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What would you do?
Compiled by nasmichael
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Find your way to the path taken by the masters.

Set it up, and decide which side you would prefer to control, and why? Use your head, not the calculator (computer).


Steinitz vs Mongredien, 1863 
(B06) Robatsch, 22 moves, 1-0

As the game comes down to King + pawns, what plans do you make?
G A Thomas vs Spielmann, 1923 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 1-0

Loewenthal vs Morphy, 1858 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 80 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1912  
(A84) Dutch, 42 moves, 0-1

Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1933 
(A84) Dutch, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

To lose as black, right at the end, there, must hurt.
Bronstein vs H Dobosz, 1976 
(A82) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 28 moves, 1-0

Can you play the rook + pawns ending from here? Why draw?
I Bilek vs Hort, 1962
(A56) Benoni Defense, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interference plays a role in this battle. Take small, lose big!
Korchnoi vs F Vallejo Pons, 2004 
(A06) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Care to bid on this position?
L Busquets vs N Davies, 1991 
(B27) Sicilian, 17 moves, 0-1

N MacLeod vs Showalter, 1889  
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 0-1

Lahno vs E Paehtz, 2004 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Internet connections give us this battle of humans v machine.
Deep Fritz vs Germany, 2001 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 71 moves, 0-1

This pawn advance looks dangerous, but is it?
Anand vs Shirov, 2000 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1-0

Been here before? Black bishop v 3 pawns. Who wins?
Tarrasch vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C48) Four Knights, 56 moves, 0-1

Scandi raises its head, and Center Counter asks questions!
C Spencer vs A Gonzalez, 2004
(B01) Scandinavian, 19 moves, 1-0

Y Rudnev vs E Sapojnikov, 2001 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 48 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs D Ciric, 1962 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 29 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Kavalek, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

R Rolfsen vs E Henriksen, 2001 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 51 moves, 1-0

White wrestles upfield with the gambetto.
Spielmann vs Leonhardt, 1912 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

J A Rios Camacho vs A Garcia Luque, 2002 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 44 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Seirawan, 1990 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 66 moves, 0-1

Jump in anytime, folks--handle this OTB.
N Davies vs J Daudzvardis, 1990 
(A04) Reti Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

White expands her territory and destroys the queenside castle.
A Skripchenko vs A Elamri, 2005 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

Try this Trompowsky on for size.
Z Fayvinov vs Sherzer, 1994 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 0-1

Look at this final position. Novice eyes are made stronger.
Simagin vs Smyslov, 1946 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 36 moves, 0-1

Knight and bishop patrol closed fence along center.
Bagirov vs A Novopashin, 1963 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Georges uses the force against a team and takes the challenge!
Koltanowski vs Janssens / van Geyt, 1936 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 37 moves, 1-0

Koltanowski vs A Perez Abreu, 1939 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 16 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs Kramnik, 2005 
(A15) English, 44 moves, 0-1

A pin punishes Georgia IM, and Hikaru rolls the point.
Nakamura vs S Muhammad, 2004 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 1-0

Is this a gentleman's draw, or can you extract something new?
Tartakower vs J Mieses, 1907 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

After 32...Bxa3, K + N + 3P versus K + 4P + B. Open board.
Rubinstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 0-1

Afte 51. Kh6 the pawn march is too much for the black bishop.
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1951 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 51 moves, 1-0

N + 3P vs N + 3P--white king is centered, WN on rim.
Shumov vs Jaenisch, 1854 
(A09) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 0-1

Hort vs E Prandstetter, 1979 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

E Lobron vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1987 
(A14) English, 57 moves, 0-1

Should I aim to keep the rook at move 34, or trade them off?
Sellman vs E Delmar, 1880 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 49 moves, 1-0

Find a better move for black at 46...
Bird vs J Mason, 1889  
(A03) Bird's Opening, 47 moves, 1-0

J M Hanham vs Chigorin, 1889  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 0-1

A Stefanova vs T Vasilevich, 2004 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Kavalek, 1982 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 73 moves, 1-0

Valery takes a stand against KID. Thanks, Irah, for game.
Salov vs Lputian, 1987 
(A48) King's Indian, 58 moves, 1-0

Play from 30...Kf6. What are the best ideas from here?
J M Hodgson vs D Norwood, 1989 
(B06) Robatsch, 46 moves, 0-1

Anderssen vs Blackburne, 1873  
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 31 moves, 0-1

Black queen is hunted, but is she caught?
Timman vs Korchnoi, 1982 
(A17) English, 27 moves, 1-0

De Vere vs Steinitz, 1867
(A10) English, 76 moves, 0-1

Simple puzzle: what comes next?
Spassky vs V Osnos, 1963 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

N Rashkovsky vs Gulko, 1985
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 30 moves, 1-0

Pham Minh Hoang vs M Bodrogi, 1999
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 33 moves, 1-0

H Erdogan vs B Yildiz, 2004
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 51 moves, 1-0

R Kruis vs C van Dongen, 2001 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 80 moves, 0-1

Jaenisch vs Shumov, 1850 
(B20) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0

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