The Agony of Defeat

Arrgghhh – I can’t believe I missed such a simple move!

I was totally winning that game!

I hate myself!

I am so mad at myself!

I could have won that game!

I totally threw away a winning position!

I can’t believe I did that!

My favorite is from the Edward Levy Memorial when Shannon Fox asked Anthea Carson how her game was going, and she replied “I just hung a 300 dollar bishop!”.

We have all had these thoughts when playing chess. 

It can be maddening. 

I totally get it. 

I have been there myself.

Speaking of Anthea, here is a recent game where her opponent, who often plays some great chess, was probably asking some questions like this.

[Event “Panera Bread”]
[Site “Colorado Springs, Colorado”]
[Date “2012.02.01”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Carson, Anthea”]
[Black “Freeman, Alexander”]
[Result “1-0″]
[ECO “A82″]
[WhiteElo “1655”]
[BlackElo “1728”]
[PlyCount “9”]

1. d4 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. Qh5+ g6 4. Be2 gxh5 5. Bxh5# 1-0


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