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Most Instructive Games
Compiled by danielpi
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Not the most interesting or beautiful games (indeed, more often they may seem decidedly routine), but IMHO the most instructive. I've tried to root around for some obscure little etudes that are nonetheless examples from top-flight GM's.

M Stolberg vs Smyslov, 1940 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 56 moves, 0-1

Cornucopia of themes
Smyslov vs Suetin, 1952 
(A13) English, 59 moves, 1-0

Excellent treatment of the Caro-Slav pawn structure
V Mikenas vs Smyslov, 1944 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 54 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Simagin, 1952 
(A14) English, 62 moves, 1-0

Good lesson on closed Nimzo positions
Denker vs Smyslov, 1946 
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 43 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Keres, 1952 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 56 moves, 1-0

How to convert advantages...
Smyslov vs Averbakh, 1946 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 68 moves, 1-0

Control of e4 in a very adroitly played Nimzo
J Gadalinski vs Smyslov, 1947 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 28 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1953 
(A17) English, 56 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Kotov, 1953
(A25) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Bisguier, 1955 
(A13) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs G Borisenko, 1955 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 41 moves, 1-0

Prophylactic crushing game
Smyslov vs Sliwa, 1955
(A17) English, 58 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Stahlberg, 1956 
(A05) Reti Opening, 78 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Unzicker, 1957
(E14) Queen's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

Fine endgame
Smyslov vs Korchnoi, 1961 
(A05) Reti Opening, 70 moves, 1-0

Not exactly obscure, but...
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 
(B44) Sicilian, 89 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(A04) Reti Opening, 66 moves, 0-1

I Aloni vs Fischer, 1968 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 44 moves, 0-1

Controlling Key Squares
A H Williams vs Karpov, 1974 
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 30 moves, 0-1

Simple Win
C Blodig vs E Kuenzner, 1987 
(B01) Scandinavian, 32 moves, 1-0

22 games

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