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These were the greatest...
Compiled by nikolaas
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In the beginning...
Ruy Lopez vs G da Cutri, 1575 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

The first theory appeared...
Greco vs NN, 1619 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

A great proved to be a giant.
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

The only threat.
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834  
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

The best of his time...
Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

The pawns are the soul of chess.
Philidor vs NN, 1790 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 23 moves, 1-0

The romantic world champion.
J Schulten vs Kieseritzky, 1850 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 0-1

Natural talent for chess.
Paulsen vs Owen, 1862 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

The father of our theory.
Steinitz vs Rock, 1863 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

Always and everywhere: Attack!
Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

What's a "linkmiechel"?
NN vs Blackburne, 1871  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 21 moves, 0-1

Anderssen's best pupil.
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Nearly a world champion.
Chigorin vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1903 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 31 moves, 1-0

Blackburne's graetest rival.
Blackburne vs Gunsberg, 1895 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 0-1

He loved the beauty of chess.
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

Specialized in brilliancy prizes.
J Mieses vs J W Ohquist, 1895 
(B01) Scandinavian, 11 moves, 1-0

As long as there are pieces, there are chances.
Janowski vs J N Berger, 1907 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

The lord of the kings.
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Too lazy to become worldchampion...
Teichmann vs Allies, 1902 
(C56) Two Knights, 35 moves, 1-0

Master of defences.
Maroczy vs Marshall, 1907 
(C48) Four Knights, 60 moves, 1-0

Master of the breakthrough
Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Too brief carreer
Charousek vs J Wollner, 1893 
(C21) Center Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Too kind to become worldchampion.
Schlechter vs Meitner, 1899 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 1-0

Attack!
Marshall vs Stodie, 1920 
(B20) Sicilian, 13 moves, 1-0

Position & combination
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

"A good chessplayer has to be a good person."
Duras vs Spielmann, 1907 
(B01) Scandinavian, 26 moves, 1-0

Vitality and love for the game.
O Bernstein vs Najdorf, 1954 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 37 moves, 1-0

The last romantic player...
Spielmann vs L'Hermet, 1927 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

The Rosenthal game.
Nimzowitsch vs Vidmar, 1927 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 35 moves, 0-1

Always searching complications...
Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922 
(A84) Dutch, 35 moves, 0-1

Always 1.c4.
Carls vs Spielmann, 1912 
(A25) English, 27 moves, 1-0

Block it!
P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 40 moves, 0-1

Chess machine.
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

1.Nf3: The opening of the future.
Reti vs Capablanca, 1924 
(A15) English, 31 moves, 1-0

Optimistic until he died.
Bogoljubov vs Spielmann, 1919 
(C13) French, 27 moves, 1-0

Mastering the pawns.
Bogoljubov vs Yates, 1925 
(E91) King's Indian, 55 moves, 0-1

A high beauty - concentration.
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Flexibility.
Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

Trainer & teacher.
Flohr vs V Mikenas, 1938
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 31 moves, 1-0

The Flamish lion keeps clawing.
Colle vs Euwe, 1924 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

The best in the west?
Najdorf vs NN, 1942 
(C26) Vienna, 20 moves, 1-0

Talent from Russia.
Botvinnik vs Keres, 1966 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 27 moves, 1-0

First "wonder-kid" ever.
Reshevsky vs A Vasconcellos, 1944 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 1-0

Basic chess endings...
Fine vs R Levenstein, 1932
(A53) Old Indian, 63 moves, 1-0

Never worldchampion, but one of the best.
A Karu vs Keres, 1931 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

The sharpest player ever?
Smyslov vs Szabo, 1949 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 34 moves, 0-1

A practical theorist.
Boleslavsky vs Dzindzichashvili, 1967 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 25 moves, 1-0

Opening prophet.
O'Kelly vs Denker, 1948 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

Mastering the endgame.
E Eliskases vs Gruenfeld, 1933 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 1-0

Attacking pacifist.
Pachman vs Kholmov, 1947 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik beated.
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

"A future worldchampion" - Alekhine.
Alekhine vs K Junge, 1942 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 69 moves, 0-1

Funny man, funny games.
A Medina Garcia vs Gligoric, 1968 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Nearly worldchampion (no inspiration).
Bronstein vs M20, 1963 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

'Draufgänger' in action.
Geller vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

Attacking position player.
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

The man of 1955.
Ivkov vs Portisch, 1961 
(C18) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 1-0

The lonely Danish topplayer.
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Wonderboy who stopped.
Panno vs Spassky, 1955 
(A04) Reti Opening, 33 moves, 1-0

Solid drawingmaster.
Unzicker vs Filip, 1955 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 19 moves, 0-1

Humour in chess.
Szabo vs J H Donner, 1968 
(A69) Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line, 24 moves, 0-1

A gentle boy with a demonical playstyle.
O Rodriguez Vargas vs F Olafsson, 1978 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 26 moves, 0-1

Put your pieces in the centre and sacrifiece them.
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Tal II.
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

Crazy genuine.
Fischer vs Benko, 1963 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Hungarian giant.
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1967 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Great old Viktor.
Averbakh vs Korchnoi, 1965 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 39 moves, 0-1

Best Swedish player ever
Ulf Andersson vs Karpov, 1995 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 18 moves, 1-0

Can't pass that Dutch.
E Torre vs Timman, 1982 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

One of the K's.
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Strategy on a high level.
Keene vs Miles, 1976  
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 26 moves, 1-0

Always fighting.
Minic vs A Planinc, 1975 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 0-1

Polu = Great sicilian line.
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

More than Kasparov's second.
Beliavsky vs Larsen, 1981 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

Never even candidate, but...
Ljubojevic vs J Durao, 1974 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 25 moves, 1-0

Asia's first grandmaster.
E Torre vs Gheorghiu, 1972 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

Fond of the "uncommon opening".
Karpov vs Miles, 1980  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 46 moves, 0-1

Dynamic dynamite.
Speelman vs Short, 1988 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 1-0

Gazza the great.
Kasparov vs Csom, 1980 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 29 moves, 1-0

Inventive attacking player.
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

Worldchampion chess books writing?
Seirawan vs Spassky, 1990 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

Another great Englishman.
Adams vs Bareev, 2004 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1-0

He knew what he was worth.
Korchnoi vs Salov, 1991 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 21 moves, 0-1

Agressive drawmaster.
Gelfand vs Anand, 1993 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

Idem dito.
Topalov vs Bareev, 1994 
(C11) French, 23 moves, 0-1

Fire on the board!
Shirov vs T Thorhallsson, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Speedy Vishy.
Anand vs I Sokolov, 1992 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 26 moves, 1-0

Dreaming killer.
Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1991 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

FIDE worldchampion: A worthless title?
Ponomariov vs Kramnik, 2003 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

Best woman ever.
Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 2003 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

Another K
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 0-1

The courage to PLAY.
Topalov vs Bareev, 1997 
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 1-0

Varied openings.
Svidler vs Bareev, 2004 
(C10) French, 17 moves, 1-0

Fire on the board.
Morozevich vs E Alekseev, 2004 
(B56) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Winning equalizer.
Leko vs Radjabov, 2003 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 32 moves, 1-0

Promising future.
Anand vs Radjabov, 2003 
(B32) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

Another wonderchild.
Karjakin vs V Malinin, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 1-0

The hope of the future.
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

He made the best problems ever.
C Golmayo vs Loyd, 1867 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 0-1

Everybody is a grandmaster in his best moments.
NN vs E Fossan, 1991 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 5 moves, 1-0

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