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andrewjsacks' favorite games
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The Funniest Game Ever?
Vidmar vs Maroczy, 1932 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 129 moves, 1/2-1/2

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

The Healthy Tal
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 0-1

The Wizard of Riga
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

A Tactical Ballet
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Another Tal Gem
Tal vs I Bilek, 1964 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 23 moves, 1-0

Another Tal Gem
Tal vs A Bannik, 1956 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

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

Knights' Tango
Huebner vs Kasparov, 1985 
(A21) English, 28 moves, 0-1

An Attacking Genius at Work
Alekhine vs K Sterk, 1921 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Any SuperiorTactician?
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

Brilliant Attacker
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Any Combination to Top This One?
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Tal-like Brilliancy
Serper vs I Nikolaidis, 1993 
(E70) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Resourcefulness Personified
Sliwa vs Bronstein, 1957 
(A81) Dutch, 29 moves, 1-0

Remarkable Game
Bronstein vs Fidelity, 1991 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 51 moves, 1-0

Fischer-Like Defense and Tactical Ingenuity
Janowski vs Lasker, 1904 
(C48) Four Knights, 35 moves, 0-1

Tal Would Approve
Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1912 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 66 moves, 1-0

New Kid on the Block...
Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1982 
(A64) Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8, 36 moves, 0-1

A Tactician Too!
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

The Pawns Go Marching In
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Or played at AVRO? Great game.
Fine vs Euwe, 1938 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 30 moves, 0-1

The Difficult Opponent
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

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

Genuine Blindfold Game?
Blackburne vs NN, 1863  
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

Sharp Chick!
A Greenfeld vs Judit Polgar, 1989 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 40 moves, 0-1

Maneuvering
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1916 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 102 moves, 0-1

No Comment
Alekhine vs Levenfish, 1912 
(A43) Old Benoni, 19 moves, 1-0

Francophile in Reverse
Korchnoi vs Udovcic, 1967 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

Yet Another Attacking Gem by Tal
Tal vs Z Szymczak, 1974 
(A15) English, 38 moves, 1-0

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

Teetering on Insanity
Kiril D Georgiev vs Dlugy, 1983 
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 40 moves, 1-0

One of Kasparov's Best
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Great Attacking Game
Van Wely vs Acs, 2002 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 18 moves, 0-1

Humorous Game
Harrwitz vs Anderssen, 1848 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

Interesting Game
Nezhmetdinov vs Polugaevsky, 1954 
(B30) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

Do the Queen Shuffle!
Oll vs Ulibin, 1989 
(C18) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 1-0

Tragi-comedy
M Bain vs G A Koelsche, 1968 
(A04) Reti Opening, 29 moves, 0-1

Early Pachman. Surprise in Style.
Pachman vs Eckert, 1940 
(C13) French, 24 moves, 1-0

Strategy/Defense Worthy of Steinitz
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 0-1

Great Little Game
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

Absolutely Great Combination/Tactics
J Heissler vs Kasimdzhanov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 0-1

Wild and Crazy
V Tukmakov vs L Gutman, 1978 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Even Tal Did No Better
N Mitkov vs Rublevsky, 2000 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 25 moves, 1-0

All Sound?
Ganguly vs A Ismagambetov, 2006 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1-0

Rather Humorous Game
Van der Wiel vs Timman, 1988 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Some Finish!
K Bischoff vs J Nogueiras, 1998 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 40 moves, 1-0

Is It Real or Is It Memorex?
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Final Move Worthy of Marshall
Topalov vs Morozevich, 2002 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 1-0

Pre-Tal Tal-like
Bronstein vs Kan, 1945 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

The Sometimes Underrated Marshall
Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1928 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 0-1

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

Game of Interest
Rubinstein vs G G Bartoszkiewicz, 1897 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Tal Near His Height
E Walther vs Tal, 1958 
(B20) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

Extremely Odd Mating Position
Horvath vs L Mayer, 1917 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 18 moves, 1-0

New Kid on the Block
Alburt vs Kasparov, 1982 
(E73) King's Indian, 57 moves, 0-1

Zug
Tal vs F Reinemer, 1992 
(A80) Dutch, 32 moves, 1-0

The King Is a Fighting Piece
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 68 moves, 0-1

Great Finishing Move
R Janssen vs I Sokolov, 2002 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 23 moves, 0-1

Fine Forgotten Game
Reti vs H Wolf, 1922 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 32 moves, 0-1

Fine Alekhine Game
Alekhine vs H Wolf, 1922 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

The Name Game
Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Konstantinopolsky, 1937 
(B50) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Name Game (cont.)
M Mukhitdinov vs M Bonch-Osmolovsky, 1954
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chess Is a Game of Logic?
Stellwagen vs Anand, 2009 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 52 moves, 0-1

Witty!
Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927  
(C00) French Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Out of Character?
Tarrasch vs K Eckart, 1892 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Whoa!
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

The Record?
N Pert vs S Crockart, 2007 
(E13) Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line, 23 moves, 1-0

Whoa!
Euwe vs Reti, 1920 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 0-1

Very Young Tal
Tal vs Leonov, 1949 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

Reminiscent....
D Perovic vs M Cebalo, 1986 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Unusual Tactic, Anyone?
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Typical Tal
Tal vs Panno, 1958 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 1-0

Out-Fischering Fischer?
Lputian vs Kasparov, 1976 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

Fine Little-Known Tal Game
A Z Kapengut vs Tal, 1965 
(B44) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

The Immortal Pin Game
B Gamback vs R Nevanlinna, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Nezhmetdinov, the Mini Tal
Lilienthal vs Nezhmetdinov, 1951 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 28 moves, 0-1

Two Tals Battle
Nezhmetdinov vs Tal, 1957 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 32 moves, 1-0

Funny Maneuvering Game
Gruenfeld vs Lasker, 1925 
(A53) Old Indian, 99 moves, 1/2-1/2

Another Young Tal Typical...
Gurgenidze vs Tal, 1957 
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 27 moves, 0-1

Elephant Tumble
Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Understandable?
Kholmov vs Bronstein, 1987 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

36. R-c5!!
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Knights to Remember
Tal vs Portisch, 1976 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

Steinitz Would Be Pleased
Benko vs Petrosian, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

Chess and Checkers
Carlos Torre vs N Banks, 1924 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Opening Debate
Keres vs Estrin, 1941 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

Another Kholmov gem
Kholmov vs Savon, 1970 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 39 moves, 1-0

Genius Beats Genius
Sultan Khan vs Capablanca, 1930 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 65 moves, 1-0

Brilliant Attacking
Robert E Byrne vs Larry Evans, 1965 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

More Tal Genius
Tal vs J Flesch, 1981 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 32 moves, 1-0

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

Classic Early Tal
Tal vs Tolush, 1957 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Wild Draw, Tal-Style
Portisch vs Tal, 1964 
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ho Hum
Tal vs Miles, 1981 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

Oh, Ho Hum
Tal vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 47 moves, 1-0

The Older Nezh
Karasev vs Nezhmetdinov, 1973 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 25 moves, 0-1

Unspellable and unbelievable.
Nezhmetdinov vs Myagmarsuren, 1965 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 51 moves, 0-1

Minor Classic
Tal vs Simagin, 1956 
(B06) Robatsch, 45 moves, 1-0

Always Worth a Look
Tal vs K Klaman, 1957 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 34 moves, 1-0

Another Typical Tal Win
V Tukmakov vs Tal, 1969 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 28 moves, 0-1

Fine and Typical Judit Game
Judit Polgar vs K Hulak, 1989 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Pawns are the soul of the game
Petrosian vs Petrovsky, 1946 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

The One and Only Shirazi
J Gonzales vs K G Shirazi, 1988 
(A16) English, 136 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal's Other Win against Smyslov in Cand. '59
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1-0

Little-Known Karpov Gem
Karpov vs Huebner, 1982 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 37 moves, 1-0

Nezhmetdinov vs Lusikal, 1951 
(D85) Grunfeld, 26 moves, 1-0

Super Nehz again
Nezhmetdinov vs V Baskin, 1948 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 1-0

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