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Iron Maiden's favorites album
Compiled by iron maiden
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My favorite games from the history of chess.


This game needs no introduction
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

Lasker takes the Machine apart
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

The Octopus
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

They just don't make 'em like these anymore
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

March to mate
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

Lasker invents the double bishop sac
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Magician from Riga
M Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

Creative knight sac in the Benoni
S Saeed vs D Norwood, 1984 
(A64) Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8, 25 moves, 0-1

Magnus Opus
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Gufeld's Immortal Game
Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 32 moves, 0-1

Fireworks display
Marshall vs Chigorin, 1905 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 30 moves, 1-0

Weakest men on the board, huh?
Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

Squeezed to death
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

Reshevsky's greatest attack
Reshevsky vs A Vasconcellos, 1944 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 1-0

Mad queen
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

"...and then there are my sacrifices."
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Fischer's historic maiden win over Spassky
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(A61) Benoni, 41 moves, 0-1

The great endgame technician
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1913 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 64 moves, 0-1

Super Surper sacrifices every last piece
Serper vs I Nikolaidis, 1993 
(E70) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Shocked by the Lightning Kid
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

A brilliant miniature by our very own Honza
J Cervenka vs NN, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

Volley of tactics
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

David and Goliath
Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2004 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 90 moves, 1-0

Dutch Evergreen
C de Ronde vs H Kamstra, 1938 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 50 moves, 1-0

The Immortal Game
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Super Nez
Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 
(B35) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4, 33 moves, 1-0

Zvjaginsev's masterpiece
R Cifuentes vs V Zvjaginsev, 1995 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Classic Karpov
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

The pearl of Corus '05
Judit Polgar vs I Sokolov, 2005 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 40 moves, 1-0

The Tiger hunts down the queen
M Bobotsov vs Petrosian, 1968 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 0-1

Seirawan's sacrificial circus
Seirawan vs Timman, 1990 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

So much for this match being boring...
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(C42) Petrov Defense, 65 moves, 0-1

The great endgame technician, part II
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A80) Dutch, 52 moves, 1-0

The magician's last trick
Tal vs Akopian, 1992 
(B30) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Shirov brings excitement back to Linares
Shirov vs Radjabov, 2004 
(E97) King's Indian, 66 moves, 1-0

Outrageously deep queen sacrifice
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

The French is fried
Oll vs Ulibin, 1989 
(C18) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 1-0

Spectacular final position!
F Hermann vs H Hussong, 1930 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 32 moves, 0-1

Perhaps the best rapid game of the twenty-first century
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2001 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

The Ukraine Immortal
E Korchmar vs E Poliak, 1937 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Geller's brilliancy
Geller vs Smyslov, 1965 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

The amazing Svidlerman
Svidler vs Rublevsky, 2005 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 70 moves, 1-0

One of the better draws this millenium
Judit Polgar vs Anand, 2005 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

So is this
Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Dutch at its attacking best
Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922 
(A84) Dutch, 35 moves, 0-1

A Kasparov classic
Kasparov vs Anand, 1991 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

Ripping open the kingside
Fischer vs Panno, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Capa would be proud
L Bruzon Batista vs A Ramirez Alvarez, 2004 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

Nakamura's amazing king hunt
M Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A14) English, 28 moves, 0-1

Lasker saves his title in a titanic battle
Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910  
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 71 moves, 1-0

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