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Compiled by Whitehat1963
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Best game by a 4-year-old?
R Iglesias vs Capablanca, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 38 moves, 0-1

Best game by an 8-year-old?
Judit Polgar vs Szendrei, 1984 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 21 moves, 1-0

Best game by an 11-year-old?
Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

Best game by a 12-year-old?
Capablanca vs J Corzo, 1901 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

Best game by a 13-year-old?
Smyslov vs Bacrot, 1996 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 62 moves, 0-1

No, THIS is the best game by a 13-year-old!
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

Best game by a 14-year-old?
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Or is this the best game by a 14-year-old?
Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2004 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 90 moves, 1-0

Crushing Blindfold Win for Capa
Capablanca vs J Baca Arus, 1912 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Gorgeous finish!
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 22 moves, 1-0

Let's see how many pieces I can sacrifice and still win!
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

One of Kasparov's finest hours.
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

So what if this is rapid! It's awesome!
Shirov vs Morozevich, 2004 
(C11) French, 40 moves, 1-0

Bet you'll take my queen this time!
Sutovsky vs D Sermek, 1993 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 65 moves, 1-0

Gorgeous combination!
J Saksis vs Shirov, 1985 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 37 moves, 0-1

Typical Tal
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Stunning Simul!
Tal vs Jack Miller, 1988 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Wonderful Complications!
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

More Typical Tal
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Excellent and Entertaining!
Spielmann vs J Mieses, 1910 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Hurrah Ivanchuk!
Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1991 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Kasparov's Immortal?
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

Taking the king for a long walk!
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

A glorious finish!
Shabalov vs Aronian, 2004 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 47 moves, 0-1

Kasparov serves up a crushing finish seemingly out of nowhere
Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 0-1

Fantastic Finish
Harikrishna vs Shabalov, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Elegant slaughter!
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

A somewhat unheralded masterpiece!
Schlechter vs Meitner, 1899 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 1-0

One of my all-time favorite miniatures
Dubois vs Steinitz, 1862 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 0-1

Steinitz' immortal?
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Fantastic comeback
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

A fantastic swindle!
S Bouaziz vs Miles, 1979 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 49 moves, 0-1

Stunning sacrificial attack!
S Savchenko vs Savon, 1999 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 19 moves, 1-0

Inspired play from one of the grand old men of chess!
Staunton vs NN, 1855 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

Complex and well fought
Ponomariov vs Judit Polgar, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 56 moves, 1-0

Fireworks all over the board!
Marshall vs G Marco, 1904 
(C45) Scotch Game, 76 moves, 1-0

One of the Best Draws I've Ever Seen
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pushing the king all over the board!
Schiffers vs Nolde, 1872 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 27 moves, 1-0

14. Rxd5!
E Torre vs B Ivanovic, 1977 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 25 moves, 1-0

19. dxe6!!
Maroczy vs Schiffers, 1898 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Amazing finish!
Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Preview of the later masterpiece
G Marco vs Marshall, 1902 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Fantastic Rook and Pawn Ending! Great for Study!
A Chernin vs Drasko, 1988 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 71 moves, 1-0

Excellent Game All the Way Around!
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

Another Great Performance From My New Favorite
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 66 moves, 1-0

Marshall Forks Over Another Masterpiece!
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

Fantastic Ending Combination!
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Tactical Genius!
Kupreichik vs Tal, 1970 
(B57) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Another tactical masterpiece!
Kupreichik vs G Danner, 1966 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1-0

Awesome Chaos!!
Belov vs Prohorov, 1991 
(E97) King's Indian, 82 moves, 0-1

Knightmare in South Wales!
R A Ziatdinov vs V M Mikhalevski, 2005 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 91 moves, 1/2-1/2

Awesome finish!
Tal vs R Forbis, 1988 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Another Tal Masterpiece!
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 52 moves, 0-1

Highly Unusualy Underpromotion!
A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 71 moves, 1-0

Worthy of deep study!
Reshevsky vs Mecking, 1967 
(E96) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line, 71 moves, 1-0

Gorgeous finish!
Skripchenko vs Fressinet, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 37 moves, 1-0

Obliterated!
Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1865 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

M Mitso vs T Gelashvili, 2000 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

Wild attacking game!
Jobava vs Bareev, 2003 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

Killer combination!
Hoi vs Gulko, 1988  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Another great finish!
Fedorov vs N Miezis, 2000 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 33 moves, 0-1

Wish these two played every single day!
Topalov vs Morozevich, 1996 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 66 moves, 1-0

Make these two play every day also!
V Zvjaginsev vs Topalov, 1995 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 48 moves, 1-0

Who said draws are boring?
V Zvjaginsev vs Morozevich, 1995 
(E92) King's Indian, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

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

Abandon all defense, full speed ahead!
Marshall vs Moreau, 1903 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

Supreme Endgame Study!
Smyslov vs Filip, 1958 
(A14) English, 109 moves, 1-0

Great old-fashioned fun!
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Super unbalanced game!
L Shytaj vs R S Jones, 2006 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 62 moves, 0-1

Gorgeous draw!
I A Nataf vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2006 
(B50) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sadvakasov vs T Luther, 2007 
(C11) French, 53 moves, 1-0

Nijboer vs V Gashimov, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 82 moves, 1-0

Fedorov vs A Yashtylov, 2000 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 0-1

Excellent finish!
V Pina vs D Duarte, 2001 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Unusual and brilliant!
V Zvjaginsev vs Zhang Pengxiang, 2006 
(C00) French Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Run-of-the-mill Morphy magic!
Morphy vs Schrufer, 1859 
(C56) Two Knights, 24 moves, 1-0

Two sluggers go for broke!
Morozevich vs Topalov, 1999 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 75 moves, 0-1

Exciting and tactical Petrov!
Svidler vs Topalov, 2004 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Marshall Arts!
Marshall vs Leonhardt, 1912 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Deep, Wild Finish!
T Catalan vs N Saeed, 1983 
(E77) King's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Great fun! Unbalanced material throughout
H Pusch vs V Gassmann, 2001 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 68 moves, 1-0

Weird, Wild Stuff!
R Tiggelman vs G Welling, 1989 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 0-1

Fighting, scratching, clawing, biting chess!
K G Shirazi vs Kamsky, 1989 
(A25) English, 105 moves, 0-1

More wild stuff!
Shirov vs T Thorhallsson, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

More amazing finishes!
Baburin vs Adianto, 1993 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 0-1

Highly unusual
Morozevich vs Ivanchuk, 2004 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

Strange!
A Lehtinen vs J Sietio, 1996 
(A04) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 1-0

Another unbalanced epic!
V Yandemirov vs A Feoktistov, 2003 
(B07) Pirc, 74 moves, 1-0

Queens, schmeens. Watch this!
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1994 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 72 moves, 0-1

WOW!!
Tal vs W R Chandler, 1974 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

Bar-room Brawl of a Chess Game!
Gelfand vs Shabalov, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice!
Landa vs E Shaposhnikov, 2005 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 24 moves, 1-0

Unusual as usual from Z-man!
V Zvjaginsev vs Seirawan, 1997 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs Morozevich, 2006 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

R Hewitt vs B Copley, 1949 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld vs Alekhine, 1923 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

Brass Pelotas!
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

P H Nielsen vs Larsen, 1997 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 38 moves, 0-1

What a fantastic ending!
V Zurakhov vs Koblents, 1956 
(C11) French, 80 moves, 1-0

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

Timman vs C van Wijgerden, 1977 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

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