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Even Grandmaster Markos Sometimes Gives Himself up to a Mate

Marek Holeva | November 9, 2011 – 18:304 Comments | 1,116 views
Even Grandmaster Markos Sometimes Gives Himself up to a Mate

Making a move and susequently getting an unexpected mate is not very pleasant. It might seem that only beginners are specialists in overlooking one-move mates, but even regulars players get sightless sometimes, missing a one-move defeat.

Not only Kramnik, who lost to Deep Fritz 10 in 2006 after failing a simple Queen’s mate could speak about this. Recently, specifically in the last week’s online simultaneous exhibition at, Jan Markos have delighted a german player Old48 by granting him a one-move victory.

In this regard, mentioning GM Nigel Short seems almost inevitable. Lately, it seems that he finds pleasure in having been shown mates. At the ongoing European Team Championship, he did not resign a move before mate, forcing Greek Mastrovasilis to end the game by mate. Remarkable.

The course of accidents mentioned above:

This piece of writing is not primarily aimed at drawing amusement from grandmasters. It would rather like to leave the following message: While recieving a one-move mate, we can, not being grandmasters, comfort ourselves by thinking: There are worse things than overlooking a mate. One of them is being a grandmaster and overlooking a mate.

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Comments (4)

  • dinvarian says:

    even playing with machine very amusing but i more likely to play the human…because behind the machine always stand a or a group of human, amn’t?

  • Alex says:

    Sure!!! If computer player was like human-beeing and could mistake sometimes it was great creature!!!

    • Ksenia says:

      are very right about WordPress-it has many great freutaes but often issues arise that can be tough to fix. If you ever need help with your WordPress email me I will try help you. @AnthonyOne fine day I will finish the chessboard! Then I will add the AI chess engine then make it a WordPress plugin-stubborness or plain madness?! LOL!Thanks Louise Antony for posting-I hope you are both well-take care.

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