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paultopia's favorite games
Compiled by paultopia
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Mostly king's gambit games and Tal games


Fisher falls to the King's Gambit
Spassky vs Fischer, 1960 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

The Hippo Game!
Tal vs Vasiukov, 1964 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 58 moves, 1-0

tal gets into king's gambit trouble :-(
Tal vs P Trifunovic, 1963 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 26 moves, 0-1

another bummer -- Tal gets into falkbeer trouble 2
Bronstein vs Tal, 1968 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 43 moves, 1-0

yea, play the King's Gambit against Spassky. GOOD IDEA
Hartston vs Spassky, 1966 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

second KG with 4. ... Bg4 5. o-o win for white
M K Zimmermann vs E Schierling, 1994
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 1-0

Spassky beats Karpov with the King's Gambit!
Spassky vs Karpov, 1982 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 84 moves, 1-0

Spassky 1985 King's Gambit win!
Spassky vs Seirawan, 1985 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 1-0

Kids, can we say "Tactical Slugfest?"
Short vs Shirov, 1999 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

THIS, my duckies, is a KING HUNT!
Zukertort vs Anderssen, 1865 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 25 moves, 1-0

I love Zukertot... though this game is a bit flawed...
Zukertort vs Anderssen, 1865 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Knights are made for sacrifice.
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

There mere IDEA of castling opposite sides against TAL!
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

This is how "bishop sacrifices" became "classic"
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

"When I want to draw, I draw." Maybe also dark glasses game?
Tal vs Benko, 1959 
(B27) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

possibly invented, but still beautiful Alekhine queen sac kill
Alekhine vs O Tenner, 1911 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

Gotta love those Greco -NN games.
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

Alburt reprograms deep thought in the Alekhine
Deep Thought vs Alburt, 1989 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

this is why I'm thinking of taking up the Alekhine
Robert E Byrne vs Alburt, 1984 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

endless tactical shadowboxing
Gufeld vs Alburt, 1972 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 59 moves, 0-1

One of several Tal-Larsen Alekhine's defense games.
Tal vs Larsen, 1965 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Another Tal-Larsen Alekhine's defense game. Tal loses. Bummer
Tal vs Larsen, 1969 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 50 moves, 0-1

Another reason to love Tal
Tal vs Larsen, 1965 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

Misc. theoretical Alkehine stuff
Tal vs K Jung, 1991 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

tal... spassky... marshall attack...
Tal vs Spassky, 1965 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky playing the Fisher Defense to the KG -- oh the irony.
Popovych vs Spassky, 1986 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 39 moves, 0-1

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

the WORST king's gambit game in the history of chess.
A Hansson vs C Stesser, 1992 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 37 moves, 0-1

Wild. Petrosian sacrifices the queen. PETROSIAN.
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

Where's the win?
Tal vs Petrosian, 1974 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

There are no words to describe this game.
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 52 moves, 0-1

Even Fischer played like crap occasionally.
Fischer vs G Thornell, 1964 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

Woa! What a kill! And an interesting KG transposition too.
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1921 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 1-0

Larsen tends to lose the coolest games, especially to my heroes
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

The ROOK can move through squares controlled by...
NN vs G Abrahams, 1929 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 11 moves, 0-1

I feel better about my own play now...
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C58) Two Knights, 30 moves, 0-1

The toughest variation on the KG
Spassky vs Furman, 1959 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

THIS is "swashbuckling"
F J Perez Perez vs Alekhine, 1943 
(C25) Vienna, 12 moves, 1-0

simplify to a pawn up endgame by way of multiple queen sacs...
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Bond and Bloodshed
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

aaahhh... titans clash.
Spassky vs Tal, 1973 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 38 moves, 0-1

I am Death, Blunderer of Material
Einstein vs Oppenheimer, 1933 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1-0

Guerilla Warfare! CHE! CHE!
Najdorf vs E C Guevara, 1962 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

the King's Gambit lives, damnit!
Short vs Akopian, 1997 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 47 moves, 1-0

Oooooh yea. Ivanchuk plays the maligned king's BISHOP gambit!
Ivanchuk vs P Nikolic, 2004 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

Morozevich plays the KG blindfold
Morozevich vs Z Almasi, 2002 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 44 moves, 1-0

Have I mentioned that I APPROVE of Short? :-)
Short vs Karpov, 2000 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky's still at it
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1999 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

I say again... the KG lives!
Morozevich vs Anand, 1995 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

fischer-spassky match, alekhine's defense by fish 1
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 74 moves, 0-1

fischer-spassky match, alekhine's defense by fish 2 (draw)
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bronstein -- another KG rebel :-)
Bronstein vs Yusupov, 1981 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 1-0

It's not bussstteeeddd
Fischer vs Larry Evans, 1963 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

The Great Garbage Opening Game
Karpov vs Miles, 1980  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 46 moves, 0-1

the ultimate patzer opening
Alekhine vs NN, 1936 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

and this would be the WRONG move in the kg.
N Tchinenoff vs R Maillard, 1925 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 4 moves, 0-1

not necessarily historical OR materialistic...
K Marx vs Meyer, 1867 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

I APPROVE of Morozevich.
Gelfand vs Morozevich, 2004 
(D09) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3, 28 moves, 0-1

Morozevich ROCKS
Morozevich vs Kasparov, 1995 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 0-1

Morozevich, the coolest super-gm (well, Short too)
Morozevich vs Leko, 2000 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

More Moroevich KG
Morozevich vs A Aleksandrov, 2000 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 62 moves, 0-1

And again...
Morozevich vs I Sokolov, 2000 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 1-0

Wheeeeeeeee!
Nezhmetdinov vs Tal, 1961 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 29 moves, 1-0

Even Lasker...
Charousek vs Lasker, 1896 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

Shirov plays the muzio!
Shirov vs J Lapinski, 1990 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

cunningham madness by morphy!
Morphy vs Bird, 1859 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 46 moves, 1-0

the worst way to decline the KG?
Alekhine vs Vardonenko, 1931 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

Tal plays the Smith-Morra! YEA!!
Tal vs Neibult, 1991 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 24 moves, 1-0

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