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Bizarre games
Compiled by iron maiden
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Chess at its wackiest. WARNING: By clicking here, you acknowledge that I cannot be held responsible for any eye or brain damage caused by viewing these games.

A perfect game...
Janosevic vs Geller, 1968 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 0 moves, 1/2-1/2

The quickest way to mate
L Darling vs R Wood, 1983 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 2 moves, 0-1

Surrounded by ladies
Ed. Lasker vs Alekhine, 1913 
(A80) Dutch, 46 moves, 0-1

Four Knights' Opening!
A Lehtinen vs T Simola, 1995 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Six queen offers IN A ROW!
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Mate on move seven...by underpromotion!
Wiede vs A Goetz, 1880 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 7 moves, 0-1

Carbon copy of the game above
H Reinle vs Lange, 1936 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 1-0

Not your average Grandmaster draw...
I Nikolic vs G Arsovic, 1989 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 255 moves, 1/2-1/2

Have you no respect for symmetry?
Traxler vs J Samanek, 1900 
(C49) Four Knights, 16 moves, 1-0

Stalemate with every single piece on the board
J Hohmeister vs T Frank, 1993 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

29-move decisive game with no captures or checks
A Medina Garcia vs Gligoric, 1968 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

A different kind of king hunt
Weenink vs L Gans, 1923 
(C25) Vienna, 27 moves, 1-0

Black's f-pawn stays on its starting square for 171 moves
Seirawan vs Xu Jun, 1988 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 191 moves, 1/2-1/2

The famous faked five-queen game
Alekhine vs NN, 1915 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 29 moves, 1-0

Eight pawns on the fourth rank
B V Alterman vs Deep Fritz, 2000 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 87 moves, 1-0

A very strange mate
Prince Dadian vs M Bitcham, 1892 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

Four pieces return to the back rank--and still he wins!
Petrosian vs Aronin, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

The word "bind" doesn't do it justice.
B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971 
(E97) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Wanna see a rook attempt suicide 36 times?
A E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

A seven-rank king hunt without a single check
Botvinnik vs Gligoric, 1956 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 30 moves, 1-0

One knight. Ninety-two moves.
Lipschutz vs Bird, 1889 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 159 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov's pieces return home
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

The four horsemen of the apocalypse
H K E Clemenz vs F Eisenschmidt, 1862 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Back rank mate...no, the opponent's back rank!
G Janny vs I Gudju, 1920 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 22 moves, 1-0

"Uncommon opening?" Bit of an understatement...
A Onishko vs M Leonov, 2002 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 13 moves, 0-1

18 consecutive white-square moves for Karpov (21-38)
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

Mate by en passant
G Gundersen vs A H Faul, 1928 
(C02) French, Advance, 15 moves, 1-0

In 28 moves, White sacrifices all his pawns...
W R Ballard vs J Fagan, 1884  
(000) Chess variants, 30 moves, 1-0

...while here 115 moves go by without either player losing one.
Zhong Zhang vs G Timoshchenko, 2002 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 115 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quadrupled pawns
Alekhine vs Nenarokov, 1907 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Not the Knight he bargained for
Reshevsky vs G N Treysman, 1938 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

Shortest possible stalemate
J Upmark vs Robin Johansson, 1995 
(A10) English, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Two bishop underpromotions in the same game.
Vidmar vs Maroczy, 1932 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 129 moves, 1/2-1/2

Oh-oh-oh! Check!
NN vs G Abrahams, 1929 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 11 moves, 0-1

A very overworked lady
Mackenzie vs J Mason, 1882 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 144 moves, 1/2-1/2

Three en passant captures in one game
Kudrin vs R Douven, 1989 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 51 moves, 1-0

Underpromotion leads to king-hunt and an all-minor-piece mate
R Fontaine vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2007 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 39 moves, 0-1

All the pretty horses
Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 155 moves, 0-1

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