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World Champions' Best Games
Compiled by Sui Generis
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Five Best Games of each Undisputed World Champion

1. WILHELM STEINITZ (1886-94)
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Paulsen, 1870 
(C25) Vienna, 36 moves, 1-0

Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886  
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 0-1

2. EMANUEL LASKER (1894-1921)
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

Lasker vs W Napier, 1904 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 35 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

3. JOSÉ RAÚL CAPABLANCA (1921-27)
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

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

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1927 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

4. ALEXANDER ALEKHINE (1927-35, 1937-46)
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

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

Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Gruenfeld vs Alekhine, 1923 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

5. MAX EUWE (1935-37)
Geller vs Euwe, 1953 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1

Euwe vs Najdorf, 1953 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

"The Pearl of Zandvoort"
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(A90) Dutch, 47 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

Euwe vs G A Thomas, 1934 
(D69) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 13.de, 26 moves, 1-0

6. MIKHAIL BOTVINNIK (1848-57, 1958-60, 1961-63)
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Rauzer vs Botvinnik, 1933 
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 29 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1936  
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Chekhover, 1935 
(A13) English, 43 moves, 1-0

7. VASILY SMYSLOV (1957-58)
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Keres vs Smyslov, 1953 
(A17) English, 28 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs V Liberzon, 1968 
(A25) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Ribli, 1983 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 41 moves, 1-0

8. MIKHAIL TAL (1960-61)
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Tal, 1973 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 38 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

9. TIGRAN PETROSIAN (1963-69)
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

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

Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

10. BORIS SPASSKY (1969-72)
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

James Bond Mating Combination
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1970 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 39 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Geller, 1968 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 1-0

11. ROBERT FISCHER (1972-75)
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

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

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

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

12. ANATOLY KARPOV (1975-85)
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Karpov, 1979 
(A28) English, 31 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Sax, 1983 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

13. GARRY KASPAROV (1985-2000)
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

"The Supreme Creative Achievement"
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

14. VLADIMIR KRAMNIK (2000-07)
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B57) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

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

Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1996 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 32 moves, 0-1

Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

15. VISWANATHAN ANAND (2007-13)
Gelfand vs Anand, 1993 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 40 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Anand, 1999 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Karpov, 1996 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Bologan, 2003 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

16. MAGNUS CARLSEN (2013-)
Carlsen vs Anand, 2012 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2009 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 43 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Grischuk, 2009 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2008 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 37 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 0-1

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