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Charming Miniatures
Compiled by syracrophy
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Alexander Alekhine and "strong" back files...
Alekhine vs Koehnlein, 1908 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

Shortest neat non-patzer-at-all miniature.
A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 4 moves, 0-1

The queen must run a few moves, but its losing anyways...
E Paehtz vs M Seps, 2004 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

16.Qxg6+!! removing the f-pawn, to let the bishop control g8...
G Neumann vs Dufresne, 1863 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 17 moves, 1-0

Capablanca does it again: smother mate, or material advantage
Capablanca vs H K Mattison, 1929 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 20 moves, 1-0

Houston! We have a Queen stuck on the pipelines!
D Waterman vs R Samo, 1974 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Keep calm and go back to compose endgames.
Smirin vs Y Afek, 1992 
(B30) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1-0

8.Bxf7+! and 10.Ne6!!
L Mischke vs Miarczynski, 1981 
(B32) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1-0

E Szalanczy vs A Wallner, 1982 
(B56) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1-0

10.axb4!! (10...Qxa1? 11.Nb3!)
Powell vs Nagel, 1985 
(B40) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1-0

13...Nxg3+!! and Carlos Torre outplays Grunfeld!
Gruenfeld vs Carlos Torre, 1925 
(A80) Dutch, 13 moves, 0-1

After 23.Qc2 Rc1+ 24.Kh2 Rh1++
P Zarnicki vs F Fiorito, 2000 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 0-1

a trapped queen by Botvinnik
Botvinnik vs Spielmann, 1935 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 12 moves, 1-0

Alekhine's new ideas for the Legal's mate
Alekhine vs O Tenner, 1911 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

"Knight-een" moves...!
P Potemkin vs Alekhine, 1912 
(B20) Sicilian, 19 moves, 0-1

17...Rxf7 18.Re8++ or 17...Kh8 18.Qxf8++
Euwe vs S Van Mindeno, 1927 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 17 moves, 1-0

hey Reti, who needs rooks?
Reti vs Euwe, 1920 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

Reti's bishops...
Euwe vs Reti, 1920 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 0-1

A priceless charming king-hunt-miniature for the posterity...
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

15. Qxh6+!! and 18. Rf4+!
Blackburne vs H Gifford, 1874  
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

I just need one rook....
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 21 moves, 1-0

19.Kh1 Qxh2+!! 20.Kxh2 Rh6+ 21.Qh4 Rxh4++
S Shaw vs P Sokol, 1943 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 0-1

Poor Parker...
C Parker vs I Myall, 1999 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 19 moves, 0-1

19...Kf8 20.Qh6++ or 19...Kh8 20.Qh6! and it's "curtains down"
Yanofsky vs J Therien, 1947 
(C10) French, 19 moves, 1-0

Dubious Dubois
Dubois vs Steinitz, 1862 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 0-1

Giving Queen odds, White announces forced mate at move 7...
W Potter vs NN, 1870 
(000) Chess variants, 15 moves, 1-0

Queen sac by taking central pawn forces unusual Bishop mate!
W Donisthorpe vs Mundell, 1892 
(C46) Three Knights, 15 moves, 1-0

Nezh cuts the hair of his enemies regardless their last name...
Samsonov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1929 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 15 moves, 0-1

A Lang way to death.
Steinitz vs Lang, 1860 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 19 moves, 1-0

I'm sorry, Sam, but the move that breaks the mirror is mate...
Traxler vs J Samanek, 1900 
(C49) Four Knights, 16 moves, 1-0

Capablanca sees through the mirror.
Capablanca vs NN, 1918 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 1-0

Fishing in troubled waters.
Koneru vs C Waters, 1999 
(A04) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 0-1

Even Petrosian's Queen sacs had a prophylactic final touch.
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

Final mate could've be a golden stamp for future corres. games!
V Sokolov vs Rusnikov, 1966 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

67-year old Lasker still rocked...
Lasker vs Pirc, 1935 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 20 moves, 1-0

Steadman tells no tale...
S F St Jermain Steadman vs Ed. Lasker, 1913 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 0-1

After the storm has passed, a minute of silence...
E Kengis vs R Djurhuus, 1991 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 0-1

The "Magnetized King Game"
Dupre vs Carlos Torre, 1927 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 10 moves, 0-1

7.Bxf6?? allows 8...Rxh2! and 10...Qxe5+!!
NN vs Carlos Torre, 1928 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 0-1

9.Nxe5!!
Zukertort vs NN, 1877 
(C26) Vienna, 16 moves, 1-0

Morphy would've haunted the real Ghost of the Opera!
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

20.Qg6!!
Alekhine vs Supico, 1941 
(C21) Center Game, 20 moves, 1-0

18.Rxe6!!
Carlos Torre vs Saemisch, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

8.exf6?? allows 9...Qe7!! and 10...Bg7!!
Y Rusakov vs B Verlinsky, 1947 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

M Bonch-Osmolovsky vs B Baranov, 1953 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Canal pieces, please, leave the filthy job to the Bishops?
E Canal vs NN, 1934 
(B01) Scandinavian, 14 moves, 1-0

One of Chernev's classic recipes for beginners.
Capablanca vs C Jaffe, 1910 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

16...Nxh5 17.Rxh5! winning
Carlos Torre vs H E Jennings, 1924 
(A48) King's Indian, 16 moves, 1-0

11.Qh5!! gxh5 12.Bh7++
Konstantin Chernyshov (elder) vs A Lesiak, 1969 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

White rooks recharged...
P Vinogradov vs Alekhine, 1903 
(C21) Center Game, 20 moves, 1-0

12.Qxg6 exf2+ 13.Kf1 fxe1=Q+ 14.Kxe1 hxg6(-+)
J M Ripley vs O Hardy, 1963 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 11 moves, 0-1

Edgar Colle's Immortal Attacking Game!
Colle vs J O'Hanlon, 1930 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

L Bruzon Batista vs Jobava, 2005 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Steinitz gone Mad...en
Steinitz vs Van der Meden, 1865  
(000) Chess variants, 20 moves, 1-0

The black's dark square bishop: the last nail on white's coffin
I Sokolov vs Aronian, 2006 
(E35) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 5.cd ed, 19 moves, 0-1

10...Nxc3?? allows 11.Qg5+! crushing
J Mason vs Chigorin, 1889 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 1-0

9.Ne5! and a beautiful mate with a knight...in the corner!
W Potter vs Matthews, 1868 
(C21) Center Game, 13 moves, 1-0

NN vs Leonhardt, 1903 
(C22) Center Game, 8 moves, 0-1

16.gxf6!!
Tal vs Sviridov, 1969 
(B75) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

11...Nxf2!! (14.Nxd8 Nh3+ 15.Kh1 Rxf1++)
C Mansfield vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1928 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 23 moves, 0-1

18.Rxd5!! exposes the queen to the shock 19.Ng5!
A Istratescu vs Ftacnik, 2005 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 20 moves, 1-0

12...Bf5!! and 13...Qxh3+!!
NN vs Blackburne, 1880  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 0-1

14.Nxf7! allows 20.g6!! (20...hxg6 21.Rh3 and 22.Rh8+)
A Volokitin vs Z Kozul, 2001 
(B30) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

17...Qa5!! wins(18.Qxa5 Nc2++) Charming!
K Tsarouhas vs Kotronias, 2005 
(A23) English, Bremen System, Keres Variation, 18 moves, 0-1

7.Qxg7!? leads to complications where no king is safe
Rublevsky vs C Gabriel, 1992 
(C47) Four Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

16...Ne4!! and 17...Ng3!!
Mandolfo vs Kolisch, 1859 
(C26) Vienna, 19 moves, 0-1

14.Re8+!!
Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

12.Ng6+! and a beautiful mate in the corner!
Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

11...Bxb4+! allows 13...Rc2 and 14...Ne3 winning
J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 
(C02) French, Advance, 14 moves, 0-1

9...Nxd4!! and 10...b4!! unprotects white king to mate
Morphy vs Maurian, 1855 
(000) Chess variants, 12 moves, 0-1

the Knight that can't mate
Morphy vs T Knight, 1856 
(000) Chess variants, 17 moves, 1-0

20.0-0-0!! threats 21.f3++(20...exf4 21.Rd4++)
Marshall vs Burn, 1907 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

15.e6 - If you open lines, it doesn't matter if the Queen dies!
J D Tisdall vs G Lee, 1981 
(B40) Sicilian, 18 moves, 1-0

Not only to WIN the piece BUT to know how to KEEP it.
Chiburdanidze vs O A Andreieva, 1973 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 22 moves, 1-0

Blow after blow, from one corner to the other!
Feuerstein vs Bennett, 1955 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

The diamond in the crown of the 2015 World Junior Champion
M Antipov vs J van Foreest, 2015 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 1-0

What!? Painfully yes: that's the great Stein on the losing side
M Ruderfer vs Stein, 1972 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 20 moves, 1-0

Accepting the sac of both Rooks doesn't lose everytime.
A Planinc vs Podgaets, 1970 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 20 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs R Calvo, 1973 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 14 moves, 1-0

Nigmadzianov vs L I Kaplun, 1977 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 21 moves, 1-0

Fomenko vs L Radchenko, 1967 
(C59) Two Knights, 25 moves, 0-1

Piotrowski vs J Sokolow, 1971 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 24 moves, 0-1

Just too much violence,sacs,tactics,counters for a miniature!
A Riazantsev vs V Nevostrujev, 2002 
(E61) King's Indian, 22 moves, 0-1

H Wagner vs W Schoenmann, 1919  
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

Maczynski vs W Pratten, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

Briefness is Per-fection.
P Ofstad vs Uhlmann, 1963 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

S Vesselovsky vs D Kudischewitsch, 1969 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 13 moves, 0-1

Maroczy vs Charousek, 1896 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 20 moves, 0-1

Loyd's renowned problem-like Mate-in-3 after 24.Qe6!!
Loyd vs Charles Caldwell Moore, 1853 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

A Alexander vs O Cordel, 1870 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 23 moves, 0-1

A Nicifor vs E Kramer, 1922 
(C48) Four Knights, 25 moves, 0-1

H Helms vs O Tenner, 1942 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 13 moves, 1-0

I Pleci vs L Endzelins, 1939 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 1-0

B Kazic vs B Vukovic, 1940 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

J M de Oliveira Gomes vs J G Caetano Netto, 1942 
(C46) Three Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

E E Book vs A Hiidenheimo, 1925 
(C27) Vienna Game, 16 moves, 1-0

E E Book vs Ingerslev, 1929 
(C00) French Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

How to make a miniature against Iron Tigran? Positionally!
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1982  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs B Hoenlinger, 1929 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1-0

De Vere vs Paulsen, 1870 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

J Balogh vs A Gromer, 1931 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 23 moves, 1-0

Carlos Torre vs E Z Adams, 1920 
(C11) French, 21 moves, 1-0

Traxler - The father unleashing the power of his son
J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890  
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

Schlechter's Immortal
B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

Navara vs Sasikiran, 2009 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 25 moves, 1-0

Mr. Believe-it-or-not of Chess sets his own record.
Singers vs T Krabbe, 1958 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 6 moves, 0-1

R Srivatshav vs A Gandhi, 2016 
(E90) King's Indian, 21 moves, 1-0

Wei Yi vs Yinglun Xu, 2017 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 21 moves, 1-0

D Wagner vs P Nikolic, 2017 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 22 moves, 1-0

Halprin vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Ukraine Immortal
E Korchmar vs E Poliak, 1937 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

A jewel of the "happiest moment" (Sosonko) of young Smyslov
K Gerasimov vs Smyslov, 1935 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

Black's monster Rook sac novelty on the Dutch beats 2700 player
R Wojtaszek vs S Williams, 2011 
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 20 moves, 0-1

Capa jumped into it fiercely and Black missed the best 18...d5!
Capablanca vs S Campos, 1927 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

The jewel on the crown of the European Junior Champ of 2002
Mamedyarov vs B Galstian, 2002 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 22 moves, 1-0

L Shamkovich vs V Zheliandinov, 1959  
(A66) Benoni, 20 moves, 1-0

W Schmidt vs C Maalouf, 1961 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

E Inarkiev vs Leitao, 2013 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 24 moves, 1-0

I Zaitsev vs O Dementiev, 1970 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 20 moves, 1-0

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