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unique themes
Compiled by kevin86
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This pack of games show a different theme,unique,if possible.


no captures in a full game
A Medina Garcia vs Gligoric, 1968 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

longest recorded game-269 moves
I Nikolic vs G Arsovic, 1989 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 255 moves, 1/2-1/2

quad pawns after move seventeen
E E Colman vs H Jacobs, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

win by underpromotion!!
D Tomic vs F Winzbeck, 1993 
(B83) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0

First game ever on cg.com!
Didier vs L Rosen, 1900 
(C11) French, 44 moves, 0-1

greatest swindle/stalemate in history.
C Pilnick vs Reshevsky, 1942 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

a forced stalemate-including a queen sac
Anand vs Dreev, 1991 
(C11) French, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

NINE PASSSED PAWNS!!!
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 60 moves, 0-1

a horseless day for white!
E J Diemer vs Cerff, 1983 
(B06) Robatsch, 30 moves, 1-0

another stalement theme-self inflicted
S Ernst vs Stellwagen, 2003 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

eight passed pawns on eight files
Short vs Gelfand, 1991 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 61 moves, 1-0

Alekhine has quad pawns-loses!!!
Alekhine vs Nenarokov, 1907 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Black misses a brilliant win containing exposure to DblCh
M Romi vs C Staldi, 1954 
(A48) King's Indian, 51 moves, 1-0

tal sacfifices his queen to avoid perpetual
R Toran Albero vs Tal, 1961 
(A21) English, 25 moves, 0-1

the mousetrap vs the mouse
Bisguier vs Benko, 1963 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 31 moves, 0-1

white gives all eight pawns away!
W R Ballard vs J Fagan, 1884  
(000) Chess variants, 30 moves, 1-0

promotion to a bishop!!
A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 71 moves, 1-0

bank rank mate by discovered check!!
Tal vs S Holm Petersen, 1970 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 28 moves, 1-0

an amazing paralysis of black's forces
M Kupferstich vs H Andreasen, 1953 
(C27) Vienna Game, 34 moves, 1-0

the traveling king
Spielmann vs Tartakower, 1923 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 33 moves, 0-1

sacrifices by both sides-black does best
Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 39 moves, 0-1

elementary mate of bishop plus knight-rare indeed
Baburin vs G Shahade, 2001 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 135 moves, 0-1

both attack-g wins a titanic struggle
Tal vs Gligoric, 1968 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

here's three:tripled pawns,r+b vs r,and 160 moves
D Gurevich vs C Hansen, 1986 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 160 moves, 1-0

four hard charging pawns-too much for rook
Grischuk vs Shirov, 2002 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 62 moves, 0-1

halloween attack!!
G Minchev vs S Simeonov, 1994 
(C46) Three Knights, 37 moves, 1-0

black's king marches all the way to b1!
V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2010 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 0-1

a very good finish of long range pieces
J Mieses vs Von Bardeleben, 1905 
(C13) French, 32 moves, 1-0

sacrifice maximus
Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

a back row gem
G Fontein vs Euwe, 1939 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 24 moves, 0-1

philador's other legacy-the power of the pawn
Philidor vs NN, 1749 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

six pawns on fourth rank!!
Ruixin Yang vs J Doss, 2000 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 36 moves, 0-1

underpromotion wins it for black
S Atalik vs Miles, 1993 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

a knight can triumph over a pawn
J Nogueiras vs M Gongora Reyes, 2001 
(A21) English, 84 moves, 1-0

two knights beat one pawn
Bisguier vs A Matanovic, 1961 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 89 moves, 0-1

last rank mate theme
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

an early trap-an early promotion
Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1911 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 10 moves, 1-0

black uncovers an attack of smaller piece by big one+trip pawnn
A Brinckmann vs Kmoch, 1927 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

stalemate trap,crosscheck,and block mate with 5 easy pieces
Yanofsky vs Golombek, 1951 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 102 moves, 1-0

tarrasch tenderized:king side pieces desert him
Janowski vs Tarrasch, 1905 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

karpov beaten after ---a6 on 1st move
Karpov vs Miles, 1980  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 46 moves, 0-1

morphy mates from the corner
Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

queen is beaten by three pieces
A Fuderer vs Najdorf, 1955 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 73 moves, 1-0

a promotion that loses
Van der Wiel vs Tiviakov, 2001 
(D09) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3, 19 moves, 1-0

black-a rook and pawn ahead-cannot escape draw
A Petrov vs P Journoud, 1863 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

white's king gets called for traveling
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

long range discovered check regains saced queen
Alatortsev vs Boleslavsky, 1950 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 27 moves, 0-1

black force white to block his own escape
D Hermann vs Charousek, 1896 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

white is forced to block his only escape
O Frink vs F J Le Count, 1923 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 0-1

up,back-white's king side attack is a tango-bd game of day
Duras vs H Suechting, 1908 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

a classic boden mate
G Janny vs L Steiner, 1922 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

white leads with his king--and wins!
J Fort vs W Campbell, 1913 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 1-0

the Alleguire gambit-modern style
B Wall vs R Illorde, 1988 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

white wins rook-loses queen
NN vs Beis, 1940 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 9 moves, 0-1

odd names,good game
J Shahade vs Wang Pin, 2002 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 0-1

sacs in a row
Kavalek vs E Formanek, 1970 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 32 moves, 1-0

unsuccessful stalemate trap by white rook
O Chajes vs R B Estera, 1913 
(A84) Dutch, 55 moves, 0-1

another stalemate trap
Matulovic vs Suttles, 1970 
(B06) Robatsch, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

only game for both in database! Alison chains Fink
Alison vs Fink, 1979 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 32 moves, 1-0

clash of halloween monsters
J Ost-Hansen vs Nunn, 1974 
(C27) Vienna Game, 38 moves, 0-1

a quick Philador's legacy
G A Thomas vs W Gibson, 1924 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 17 moves, 1-0

pawn race-the loser wins!!
Grob vs P F Johner, 1932 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 55 moves, 1-0

battering ram on the eighth rank
Fedorowicz vs Joel Benjamin, 1976 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

fischerandom,how unique!
Leko vs Adams, 2001 
(000) Chess variants, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fischerandom 2
Leko vs Adams, 2001 
(000) Chess variants, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

double rook sac from left field
L Christiansen vs Seirawan, 1978 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

a double pin win
I Farago vs K Bjerring, 1989 
(D24) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

good set-up to final knight fork
R Hartoch vs Hecht, 1972 
(A14) English, 41 moves, 1-0

double rook sac and wandering king
S Atalik vs Sax, 1997 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

invisible barrier=control w.o. occupation
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

late pawn charge wins for white
Shabalov vs A Zapata, 1993 
(A53) Old Indian, 57 moves, 1-0

a beautiful pin on black's knight seals mate
Timman vs C van Wijgerden, 1977 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Boden's mate-with a twist
Joel Benjamin vs N Gamboa, 1995 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 15 moves, 1-0

white's pawns win it!
Kholmov vs Lutikov, 1976 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1-0

white sacs queen,but black trumps it-by sacing HIS queen
Seirawan vs E Lobron, 1983 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 24 moves, 0-1

AA wins minature
Rodzynski vs Alekhine, 1913 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 15 moves, 0-1

Philidor's legacy
Dake vs J Schmitt, 1949 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

rooks vs pawns-rooks don't have a chance
Huebner vs J Yuchtman, 1974 
(A10) English, 67 moves, 0-1

Jinks the cat:I hate Mieses to pieces!
Reggio vs J Mieses, 1903 
(B40) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

an unending series of tactical thrusts
K Stummer vs E J Diemer, 1955 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 0-1

back to back sacs-lead to mate
L Christiansen vs E B Meyer, 1977 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 26 moves, 1-0

queen side pawn pick-off
Shabalov vs Smirin, 1992 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 78 moves, 1-0

another Aron Nimzo zugzwang game
W Schlage vs Nimzowitsch, 1928  
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 85 moves, 0-1

a case of two pawns
H Rittner vs Simagin, 1966 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 45 moves, 1-0

0-0-0 mate-unique!!!
A Kvicala vs NN, 1869 
(B20) Sicilian, 18 moves, 1-0

2 promotions and a queen sac
Shirov vs Yudasin, 1994 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 36 moves, 1-0

from five pawn-black suddenly has none!
G Vescovi vs Gelfand, 2004 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 93 moves, 1-0

2 queens-often moved
Boleslavsky vs Kasparian, 1947 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 89 moves, 1-0

a whimsical lining up of minor pieces-a pretty picture
V Budde vs B Roeschlau, 2004 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

prexy day prob
Carlos Torre vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 1-0

promotion-by hook or by crook
M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

exchanges given and exchanges taken away
Tseshkovsky vs Savon, 1977 
(A15) English, 53 moves, 1-0

brilliant eighth rank mate
Mamedyarov vs A Timofeev, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

2 queen sacs-to no avail
Sliwa vs Bronstein, 1957 
(A81) Dutch, 29 moves, 1-0

Black stuck in discovery zone!!!
Chiburdanidze vs Short, 1983 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

an unexpected queen sacrifice (tho more like a gambit)
M Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

two methods of removing the defender
V Bui vs H Frey Perez, 2002 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 0-1

a mate by two cavaliers-a new one and an old one
Gulko vs K Grigorian, 1971 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 40 moves, 1-0

Indian style:put your sacs in a sari!!!!
K Commons vs P Peev, 1976 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 33 moves, 1-0

underpromotion to a knight avoids draw
I Khamrakulova vs E Ubiennykh, 2001 
(C45) Scotch Game, 80 moves, 1-0

Watch for twin double checks in variation!
Morozevich vs Van Wely, 2000 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 1-0

six pawns versus nothing!
H Johner vs E J Diemer, 1956 
(B34) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 42 moves, 0-1

5 pawns past the fifth on move 17-all moves were pawns
E J Diemer vs T Heiling, 1984 
(B07) Pirc, 45 moves, 1-0

double blindness by szabo-oops oops
Szabo vs Reshevsky, 1953 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

quadrupled pawns
Van der Wiel vs Hort, 1981 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

three unmoved central pawns,bi-lateral attack,odd queen trap
Guimard vs L Piazzini, 1937 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 34 moves, 0-1

eight pawn wedge after 50-note final/upside down(?)
Judit Polgar vs Bacrot, 1999 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 75 moves, 0-1

A problematic finish!
Stahlberg vs A Becker, 1944 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 48 moves, 1-0

copycat was declawed and skinned
Traxler vs J Samanek, 1900 
(C49) Four Knights, 16 moves, 1-0

S Shipov vs V Gagarin, 1994 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

castles,mate
Morphy vs A Morphy, 1850 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

nascant k-side vs Queen
F Wuts vs A Kohler, 2001 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 1-0

white helps black mate him in one!
Beliavsky vs L E Johannessen, 2002 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 69 moves, 0-1

rooks used as doors on the long diagonal.
Tal vs Akopian, 1992 
(B30) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

castling is a MUST!
P Hopman vs I Rogers, 1996 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 29 moves, 0-1

legal theme with ROOK sac
Gunsberg vs NN, 1907  
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 19 moves, 1-0

under a direct order: you MUST mate me!!!
N J Fries-Nielsen vs Hoi, 1981 
(A04) Reti Opening, 75 moves, 0-1

perpetual trap.
Team White vs Team Black, 2015 
(E97) King's Indian, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

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