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Great games by (past, present and future) WC's
Compiled by Marvol
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Not necessarily won by the WC, not necessarily played when the player was WC. Basically just good games.


All-front trampling with pawns advancing everywhere
Kasparov vs Bareev, 1994 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 35 moves, 1-0

R&B v K&B excellent technique
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C45) Scotch Game, 102 moves, 1-0

First the assault, then the technical ending
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

OK, he didn't win, still a good game
Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

Fascinating draw Rc1-c7-e7!!?
Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1986 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Crushing the Caro-Can't and refuting a Q-sac
Kasparov vs Karpov, 2001 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Against Tal, of course Tactics everywhere!
Kasparov vs Tal, 1983 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

No tactics, just strategy. 4 times Qc5!
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1997 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 57 moves, 1-0

Well he doesn't always WIN :-p even if it's a nice game
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 0-1

Lasker wins after being 2p+1N down
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

24. Rxd4 and the 'galloping queen'
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

22. Nb3? and Kasparov counterstrikes
Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 0-1

Right through the centre, ending with Qxe5
Tal vs Suetin, 1969 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 21 moves, 1-0

The game that Tal himself would not annotate
Tal vs D Keller, 1959 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Nxf7!!, you can't play that... or can you?
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

The 23. fxe5! queen sac
Fischer vs Tal, 1961 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Great technical Q-less late middle/endgame
Fischer vs Tal, 1962 
(B32) Sicilian, 63 moves, 1-0

Qxf4 to end a positional attacking onslaught
Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

12... e5! in a highly symmetrical Indian position
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

With the defensive queen sac 31. Qf1!
Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1957 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

Interfering rook sac 18 Rf6! to set up a mating net
Fischer vs Benko, 1963 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

the Four Queens game
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Strangulation finished by 48. Nh4!
Petrosian vs M Pavey, 1955 
(B50) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

Strangulation
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1961 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 47 moves, 0-1

Euwe's king hunt
Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

With the defensive rook sac 22...Rh8! to lure the queen
Geller vs Euwe, 1953 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1

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

the "Brisbane Bombshell"
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Spectacular loss of Topa in exch-sac fest
Svidler vs Topalov, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 46 moves, 1-0

An example of Rowson's 'potential' in Black's position
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1995  
(C16) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 0-1

Kasparov's famous exchange sac Rxb7!!
Kasparov vs Shirov, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Fischer slowly outmaneuvers Petrosian
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(A04) Reti Opening, 66 moves, 0-1

Kounterattacking Kramnik
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Typical Tal sacfest
Gurgenidze vs Tal, 1957 
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 27 moves, 0-1

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