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The "Push-Hands" technique
Compiled by nasmichael
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"Chess is intellectual karate," says GM Ashley. I agree.

Tal hip-tosses Gurgenidze one time too many. Gurgi yields.
Tal vs Gurgenidze, 1968 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 34 moves, 1-0

A concert of movement; Listen to the music as you play through
J Mieses vs Reshevsky, 1935 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 0-1

Master Bezaleel pushes to victory.
A Caveney vs N Bezaleel, 2002 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Watch the Black king stick out his jaw, Queenside-bound.
C H Alexander vs Flohr, 1933 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 67 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs J Mieses, 1907 
(B01) Scandinavian, 32 moves, 0-1

"One move at a time", people. That is why the game is great.
Panov vs V Makogonov, 1937 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

E Torre vs Timman, 1982 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

Watch the pawn chain bind up Alekhine's opponent.
Alekhine vs Biriukoff, 1933 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

"Old School" battle!
Steinitz vs Mongredien, 1862 
(B01) Scandinavian, 29 moves, 1-0

You just have to see this!
Z Radojevic vs Bagirov, 1973 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 13 moves, 0-1

Knights in Capa's control versus bishops led by Fine and team.
Capablanca vs Manhattan, 1931 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 0-1

Looking at Two Knights' Defense [C55] through Steintz' eyes.
Steinitz vs Meitner, 1860 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

Push and pull, force the opponent, as Rossolimo did.
Rossolimo vs I Romanenko, 1948 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

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

Take the queen off --pull the king into a corridor of doom!
Falkbeer vs Bird, 1856 
(B06) Robatsch, 34 moves, 1-0

When your momentum is unstoppable, win the game.
B Molinari vs L Roux Cabral, 1943 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 33 moves, 0-1

In the end, is a bishop enough to counter 3 center pawns?
Maroczy vs Von Gottschall, 1905 
(C14) French, Classical, 96 moves, 1-0

The bishops rule here in this battle.
E Liu vs A Vospernik, 2001 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 87 moves, 1-0

Ending forces a powerful question from Zhong Zhang
Leitao vs Zhong Zhang, 2004 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

1956, Arthur B has his chance to take down future king.
Bisguier vs Fischer, 1956 
(E78) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3, 33 moves, 1-0

A battle of different armies brings a win for white.
A Pomar Salamanca vs Ljubojevic, 1974 
(C47) Four Knights, 41 moves, 1-0

The door closes on the Black Bishop; white runs the open board.
Staunton vs Bristol, 1841 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

Bishops and queen take the white king's squares, and mate.
D Chmulev vs D Posohov, 2002 
(A80) Dutch, 29 moves, 0-1

A violent game. Alexandra forces some tough decisions. Watch!
H Richards vs Kosteniuk, 2004 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 37 moves, 0-1

Matt Murdoch the Daredevil would have been proud of Georges...
Colle vs Koltanowski, 1924 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

The deadliness of Discovered Attacks is explored by Alekhine.
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Castle long, you say? See Short go long!
Short vs Ljubojevic, 1987 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 1-0

Black's knight looks ahead to check and fork - white shakes!
J Lewi vs J Adamski, 1969 
(A04) Reti Opening, 29 moves, 0-1

This is how Masters play to win.
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Strong questions by Black in the second half of the game.
T Kosintseva vs Yurtaev, 2002 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 56 moves, 0-1

Aggressive, Garry K runs headlong after Gata K
Kasparov vs Kamsky, 1993 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

This is why running backwards doesn't work well for Black.
L Day vs K H Maeder, 1970 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 27 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Geller, 1964 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

Bishop closes lanes---black rooks aim for mate!
E Prandstetter vs Hort, 1984 
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 0-1

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

L Day vs J A Rubinetti, 1980 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 51 moves, 1-0

Oll vs Smirin, 1983 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1-0

Unzicker vs L A Sanchez, 1952 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 41 moves, 0-1

Lucena's position shows up to haunt Alekhine in 1926.
Alekhine vs Gilg, 1926 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 67 moves, 0-1

Black's attack in the Budapest is stripped away...temporarily
F Vallejo Pons vs A Romero Holmes, 2002 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 28 moves, 1-0

With W R+Q onboard, black kp threatens mate!
Miles vs Short, 1979 
(C01) French, Exchange, 46 moves, 0-1

The black king gets pushed downfield --8th rank casket.
Ivanchuk vs Onischuk, 2005 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 54 moves, 1-0

Practice your knight's tour. It could come in handy.
W Kobese vs R A Barton, 2005 
(B06) Robatsch, 52 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 2001 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

V Yemelin vs Karpov, 2006 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 29 moves, 0-1

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

Botvinnik vs Tartakower, 1936  
(A15) English, 30 moves, 1-0

Electing not to castle, Aggressive acquisition of space.
J I M Grant vs S Knott, 2006 
(A16) English, 53 moves, 1-0

Kotov vs N Kopilov, 1949 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Nice tactic to end the battle. Pull away or lose!
Tian Tian vs Koneru, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 59 moves, 0-1

Crossed lines of action on the f-file and e8-h5 diag.
G Hernandez Guerrero vs Y Hernandez, 2003 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Queenside battle comes with boldness, momentum builds.
Korchnoi vs S Tatai, 1982 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

E D'Andre vs Winawer, 1867
(A03) Bird's Opening, 59 moves, 0-1

Pawns march like soldiers here. Team work, folks.
S Collins vs Flear, 2001 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 32 moves, 0-1

La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834  
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

Fighting spirit is strong here.
K Burger vs J M Hodgson, 1983
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 0-1

Beginners could learn here that there is a time to resign.
Spielmann vs Colle, 1928 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

White gets pushed into Anastasia's Mate. Nice.
I Poulsen vs A Christiansen, 1981 
(A22) English, 31 moves, 0-1

Svidler vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B50) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

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