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These games show chess at its best. The players displayed increidble imagination, precise positional play and tactical brilliancy. What I would give to play just one game that's even close to one of these.

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

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

Stunning move to end the game ...29 Qb2!!
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Dutch Dandy
Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922 
(A84) Dutch, 35 moves, 0-1

Black sacs a few Queens
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Tal's best?
Tal vs Simagin, 1956 
(B06) Robatsch, 45 moves, 1-0

Take my Queen, I'll take yours later!
Morphy vs NN, 1858 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

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

Black's Knight Dominates
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Turning Point of the Match
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

Your Queen is Mine!
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Pawn sacs lead to H file Death
Spassky vs Larry Evans, 1962 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

Modern Day Classic
Shirov vs Ivanchuk, 1992 
(A90) Dutch, 27 moves, 0-1

Overwhelming K side Attack
I A Horowitz vs Fine, 1934 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 28 moves, 0-1

Tal attacks the pinned piece
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Awesome Endgame
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 74 moves, 0-1

Spassky Domination
Spassky vs Pilnik, 1955 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

The Feind has offered his Queen
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Windmill!
Carlos Torre vs Lasker, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

Tal mates with the Bishop on h8
Tal vs Y Rantanen, 1979 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

Two of my alltime favorites mano a mano
Spassky vs Tal, 1979 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 0-1

Mighty Muzio
Shirov vs J Lapinski, 1990 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

E file Overload
Spassky vs Averbakh, 1955 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

Morphy Masterpiece
Morphy vs G Medley, 1858 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Dutch Doozy
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

Fabulous King Hunt by Black
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

The Ultimate Queen Sacrifice
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

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

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

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

Wow!
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

Crushing
R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

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

Total Sacrificial Fury
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Opera House
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Best ever Simul; had to be Tal
Tal vs Miller, 1988 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Nakamura's Immortal
Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A14) English, 28 moves, 0-1

Total Paralysis because of the Pin
Kaplan vs Bronstein, 1975 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 0-1

Material means nothing, the initiative is all that matters
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Two exchange sacs and a stunning combination by Petrosian
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch masterpiece
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

Non stop intermezzo game.
Tal vs Sviridov, 1969 
(B75) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

Typical Tal Domination
Tal vs K Klaman, 1957 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 34 moves, 1-0

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

Bronstein shows the value of the initiative.
Bronstein vs Keres, 1955 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

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