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Thunderstorms from a Blue Sky
Compiled by Benjamin Lau
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Kasparov and Alekhine played some of the most beautiful and creative games of all time. Here's a collection devoted to their most interesting games.

One of the greatest games of all times
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

A fantastic queenless attack
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

A "coup de grace"
Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1923 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

Thunderbolt from a clear sky
Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1926 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

Precise endgame technique
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 82 moves, 1-0

Tactical firestorm
Alekhine vs O Tenner, 1911 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

Smothered
Alekhine vs NN, 1911 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 1-0

Surprise!
Alekhine vs Vasic, 1931 
(C15) French, Winawer, 11 moves, 1-0

Down a queen, up a king
P Potemkin vs Alekhine, 1912 
(B20) Sicilian, 19 moves, 0-1

Zugzwanging the zugzwanger
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

Destroying the immortal
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 26 moves, 1-0

Trapped!
Alekhine vs Maroczy, 1931 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

The art of calculation
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 44 moves, 0-1

A nice miniature
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1931 
(C15) French, Winawer, 19 moves, 1-0

Pawn nail on the 6th rank
Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1937 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 36 moves, 1-0

First the insult, then the injury
Alekhine vs A Fletcher, 1928 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 32 moves, 1-0

Master of the ruy
Alekhine vs K Junge, 1942  
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

"Old wine in a new bottle" as Fischer would say
Alekhine vs Supico, 1941 
(C21) Center Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Four queens!
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 66 moves, 0-1

Capa finds himself in a death grip
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1-0

Immortalized
Gruenfeld vs Alekhine, 1923 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

Blindfold magic
Alekhine vs Von Feldt, 1916 
(C11) French, 18 moves, 1-0

Alekhine the artist
Alekhine vs A Frieman, 1924  
(C21) Center Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Queen storm
Ed. Lasker vs Alekhine, 1913 
(A82) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 46 moves, 0-1

The sting
Alekhine vs K Sterk, 1921 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Sacrifices galore!
Alekhine vs Mendelevic, 1930 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 32 moves, 1-0

Bolt from the blue
Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1927 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

A minor piece waylay
Alekhine vs Levenfish, 1912 
(A43) Old Benoni, 19 moves, 1-0

Seize the day!
J Mieses vs Alekhine, 1913 
(C22) Center Game, 33 moves, 0-1

Well coordinated pieces and pawns win
Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1922 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Maneuvering
K Vygodchikov vs Alekhine, 1910 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 0-1

Breakout
Alekhine vs A Asgeirsson, 1931 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 1-0

Brilliant intermezzo
Alekhine vs E R Lundin, 1935 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Sheer will
Yates vs Alekhine, 1927 
(C11) French, 75 moves, 0-1

A "supreme creative achievement"
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Combinational genius
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

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

A funny escape ;-)
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1991 
(E97) King's Indian, 114 moves, 1/2-1/2

Positional masterpiece
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2001 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 55 moves, 0-1

Homemade goodness
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Kaspy style mayhem!
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 0-1

Flattened on the 8th rank
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

"...and the game will be short."
Kasparov vs Short, 1993 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 1-0

Retribution
Kasparov vs Deep Junior, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

This game reminds me of toasted marshmallows...
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

A classic Ruy Lopez
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

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

The big picture
Lputian vs Kasparov, 1976 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

Pyrotechnics leading to a near hit
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1988 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Lofty bishops
Kasparov vs Grischuk, 2003 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 63 moves, 1-0

Endgame precision
Morozevich vs Kasparov, 2001 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 57 moves, 0-1

In the trenches
Anand vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 55 moves, 0-1

An intricate Petrosian-like struggle
Deep Junior vs Kasparov, 2003 
(B44) Sicilian, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Literally cornered
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

Fire extinguisher on the board ;-)
Shirov vs Kasparov, 2002 
(B33) Sicilian, 28 moves, 0-1

Pawn screen
Kasparov vs Timman, 1985 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Sea of complications
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1986 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov's minor pieces start a terrific onslaught
Kasparov vs Piket, 1997 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

Moving the immovable
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1983 
(A93) Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation, 51 moves, 1-0

Anand's attack gets frozen in its tracks
Anand vs Kasparov, 1992 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 33 moves, 0-1

Morphy revisited
Morozevich vs Kasparov, 1995 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 0-1

The magician's legacy
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

Kramnik's Berlin wall crumbles
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2001 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Locked inside the castle
Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk gets utterly routed
Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 0-1

A pair of nimble knights put the squeeze on Palatnik
Kasparov vs Palatnik, 1978 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 37 moves, 1-0

Endgame luft
Svidler vs Kasparov, 1999 
(B53) Sicilian, 42 moves, 0-1

Accurate exchange sack for the draw
Short vs Kasparov, 1993 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

The game of the year according to '64'
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

Paralysis
Kasparov vs Chiburdanidze, 1980 
(E92) King's Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

Dark infiltration
Kavalek vs Kasparov, 1982 
(E90) King's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Poisoned pieces
Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1982 
(A64) Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8, 36 moves, 0-1

Early years
Kasparov vs Browne, 1979 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Color complexes
Smyslov vs Kasparov, 1981 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 27 moves, 0-1

The unexpected
Huebner vs Kasparov, 1985 
(A21) English, 28 moves, 0-1

Triumph of the absurd
Kasparov vs Marjanovic, 1980 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1-0

A beautiful finish
Kasparov vs Csom, 1980 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 29 moves, 1-0

Precise defensive technique wins the game
Anand vs Kasparov, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 50 moves, 0-1

Seems like a symphony of sacrifices
Kasparov vs Anand, 1991 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

Zugzwang! :-)
Yusupov vs Kasparov, 1990 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 63 moves, 0-1

An expensive queen...
Kiril D Georgiev vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 58 moves, 0-1

A great attack in the Sveshnikov
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Melody on the open lines
Kasparov vs Gavrikov, 1981 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

A hedgehog gets run over by a speeding car (aka Kaspy) :)
Kasparov vs Salov, 1989 
(A15) English, 29 moves, 1-0

A miniature from Kasparov's childhood
Kasparov vs S Begun, 1978 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 24 moves, 1-0

Nice combination from afar
Kasparov vs Vaganian, 1995 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

Nimzo slayer
Kasparov vs V Chuchelov, 2003 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

12...a6!! is a cute trick
F Behrhorst vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D93) Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3, 50 moves, 0-1

Vintage Kasparov KID
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1995 
(E92) King's Indian, 65 moves, 0-1

French rout
Kasparov vs Short, 1994 
(C11) French, 32 moves, 1-0

Mighty knights
Kasparov vs Shirov, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

A well timed pawn sac breaks open the flood of black pieces
Huebner vs Kasparov, 1981 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 49 moves, 0-1

A fine line between brilliancy and blunder
Beliavsky vs Kasparov, 1981 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 40 moves, 0-1

Interesting "queen sac"
Alburt vs Kasparov, 1982 
(E73) King's Indian, 57 moves, 0-1

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