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Karpov ...Bc8 avoiding the exchange
Sosonko vs Karpov, 1979 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 43 moves, 0-1

Queen sac to create impenetrable fortress
A Petrosian vs L Hazai, 1970 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exchange sacrifice Queenless
Bacrot vs Topalov, 2000 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 33 moves, 0-1

Mate: K and 2N's vs K and P
M Dziuba vs M I Sorokin, 2005 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 81 moves, 0-1

Nimzo-Queen's hybrid: K and P endgame
Gelfand vs Leko, 2002
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Philidor demolished
Ivanchuk vs V Tukmakov, 2007 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Saving lost endgame
Petrosian vs Karpov, 1976 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Poorly handled N&B v K endgame
I Zakharevich vs A Bratchenko, 2001 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 100 moves, 1/2-1/2

Mating pattern Bg7 Rg1 Qh6
J Cervenka vs J Netolicky, 1991 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

Tal playing the Sicilian Kan
A Medina Garcia vs Tal, 1966 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 38 moves, 0-1

Defending with 2 B v R
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2000 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

English 1. ...c5 Hedgehog
Karpov vs Petrosian, 1975 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

N v B endgame
Kramnik vs Gelfand, 2007 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 62 moves, 1-0

Petrosian with an IQP
Petrosian vs Balashov, 1974 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 28 moves, 1-0

Kramnik with an IQP
Kramnik vs Anand, 2001 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

Rook endgame technique 1
Nunn vs Karpov, 1995 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 49 moves, 0-1

Simplify via exchanges
Tal vs Timman, 1985
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Slav Exch with IQP
Bu Xiangzhi vs Zhong Zhang, 1999 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 45 moves, 1-0

Avoiding Semi-Slav
Petrosian vs Ivkov, 1979 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

Avoiding the Semi-Slav #2
V Vaisman vs F Borkowski, 1976
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Sacrifices, Passed Pawns
Gelfand vs Judit Polgar, 2008 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Petrov miniature - trapped Queen
Topalov vs Gelfand, 2008 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Topalov TN: sacrifices N and Q
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Turning the tables
Van Wely vs Carlsen, 2008 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 49 moves, 0-1

Karpov crushes the Budapest Gambit
Karpov vs Short, 1992 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 43 moves, 1-0

Miniature by Portisch
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1967 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Rook endgame technique
Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1908 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 0-1

Two Rooks v Queen; double Bishop
Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2008 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 43 moves, 1-0

Classical Najdorf; endgame N vs B
Leko vs Anand, 2008 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 45 moves, 0-1

Endgame Tactics: stalemate
B I Dikarev vs R Pelts, 1964 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 106 moves, 0-1

Endgame Tactics: stalemate II
G Kluger vs B Sandor, 1954 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dreev: Exchange Sacrifice
Gelfand vs Dreev, 1993 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 44 moves, 0-1

Winning simple R+3 vs R+2 endgames
Anand vs Shirov, 2008 
(B33) Sicilian, 56 moves, 1-0

Good N vs bad B
Carlsen vs Shirov, 2008 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 80 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Caro Kann Classical
Kasparov vs M Vukic, 1980 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 37 moves, 1-0

Grunfeld exch sac
Topalov vs Shirov, 2008 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 34 moves, 1-0

Endings: Rooks and opp colour Bishops
Leko vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B33) Sicilian, 62 moves, 1-0

Minor piece endgame
Shirov vs Aronian, 2008 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tactical finish
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

Kramnik positonal exch sac
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2007 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Mating attack
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2008 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 33 moves, 1-0

KID: c5 break
Smyslov vs Petrosian, 1952 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 30 moves, 1-0

King hunt, Ne2#
Tal vs M Stean, 1974 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

Perpetual check: Queen and King in opposition
Polugaevsky vs Averbakh, 1961 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Combination: double Rook sac
L Schmid vs Rossolimo, 1949 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 28 moves, 0-1

Sicilian miniature
Nunn vs Fedorowicz, 1991 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 24 moves, 1-0

Underpromotion - twice!
V Zurakhov vs Koblents, 1956 
(C11) French, 80 moves, 1-0

Combination
Psakhis vs A Kochyev, 1990 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

Complications
Bu Xiangzhi vs V Zvjaginsev, 2008 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 1-0

Ian Rogers' king hunt
Rohde vs I Rogers, 1982 
(D80) Grunfeld, 23 moves, 0-1

Mating net with 28. h6
K Burger vs P Keglevic, 1977 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Pins, line-opening sac
Wahls vs Yusupov, 1991 
(C16) French, Winawer, 52 moves, 0-1

Un-Karpov like
Timman vs Karpov, 1984 
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 0-1

Topalov sacrifices against the Berlin
Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2008 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 62 moves, 1-0

Philidor piece sac
Yu Shaoteng vs C Bauer, 2006 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Petrosian out-manoeuvres Spassky
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1960 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 35 moves, 1-0

Queen vs 3 pieces
Petrosian vs Bisguier, 1962 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tactical blow by Topalov
Aronian vs Topalov, 2008 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 0-1

Topalov tactical stroke in the Slav
Topalov vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 31 moves, 1-0

Petrosian sacs 2 pawns in the Slav
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1951 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 51 moves, 1-0

Dreev plays the Philidor
J Fernandez Garcia vs Dreev, 1991
(C41) Philidor Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

Classic win with the Philidor
O Dementiev vs Antoshin, 1970 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

Philidor 4. Qxd4 a6
R Fontaine vs V Nevednichy, 2003
(C41) Philidor Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Torre Attack: queen trap
Timman vs H Bouwmeester, 1967 
(D03) Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation), 9 moves, 1-0

Kovacevic's London System I
V Kovacevic vs H Ree, 1980 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

Kovacevic's London System II
V Kovacevic vs Robert E Byrne, 1980 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

Petrosian's Torre Attack
Petrosian vs A Reshko, 1967 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Nisipeanu stops the Keres Attack
P Simacek vs Nisipeanu, 2007 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 46 moves, 0-1

Carlsen endgame virtuoso I
Eljanov vs Carlsen, 2008 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 82 moves, 0-1

Carlsen endgame virtuoso II
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 0-1

Carlsen endgame virtuoso III
Carlsen vs Shirov, 2008 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 63 moves, 1-0

Bu exch sac
Karjakin vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 0-1

Double rook sac; mating pattern
J Pelaez vs A De Dovitiis, 1993 
(A53) Old Indian, 24 moves, 0-1

Kramnik krush
Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2008 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

Brilliant mating net
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994 
(A17) English, 38 moves, 0-1

Ruy Lopez: h3 & g4 vs Bg4 pin
Fischer vs Geller, 1961 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 22 moves, 1-0

Grinding out a win: Opp coloured B
Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 64 moves, 1-0

Carlsen endgame virtuoso IV
Carlsen vs Morozevich, 2007 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 68 moves, 1-0

Bxh7 sac
J L Arnason vs Dreev, 1990 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 24 moves, 1-0

Petrosian plays the Benoni I
Taimanov vs Petrosian, 1953 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein plays the London System
Rubinstein vs Tartakower, 1922 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 1-0

Queen endgame: passed rook pawn
Aronian vs Carlsen, 2008 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Carlsen multiple sacs
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

100-move game
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1951 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 100 moves, 1/2-1/2

Material imbalance technique
Karpov vs Velimirovic, 1976 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 67 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi against two Queens
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1994 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 72 moves, 0-1

Slav Exchange tactical combi
E Eliskases vs L Laurine, 1935 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

Great drawn games I
Bronstein vs Petrosian, 1963 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Carlsen tactical virtuoso
Carlsen vs L Dominguez, 2009 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Q+N vs Q+B classic
Anand vs Radjabov, 2009 
(B33) Sicilian, 61 moves, 1-0

Philidor at the Olympiad
Svidler vs I Salgado Lopez, 2010 
(B07) Pirc, 36 moves, 0-1

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