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positionalgenius' favorite games
Compiled by positionalgenius
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A collection of gems worth seeing

good study game
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 38 moves, 1-0

karpov-spassky duke it out in 1980
Karpov vs Spassky, 1980 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

Svidler gets a painful lesson in tactics
Judit Polgar vs Svidler, 2005 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 30 moves, 1-0

Michael Adams in his finest hour
Adams vs Gelfand, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 117 moves, 1-0

Kasparov's greatest attacking game of all-time
Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 0-1

Prodigy clashes with teacher,and it is spectacular
Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1

kasparov plays a masterful,karpov-style endgame
Kasparov vs Svidler, 2004 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 57 moves, 1-0

Kasparov at his finest
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 63 moves, 0-1

karpov crushes garry-again
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1988 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 38 moves, 1-0

Kramnik and Kasparov play another fine game
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal's revenge
Tal vs Karpov, 1987 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

Karpov whips Tal
Karpov vs Tal, 1980 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 34 moves, 1-0

Aronian teaches a brutal tactics lesson
I Sokolov vs Aronian, 2006 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 19 moves, 0-1

Topalov plays a sacraficial masterpiece
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

blitz
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1998 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 1-0

Gischuk-Kasim playchess.com blitz game
Grischuk vs Kasimdzhanov, 2004 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 70 moves, 1-0

Phenomenal fighting chess
Ponomariov vs Aronian, 2005 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 51 moves, 0-1

strong endgame technique,fighting game
Aronian vs Ponomariov, 2005 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 73 moves, 1-0

Epic Linares 2006 battle
Aronian vs Topalov, 2006 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 123 moves, 1/2-1/2

#2 greatest endgame all time
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 74 moves, 0-1

Great fighting game by both players
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 0-1

Another tactical win
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1-0

Kasparov and Adams play a very complicated draw
Kasparov vs Adams, 2004 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Grischuk's sac brilliant
Bareev vs Grischuk, 2006 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 32 moves, 0-1

nice draw
Anand vs Kramnik, 2000 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasimdzhanov's finest hour
Shirov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 0-1

A fine tactical win by the russian
Grischuk vs Bacrot, 2004 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

Nice tactical fight
Topalov vs Mamedyarov, 2006 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 50 moves, 1-0

karpov's finest win ever vs kramnik
Karpov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 40 moves, 1-0

Incredible game. Svidler agreed to a draw in a won position!
Svidler vs Anand, 1999 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

In incredible tactical game in San Luis
Svidler vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

A fighting draw
Shirov vs Kasparov, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

kasparov saves another game at linares 2004
Leko vs Kasparov, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Great adams win
Adams vs Sasikiran, 2002
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 54 moves, 1-0

Fighting draw
Topalov vs Anand, 2008 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bacrot!!!
Ivanchuk vs Bacrot, 2007 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 0-1

What a fight!
Ivanchuk vs Mamedyarov, 2007 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 58 moves, 0-1

Excellent svidler technique
Svidler vs Navara, 2007 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 38 moves, 1-0

Spectacular queen sac and attack by navara
I Cheparinov vs Navara, 2007 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 0-1

A flash of what is to come
Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

Harikrishna- imaginative play
Harikrishna vs Yifan Hou, 2008 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 55 moves, 1-0

Kasimdzhanov vs Nakamura, 2007 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Gelfand, 1996 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 25 moves, 1-0

Kasparov escapes....
Anand vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Adams vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kramnik vs Anand, 1996 
(A14) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Grischuk vs Radjabov, 2007 
(E73) King's Indian, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Svidler vs Dreev, 2007 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Adams vs Topalov, 2006 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 1-0

Jakovenko vs Leko, 2007 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

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

Anand vs Svidler, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 53 moves, 1-0

Interesting endgame- underpromotion
Shirov vs Aronian, 2008 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

...Nh4!!!
Morozevich vs Adams, 2001 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

Great endgame
Mamedyarov vs Kamsky, 2007 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 70 moves, 1-0

high quality draw
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2001 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ponomariov vs Kramnik, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Incredible draw- see Ezzy's annotations
Topalov vs Mamedyarov, 2007 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Adams in a fine sicilian win
Adams vs Yifan Hou, 2007 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 39 moves, 1-0

Kramnik-Mamedyarov clash
Kramnik vs Mamedyarov, 2008 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 39 moves, 0-1

14. Qxe6!! Brilliant game,early candidate for GOTY
Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2008 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 49 moves, 1-0

svidler beats kasparov
Svidler vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B50) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

great endgame mind
Karjakin vs Ponomariov, 2006 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 56 moves, 0-1

karpov in the endgame
Karpov vs Ljubojevic, 1988 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

morozevich wins
Morozevich vs Radjabov, 2007 
(B33) Sicilian, 52 moves, 1-0

svidler's masterpiece
Mamedyarov vs Svidler, 2007 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 0-1

Anand brilliancy
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

good kibitzes
M Sharif vs Kasparov, 1988 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 31 moves, 1-0

Kasparov!
J Sunye Neto vs Kasparov, 1981 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

aronian mauls ivanchuk
Aronian vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(A04) Reti Opening, 33 moves, 1-0

possible GOTY 2008
Jakovenko vs Kasimdzhanov, 2008 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

aronian- the machine
Anand vs Aronian, 2008 
(C45) Scotch Game, 75 moves, 0-1

najdorf ivanchuk win
Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2009 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

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

Aronian vs Leko, 2009 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

great najdorf endgame
Anand vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2009 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 56 moves, 0-1

Typical kramnik
Eljanov vs Kramnik, 2010 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 49 moves, 0-1

Incredible save from adams
Adams vs M Paragua, 2011 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 111 moves, 1/2-1/2

back and forth WCC 2012
Anand vs Gelfand, 2012 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

kramnik!
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2012 
(C47) Four Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

like capa
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2012 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 53 moves, 1-0

brilliant
D J Ledger vs G Jones, 2012 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 34 moves, 0-1

Big russian championship game- 2012
Grischuk vs Svidler, 2012 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 0-1

Aronian at his best
Aronian vs Ivanchuk, 2012 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Nxb7!!
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2012 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

41.d6! and an entertaining endgame
Ponomariov vs Ivanchuk, 2012 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 60 moves, 1-0

Kramnik's endgame technique- demonstrated yet again.
Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2012 
(C45) Scotch Game, 87 moves, 0-1

Classic game
Morozevich vs Leko, 2012 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 42 moves, 1-0

Vintage Kramnik- triple sacrifice
Kramnik vs McShane, 2012 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 49 moves, 1-0

67. g4!! In a great endgame
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2013 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 92 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs Bacrot- again
Bacrot vs Aronian, 2013 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 0-1

Aronian brilliant game
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2014 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 45 moves, 1-0

Svidler smooth win at candidates 2014
Svidler vs Topalov, 2014 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 1-0

classic endgame
Kramnik vs Caruana, 2013 
(D85) Grunfeld, 76 moves, 1-0

great positional game
Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2015 
(A13) English, 49 moves, 0-1

Innovative ideas from Anand
Anand vs Adams, 2015 
(A20) English, 51 moves, 1-0

Tactical Kramnik v Topalov
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2015 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Best game of 2015 Possibly
Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 48 moves, 1-0

Great tactical match- London 2016
Topalov vs Anand, 2016 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 0-1

Nearly flawless technique
Kramnik vs Caruana, 2018 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 52 moves, 1-0

Insane ending.
Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2017 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

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