8 Qg6 40. Kf2 Qf7 41. a3 Qe7 42. Kg3 Qe1 43. Kg2 Qd2 44. Kg3 Qe1
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Paul Morphy: Pride and Sorrow of Chess by David Lawson
The Genius Of Paul Morphy by Chris Ward
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  • there is Qh6 dont worry

  • I can't be the only one who started analysing Gh7+ at 2:38

  • What a beautiful, beautiful game. It literally makes my heart ache.

  • Once, I was playing, and I started with the wayward queen, because that’s my favorite opening. I put the queen at h5 My opponent looked me dead in the eye and did kings bishop pawn to f6

  • That move was literally the first move I saw, and I immediately (okay... After about 10 seconds of studying) realised that it was utterly appalling and no one in their right mind could play it. Just shows that good chess players can still fuck up outrageously 😂

  • Löwenthal should have gone Queen to h7 instead, capturing on g7 next, thus guarding g6, f7 and f8, with the possibility of a second Queen on f8 as well as an instant check.

  • omg hi I rlly wantto vrs you in lichess my name is Mars310 plzzzz And I love your content

  • I am also thinking to play the worst move 😂😂😂 Me to Me - LOL

  • 9:52 Why not f8 for a queen

    • I guess draw by repetition

  • Me: Haha yea just Queen to H8 so the pawn can push. (10 seconds later) Fuck my life

  • Great so the only move that I could actually guess from your videos is the worst move ever played lmao

  • I was once playing random moves when I first started and I got check mated in 2 moves. I just so happened to move the two pawns that cause a fools mate...

  • When he gave us some time to solve the puzzle I did Qh8...

  • So when you lose regularly because of a mistake like this, is that a bad thing? Not saying this happens to me a lot, I'm just interested.

  • 9:46 once the King leaves the pawn, then why not queen the pawn right away? Sure, white looses the Bishop but does it matter if you have two queens? Or am I missing something?

  • I blundered the pawn . lol

  • "The competition is steep" LOL

  • Worst blunder misses mate in one and loses Queen on opponent's next move.

  • Me, feeling all the congratulations of finding great moves that don't compromise the pawn 🎉🎉😏🤩🥇 because I saw it coming Because I'm the kind of fool that easily looses clearly winning positions with a stupid move just because I'm stressed and I start panicking and wish someone could show up and keep playing for me

  • I had a game where I was +22 and blundered mate in 1, so....

  • I dunno, I don't think it's the worst move even in that position, let alone played ever. I mean theres Qf6, Qe7, Qd8..

  • “Worst move in chess history”. Me- haha hold my beer.

  • i have done worse

  • I feel dumb now since I likely would have played Queen H1.

  • 9:49 what if we would go Queen to D8?

  • The best chess man in the world! Love ya agadmator!

  • About the Qh8 move, here's a meme:

  • "Pause the video and find the winning move" -me spends 30 mins analyzing "Any move would do" -MOTHERF*****

  • I'll try to give a comment without too much calculation, but at 9:48 I would make a queen, and I think I should be able to hide my king somewhere

  • a great game - that is the type of blunder I would have done!

  • 9:53 f8 knight check....

  • I just dislike to transform the number to 69

  • Why not En Passant F7 to G8 and Queen?

  • And here was me thinking I‘ve got a chess title at something

  • "Okay, thank you for the knight"

  • Me- Yup winning game My past- not yet

  • The only guy havin mind and luck at the same time

  • Worst move i've ever played; i played a move Nh8?? Which allowed the opponent to checkmate my king with Bh7#. (i was playing with black pieces.) Nh8 was the only instant losing move, and i also don't ever recall seeing another game where checkmate is delivered by a bishop on h7. Nomally the queen does that job.

  • More Lowenthal games!

  • Put me as another +1 to the, "Qh8 looks pretty good" pile.

  • I suspect his brain got mixed up and thought the f pawn was protecting the g pawn.

  • I'm 100% sure Morphy pointed out this bizarre error to Lowenthal after the game

  • Bro I will routinely give up a queen for nothing because my stupid ass can't think straight

  • Thank for coming back. I love your channel. Will edit as I make blunders and destroy both sides of the game!(Lowenthal plays how I play white without knowing any real games, but go forward and attack! Lets go keep playing white exactly how I play white without knowing and I'm 3:51 in. At this point im pretty sure I'm losing but FORWARD!) Time out...the white pieces ignoring the problem. That is a major flaw in my game. Please explain how me missing clear problems and describing them as not problems and improve my game. Thanks!

  • 10:25. No we don't get another queen, we get a knight ;)

  • me: does any move is this the worst chess move ever made?

  • After d5 why not just capture Ng5 with the pawn on h6?

  • my first instinct was queen H8 and immediately it turns out to be the worst move possible. damn i suck at chess.

  • imagine a whole bitcoin

  • This is an immortal blunder

  • I was thinking Qh7 would have been the best move... but I did not see Qh8 as the worst.

  • "Feel free to pause the video to find a move" Aight, I feel confident in Qh5. I feel so smart :) "Congrats on finding any move" Oh, I'm not so smart :(

  • it was such a bad move that not even I would do that

  • nice couch

  • Haven't watched the video but no. Cuz I don't think you're covering my game in this video

  • "Congrats on playing ANY move" ANY move??? Look how talented I've become "ANY move that does not blunder the g6 pawn" Well...

  • Lmao I would have made the worst move. Guess I suck.

  • Obviously Löwenthal got distracted by a call on his cell phone.

  • Meh 😒.... I’ve made worse ;)

  • I m so poor that even the worst move didn't come to my mind 😕

  • At 12:42 why not QA2 check by black and capture pawn on A3!!! Even if white go for Q×g7 he can defend or trade queen exchange or continue with Qe7!!! Please if anyone can explain I need explanation or agadmator sir please tell why not that move!!! Thank you ^.^

  • Man I really paused the game for 2 minutes and played Qh8

  • Why he was forced to trade at 7:57? And why he didnt capture that pawn after the trade?

  • I found Qh8 pretty quickly and I was really confident about it...

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  • Clickbait,

  • How about Szabo vs Reshevsky Zurich 53? Both players missed mate in 2!

  • Well, sh*t happens, let Löwenthal rest in peace guys.

  • this isnt fair T_T when u say win the game with white ofcurse we are going to say Qh8 tryig to force something :D

  • I guess maybe Löwenthal was my elo in modern terms, since Qh8 was my choice!!! XD

  • A very typical Opening

  • 9:49 Why not queen the F-pawn now?

  • "against 5 pawns and Morphy." Best line ever.

  • The worst move ever - A normal move for me!

  • It was game 14. No wait, 15. No, excuse me, 14.

  • i have the same luck like lowenthal i feel ya bro

  • Ive played much worse moves... :)

  • Am I the only one who choose Qh8 when Agad asked to pause video? 😂

  • 9:53 y not promote pawn to queen?

  • I found Qh5, threatening to capture the f5 pawn which comes with check and queens the pawn. In retrospect it also defends the g6 pawn lol. I'm only 1060 so please tell me if that's a mistake, or if there're better moves o7

  • The worst move ever? Oh, heck, I play those all the time.

  • This made me sad

  • I paused and pretty much knew what was going to happen after a few seconds of study. I felt sick for Lowenthal as I slowly reached to unpause... 🤢

  • I must be getting better.. I did see that Qh8 would lose both pawns, I just didn't realize that ANY other move would have been winning. Normally, I don't see the move that he encourages you to look for.

  • Either he will play h6 or f5; f5 being the more aggressive. Morphy of course choses the latter option !!

  • What really happens here is something that we all have done many times, failing to win a won game , getting excited and forgetting about king safety, simple as that, I once lost a game with 2 queens and few other pieces on the board

  • Now i can say that I'm the worst chess player on earth

  • I know it's actually an era-appropriate hairstyle, but dang does it look like Morphy is rockin' out to some block rockin' beats

  • fak me i played the exact move as Lowenthal.....

  • i picked the worst move

  • That happens a lot in chess though: a juicy looking move that ends up biting you in the ass.

  • Lol-any move XD

  • All I could see was the f7 pawn just one agonising square from queening. Fixation and excitement over queening that f7 pawn and winning the game blinded me to the threat elsewhere and as I result I too blundered the g6 pawn. Controlling emotions in chess is important to thinking clearly but easier said than done. We're only human after all. Tough on Lowenthal but credit to him for a great game up until that error.

    • Can't underestimate the power of the queen, esp the enemy queen, ANY OTHER PIECE could have taken that pawn and the rook could have checked the king but only the queen could pull off the coup de grace of captures, check and captures in that order.

  • Compared to your older videos your voice is a bit higher, are you okay agadmator?

  • You cant take forever because its going to be rude. After 2341 years: I'll urge you to make a move sir, we're not savages after all are we?

  • 11:37King, it is. A new tresure for best moments!

  • We all knew who could have made the possibly worst move between the two of them

  • Just came here to tell you you should follow me for such games I'm very good at it.

  • Have you seen Queens Gambit on Netflix OG Master Agadmator? Even though it’s fictional, (which I only realized halfway through) it seems like the most realistic chess movie/mini series I’ve ever seen.

  • @9:49: Here I would just simplify by playing f8, promote to a knight and give check. Then I will be up two minor pieces. Next the knight can go to e6 and threaten g7 as well as Qd8#. It should be an easy win.