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His Majesty steps out
Compiled by capanegra
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Almost always, during the middle-game, the King seeks safety rather than adventure, and prefers the peace and quiet of a sheltered corner to the turmoil of the battle held by his men. Yet, on very rare occasions, it is possible to see His Majesty gaily stepping into the fray –with no more than one gingerly step at a time- to help his troops. This is a collection of games in which, following Steinitz’ maxim (the King is also a piece), the monarch steps bravely into the battlefield and turns the contest into his favor.

The immortal trip
R Steel vs NN, 1886 
(C25) Vienna, 26 moves, 1-0

The precursor of the ‘King Walker’
Steinitz vs Zukertort, 1872 
(C25) Vienna, 20 moves, 1-0

Simply Chigorin
Chigorin vs J Mortimer, 1900 
(C25) Vienna, 27 moves, 1-0

The King that couldn’t be stopped
Teichmann vs Allies, 1902 
(C56) Two Knights, 35 moves, 1-0

Crossing the enemy’s trench
Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 1-0

Marching blindfold
Morphy vs G Salmon, 1858  
(C51) Evans Gambit, 49 moves, 1-0

Inspired by Teichmann
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

The centralized King
Alekhine vs Yates, 1922  
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

The hunted turns into a hunter
Weenink vs L Gans, 1930 
(C25) Vienna, 27 moves, 1-0

A masterpiece by Korchnoi
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Exciting battle without queens
Portisch vs Pinter, 1984 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

The black King was a fox
I Jelen vs Larsen, 1977 
(A04) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

Supporting the troops in the adversity
Karpov vs A Zaitsev, 1970 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 72 moves, 1-0

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

A Dueckstein vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 0-1

A King hunt or a King hunter?
M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch, 1888 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 43 moves, 0-1

Capa's King helps to capture a Rook in an empty board
J Cukierman vs Capablanca, 1938 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 91 moves, 0-1

The King helps to set an Arab mate
A Muffang vs Weenink, 1927 
(B83) Sicilian, 51 moves, 1-0

Blindfolded Kramnik
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2003 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 39 moves, 1-0

Arabian mate with a little help from the King
Pirc vs Tylor, 1939 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

The king assists the windmill
J Vijzelaar vs C Trimborn, 1903 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

Steel's ghost
C Van de Loo vs M Hesseling, 1983 
(C57) Two Knights, 48 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk vs Bacrot, 2007 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 47 moves, 1-0

A Shashin vs Korchnoi, 1973 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 35 moves, 1-0

G den Broeder vs T de Veij, 1980 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Tal, 1975 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

Nakamura vs J Fluvia Poyatos, 2007 
(D80) Grunfeld, 43 moves, 1-0

V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2010 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 0-1

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