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Honza Cervenka's favorite games
Compiled by Honza Cervenka
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Magnificent tactics

Exploitation of pin
V Green vs Steinitz, 1864 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 31 moves, 0-1

Stunning attack
J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890  
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

Fantastic queenless attack
Portisch vs Pinter, 1984 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

"The pawn is the soul of chess."
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Double sac of bishops
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

Impressive sac of rook
Geller vs Velimirovic, 1971 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 50 moves, 1-0

Brisk attack
Keres vs Smyslov, 1939 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

Queen and Bishop in action
Alekhine vs Yates, 1923 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 50 moves, 0-1

Zukertort's masterpiece
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Surprising sac of Rook
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Variation on the theme of Legal's mate.
Alekhine vs O Tenner, 1911 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

Nice game with an amazing final position
Michelet vs Kieseritzky, 1845 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

25.Qb5!!
I E Morovic-Fernandez vs Beliavsky, 1985 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 36 moves, 1-0

Anderssen's classic
J Rosanes vs Anderssen, 1863 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 0-1

Beautiful sac of the Queen
F A Hoffmann vs Alexander Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

Pretty mating attack
Furman vs Konstantinopolsky, 1948 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

Queenless attack
Ivkov vs Portisch, 1961 
(C18) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 1-0

DeFirmian's fierce attack
de Firmian vs P Nikolic, 1985 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

A brilliancy prize for Geller
Kotov vs Geller, 1949 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 40 moves, 0-1

Beautiful combination
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 31 moves, 1-0

Instructive mating attack
Chigorin vs Zukertort, 1883 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 0-1

A flamboyant combination
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

A beautiful kingside attack with an elegant final
Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1869 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 29 moves, 1-0

Kotov's brilliant attack utilizing weak dark fields
Kotov vs G Barcza, 1952 
(E72) King's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

Brilliant fireworks
G Mahia vs Quinteros, 1980 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

Nice queen sac
Alatortsev vs Boleslavsky, 1950 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 27 moves, 0-1

Two nice combinations in one game
Tarrasch vs Chigorin, 1893 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 26 moves, 1-0

23.fxe5!!
Fischer vs Tal, 1961 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Double sac of Knights
Anand vs Ponomariov, 2002 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 46 moves, 1-0

Yusupov's Immortal
Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 39 moves, 0-1

Brisk attack on King left in centre
E Lobron vs Chandler, 1986 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 26 moves, 1-0

Instructive attack against Dragon
Karpov vs E Gik, 1968 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

A beautiful combination!
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Double sac of exchange
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Pretty kingside attack
A Brinckmann vs Kmoch, 1927 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

Karpov's excellent tactics
Karpov vs Huebner, 1982 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 37 moves, 1-0

Kolisch's classic
Kolisch vs Anderssen, 1861 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 34 moves, 1-0

30...Qxh3!!
Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 51 moves, 0-1

Superb attack!
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

17.Rxf6!!
Capablanca vs H Steiner, 1933 
(C49) Four Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Surprising 14.Bxd5!! starts a great attack
P Popovic vs Marjanovic, 1979 
(B50) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Instructive sac of Queen
Janowski vs Marshall, 1912 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Brilliant attack
L Forgacs vs Tartakower, 1909 
(C13) French, 28 moves, 1-0

How to play King's gambit as black
Anderssen vs G Neumann, 1866 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 0-1

A charming final
Kotov vs Bondarevsky, 1936 
(A90) Dutch, 27 moves, 0-1

Traxler's attack
B Mikyska vs Traxler, 1896 
(C57) Two Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

Nezh's fireworks
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

Alekhine's masterpiece
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Queen sac for a fierce attack of minor pieces
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

12.Qxf6!! - A bolt from the blue.
Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 
(B32) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Classical attack on g-file and a beautiful final.
Duras vs Spielmann, 1912 
(C11) French, 49 moves, 1-0

AA's classics
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Double sac of bishops
Miles vs Browne, 1982 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1-0

Double sac of bishops
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Cuban Fireworks
Capablanca vs O Bernstein, 1914 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

Nice winning shot 21.Bg6!!
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi's great performance
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Amazing counter-attack
Smyslov vs Geller, 1973 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

Meltdown
Nenarokov vs V Sozin, 1925 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 0-1

Gunsberg's masterpiece
W Paulsen vs Gunsberg, 1883 
(C22) Center Game, 51 moves, 0-1

King hunting
Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

Pretty wild game
Taubenhaus vs W Pollock, 1886 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

Terrible "rozgrom"
Keres vs Geller, 1962 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

Great hunt of the King
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1971 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 34 moves, 1-0

Sac on e6
Nezhmetdinov vs Suetin, 1947 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 29 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi's masterpiece
Korchnoi vs Udovcic, 1967 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

Creation of advanced passed pawns.
A Yurgis vs Botvinnik, 1931 
(A15) English, 37 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik's tactical masterpiece
Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Nice sac of Queen
Hebden vs J M Hodgson, 1985 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 21 moves, 0-1

17...Nxf2!! - very nice shot!
Unzicker vs Filip, 1955 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 19 moves, 0-1

The King like Caesar: Veni, Vidi, Vici!
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

King's march to the victory
Alekhine vs Yates, 1922  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Nice sac of Queen
Tal vs Spassky, 1954 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

Fantastic combination!
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch's "Immortal Zugzwang Game"
Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923  
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1

Kramnik's masterpiece
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

Bronstein's classic
Bronstein vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Double sac of Bishops
Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 2003 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

Storming the castle
Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Nice sac of the Queen.
Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1993 
(B57) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

Nice Kingside Attack in Sveshnikov
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Karpov's fierce attack
Karpov vs Van der Wiel, 1980 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 32 moves, 1-0

Elegant combination crowned by sac of the Queen
Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

King hunt
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

Gufeld's little surprise
Smyslov vs Gufeld, 1967 
(A15) English, 35 moves, 0-1

Nice combination
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1965 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 34 moves, 1-0

Surprising combination
B Ilievski vs M Knezevic, 1967 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 25 moves, 0-1

Beautiful combination!
E Korchmar vs E Poliak, 1937 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

28...Nh1!
Piket vs Kasparov, 1989 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 28 moves, 0-1

Strategy and tactics
J Mason vs Gunsberg, 1889 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 29 moves, 0-1

Nice sac of the Queen
Lutikov vs Stein, 1965 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 0-1

Classic motif of Queen sacrifice
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky's masterpiece
Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Slaughter of Dragon
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Interesting sac of Queen
B Chesney vs Gulko, 1986 
(C16) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 0-1

A beautiful combination
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

The Evergreen Game
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

The Immortal Game
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Mighty pawns
Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

A prize winning game from 1958 SU championship
Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1958 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1-0

Marshall's faerie
Marshall vs G Marco, 1904 
(C45) Scotch Game, 76 moves, 1-0

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