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magic endings
Compiled by kevin86
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Here are some games decided with great finishes!


Lucena with the twist
A Chernin vs Drasko, 1988 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 71 moves, 1-0

pieces control h-file, but capture black queen at a8!
Portisch vs M Damjanovic, 1968 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

chess blindness!!!
E Gereben vs H Ardiansyah, 1970  
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

immortal darw II
I Johannesson vs S Bergsson, 2007 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

while queen ties up rooks-lone pawn comes home
Jansa vs A Sokolov, 1990 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 107 moves, 1-0

knight of the cavaliers
H Pfleger vs Larsen, 1974 
(A10) English, 61 moves, 1-0

avoid the stalemate-retreat to win!
Azmaiparashvili vs A Chernin, 1990 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 61 moves, 0-1

Rook,Bishop,and a gang of pawns beat queen.
Ivanchuk vs N Delgado Ramirez, 2005 
(B58) Sicilian, 72 moves, 1-0

black has four pawns for the exchange
Suetin vs S Sale, 1988 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

two bishops plus pawn defeats 5 pawns.
J Houska vs A Harley, 2001 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 57 moves, 1-0

imprisoned "nickeled" bishop sac-ed to force pawn through
Hydra vs A Nickel, 2004 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 54 moves, 0-1

white is a bishop ahead,but is condemned to death.
D Mayers vs D King, 1978 
(A22) English, 40 moves, 0-1

Queen skewered in Q + N vs q ending.
G Milos vs Bareev, 2000 
(C11) French, 94 moves, 0-1

a glorious diversion-with necesary blocking
H Terrie vs E Tate, 2001 
(A21) English, 32 moves, 0-1

black gives up bishop to usher in king.
J Nikolac vs Timman, 1979 
(A04) Reti Opening, 56 moves, 0-1

black gives up bishop to divert pawn and usher his own.
O M Hindle vs G Moehring, 1964 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 77 moves, 0-1

bishops dominate limping knights
Korchnoi vs Parma, 1971 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 70 moves, 1-0

queen sac leads to discovered mate by bishop.
Nunn vs Portisch, 1988 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

three steamrolling pawns rattle bishop and rook.
V Zurakhov vs Zamikhovsky, 1959 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

material seems to be immaterial
T Halay vs Zhu Chen, 2005 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 64 moves, 1-0

cowboy rounded up by horses--brilliant mate!!
V Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

white a pawn up-falls into mate trap.
G Borisenko vs Simagin, 1955 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 59 moves, 0-1

a common theme done in an uncommon way-
Von Gottschall vs Blackburne, 1885 
(C14) French, Classical, 13 moves, 0-1

pawns break through like a mighty convoy.
A Pomar Salamanca vs J Cuadras Avellana, 1974 
(D93) Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3, 50 moves, 0-1

rook put to test and found wanting
Sveshnikov vs J Stocek, 2000 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 76 moves, 1-0

Chiggy wins with an x-ray defense--and a diversion.
Chigorin vs B Yankovich, 1899 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

Lasker chases king-catches king.
NN vs Lasker, 1900 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 12 moves, 0-1

white does a catch,release,and catch again on black's queen.
Bronstein vs Zarkov, 1992 
(E90) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Champion vs Royalty-a great draw
Euwe vs Sultan Khan, 1932 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zugzwang city!
Anand vs Van Wely, 1997 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

black is movebound
Englisch vs J Bauer, 1890 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 53 moves, 1-0

a choice of two crisp endings
Azmaiparashvili vs Shirov, 1990 
(A16) English, 37 moves, 0-1

black gives up rook and bishop to capture wayward queen.
T Fogarasi vs D Breder, 2000 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 47 moves, 0-1

double check adds fuel to the fork
M D Tseitlin vs E Dizdarevic, 1999 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 37 moves, 1-0

Boden's mate by Boden.
R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 15 moves, 0-1

Reti-Tartokower finish for black
Schwartz vs Hartlaub, 1918 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 0-1

queen sac is followed by double check sudden death
H Helms vs O Tenner, 1942 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 13 moves, 1-0

bishop vs two pawns-resistance is futile
V Milov vs G Borg, 2003 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 66 moves, 0-1

preventing the interposer.
Topalov vs Bareev, 2002 
(C11) French, 27 moves, 1-0

queen sac allows knight to mate--or vice versa
M Krasenkow vs Sveshnikov, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

rook sac forces white to open diagonal of doom
E M Jackson vs Marshall, 1899 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

two rooks plus piece vs queen--a 2006 version
N Miezis vs R Fontaine, 2006 
(A22) English, 49 moves, 1-0

a jiggy quick mate
S Lipnowski vs R Jiganchine, 2004 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 0-1

nasty pawns defeat wimpy pieces
A Pokorny vs Hromadka, 1926  
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

direct threat plus hidden one.
Bogoljubov vs H Hussong, 1938 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 15 moves, 1-0

Will it go round in circles?
Janowski vs Gruenfeld, 1925 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

watch the castles roll!
Aronian vs F Vallejo Pons, 2006 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

a bishop sac holds on to the last pawn
Delchev vs B Chatalbashev, 2001 
(B27) Sicilian, 58 moves, 0-1

Three pieces vs two rooks---A WILD finish!!
Van der Wiel vs Ljubojevic, 1988 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 68 moves, 1-0

Q+N+PP vs Q-but no victory
Akopian vs A Aleksandrov, 2000 
(A13) English, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

two minor pieces end this minature
Muller vs Bayer, 1908 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

the immortal repitititititition gamemememe
G Neumann vs Steinitz, 1870 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 124 moves, 0-1

Chase him to corner-then confine him to "death row"
Bronstein vs L Shamkovich, 1961 
(B01) Scandinavian, 40 moves, 1-0

another in the Qd8+ file
M Bonch-Osmolovsky vs B Baranov, 1953 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

bishop and pawn cannot hold back two rooks
Quinteros vs V Tukmakov, 1973 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

BxP+ KxB N-N5+ OH DARN!!! :(
J Friedman vs Gulko, 1993 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 16 moves, 0-1

long range mate by Mieses (who Mr. Jinks hates to pieces)
J Mieses vs Marshall, 1903 
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

a very modified epaulette mate
M Mitso vs T Gelashvili, 2000 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

the trapper trapped
M Shereshevsky vs Kupreichik, 1976 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 0-1

white misses an early mate in eight-has to struggle for 80
G Mazzoni vs M Bobotsov, 1966 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 80 moves, 1-0

A knight CAN beat a bishop
Kholmov vs Sveshnikov, 1999 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 0-1

Najdorf defeats FINEst endgame defense
Fine vs Najdorf, 1949 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 71 moves, 0-1

surprizing mate follows briilliant rook sac at g2
L E Johannessen vs A Vouldis, 2003 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 32 moves, 0-1

white,three pawns ahead-saves draw on opponent's blunder
Alburt vs T Georgadze, 1971  
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

knight + bishop fails to win
I Zakharevich vs A Bratchenko, 2001 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 100 moves, 1/2-1/2

rook plus knight plus bishop vs rook= a brilliant finale
C Nanu vs R Molander, 2001 
(B20) Sicilian, 63 moves, 1-0

knight blindness
Yusupov vs Anand, 1992 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 70 moves, 1-0

final move dooms king OR bishop to overwork
A Kosten vs Adorjan, 1988 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 62 moves, 0-1

strange:material up/game lost
Topalov vs Sasikiran, 2007 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 59 moves, 1-0

queen attacks from northeast instead of northwest
Baburin vs Adianto, 1993 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 0-1

despote a bishop up,he must battle to the end.
Browne vs Wojtkiewicz, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 74 moves, 1-0

Euwe loses a stone drawn game!
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 65 moves, 0-1

don't blame Chandler too much!
Chandler vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1987 
(B33) Sicilian, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

a masterful ending of R+P vs R+P!t
Jansa vs Geller, 1970 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 83 moves, 1-0

white misses "kamikazi rook" defense-resigns :(
F J Perez Perez vs Ivkov, 1962 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 36 moves, 0-1

white misses chance to save draw at the end:(
G Fridstein vs Lutikov, 1954 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 59 moves, 0-1

a textbook zugzwang
E E Wright vs H Hatch, 1965 
(B57) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

Capa avoids perpetual with a rook sac
Capablanca vs R Raubitschek, 1906 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 1-0

artful queen sac sets the way for a promotion.
Onischuk vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

simplification-the Godfather way
Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1908 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 0-1

white falls into stalemate trap but opponent resigns,instead
A Blees vs Plachetka, 1985 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 70 moves, 1-0

black queens first,white queens best.
Y Shulman vs S T Ansell, 2002 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 60 moves, 1-0

black sets up a stalemate move with a rook sac
V Tomovic vs Vidmar, 1945 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

a rook conquers four passed pawns
V Spasov vs E Dearing, 2004 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 63 moves, 1-0

black opens file-but only for himself-to draw
Ribli vs Romanishin, 1982 
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

white cannot defer mate-only hasten it
V Piza vs Miroshnichenko, 1996 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 69 moves, 0-1

a perpetual check out of nowhere
Polugaevsky vs Averbakh, 1961 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Corleone-type exchange leaves white a winner
Gelfand vs I Manor, 1988 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 41 moves, 1-0

white won this bout-by leading with his chin...
Y Shulman vs R Hess, 2008 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 44 moves, 1-0

double cavalier promotion
V Zurakhov vs Koblents, 1956 
(C11) French, 80 moves, 1-0

open the door! I'm coming in...
M Dutreeuw vs O Salmensuu, 2001 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

a perfect (s)mother's day present..
K Bischoff vs K Mueller, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

queen and rook are sac-ed to achieve a quick mate.
I Gudju vs Bogdanovsky, 1927 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

black resigns-when a good fight could have held the game
Gufeld vs Fedorowicz, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 55 moves, 1-0

just seven pieces and yet black sacs a knight!
H MacGrillen vs Keene, 1968 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 61 moves, 0-1

rook sac sets up pair of epaulette mates
Kiril D Georgiev vs I Rogers, 1993 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 26 moves, 0-1

a strange zugzwang in queen vs rook and pawns endgame
Hector vs J Carstensen, 2003 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 75 moves, 1-0

The rook and pawn drawing idea-with a new wrinkle
Salov vs J Horvath, 1983 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 58 moves, 1-0

a good primer on rook and pawn endings
Gelfand vs K Lerner, 1987 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 53 moves, 1-0

sudden mate in three in the ending
J Durao vs H Catozzi, 1957 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 45 moves, 1-0

BOOC-a big equalizer
A Sokolov vs McShane, 2002 
(B33) Sicilian, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

pawn intermezzo avoids stalemate trap
Kupchik vs Bogoljubov, 1924 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

a win at Queen vs queen
Anand vs P Thipsay, 1987 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 70 moves, 1-0

dull start-fast finish
J Diez del Corral vs Ivkov, 1970 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

NN defeats P-a rare occurrance
Znosko-Borovsky vs J A Seitz, 1931 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 96 moves, 0-1

a blockbuster final move leads Euwe to win
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

bishop and knight mate
E Alekseev vs I Cheparinov, 2009 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 89 moves, 1-0

a very quick,fiery finish
F Guido vs S Brunello, 2007 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 0-1

position looks upside down
Uhlmann vs P Enders, 1985 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 0-1

Trap in nightmare mode-Englund gambit...
Bayle vs J Martenot, 1981 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 7 moves, 0-1

surprise queen sac complicates this one...
Speelman vs Short, 1980 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 34 moves, 1-0

Saavedra lite
Zappa vs Rybka, 2007 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 129 moves, 1-0

rooks dominate-knights execute
de Firmian vs E Tate, 2001 
(B56) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

I bettered the text with a queen sac!-oops sorry
M Abbink vs Y H De Rover, 1997 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

a great finish on the bias AND on the file.
J Zawadzka vs L Schut, 2010 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

odd ending...
H Ree vs Zsofia Polgar, 1995 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 0-1

white gives up two rooks-1 by hook 1 by crooked.
P Popovic vs Dusan Rajkovic, 1980 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

back row circus
Duras vs H Wolf, 1907 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

the black king is left in a box
G Guseinov vs G Sargissian, 2011 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 1-0

two roads-two queen sacs
Judit Polgar vs L B Hansen, 1989 
(C16) French, Winawer, 33 moves, 1-0

immortal draw
Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

unstoppable pawn is stopped
Lasker vs Loman, 1903 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 0-1

underpromotion to win and to avoid losing
P Cramling vs A Galliamova, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

skewer wins queen-after great escape.
Duras vs E Cohn, 1911 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 1-0

black attacks to the end...his own!
McMahon vs T Krystosek, 1978 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 1-0

Kaspys triangulation
Alburt vs Kasparov, 1978 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 56 moves, 0-1

smothered mate but NOT
J M Bellon Lopez vs L Popov, 1977 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 41 moves, 1-0

white stumbles into sudden death
J Krzyszton vs Z Necesany, 1972 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 58 moves, 0-1

unique queen sac-rook pinned AND nailed
Tarrasch vs Crusius / Ulrich / Wendt, 1907 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 36 moves, 1-0

black sacs queen and rook-with check,but WINS
G Bauermann vs R Butze, 1979 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 18 moves, 0-1

choice of Q sac or QQ sac
Speelman vs J Durao, 1978 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

1924 brilliancy prize! fantastic finale!
Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924  
(A13) English, 25 moves, 1-0

a brilliant end...a draw!
J Stopa vs D Kuljasevic, 2007 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

OOPS!
D K Johansen vs I Rogers, 1980  
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

white STEALS this one from the fire!
F Rhine vs S Nagle, 1997 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

lethal skewer.
W Chen vs K McDonald, 2013 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 22 moves, 1-0

Capa queen sac-a classic
Capablanca vs B H Villegas, 1914 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

pieces are sacrificed on both sides!
Short vs Morozevich, 2010 
(C11) French, 44 moves, 1-0

stalemate trap!
Bird vs Englisch, 1883 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov goes down in this circus!
Timman vs Kasparov, 1985 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

both sides sac queen then white WINS it!
F Destrebecq vs G Drogou, 1982 
(A66) Benoni, 25 moves, 1-0

illegal move makes the game!
J Mason vs Winawer, 1883  
(C13) French, 43 moves, 0-1

look at the array of pieces in the NE corner.
J Asik vs K Papas, 2001 
(B06) Robatsch, 34 moves, 1-0

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