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Unknowns of tremendous entertainment.
Compiled by themadhair
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For a game to make it into this collection it must obey the following:

1. It must indeed be of tremendous entertainment or great instructional value. 2. When added the game must contain 3 or less kibitzs. Kibitzs that are added later do not count.

Any suggestions for suitable games are welcome.


Is a central pawn majority worth a piece?
Nezhmetdinov vs Myagmarsuren, 1965 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 51 moves, 0-1

The French defence and dismemberment thereof.
E Tate vs A Base, 1996 
(C00) French Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Tremendous endgame technique from the master of the grimace.
J Piket Sr vs G Welling, 1985 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 0-1

Did he mean to sack his queen?
Marshall vs Nate Halper, 1941 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

A pawn can indeed be worth an open file.
Unzicker vs Czaya, 1948 
(C16) French, Winawer, 25 moves, 1-0

Beware the Zwinzenchung.
Stoltz vs K Richter, 1941 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

A complete kingside wipe-out.
I A Horowitz vs Fine, 1934 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 28 moves, 0-1

Queen + Bishop + Keres = murderous debotchery
Keres vs L Laurine, 1935 
(C02) French, Advance, 29 moves, 1-0

A peaceful opening. At least for a while.
Keres vs Fine, 1937 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

A prolonged pin providing pain.
Spielmann vs Reti, 1913 
(C56) Two Knights, 30 moves, 0-1

The swashbuckling approach to chess.
Schlechter vs Walter, 1896 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 1-0

Who says the Giuoco Piano is boring?
Szabo vs T van Scheltinga, 1947 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 1-0

Can't have a game collection without the holy one.
Morphy vs de Riviere, 1858 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 1-0

Very good knight versus very bad bishop.
O'Kelly vs Najdorf, 1950 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 39 moves, 0-1

Total domination. (I counted J.A. Topfke as one kibitz)
Leonhardt vs Burn, 1911 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

Awesome display of tactics and strategy with the black pieces.
J Davidson vs Alekhine, 1926 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 52 moves, 0-1

The beast doing what the beast does best.
Kasparov vs M Thiruchelvam, 1998 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

A somewhat forceful exchange sac.
Rada vs Kostal, 1942 
(B56) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1-0

A very exciting and hard fought draw.
D Rubin vs Glek, 1989 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

A peaceful draw ... NOT!!!
J M Bellon Lopez vs R Jamieson, 1977 
(C47) Four Knights, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Have my rooks and my queen. I don't care.
Maczynski vs W Pratten, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

After throwing the kitchen sink be cool and finish the endgame.
Szabo vs G Sigurjonsson, 1968 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

Getting the most out of the initiative.
H Lehmann vs Mueller, 1952 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

What the hell is going on here?
Streng vs E J Diemer, 1984 
(A04) Reti Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

Very solid attacking.
A R Green vs S Villone, 2006 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 39 moves, 1-0

The Stellwagen in fine form.
Holzke vs Stellwagen, 2005
(C06) French, Tarrasch, 54 moves, 0-1

The Petroff. And deserving treatment thereof.
Stellwagen vs S Alavi, 1999 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Swapping off your opponents fianchettoed is not always good.
O Nill vs F Teodonio, 2001
(A10) English, 57 moves, 1-0

Knowing when to attack is an artform.
A W Bowen vs J H Beaty, 1962
(E70) King's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

Added so I can gloat I beat Scott in a gameknot blitz game.
L Garcia vs S Thomson, 2005 
(E90) King's Indian, 31 moves, 0-1

How many pieces can one man sac?
Steinitz vs Van der Meden, 1865  
(000) Chess variants, 20 moves, 1-0

Killing the French with the KIA.
B Amin vs T Batchuluun, 2001 
(C00) French Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Sack and counterattack.
B Lalic vs Khalifman, 1997 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

Beware the unconventional.
L Mueller vs M Mannhart, 2006
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 0-1

Similarities to a certain Berliner game are coincedental.
A Lopukhin vs Semeniuk, 1975 
(C57) Two Knights, 50 moves, 0-1

The king in the centre.
Gruenfeld vs Reti, 1922 
(A53) Old Indian, 26 moves, 0-1

The eternal optimist being........optimistic.
Larsen vs E Torre, 1987 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 56 moves, 1-0

Double bishop sac in the petroff. Who'd have thunk it?
Kudrin vs H A Machado Jr, 1988 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Black coming out swinging.
V Petkov vs T Hillarp Persson, 2006 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury cleaning up.
Pillsbury vs Burn, 1895  
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

The strength of passed pawns.
K Khanov vs J Yuchtman, 1957 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 46 moves, 0-1

The Russian tiger ripping the black to kingside to shreds.
T L Petrosian vs A Minasian, 2006 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1-0

Forget Capa - Symslov was the real king of endgames.
Smyslov vs O Castro, 1976 
(A04) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

The king safe in the centre.
Filguth vs Korchnoi, 1979 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 0-1

Pulling out a miracle save.
F Braga vs Timman, 1982 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

A brilliant attack stopped dead in its tracks.
Taimanov vs Larsen, 1970 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 34 moves, 0-1

An instructive pawn sac for open lines and diagonals.
Botvinnik vs B Soderborg, 1962 
(A16) English, 46 moves, 1-0

Good strong positional play from down under.
R Taylor vs P Garbett, 1982 
(B83) Sicilian, 46 moves, 1-0

Sacing the kitchen sink. Repeatedly.
J Krejcik vs K Krobot, 1908 
(C22) Center Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Sometimes a long hard corrosive game is inspiring.
S Kindermann vs Yusupov, 1995 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 82 moves, 0-1

babakova:"an example of a good player against a great player."
Golombek vs Smyslov, 1952 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 59 moves, 0-1

Getting the minority attack in.
Kramnik vs Timman, 1995 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

Lost the exchange? Attack!!!!
G Camacho Penate vs A Hernandez, 1994 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

You don't always need the queen for the attack.
F Gygli vs Stahlberg, 1934 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 32 moves, 1-0

The young future champ??
Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2006 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

Exploiting the doubled pawns.
Bird vs G W Medley, 1849 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 63 moves, 1-0

Short. Sweet. And I have played this move for move.
Taylor vs K Dreyer, 1934 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 9 moves, 1-0

Kill the fianchetto and then ATTACK!!!!!!
D Jere vs S Kawuma, 2006
(A38) English, Symmetrical, 34 moves, 1-0

What the hell is going on here?
E Schiller vs R Szmetan, 2003
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 64 moves, 1-0

Isn't black supposed to have the initiative in the Benko?
Jobava vs T Kuehn, 2001 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Play a crap opening and you get smashed.
Duras vs A Neumann, 1903 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

A dose of the black attack.
Olland vs Tartakower, 1907 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

When Mamedyarov plays well he really plays well.
Mamedyarov vs P Tregubov, 2006 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

A superb kingside attack in the king's indian. For white.
Spassky vs J van Oosterom, 1955 
(E85) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

Another opponent getting slowly squeezed.
Petrosian vs A Pirtskhalava, 1947  
(A90) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

Another queen sac. How 1900.
Janowski vs Marshall, 1912 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Chessical: A beautiful slow motion combination.
G Fridstein vs I Nei, 1952 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 29 moves, 1-0

A congested seventh rank.
E Eliskases vs L Laurine, 1935 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

Very nice tactical game. 27.Nd7!! a real gem of a move.
G Garcia vs Popovych, 1986
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 36 moves, 1-0

Giving up the queens twice to gain a replacement.
Schussler vs H Akvist, 1976 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 87 moves, 1-0

A correspondance muzio with a pretty mate.
P Millican vs N Down, 1987 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

Petty neat attack in a Benko. For white.
S Conquest vs J M Hodgson, 1990 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 30 moves, 1-0

Another Benko wipeout. This is brutal.
Dlugy vs D Gurevich, 1988 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 18 moves, 1-0

Another good slug in the evans.
C Bush vs P Polasek, 1985 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 29 moves, 1-0

An early Botvinnik system by the master himself.
Ragozin vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

See my notes in the first kibitz on this game.
Alekhine vs Colle, 1925 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 61 moves, 1-0

's post says it all. Top rout by Fine.
Fine vs Gruenfeld, 1936 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 1-0

How tied up is white in this game. Great stuff by Chucky.
Kamsky vs Ivanchuk, 1991 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 53 moves, 0-1

Sometimes a hasty liquidation doesn't secure the draw.
O Sterner vs Boleslavsky, 1954
(B59) Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3, 22 moves, 0-1

Nice continued attack by white well into the endgame.
N Ciganovic vs A Gupta, 2006 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 43 moves, 1-0

Hard to believe such a small error cost black so quickly.
B Wall vs Morales, 1974 
(B56) Sicilian, 11 moves, 1-0

You can forgive white for this one.
Kiril D Georgiev vs Nisipeanu, 2006 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

A demolition player by Judit when she was only 10 years old!
J Costa vs Judit Polgar, 1987 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 22 moves, 0-1

Sometimes one weakness (black d-pawn) is enough.
Judit Polgar vs Topalov, 2006 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 51 moves, 1-0

A small advantage nursed to a fine win.
E Canal vs Rubinstein, 1929 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 80 moves, 0-1

A quick switch to the kingside.
D Nestorovic vs Ulibin, 2005
(C14) French, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

Tremendous defence using the exchange sac.
Maroczy vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(C10) French, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Castling early makes the king safe. Or does it?
M Keller vs A Quist, 1970 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

The violent two knights.
H Wademark vs M Keller, 1986 
(C57) Two Knights, 30 moves, 0-1

Judith gains control of key squares to get a better endgame.
S D Sigfusson vs Judit Polgar, 1988 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 66 moves, 0-1

Check out first post for all the details.
Carlos Torre vs M A Schapiro, 1924 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 0-1

Why allow black to initiate a free for all in the sicilian?
H Ardiansyah vs H Suradiradja, 1978
(B33) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

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