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The Greatest Games of all Time
Compiled by addiction to chess
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This collection is dedicated to (what I think) are some of the greatest games ever played (I say some as there will be more in the future). These games are in no specific order.


Kasparov's Immortal ( Rxd4!! and so many complications!)
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

So much tactics and complications that computers explode w/ it.
Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 39 moves, 0-1

And I thought one man could only sac two queens!
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

The Battle at Hastings! (One of the most far-sighted combos.)
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

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

The Evergreen Game (the final combination is brilliant!)
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

A Bolt from the Blue! (Tal rips open the position, Violently)
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Petrov's Immortal (and its a grand one!)
F A Hoffmann vs A Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

It's DO or DIE (one of Kramnik's greatest games)
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

An insight to 23rd Century Chess!
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Immortal Game! (Despite the blunders)
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

One of the greatest endings I have ever seen.
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A80) Dutch, 52 moves, 1-0

The "Mona Lisa" of Gufeld (and probably chess's too!)
Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 32 moves, 0-1

Nehzmetdinov's most acclaimed Brilliancy!
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

Qg3!! and the queen can be taken 3 different ways! (all lose)
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

The attack no one foresaw (Byrne gets Knightmares)
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

The Polish Immortal (Najdorf show you who's boss)
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

Real or Not, this game is truly amazing!
C Van de Loo vs M Hesseling, 1983 
(C57) Two Knights, 48 moves, 1-0

Rubintein's Immortal ( Get ready for this awesome game)
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Petrosian producing an amazing queen sac!
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

The Immortal Draw!
Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rxc7 and the rook is trapped, right?
Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Ba3!! and Botvinnik springs into action (a fav. of many GM's)
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Two pawns on the 7th, a B and a R hold down white's army!
V Malakhov vs V Zvjaginsev, 2004 
(E97) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

White's king is having tea w/ Black's king (He's dead!)
R Cifuentes vs V Zvjaginsev, 1995 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

White's attack looks winning but...Qxb2+!!! saves black!
J M Bellon Lopez vs R Jamieson, 1977 
(C47) Four Knights, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Who knew this was coming? (Qxf4!!)
Carlos Torre vs N Banks, 1924 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Tartakower's Immortal
Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922 
(A84) Dutch, 35 moves, 0-1

The two rooks and a bishop (!) just to lure the queen away (!!)
B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

Qxh3+!!,"Think like a grandmaster"? GM's can't think like that!
Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 51 moves, 0-1

!! A brilliant game from the great Morphy!
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

Zukertort's Immortal
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

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

Appears in "From Russia, with Love." Fire on the board!
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

The Power of Pawns!
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

The Great Defensive Masterpiece
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

"Come dance with me! (Dancing Queens!)"
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Complications here and there. Nothing to new.
Lasker vs W Napier, 1904 
(B34) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 35 moves, 1-0

One of Tal's greatest
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 34 moves, 1-0

Bringing on the Hurricane!
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Double exchange sac!
Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 47 moves, 0-1

The Finnish Immortal!
H Westerinen vs G Sigurjonsson, 1977 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0

Tactical slugfest + Positional/Endgame brilliancy = Great Game
Alekhine vs Reti, 1922 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Wow (Nh1! and b5!!)
Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926  
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 1-0

Nd6!! followed up by Nxf7!! (You thought Nxe8 didn't you)
Geller vs Keres, 1973 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 1-0

Despite its simplicity,this game is one of the best in history!
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Stupendous game by both players
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

Karpov is simply overwhelmed
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

Rf7!! A brilliant conception and truly unique!
Gelfand vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 39 moves, 1-0

One of the most surprising and amazing games
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

Dreev's dreams come true (He is immortalized)
Gelfand vs Dreev, 1993 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 44 moves, 0-1

A great attack (very muddy water [..Re4!! made it worse] )
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1994 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Who knew Radjabov had it in him!
Anand vs Radjabov, 2003 
(B32) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

Checkmate w/ the king!
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Possibly the most amazing counter-attack there is!
Geller vs Euwe, 1953 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1

The Immortal Zugzwang game
Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923  
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1

Facinating and beautiful game
M Kupferstich vs H Andreasen, 1953 
(C27) Vienna Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Just amazing.
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

The ORIGINAL double bishop sacrifice...
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Charousek's Gem
Charousek vs J Wollner, 1893 
(C21) Center Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Carlsen's potential
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Pawn Wars!
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

One of Karpov's greatest
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 58 moves, 0-1

Karpov's Immortal?
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Qg7!! Stunning queen sac
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

A Brilliant NOVELTY! (A queen sac for pawn novelty?!)
Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2008 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 49 moves, 1-0

Bh3!! One of the most beautiful moves ever played
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

Both players should be aplauded
Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1

What they call "Ownage"!
Kamsky vs Kramnik, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Spassky hangs a Knight sac for some active counter-play??
Averbakh vs Spassky, 1956 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Opening closed positions, forcefully!
Brzozka vs Bronstein, 1963 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 70 moves, 0-1

A magnificent battle between the two Titans
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

"I don't need these rooks!"
Bronstein vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Huh? What? I didn't even get anything in this game!
Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

One of the best games by two geniuses!
Morozevich vs Ivanchuk, 2004 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

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

A true epic!
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Tal is out "Taled"!
Nezhmetdinov vs Tal, 1961 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 29 moves, 1-0

The Best Draw ever?
Tal vs Aronin, 1957 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

A truly unique effort!
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

This game deserves more than just this.
Stoltz vs H Steiner, 1952 
(A21) English, 34 moves, 1-0

20/20 vision as even Tal couldn't see what was coming!
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

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

Bronstein isn't going down with out a fight!
Sliwa vs Bronstein, 1957 
(A81) Dutch, 29 moves, 1-0

Smyslov's Greatest game? Maybe!
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik is attacked relentlessly in a WCC game!
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

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

The Kitchen Sink attack!
V Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

"The Uruguayan Immortal"
B Molinari vs L Roux Cabral, 1943 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 33 moves, 0-1

Janowski's Masterpiece
Janowski vs Alapin, 1905 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 47 moves, 1-0

Are tempos and development really that much??
M Gurevich vs Timman, 1991 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 61 moves, 0-1

Death to the King!
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

The Immortal Sacrifice Game!
L Milman vs J Fang, 2005 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

Spassky is thinking "Mate" while Petrosian thinks otherwise!
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Just Amazing.
Maczynski vs W Pratten, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

Who comes up with a list without this?
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

Come on Reti, give Capa a taste of his own medicine
Reti vs Capablanca, 1924 
(A15) English, 31 moves, 1-0

Nunn's Immortal!
Beliavsky vs Nunn, 1985 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 0-1

Too many non-routine moves!
Hoi vs Gulko, 1988  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

There they go again!
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Who said doubled isolated pawns were bad in the endgame?
Tylkowski vs A Wojciechowski, 1931 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

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