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Ending Masterpieces
Compiled by syracrophy
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Torre's bishops
Carlos Torre vs H E Jennings, 1924 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 54 moves, 1-0

40.Rxd6+!!
Quinteros vs V Tukmakov, 1973 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

38.Rxc4!!
Unzicker vs Keres, 1956 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 39 moves, 1-0

23...Be6! starts an interesting endgame that ended in 40...e4!!
Carlos Torre vs M A Schapiro, 1924 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 0-1

12.g3? and 13.f4? allowed 18...Bxf4! with a winning endgame
R Scrivener vs Carlos Torre, 1924 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 41 moves, 0-1

Three united pieces VS a far-away-queen and a lonely king
A Artidiello vs Onischuk, 2004 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 34 moves, 0-1

52.g6+!
Smyslov vs Flohr, 1949 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 53 moves, 1-0

Gert Rude with the bishop pair
O Ekebjaerg vs G Timmerman, 1991 
(C27) Vienna Game, 36 moves, 0-1

A rook VS two knights and a bishop...who will win?
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1991 
(E97) King's Indian, 114 moves, 1/2-1/2

Koneru's "Dumpy" bishop
C Sandipan vs Koneru, 2006 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 82 moves, 1-0

32.Nxb5!! and 33.Bxb5!!...Two thunderbolts on the same place!
Karpov vs C Hansen, 1992 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 43 moves, 1-0

72.Qc8+! Qxc8 73.Be6+! Kxe6 74.bxc8=Q+ winning
L Bruzon Batista vs L Dominguez, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 72 moves, 1-0

115.g8=Q+! and the rest is just matter of attacking the bishop!
L Bruzon Batista vs D Fridman, 2004 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 121 moves, 1-0

95...Ka8 96.Na5 Kb8 97.Nxb7(+-) and it's curtains down...
Zhong Zhang vs Koneru, 2003 
(C22) Center Game, 95 moves, 1-0

42.Rxe4!!
E Safarli vs S Sjugirov, 2006 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1-0

The pair of bishops VS rook + bishop, in the style of Botvinnik
I Botvinnik vs A Samaganova, 2006
(A36) English, 80 moves, 1-0

50...Kf6 51.Rf8++
N Agababean vs I Botvinnik, 2006
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 1-0

the black bishop is just a "paper tiger"
Nakamura vs T Hillarp Persson, 2005 
(C02) French, Advance, 100 moves, 1-0

27...Rb8?? allows the shot 28.Rxd6! (28...Kxd6 29.Bf4+ winning)
Nakamura vs S Muhammad, 2004 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 1-0

White is clearly winning after 58.Ra4!! (58...Rxb6 59.Kc5+!)
Kevitz vs Marshall, 1931 
(A14) English, 69 moves, 1-0

59..Bc3! ties the white king to the defense of the black d-pawn
M Leon Hoyos vs Ponomariov, 2006 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 61 moves, 0-1

Three Amigos
L Dominguez vs Radjabov, 2004 
(B30) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

18.Qc1!! leads to a winning endgame
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

34.f4!!
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

35.Kg3! starts a winning maneuver, sacrificing some pawns...
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A80) Dutch, 52 moves, 1-0

45...d2! allows 46...Kd4!, forcing 47.e5 because of 47..Kc4(-+)
S D Sigfusson vs Judit Polgar, 1988 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 66 moves, 0-1

58.Ke6?? its suicidal..Winning was 58.Nxf6! (see patzer2 post)
Short vs Beliavsky, 1992 
(C48) Four Knights, 58 moves, 0-1

59.Rf3 Nh5 60.a8=Q Ng3+ 61.Rxg3 Rf2+ 62.Kg1 Rxe1#
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 58 moves, 0-1

45...Kf8?? allows 46.Qb8+! (see syracrophy's post)
Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

The threat is 64.h7 Rh5 65.Rg8! Kxe7 66.h8=Q Rxh8 67.Rxh8 wins
Judit Polgar vs F J Ochoa De Echaguen, 1989
(B30) Sicilian, 63 moves, 1-0

86...Rxe5! wins a piece with a winning ending (87.fxe5 a2(-+))
Skembris vs Judit Polgar, 1990 
(E92) King's Indian, 98 moves, 0-1

26.Rfd3! sacrifices a pawn to open lines for white's rooks
Anand vs Topalov, 2006 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 1-0

42.Bf8! forces the knight to protect uneffectively the g7-pawn
Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2006 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 51 moves, 1-0

60...Rxd5!! (61.exd5 Bd4+ picks up the rook)
Tylor vs Sultan Khan, 1932 
(C46) Three Knights, 60 moves, 0-1

39...Rc1!! (40.Kxc1 h2(-+))
Averbakh vs Korchnoi, 1965 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 39 moves, 0-1

31.Rxf8! and the a-pawn can't be stopped from promoting
Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs A Y Model, 1932 
(C08) French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed, 31 moves, 1-0

48.d6+!! (48...Rxd6 49.Rf7+! Kxf7 50.Kxd6(+-) wins easily)
Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1-0

52.Rd8! allows the exchange of rooks with advantage of white
J Bartholomew vs M Thaler, 2004 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

The Twin#1 Immortal Ending
M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

The Twin#2 Immortal Ending
Tylkowski vs A Wojciechowski, 1931 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

46.Rxd6+!
Nakamura vs A Kunte, 2006 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 54 moves, 1-0

52...f4!(gives life to the g-pawn) 53...Kd6! (blocks the pawns)
Stoltz vs Nimzowitsch, 1928 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 61 moves, 0-1

A nice clash between Queen VS Rook+Knight
Morozevich vs A Volokitin, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 85 moves, 1-0

the great endgame player crushes Capablanca in a nice ending
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1-0

54.h4!, 60.g6! and the charming 64.Rh8+!!
I Bilek vs F Kuijpers, 1966 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 65 moves, 1-0

33.Rd8+!! (33...Bxd8 34.Be5+ Bf6 35.Bxf6++; 33...Kg7 34.Rg8++)
Hebden vs I Snape, 2006 
(A48) King's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

the charming 29...Bh4+! leads to a winning endgame
N Zubarev vs Carlos Torre, 1925 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

33.a5! gives white a decisive advantage on this tough clash!
Kramnik vs Leko, 2006 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

42...f4! A classical and basic endgame
A Pomar Salamanca vs J Cuadras Avellana, 1974 
(D93) Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3, 50 moves, 0-1

28.? White to play
L Engels vs Maroczy, 1936 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

50...Na3+!! (51.Nxa3 Ke2 wins)
G Barcza vs Simagin, 1949 
(A04) Reti Opening, 50 moves, 0-1

Saavedra Revisited.....(The first game I had ever seen In Live)
Svidler vs Topalov, 2006 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 67 moves, 1-0

69...Be3!! Good Moehrning!
O M Hindle vs G Moehring, 1964 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 77 moves, 0-1

Wholly knight
J Nogueiras vs M Gongora Reyes, 2001 
(A21) English, 84 moves, 1-0

31...Re1+!! and 32...hxg2 winning
H Terrie vs E Tate, 2001 
(A21) English, 32 moves, 0-1

After a tough middlegame, two bishops defeat five pawns!
J Houska vs A Harley, 2001 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 57 moves, 1-0

A mate with six knights!
Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 155 moves, 0-1

An early middlegame converted into a tactical ending clash!
P K Wells vs V Priehoda, 1992 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 31 moves, 1-0

Me, King!
Mecking vs Tal, 1975 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 64 moves, 1-0

A unique Queen sac on the "Mitrofanov's deflection" theme.
G Moehring vs J Kaikamdzozov, 1978 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 91 moves, 1-0

The one and only! Dubbed the Best Move of modern chess history
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

The chivalry march knock down the Bishop pair.
T Batchimeg vs Fishbein, 2006 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 70 moves, 1-0

79.Rxe5! exchange sac leads to a won Bishop-vs-Rook ending.
R Rapport vs Aronian, 2016 
(A06) Reti Opening, 87 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Ivkov, 1980 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 58 moves, 1-0

A tightrope endgame clash between Queen+Knight vs 2 Rooks
Ivkov vs Korchnoi, 1957 
(C16) French, Winawer, 94 moves, 0-1

Carlos Torre vs N Whitaker, 1924 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 68 moves, 1-0

Schlechter vs Tarrasch, 1911 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 106 moves, 1-0

Converting a pawn of advantage on a very long Queen ending.
Bronstein vs C H Alexander, 1954 
(A80) Dutch, 120 moves, 0-1

Shirov vs Azmaiparashvili, 2003 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Schiffers vs Steinitz, 1898 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 60 moves, 0-1

S Landau vs G Abrahams, 1939 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 100 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 59 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Spielmann, 1927 
(C13) French, 69 moves, 1-0

Petrosian sacs exchange to keep the pawns rolling.
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(C00) French Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Lputian vs V Malaniuk, 1987 
(A81) Dutch, 64 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Salov, 1991 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 50 moves, 0-1

Dus Chotimirsky vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1906 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 67 moves, 0-1

Eingorn vs Kupreichik, 1987 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 83 moves, 1-0

Burn vs Alekhine, 1911 
(C13) French, 82 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Colle, 1925 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 61 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs V Zagorovsky, 1951 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 46 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1925 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 53 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik holds to draw another famous Rook ending.
Unzicker vs Botvinnik, 1954 
(C18) French, Winawer, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

Wei Yi vs Yankai Li, 2017
(C42) Petrov Defense, 59 moves, 1-0

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