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100 best games of 20th century by Andrew Soltis
Compiled by northernsoul
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Soltis has graded thousands of games and published what he regards as the top 100. These are they


Estrin vs Berliner, 1965 
(C57) Two Knights, 42 moves, 0-1

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

Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 47 moves, 0-1

Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

Stoltz vs H Steiner, 1952 
(A21) English, 34 moves, 1-0

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

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

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Aronin, 1957 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Smyslov, 1965 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

M Lazarevic vs N Gaprindashvili, 1961 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 33 moves, 0-1

N Johansson-Tegelman vs R Rey Ardid, 1933 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 47 moves, 1-0

P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 40 moves, 0-1

Portisch vs Pinter, 1984 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

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

Ivkov vs D Ciric, 1963 
(E08) Catalan, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Chekhover vs Kasparian, 1936 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs E Dyckhoff, 1935 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

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

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

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

Kasparov vs Smirin, 1988 
(E97) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Bisguier vs Benko, 1963 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 31 moves, 0-1

F Thorbergsson vs Tal, 1964 
(E77) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

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

Alekhine vs Yates, 1923 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 50 moves, 0-1

Szabo vs G Sigurjonsson, 1968 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

S Atalik vs Miles, 1993 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

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