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Seirawan's Excellent Games
Compiled by Everett
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Mostly positional gems, an occasional crush, and the rare tactical explosions from one of the best American players of his generation. An excellent person, too, from most accounts, I would like to acknowledge his chess expertise with this collection

Precocious Beginning
Seirawan vs Bisguier, 1975 
(A28) English, 53 moves, 1-0

Unique Mikenas
Seirawan vs V Zaltsman, 1978 
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 48 moves, 1-0

On His Way to Junior Champion
Seirawan vs Barbero, 1979 
(A28) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Another Mikenas-Carls
Seirawan vs E Handoko, 1979 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 47 moves, 1-0

Pouncing on opening blunder
Seirawan vs M Wiedenkeller, 1979 
(A17) English, 36 moves, 1-0

Tenacious D cannot help Larsen
Seirawan vs Larsen, 1979 
(A10) English, 67 moves, 1-0

For careful study
Marjanovic vs Seirawan, 1979 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

Nice attack out of the Botvinnik System
Seirawan vs M Vukic, 1979 
(A26) English, 30 moves, 1-0

For future analysis; 24.b3!?
Seirawan vs Miles, 1979 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 37 moves, 1-0

Seirawan's Czech-Benoni
Hoi vs Seirawan, 1979 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

Against a Fellow American
Seirawan vs Larry Evans, 1980 
(A25) English, 41 moves, 1-0

One Strange Pirc
V Kovacevic vs Seirawan, 1980 
(B07) Pirc, 33 moves, 0-1

Convincing Korchnoi
Seirawan vs Korchnoi, 1980 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 39 moves, 1-0

"I'd like to play"
Seirawan vs Tal, 1980 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 57 moves, 1-0

Quieting the IQP
Seirawan vs Alburt, 1980 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 60 moves, 1-0

23.Nfh5!?
Seirawan vs G Sigurjonsson, 1980 
(A21) English, 30 moves, 1-0

The Mighty Mikenas
Seirawan vs J Peters, 1980 
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

Stopping dangerous pawn pushes
Van der Wiel vs Seirawan, 1980
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 31 moves, 0-1

Caro-Kann Fireworks
Hort vs Seirawan, 1981 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

Playing against White's DSB
L Christiansen vs Seirawan, 1981 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 46 moves, 0-1

Another King's House
E Lobron vs Seirawan, 1981 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 42 moves, 0-1

Keres-Attack
Seirawan vs Korchnoi, 1981 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

A calculated risk
Seirawan vs P Biyiasas, 1981 
(A48) King's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

Dominant Knight
Seirawan vs Short, 1982 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 1-0

Nailing Karpov's Preparation
Seirawan vs Karpov, 1982 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

20.Bg5! Delayed Samisch KID
Seirawan vs Balashov, 1982 
(E73) King's Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

37..Ng4!
Portisch vs Seirawan, 1982 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

English, Rook pawns, positional win
Seirawan vs Korchnoi, 1983 
(A16) English, 39 moves, 1-0

Another Knight vs Bishop
Seirawan vs Larsen, 1983 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 68 moves, 1-0

Saccing for scope and squares with 11.c5!
Seirawan vs Portisch, 1983 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 36 moves, 1-0

17.Nxd5 opens the floodgates
Seirawan vs H Ardiansyah, 1983 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 24 moves, 1-0

Efficient attack against the solid Nimzo
Seirawan vs Kudrin, 1984 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Samisch Smash
Korchnoi vs Seirawan, 1984 
(A09) Reti Opening, 29 moves, 0-1

Pawn sacs for development and initiative
Seirawan vs Dzindzichashvili, 1984 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 21 moves, 1-0

Positional Crush
Murey vs Seirawan, 1985 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Interesting exchange sac
Seirawan vs D Gurevich, 1985 
(A61) Benoni, 36 moves, 1-0

Razor-sharp defense
Quinteros vs Seirawan, 1985 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

36.Ne4!? Returns piece to set-up e4-blockade
Seirawan vs L Gutman, 1985 
(E70) King's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

Stifling the hedgehog
Seirawan vs Suba, 1986 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 55 moves, 1-0

Destroying the Benko Gambit
Seirawan vs D Gurevich, 1986 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 23 moves, 1-0

19..Rxe2 rook sac for two minors
Ljubojevic vs Seirawan, 1986 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 0-1

Using the Baselines
Seirawan vs B Kogan, 1986 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

R+N endgame
Seirawan vs Kudrin, 1986 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 50 moves, 1-0

Harmony without the queen
Portisch vs Seirawan, 1986 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 98 moves, 0-1

Subtle and Deadly
Seirawan vs L Christiansen, 1987 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Seirawan's Impeccable English
Seirawan vs I Sokolov, 1987 
(A16) English, 27 moves, 1-0

19.Ne5 and 26.Rxf6
Seirawan vs Kudrin, 1987 
(A36) English, 35 moves, 1-0

10..Kf8!?
Reshevsky vs Seirawan, 1987 
(A04) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 0-1

Delayed Stonewall Attack
Seirawan vs B Kogan, 1987 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

Seirawan's pet line vs Benko
Seirawan vs D Gurevich, 1987 
(A59) Benko Gambit, 40 moves, 1-0

Dynamic C-K
Gipslis vs Seirawan, 1988 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 24 moves, 0-1

Rat Defense
Alburt vs Seirawan, 1988 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 48 moves, 0-1

A methodical yet radical change
Seirawan vs Igor Ivanov, 1988 
(E61) King's Indian, 46 moves, 1-0


Speelman vs Seirawan, 1988 
(A17) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Great play unrewarded
Seirawan vs Alburt, 1989 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 36 moves, 0-1

Q-sac leads to interesting play
Salov vs Seirawan, 1989 
(A14) English, 54 moves, 0-1

Breaching the Fortress
Fedorowicz vs Seirawan, 1989 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 52 moves, 0-1

The Smothering Knight Pair
Seirawan vs Ulf Andersson, 1989 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

20.Rb7!
Seirawan vs Dreev, 1990 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

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

19..Bf6 and 20..Be5
W Arencibia vs Seirawan, 1990 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 24 moves, 0-1

Entombing pieces
Seirawan vs J D Tisdall, 1990 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 40 moves, 1-0

Exchange sac to remember
Seirawan vs Z Kozul, 1991 
(E77) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

<15..hxg3ep> Steely defense!
Lautier vs Seirawan, 1991 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 57 moves, 0-1

KID on steroids
Igor Ivanov vs Seirawan, 1991 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 31 moves, 0-1

Looking good in hedgehog
Timman vs Seirawan, 1991 
(A15) English, 41 moves, 0-1

Direct attack on the K
Seirawan vs Igor Ivanov, 1991 
(A28) English, 28 moves, 1-0

Grinding down the Grunfeld.
Seirawan vs H Olafsson, 1991 
(D85) Grunfeld, 41 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld felled
Seirawan vs Mecking, 1992 
(D85) Grunfeld, 37 moves, 1-0

<47.Bxg6!> 52.Bxg6! with an amazing finish!
Seirawan vs Wojtkiewicz, 1992 
(E77) King's Indian, 60 moves, 1-0

The Fantastic 16..Ra5
Ivanchuk vs Seirawan, 1992 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smothering the bishop
Seirawan vs Larsen, 1992 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 45 moves, 1-0

Improved KID to endgame victory
Karpov vs Seirawan, 1992 
(B06) Robatsch, 82 moves, 0-1

Missed crusher <63.b6>
Seirawan vs Judit Polgar, 1992 
(A59) Benko Gambit, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Double Exchange Sac
Seirawan vs P Zarnicki, 1993 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 27 moves, 1-0

31..Rxc3!
Topalov vs Seirawan, 1993 
(A25) English, 47 moves, 0-1

Positional Sac leading to pawn roller.
Adianto vs Seirawan, 1994 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 47 moves, 0-1

17.Qg3
Seirawan vs Yermolinsky, 1994 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 17 moves, 1-0

Beating Moro and the KIA
Morozevich vs Seirawan, 1995 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 61 moves, 0-1

Addressing development
Van Wely vs Seirawan, 1995 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 0-1

Nice bind
Seirawan vs Dreev, 1995 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 62 moves, 1-0

A tactical endgame
Piket vs Seirawan, 1996 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 73 moves, 0-1

A lone win, but convincing
Seirawan vs Ivanchuk, 1997 
(E77) King's Indian, 22 moves, 1-0

Pragmatic sacs for play
J Ye vs Seirawan, 1998 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

27..Qd4! and 37..Qd3!
Adams vs Seirawan, 1999 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 42 moves, 0-1

Needed Victory
Seirawan vs Gulko, 2000 
(A04) Reti Opening, 54 moves, 1-0

Missed cruscher on 34, still a solid win vs Gruenfeld
Seirawan vs Yermolinsky, 2000 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 41 moves, 1-0

Clear crush of another hedgehog 22.Nc6
Seirawan vs B Khatanbaatar, 2000 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 27 moves, 1-0

4...a6 Slav tamed
Seirawan vs Zhu Chen, 2002 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

A Seirawan Specialty
Seirawan vs Judit Polgar, 2011 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 44 moves, 1-0

Crystal clear response to gambit
Seirawan vs Mamedyarov, 2011 
(A43) Old Benoni, 29 moves, 1-0

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