Is This The Worst Move Ever Played?

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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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  1. John Bassett

    John BassettΠριν 18 ώρες

    Hey, I am glad you showed this one!!!

  2. Garv Chauhan

    Garv ChauhanΠριν ημέρα

    9:55 Why didn’t he promote his pawn to F8?

  3. CSGO Pro

    CSGO ProΠριν ημέρα

    11:49 dat voicecrack

  4. Nick Sigalas

    Nick SigalasΠριν ημέρα

    Lol I sacrificed my bishop on G4 is that good?

  5. Huff_Puff

    Huff_PuffΠριν ημέρα

    Damn i played the only move that can lose the game

  6. Artie the Swolest Man in the World

    Artie the Swolest Man in the WorldΠριν ημέρα

    having chosen qh7 i can safely say I'm better than paul morphy ever was

  7. Nekys Acherontios

    Nekys AcherontiosΠριν 2 ημέρες

    worst move must still be chigorin hanging mate in two for the world championship

  8. King Henry VIII

    King Henry VIIIΠριν 3 ημέρες

    I once castled into mate in one..

  9. William Biggs

    William BiggsΠριν 3 ημέρες

    My move was Bb4 thinking to take the forward undefended black pawn with check, but if Qxg6, then my answer to that would have been Qh5 offering a queen trade and protecting my passed pawn... If the pawn had taken my bishop then Qxg4 with check and queen defends the pawn on g6.

  10. Andrew Lawrence

    Andrew LawrenceΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Agadmator: Just take a second to work out the best move here Me, an intellectual: easy, queen h8 Agadmator: well you can play almost anything except the absolute worst move you could make is queen h8. It's laughably bad. It's the worst move ever made. People are talking about the sheer idiocy of this move 150 years after it was played. Me, an intellectual: Haha, Lowenthal. What a wally. Qh8? Pffft.

  11. multi io

    multi ioΠριν 4 ημέρες

    2:51 why would playing h6 prevent the checkmate in the next move?

  12. multi io

    multi ioΠριν 3 ημέρες

    @William Biggs (edited) you're right, I'm blind :-D

  13. William Biggs

    William BiggsΠριν 3 ημέρες

    I believe the idea is Qh5. H6 blocks that. Bxh7 doesn't work if pawn is on h6.

  14. Bradley T

    Bradley TΠριν 6 ημέρες

    Where is my "Hello Everyone!"

  15. Puckett

    PuckettΠριν 7 ημέρες

    "Worst chess move ever" "I would've played the same move" - 90% of the commenters

  16. Misteribel

    MisteribelΠριν 7 ημέρες

    Seems like a lot of people didn't see the thumbnail, which shows this 'worst move' (or saw it and did it anyway).

  17. WWW

    WWWΠριν 7 ημέρες

    I managed to play a strictly worse move lol. I wanted to play Qh8 but I saw Ke7 and thought "oh, that means two attackers and we'd just trade queens" ignoring the fact that one of those attackers was the king and cant attack into check. So I played bC6, the idea being that if Qx then the queening square is unguarded and if Kx then I can play Qh8 and the king wont have time to go to e7 before I promote, also missing Qg6+ like Lowenthal. So not only do I lose my pawns, but there goes the bishop too. Jesus christ this game makes me feel stupid.

  18. Jan Okuněv

    Jan OkuněvΠριν 7 ημέρες

    congratulation if you play any move

  19. Vladimir Putin

    Vladimir PutinΠριν 8 ημέρες

    Morphy nooooooooooko

  20. Andy Wehrle

    Andy WehrleΠριν 8 ημέρες

    Personally I don't think it's among the worst blunders ever played. IMO those either walk into a forced mate in three or less or otherwise turn a winning position into a losing one. This "merely" turned a winning position into a drawn one. ...and yes, I would have committed the same error. It didn't even occur to me that the g6-pawn was undefended. My move was Bd5 hoping to draw the queen away from its defense of f8, but that also falls to the same idea.

  21. Sinisa Milisavljevic

    Sinisa MilisavljevicΠριν 8 ημέρες

    Maybe not the worst, but surely the saddest one. :(


    DINOSAURΠριν 9 ημέρες

    12:02 why not Qa2

  23. Abd_Chees e

    Abd_Chees eΠριν 10 ημέρες

    What if I played Qg5

  24. Seven B

    Seven BΠριν 11 ημέρες

    While this was a stupid move and I didn’t get it wrong, I think the worst move ever was agadmator losing in 2 at four player with e3

  25. Frank Gecko

    Frank GeckoΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Morphy is the original Beast.

  26. 10th letter

    10th letterΠριν 11 ημέρες

    Qh7 looks like such a good move though 😂 how do you pass that

  27. 10th letter

    10th letterΠριν 11 ημέρες

    I feel like moving the queen left one square would have been a worse move though...

  28. Qimodis

    QimodisΠριν 11 ημέρες

    2:37 again?

  29. Qimodis

    QimodisΠριν 11 ημέρες

    there was extreme time pressure with bareev?

  30. Ultra

    UltraΠριν 11 ημέρες

    10:04 Thumbnail if anyone is looking for this

  31. CoverDrive 007

    CoverDrive 007Πριν 12 ημέρες

    I thought about Qh8 instantly and went for it 😭

  32. EssDubz

    EssDubzΠριν 13 ημέρες

    I think my move was worse, queen H6...

  33. martinrosschou

    martinrosschouΠριν 13 ημέρες

    10:50 Haha that was the move i saw....

  34. Hemant

    HemantΠριν 13 ημέρες

    Enjoying another queen

  35. Prime Beef

    Prime BeefΠριν 15 ημέρες

    I went with to love multiple choice

  36. Joshua Lee

    Joshua LeeΠριν 20 ημέρες

    The pastoral leg secondarily guess because beginner rarely advise lest a aquatic comic. frequent, sordid kitchen

  37. F M

    F MΠριν 21 ημέρα

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  38. tkell31

    tkell31Πριν 22 ημέρες

    I'm pretty good at snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory, but I've got nothing on Lowenthal. Well done sir.

  39. purp1e

    purp1eΠριν 23 ημέρες

    Agad: “feel free to pause the vid and win the game” Me: thinks intensely, thinking about queen sacrifices and all that Agad: any move will do

  40. nihits

    nihitsΠριν 27 ημέρες

    At 8:00 move 31, why doesn't black queen take the F7 pawn?

  41. Dan Do

    Dan DoΠριν 29 ημέρες

    Me: chooses Qe7 Agadmator: Any move except Qh8 Me: yay (Joke im not stupid enough to play qe7)

  42. EebstertheGreat

    EebstertheGreatΠριν μήνα

    Lowenthal didn't need to queen the pawn anyway. He had an opportunity to promote to a knight with check, which was easily winning already.


    PUJA RATHIΠριν μήνα

    Can we just appreciate how good he pronounced the name

  44. Matteo Calciano

    Matteo CalcianoΠριν μήνα

    I never understand your videos but I'll take notes on this one.

  45. Gembly

    GemblyΠριν μήνα

    lowenthal got nothing on me in the blunders

  46. leqso chalagashvili

    leqso chalagashviliΠριν μήνα

    i think winning move was h7 queen

  47. Eric Gilbertson

    Eric GilbertsonΠριν μήνα

    My favorite way to win looks like Qd8+ and sacrificing the queen, because you promote with check after Kxd8 and you also win black’s g pawn with check, then you can promote a 2nd queen after exchanging off the black queen.

  48. Naoufal Tem

    Naoufal TemΠριν μήνα

    I played the same move smh yeah at least i did something a GM did

  49. Alker A

    Alker AΠριν μήνα

    Agadmator: Queen H8 is the absolute nightmare Me 3 minutes ago: What else is there to play other than Queen H8

  50. DJ Tager

    DJ TagerΠριν μήνα

    Agadmator: Obvious mouse-slip doesn't exists! (2020) Lowenthal: Qh8 = obvious mouse-slip! (1858)

  51. Rick Hernandez

    Rick HernandezΠριν μήνα

    Did Morphy agree to a draw as a gentleman's thing? Felling he didn't deserve to win or something, because that final position doesn't look bad for him.

  52. Ngo Ngoc Canh

    Ngo Ngoc CanhΠριν μήνα

    The magical comb frequently use because half-sister trivially welcome anenst a well-off hearing. humdrum, lewd push

  53. Wouter Lahousse

    Wouter LahousseΠριν μήνα

    11:35 you won't be enjoying any extra queens. Knights be like: Am I a joke to you?

  54. Daniel F.

    Daniel F.Πριν μήνα

    why can't he just put the bishop in the way of the check? if it gets taken by the queen the king can just move

  55. Massive dnegel here

    Massive dnegel hereΠριν 14 ημέρες


  56. jyyugh

    jyyughΠριν μήνα

    The key to becoming really really really absolutely strong person is to NEVER GIVE UP!

  57. CJ N

    CJ NΠριν μήνα

    that is a pretty bad one considering how well lowenthal was playing

  58. sadrevolution

    sadrevolutionΠριν μήνα

    Hahaha! Lowenthal plays like me: no series of excellent moves ever goes unpunished...

  59. ghost reader

    ghost readerΠριν μήνα

    I would still vote for Kramink missing a check mate in 1. He was a three time world champion, after all!

  60. Dude Not So Perfect

    Dude Not So PerfectΠριν μήνα

    c'mon it was just a mouse slip.

  61. Astrobrant2

    Astrobrant2Πριν μήνα

    10:11 What about Qg5?

  62. Smocky Tubers

    Smocky TubersΠριν μήνα

    moving the f7 pawn to the f8 is also super bad right?

  63. Russell Roesner

    Russell RoesnerΠριν μήνα

    You get that little freckle checked out on your face?

  64. Danilo B

    Danilo BΠριν μήνα

    He probably played Qh7 in his head and his hand slipped

  65. Master of Disaster

    Master of DisasterΠριν 2 μήνες

    there is Qh6 dont worry

  66. Łukasz Baniak

    Łukasz BaniakΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  67. eNeNe

    eNeNeΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  68. A Tree

    A TreeΠριν 2 μήνες

    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

  69. angus foster

    angus fosterΠριν 2 μήνες

    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 😂

  70. Martin S.

    Martin S.Πριν 2 μήνες

    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.

  71. Marek Krajci

    Marek KrajciΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  72. Samrat Ghosh

    Samrat GhoshΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  73. Gary Ha

    Gary HaΠριν 2 μήνες

    9:52 Why not f8 for a queen

  74. Gary Ha

    Gary HaΠριν 2 μήνες

    I guess draw by repetition

  75. Comrade_Isy

    Comrade_IsyΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  76. Ania

    AniaΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  77. Matheus Tran

    Matheus TranΠριν 2 μήνες

    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...

  78. Angelic

    AngelicΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  79. VicenzoV

    VicenzoVΠριν 2 μήνες

    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.

  80. A. B.

    A. B.Πριν 2 μήνες

    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?

  81. Venture B.

    Venture B.Πριν 2 μήνες

    I blundered the pawn . lol

  82. Jakub Kaminski

    Jakub KaminskiΠριν 2 μήνες

    "The competition is steep" LOL

  83. Alex K.

    Alex K.Πριν 2 μήνες

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

  84. Oumaima Samir

    Oumaima SamirΠριν 2 μήνες

    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

  85. megakirbyx

    megakirbyxΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  86. sadas

    sadasΠριν 2 μήνες

    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..

  87. Wes Short

    Wes ShortΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  88. casualtea

    casualteaΠριν 2 μήνες

    i have done worse

  89. Tletna

    TletnaΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  90. Maciej Sprawka

    Maciej SprawkaΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  91. Thomas Storff

    Thomas StorffΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  92. The Nerd Gamer

    The Nerd GamerΠριν 2 μήνες

    About the Qh8 move, here's a meme:

  93. turd ferguson

    turd fergusonΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  94. Formula7Driver

    Formula7DriverΠριν 2 μήνες

    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

  95. Carlton Johnson

    Carlton JohnsonΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  96. violinov

    violinovΠριν 2 μήνες

    9:53 f8 knight check....

  97. Γιώργος Αλεξίου

    Γιώργος ΑλεξίουΠριν 2 μήνες

    I just dislike to transform the number to 69

  98. matt m.

    matt m.Πριν 2 μήνες

    Why not En Passant F7 to G8 and Queen?

  99. Sauercloud - Smash Bros

    Sauercloud - Smash BrosΠριν 2 μήνες

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

  100. Jay

    JayΠριν 2 μήνες

    "Okay, thank you for the knight"

  101. Zhitheアスリート

    ZhitheアスリートΠριν 2 μήνες

    Me- Yup winning game My past- not yet

  102. Zhitheアスリート

    ZhitheアスリートΠριν 2 μήνες

    The only guy havin mind and luck at the same time

  103. flyingjibberish

    flyingjibberishΠριν 2 μήνες

    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.

  104. Stephen May

    Stephen MayΠριν 2 μήνες

    More Lowenthal games!