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My favourite games
Compiled by themadhair
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Simply what it says on the tin. The games featured here may not be of the highest quality. They may not stand up to scrutiny. They may not be the objectively greatest games of chess ever played.

But each has something about them that makes me play over them again and again. These are the games that make me love chess.

All four minors are sacked. What else need be said?
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

Double queen sack before move twenty. What else need be said?
Charousek vs J Wollner, 1893 
(C21) Center Game, 19 moves, 1-0

A queen sack against Capablanca. What else need be said?
Lilienthal vs Capablanca, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 1-0

Over 75 years old and still being analysed. What else to say?
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

At the time GMs commenting thought that white was won here.
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Known as the game of the centuary. What else need be said?
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

Nimzo zugzwanged in the middlegame. What else need be said?
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

Known as rubinstein's immortal. What else need be said?
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

This game changed middlegame theory. What else need be said?
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

My favourite game. What else need be said?
Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

Karpov pushing someone off the board. Slowly, the Karpov way.
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

The beast beasting the world no 2. What else need be said?
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

My favourite Kasparov game. Simple and very strong play.
Kasparov vs Tal, 1987 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 31 moves, 1-0

That Spassky game. What else need be said?
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

Watching this live I hadn't got a clue what was going on.
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Who says Morphy was the only one sac all and mate with R+B?
Najdorf vs Gliksberg, 1929 
(C10) French, 21 moves, 1-0

Everything is sacked. I mean everthing.
Serper vs I Nikolaidis, 1993 
(E70) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Has to be seen to be believed. How wrong can a combination be?
Lokvenc vs O Trinks, 1925 
(A15) English, 31 moves, 1-0

The first chess game I ever played over. Still love it.
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

You can almost feel the rivalry in this game.
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

This game was destined to be recognised here.
The World vs A Nickel, 2006 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 41 moves, 1-0

One of those combinations that makes one love chess.
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

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