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Amusing Games
Compiled by sleepyirv
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Oddball or funny games

A king march to victory, a stunning and original attack
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

A King's hunt of the first order
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Declining the Queen can be so very hard.
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Nice decoy with the underpromotion
N Szuveges vs M Ninchich, 1999 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

H Clemenz vs Eisenschmidt, 1890 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

J Tolosa vs Joan Carbo i Batlle, 1898 
(C26) Vienna, 19 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs G Marco, 1904 
(C45) Scotch Game, 76 moves, 1-0

L Trent vs D Tan, 2002 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

T Gelashvili vs M Gagunashvili, 2001 
(B20) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Nice use of position.
Nimzowitsch vs J W Baird, 1905 
(C45) Scotch Game, 38 moves, 1-0

Bishop promotion stops stalemate
A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 71 moves, 1-0

Knights take over board, then game.
Erdos vs Lichtner, 1922 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Serper gives everything up for free, wins.
Serper vs I Nikolaidis, 1993 
(E70) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Immortal Game, one of the nicest minor piece mates of all time
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Wild game, with win coming after an underpromotion.
Stanishevsky vs Nikonov, 1981 
(B30) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Great Queen sacrafice
S Lorenz vs A Orlov, 2001 
(A25) English, 17 moves, 0-1

Bc7, a lighting bolt of the first order
Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914  
(A03) Bird's Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Buried by Bishops
Charousek vs Englander, 1894 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Fine Miniature
J Mieses vs J W Ohquist, 1895 
(B01) Scandinavian, 11 moves, 1-0

Some great sacrifices
Hartlaub vs M W Testa, 1912 
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

Would have been a pretty mate
Alekhine vs Maroczy, 1931 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

Pawns are the soul of chess...
Philidor vs NN, 1790 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

but are not necessary.
W R Ballard vs J Fagan, 1884  
(000) Chess variants, 30 moves, 1-0

Giving everything and the kitchen sink
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Evergreen Game, gotta love Queen sacrifices!
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Always a fan of Marshall
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

Best way to defeat a pin? Come up with a better pin!
Ehlvest vs Kasparov, 1977 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 0-1

The final position is beautiful.
Topalov vs Morozevich, 2002 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 1-0

Love the final position
Schiffers vs Nolde, 1872 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 27 moves, 1-0

White gets hog early, setting up pretty Queen sac
Bronstein vs Geller, 1961 
(E27) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

Black spots pin, misses mate
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

Just cruel
L Masiagutova vs S Sudarikov, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 18 moves, 0-1

A rather odd game
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1995  
(C16) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 0-1

Artistic Final Position
NN vs Lasker, 1900 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 12 moves, 0-1

Another King attack
Weenink vs L Gans, 1930 
(C25) Vienna, 27 moves, 1-0

Wonderful sacrafices at the end
Hartlaub vs V Benary, 1911 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

The strangest game I have ever seen.
K Kokolias vs F Sigalas, 2005 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Queens are for suckers
M Lange vs Mayet, 1853 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 18 moves, 1-0

Traffic block wins game
R Beyen vs Filip, 1971 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

I have no words for this one
R Steel vs NN, 1886 
(C25) Vienna, 26 moves, 1-0

A Ivanov vs J A Curdo, 1990 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 19 moves, 1-0

Alekhine's my favorite black opening
A Volokitin vs Ivanchuk, 2006 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

The immortal pin game
B Gamback vs R Nevanlinna, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Another odd one
D Dengler vs H Olschok, 2000 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 24 moves, 1-0

Poor NN
W Napier vs NN, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk vs V Moskalenko, 1988 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 46 moves, 1-0

Sadvakasov vs T Luther, 2007 
(C11) French, 53 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Chasing the bishop... not always the best idea
F M Teed vs E Delmar, 1896 
(A80) Dutch, 8 moves, 1-0

NN vs Tarrasch, 1915  
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 26 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

heh, heh, crazy checkmate
J Houska vs A Harley, 2001 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 57 moves, 1-0

Check out 31...Rxb2
M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Check Hartlaub games... who is this guy?
V Kahn vs Hartlaub, 1916 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 16 moves, 0-1

Ragozin vs P Noskov, 1930 
(B40) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1-0

Enjoy the final position
Dzindzichashvili vs A Zaitsev, 1965 
(E49) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System, 34 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 1-0

R A Redolfi vs E Eliskases, 1957 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 23 moves, 0-1

Rossolimo vs I Romanenko, 1948 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

J Gottlieb vs Psakhis, 1997 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 29 moves, 0-1

J Mieses vs Marshall, 1908 
(C25) Vienna, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Staunton vs NN, 1855 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

G Gibbs vs L Schmid, 1968 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

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

Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

J A Leonard vs T Loyd, 1861 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 31 moves, 1-0

attacked from all sides
F Perrin vs NN, 1883 
(C11) French, 11 moves, 1-0

Crazy King Hunt
M Ahn vs T Ruck, 2007 
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 0-1

J Perrier vs F J Wellmuth, 1917  
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

W C Spens vs De Vere, 1867 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 26 moves, 0-1

E Schiller vs M Arne, 1995  
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 31 moves, 1-0

Dodge vs J R Houghteling, 1904 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 16 moves, 0-1

Sometimes, a stalemate is better than a victory.
Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1907 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

I don't believe it
Michelet vs Kieseritzky, 1845 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

Santasiere vs S E Almgren, 1942 
(A06) Reti Opening, 46 moves, 1-0

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

RIP Fischer
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Tal, 1961 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890  
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs O Tenner, 1911 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

L Carranza vs Alekhine, 1926 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 18 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs H Rogosin, 1940 
(B20) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Pope's Smoke
Guila vs G Pecci, 1875 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 0-1

Tal vs NN, 1963 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 19 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs D Gladstone, 1932  
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

I don't know how you get over a loss like that.
A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 4 moves, 0-1

Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

R Toran Albero vs Tal, 1961 
(A21) English, 25 moves, 0-1

M Hewitt vs Steinitz, 1866 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 26 moves, 0-1

It hurts just to look at it
Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hoi vs Gulko, 1988  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

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

Tal: God of complication
Portisch vs Tal, 1964 
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fischer vs Tal, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Blake vs G A Hooke, 1891 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

Koneru vs C Waters, 1999 
(A04) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 0-1

W A Brown vs R Kneebone, 1985 
(B89) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Bauermann vs R Butze, 1979 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 18 moves, 0-1

A Onishko vs M Leonov, 2002 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 13 moves, 0-1

A Laster vs R Gahtan, 1975 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 18 moves, 1-0

Larry Evans vs Santasiere, 1946 
(C27) Vienna Game, 49 moves, 0-1

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