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ray keene's favorite games
Compiled by ray keene
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a few years ago i hosted a tv series called duels of the mind the 12 best games of chess-i will try to find all 12 here and post them in a collection-i will also note a few other spectacular games that are favourites of mine.

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

Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

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

Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923  
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1

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

Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

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

Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1912  
(A84) Dutch, 42 moves, 0-1

Staunton vs Horwitz, 1851  
(A13) English, 46 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1920  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1925 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926 
(A06) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Alekhine, 1926 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(E23) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann, 35 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Maroczy, 1931 
(A04) Reti Opening, 48 moves, 1-0

Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch, 1929 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 50 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1928 
(A06) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Tartakower, 1929 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 53 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1927  
(A61) Benoni, 30 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926  
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 1-0

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

Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1961 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Fischer, 1959 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 31 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 32 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(A10) English, 52 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1964 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 63 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Tal, 1962 
(A12) English with b3, 64 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1937 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 36 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs K Junge, 1942 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924  
(A13) English, 25 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Capablanca, 1924 
(A15) English, 31 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Yates, 1924 
(A13) English, 31 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Rubinstein, 1923 
(A06) Reti Opening, 50 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2001 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Botvinnik, 1966 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 68 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1964 
(A22) English, 44 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 44 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 
(A09) Reti Opening, 62 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Keres, 1942 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 56 moves, 1-0

Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1869 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 29 moves, 1-0

Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs Alekhine, 1934 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs Najdorf, 1953 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Euwe, 1953 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1

Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(A90) Dutch, 47 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 26 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs Lasker, 1934 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 0-1

Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 66 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 51 moves, 0-1

Reshevsky vs Fine, 1941 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

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

Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 48 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1903 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 83 moves, 0-1

Prins vs L Day, 1968 
(B40) Sicilian, 28 moves, 0-1

Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Keene vs A J Whiteley, 1965  
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

N Littlewood vs L Lengyel, 1964 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 1-0

Bisguier vs J Littlewood, 1962 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 20 moves, 0-1

L Day vs Suttles, 1969 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 40 moves, 1-0

K Spraggett vs L Day, 1975 
(B33) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

K Spraggett vs L Day, 1977 
(B06) Robatsch, 38 moves, 0-1

L Day vs I E Morovic-Fernandez, 1978 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

Zuckerman vs L Day, 1979 
(B33) Sicilian, 29 moves, 0-1

L Day vs Benko, 1980 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 30 moves, 1-0

A J Mestel vs L Day, 1982 
(B06) Robatsch, 25 moves, 0-1

F Braga vs L Day, 1986 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 49 moves, 0-1

D Bailey vs L Day, 1988 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 0-1

L Day vs F Leveille, 1991 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

L Day vs O Cvitan, 1994 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

Miles vs Spassky, 1978  
(E12) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

D Goodman vs Nunn, 1978 
(A28) English, 24 moves, 1-0

Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

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

L Day vs J Berry, 1975 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 20 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2001 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

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

Bogoljubov vs J Mieses, 1925 
(A81) Dutch, 35 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 42 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Euwe, 1938 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

Krogius vs Stein, 1960 
(E92) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

Schlechter vs W John, 1905 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

Keene vs P L Roe, 1967  
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

Keene vs Hartston, 1968  
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 29 moves, 1-0

M Basman vs Keene, 1981  
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

Keene vs J Penrose, 1974  
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 37 moves, 1-0

J Penrose vs Keene, 1971  
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

Keene vs M J Franklin, 1966  
(A05) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 1-0

Keene vs M J Franklin, 1967  
(A04) Reti Opening, 46 moves, 1-0

Keene vs G C Lund, 1962 
(D69) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 13.de, 29 moves, 1-0

Keene vs D B Lund, 1982 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 39 moves, 1-0

Keene vs A D Martin, 1982 
(A71) Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5, 42 moves, 1-0

S J Hutchings vs Keene, 1973  
(A16) English, 22 moves, 0-1

B Dodgson vs Keene, 1985 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Keene vs T Hart, 1966 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Keene vs J Horner, 1970 
(A15) English, 44 moves, 1-0

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