We have a Worst Move for you from Penarth. But first, let us examine another, from the British Seniors Championship currently in progress in North Shields. (Both this and our Penarth example were drawn to our attention, by Jack Rudd, a competitor in both Penarth and North Shields, albeit not in the Seniors Championship. Jack also provided the previous example in our series.)
The position above appeared in the round three game Tanner-Moore, after 35...Kf6-e6. How did White lose, in the quickest - and may I say the most elegant - way possible? Black, it may interest readers to know, was a joint national champion in 1966.
The answer may be found here.
And so back to Penarth, and the 2012 South Wales International.
Brown-Robinson, round five. Position after 64...Kh5-g4.
Perhaps this is the most forgiveable in the series so far, since White is completely lost, though not lost quite so quickly as he would have been had he played any other move than the one he did.
Nor, indeed, was he lost in practice as quickly as he might have been. For if White found the worst move on the board, we have to tell you that Black did not, in reply, find the best.
But he got there in the end.
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At a guess, white found Rg1. Black then recalled his King and pawn theory and went Qxg1+ and Kxg3 with a win because of the opposition and having the king in front of the pawn.
Qh3 mate would have been quicker.
It's understandable if Black was down to his last minute and there were no increments.
Brown did indeed find 65.Rg1. Robinson then found neither the mate nor the capture: how he proceeded can be found here.
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