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The Greatest Games of All Time
Compiled by Cactus
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Games that inspire!

My personal favourite.
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Some very inspiring sacrifices
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

One draw that certainly isn't boring!
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1936 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beautiful tactics!
Carlos Torre vs Lasker, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

A good example of an exciting gambit.
Blackburne vs Anderssen, 1862  
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

A great king hunt!
F A Hoffmann vs Alexander Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

Cavalry Charge
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Great strategic play!
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Another King march!
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

Positional Brilliance
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

A very annoying stalemate!
A E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

On of the best games of the 23rd century!
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

The supposed "Game of the Century"
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

Despite some errors, this is still one great game!
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

A great zugzwang!
K Spraggett vs G Glen, 1975 
(C02) French, Advance, 45 moves, 1-0

A beautiful ending!
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Some great pins!
Ehlvest vs Kasparov, 1977 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 0-1

In my opinion, the greatest tactical game of all time.
Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 32 moves, 0-1

Greedy Mikey...
Kan vs Botvinnik, 1935 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 26 moves, 1-0

Once again, Kisieritsy on the wrong side of a brilliant game.
Michelet vs Kieseritzky, 1845 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

A long slugfest
R Persitz vs R Blumenfeld, 1958 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 45 moves, 1-0

An amazing king hnt!
L Day vs T Koliada, 1994 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

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

Classic Geller.
Geller vs Karpov, 1976 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 1-0

Crushing sacrifices.
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Truly amazing calculations!
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

And I thought one queen was the most you could sacrifice...
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Krushing.
Y Dembo vs I Krush, 1996  
(B89) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

In Chains.
Morozevich vs Sakaev, 2007 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 59 moves, 1-0

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

Just look at the final position...
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

A brilliant sacrifice and a long king hunt - amazing!
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

Great combinations.
Portisch vs Larsen, 1972 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch's Ausome 'Zugzwanging'
N Mannheimer vs Nimzowitsch, 1930  
(C01) French, Exchange, 44 moves, 0-1

A brilliant finish.
J M Bellon Lopez vs G Garcia, 1976 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 0-1

Fabrication or not, this game is pure brilliance!
C Van de Loo vs M Hesseling, 1983 
(C57) Two Knights, 48 moves, 1-0

My favourite 'Old' Game
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

The exchange for a 'pig'.
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1971 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

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