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Games for My Chess Kids
Compiled by nasmichael
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Choose 12 games for the semester, see what others have said, give some comments of your own. Parents, pick 3 and play through them with your own young players on a real board. Let them pick a side--ask them what move she/he thinks will come next, after the opponent moves.


Long game like this one, it's hard to yield to a disadvantage
Harrwitz vs Horwitz, 1849 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 1-0

War of attrition reminds of the war just past and to come.
Tartakower vs R Frentz, 1933 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 35 moves, 1-0

Play this from the response to move 41. Good engame challenge.
Petrosian vs Browne, 1978 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Beautiful development, waves of attack. Unfolding chess ideas.
Dzindzichashvili vs Hebert, 1978
(A06) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

Ns and Ps end this battle--practice yours, after seeing this...
G Szilagyi vs Bagirov, 1969 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 52 moves, 0-1

Relentless attack! King is thrown into an invisible cage.
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

IM-Elect Tate (now) puts a run on Terrie (then)
H Terrie vs E Tate, 2001 
(A21) English, 32 moves, 0-1

At the end of the text moves, can you see what would come next?
Harikrishna vs T L Petrosian, 2005 
(A48) King's Indian, 34 moves, 1-0

Fight, as long as there is fight in the position.
C Garcia Palermo vs Topalov, 1988 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Watch the construction of new castles from old ones.
Euwe vs Kotov, 1953 
(A64) Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8, 39 moves, 1-0

The pawns climb the ladder upward, following the king.
Suba vs Timman, 1984 
(A20) English, 52 moves, 1-0

Pin it to win it. Several beautiful zwishenzugs, forcing.
Keene vs A Weber, 1964  
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 41 moves, 1-0

This is how a 4th grader (10 yrs old) can play, when motivated.
B Leverett vs Judit Polgar, 1987 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 30 moves, 0-1

Fighting for initiative and an extra piece -- then mate threats
Fedorowicz vs Alburt, 1988 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 30 moves, 1-0

Developing early and attacking on the g-file instead....
Fischer vs Ulf Andersson, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 43 moves, 1-0

Even masters fall to smothered mates....
Vaganian vs Korchnoi, 1975 
(A17) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Can you win it from here?
Miles vs R R Smith, 1970 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 26 moves, 1-0

Eyes on the prize--pawn advantage. Wise, to remember goal.
Joel Benjamin vs M Shahade, 1979 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 53 moves, 0-1

Lock the center--should it be opened back up?
Savon vs O Castro, 1977 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Controlling the lines, diagonals--coordinated attacks.
Miles vs Seirawan, 1983 
(B07) Pirc, 33 moves, 1-0

This endgame makes for a nice challenge in a minitourney.
D Burns vs W Gill, 2005
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 70 moves, 0-1

K+3P vs K+3p after 48...Kxc4; can you fight for the win?
Ashley vs Waitzkin, 1997 
(B57) Sicilian, 76 moves, 1-0

Treat a passed pawn like a virtual piece.
S Chumfwa vs W Kobese, 2002 
(B07) Pirc, 26 moves, 1-0

Some newbies march pawns like this--see masters do it.
Nezhmetdinov vs Ujtelky, 1964 
(B06) Robatsch, 75 moves, 0-1

Queenside castling, endgame with N+3p vs same--
Tal vs Y Barda, 1956 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 48 moves, 1-0

Youth instructs. Magnus plays some mean tactics.
Carlsen vs Van Wely, 2006 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 34 moves, 1-0

Strip the board down to the knights & pawns, & here we are...
Ashley vs L Christiansen, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 50 moves, 1-0

The power of shape in the game--holding 2 bishops, long rangers
Suttles vs K Spraggett, 1973 
(B26) Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3, 47 moves, 1-0

Send your team to where the king is--keep your focus.
Euwe vs J H Donner, 1950 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 42 moves, 1-0

Wanting the queen, badly, miscalculated--but great game.
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 32 moves, 0-1

K + 2P vs. same, but a win was on the board...
Kasparov vs Bacrot, 2004  
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

The pawns in this endgame work together...pending mate.
Bondarevsky vs Smyslov, 1946 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 42 moves, 0-1

What to do from the end, folks? Which side to choose?
Adams vs Kramnik, 2005 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

K + 6P vs K + 5P after 27...Kxe7. Play it through....
Milner-Barry vs H Opsahl, 1939 
(C25) Vienna, 40 moves, 1-0

Use your king in the endgame.
Chigorin vs Winawer, 1882 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

after Black's 50th move, show me what you know about chess, kid
Paulsen vs Steinitz, 1882 
(C45) Scotch Game, 62 moves, 0-1

Attacking backwards and forwards, scrambling for every pawn.
Blackburne vs Von Bardeleben, 1895  
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 64 moves, 1-0

Can you see the patterns of action?
Murray vs Steinitz, 1874 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 0-1

Check the lines. This story must be told again.
Salwe vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C01) French, Exchange, 115 moves, 0-1

After an initial skirmish, rearrange the troops, & fight again!
Bird vs D G Baird, 1889  
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

When a pawn is no longer a pawn, let it unfold: virtual piece.
Tarrasch vs Schlechter, 1911 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 66 moves, 1-0

Old Spanish, handled nicely. Ganging up on the queen.
Unzicker vs Saemisch, 1949 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 23 moves, 1-0

Developing towards the enemy king; final battle elevates pawns.
Huebner vs Portisch, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

Chessfriend Paul is working to show how dynamic a game can be.
Keres vs G Menke, 1932 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 62 moves, 1-0

If you are controlling white, what do you do? What to avoid?
Blackburne vs S Rosenthal, 1870 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Building a bridge in the endgame allows the pawn to queen.
Grischuk vs M Gurevich, 2001 
(C02) French, Advance, 86 moves, 1-0

See how to attack backwards with Morphy's knight.
Morphy vs A Bousserolles, 1859 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 31 moves, 1-0

Follow the diagonals.
A Volokitin vs Nakamura, 2005 
(C10) French, 80 moves, 1-0

The bishops form a diagonal freeway. Very sophisticated.
Leko vs Kramnik, 2001 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 56 moves, 0-1

Team play shows itself in a modern game. Giuoco Piano.
Shirov / Andreev vs Speelman / Harding, 2005 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Corr. Chess can be helpful to your game.
Bauer vs Scherfke, 1981 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 0-1

Keeping the focus on the enemy king works for Black. Develop!
Napoleon Bonaparte vs The Turk, 1809 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 0-1

It would be interesting to play from 36...Rb1+ in a thematic...
Larry Evans vs H Opsahl, 1950 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 81 moves, 1-0

Wonder what pawns are worth? Look at this d-pawn at work.
A Karu vs Keres, 1931 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

Z Mestrovic vs Gligoric, 1971 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

Our chessfriend with Tactics/Combos presents some of his own.
F Reinfeld vs M Bain, 1939
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 51 moves, 1-0

How could this pawn in the end have been handled better?
Harikrishna vs Kiril D Georgiev, 2002
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 0-1

Building walls and creating skewers...
Y Shulman vs A Savage, 2002 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

In making your pawn chain, remember to protect it!
J van Oosterom vs G Timmerman, 1996 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 64 moves, 0-1

Enjoyable to watch. Misstep at end loses rook, gains Q?
D Harika vs Z Rahman, 2004 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 49 moves, 1-0

Tell me: Why is the Black king not afraid of a queen check?
F Devinck vs Morphy, 1858 
(000) Chess variants, 25 moves, 0-1

The opponent covets the queen, and not the king.
Maurian vs Morphy, 1854 
(000) Chess variants, 16 moves, 0-1

Escorting the promoting pawn until it no longer needs an escort
Yates vs J W te Kolste, 1925 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 1-0

One weakness leads to another...watch giving up that knight.
Salwe vs Tartakower, 1910 
(A53) Old Indian, 61 moves, 1-0

What is coming up next from the final position?
A Nickel vs P Dahms, 1989
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 31 moves, 1-0

King and pawns vs. same in endgame.
Ulf Andersson vs Hort, 1971 
(A12) English with b3, 37 moves, 1-0

What is a "turning move", players? See one here. Play through.
J Mason vs Janowski, 1902 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 65 moves, 1-0

Building a team so strong that the queen is not needed.
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

How looking for the win brings creative solutions to the table.
Alekhine vs A Fletcher, 1928 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 32 moves, 1-0

Stabbed by a fork in the end. ;-)
I Rabinovich vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky, 1936 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Z Gofshtein vs M Gurevich, 2001 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 1-0

J Mieses vs Alekhine, 1913 
(C22) Center Game, 33 moves, 0-1

A shatranj-style ending.
Uhlmann vs Gligoric, 1956 
(A23) English, Bremen System, Keres Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

Rook stuck in molasses, like a bad dream.
Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1911  
(C49) Four Knights, 37 moves, 1-0

Learn how to let your pieces speak to each other like this.
Keres vs L Laurine, 1935 
(C02) French, Advance, 29 moves, 1-0

34.c5 --and can the pawn be stopped?
A Nickel vs K Schulz, 1999
(B06) Robatsch, 34 moves, 1-0

Pawns count. Good Knight attacks come from good outposts.
L Mkrtchian vs J Demina, 2006
(C41) Philidor Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

Watch a fork end the battle. Do you see it?
P Cramling vs E Paehtz, 2006 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Impressive N+B+K vs lone king. Technique!
Xu Jun vs Wang Yaoyao, 1997 
(E73) King's Indian, 77 moves, 0-1

See how knight-bishop team outdoes rook. Strong king helps.
M Judd vs Zukertort, 1884 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 50 moves, 1-0

Build your house, set your targets. Watch those angles.
D Filipovich vs Ganguly, 2006
(D77) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, 30 moves, 0-1

G Huber vs D Filipovich, 2004
(A10) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Enjoying 1st Saturday Idea, go full burn for the win.
K Neumeier vs J Wallner, 1999
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 18 moves, 1-0

Finish the idea. Win for White; see why sacrifice is important
Saha Joydev vs T Heinz, 1999 
(C21) Center Game, 21 moves, 1-0

Ashley vs B Kreiman, 1992
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 1-0

Passed pawns are valuable "pieces".
Kolisch vs H Czarnowski, 1867 
(C00) French Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Pawns march boldly side by side and outpower the rook.
C Golmayo vs Steinitz, 1867 
(C45) Scotch Game, 51 moves, 1-0

Powerful knight. The queen falls, or the king does.
Owen vs A Boden, 1867 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 20 moves, 1-0

For players who want to learn initiative and "What Comes Next".
Sokolsky vs Bronstein, 1944 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 29 moves, 1-0

I Bilek vs E Paoli, 1958 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

Take space away from your opponent and push him to the edge.
L Lane vs R Timmer, 1966 
(B07) Pirc, 46 moves, 0-1

A youth playing at a high level, Negi builds his experience.
Negi vs S Erenburg, 2005 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 73 moves, 1-0

Note the end -- where can black N go safely? Food for king.
Golombek vs R Krogius, 1935 
(A28) English, 32 moves, 1-0

Y Shulman vs V Petukhov, 1995
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 1-0

Knight and bishops converge on weak squares.
Marshall vs R Short, 1894  
(C51) Evans Gambit, 18 moves, 1-0

Use a ma'n file to connect your attack.
M R Kaldegg vs G Zeissl, 1903 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

Tactics! Pull the kink out of the castle.
Horvath vs L Mayer, 1917 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 18 moves, 1-0

Aim your pieces at the king!
J Eckl vs Schonewald, 1968 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 12 moves, 1-0

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