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Everyone knows the type of romantic game that makes us excited - lots of pieces are sacrificed, until finally mate results. The more material has gone down the drain, the better - beauty, it would appear, is mathematical. Just witness "The Immortal Game" Anderssen-Kieseritzky, which shares 1st place in the "mate most material down" category!

H Repp vs L Paschitta, 1991 ends just before mate; 22...d5 23.Bxd5# would follow, with a mate 20 units down.

12 units vs. 33
M Lange vs Schierstedt, 1856 
(C25) Vienna, 21 moves, 1-0

15 units vs. 36
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

17 units vs. 38
H Ohman vs G Buck, 1931 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 15 moves, 1-0

36 vs. 16
NN vs E J Diemer, 1978 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 15 moves, 0-1

17 vs. 37
V Tsaturian vs Hodasevich, 1974 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 1-0

16 vs. 35
C G M Watson vs NN, 1916 
(C21) Center Game, 20 moves, 1-0

17 vs. 36
J Seoane vs I Prieto, 1986 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 1-0

14 vs. 32
P Thoren vs P Lacko, 1987 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

17 vs. 35
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 21 moves, 1-0

35 vs. 17
E Reichmann vs H Ullrich, 1961 
(C57) Two Knights, 19 moves, 0-1

18 vs. 36
M Lange vs NN, 1855 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 15 moves, 1-0

20 vs. 38
Edwards vs NN, 1963 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 16 moves, 1-0

8 vs. 25
F Young vs L Dore, 1892 
(C21) Center Game, 22 moves, 1-0

31 vs. 14
I Abraham vs G Janny, 1923 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 0-1

25 vs. 9
J Cesena vs J Dyke, 1979 
(C57) Two Knights, 19 moves, 0-1

29 vs. 13
B Siff vs Kashdan, 1948 
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 33 moves, 0-1

15 vs. 31
Tarrasch vs C Kelz, 1891 
(000) Chess variants, 15 moves, 1-0

18 vs. 34
A Tari vs E Thorn, 2015 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

34 vs. 18
Maczynski vs W Pratten, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

37 vs. 21
J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890  
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

23 vs. 8
F Hermann vs H Hussong, 1930 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 32 moves, 0-1

11 vs. 26
Hartlaub vs M W Testa, 1912 
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

28 vs. 13
N Yaremko vs D Recuero Guerra, 2006 
(B56) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

15 vs. 30
J Cukierman vs A Voisin, 1929 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

30 vs. 15
NN vs Blackburne, 1884  
(C51) Evans Gambit, 14 moves, 0-1

16 vs. 31
Muller vs Bayer, 1908 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

16 vs. 31
E Canal vs NN, 1934 
(B01) Scandinavian, 14 moves, 1-0

18 vs. 33
J J Rousseau vs D Hume, 1765 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 15 moves, 1-0

18 vs. 33
Stefansson vs J Norqvist, 1998 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 27 moves, 1-0

21 vs. 36 (the only Legal spin-off here)
Smith vs NN, 1852 
(000) Chess variants, 11 moves, 1-0

21 vs. 36
Steinitz vs NN, 1873 
(000) Chess variants, 15 moves, 1-0

22 vs. 37
Wayne vs K Hayward, 1990 
(C27) Vienna Game, 22 moves, 1-0

38 vs. 23
Schwartz vs Hartlaub, 1918 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 0-1

31 vs. 46
Sanders vs NN, 1910 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 10 moves, 1-0

14 vs. 28
L Milman vs J Fang, 2005 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

30 vs. 16
Young vs L Barden, 1945 
(C58) Two Knights, 20 moves, 0-1

16 vs. 30
V Mikenas vs S F Lebedev, 1941 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

30 vs. 16
J F Smyth vs H Helms, 1915 
(A80) Dutch, 23 moves, 0-1

17 vs. 31
W Pollock vs Allies, 1893 
(C56) Two Knights, 19 moves, 1-0

17 vs. 31
Rubinstein vs NN, 1902 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

17 vs. 31
Hartlaub vs V Benary, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1-0

17 vs. 31
I Gudju vs Bogdanovsky, 1926 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

17 vs. 31
M Corden vs NN, 1970 
(C56) Two Knights, 19 moves, 1-0

31 vs. 17
C H Capon vs J O H Taylor, 1873 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 0-1

32 vs. 18
B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

19 vs. 33
Prince Dadian vs Kolisch, 1885 
(C27) Vienna Game, 25 moves, 1-0

20 vs. 34
W Schwartz vs Kieseritzky, 1842 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 20 moves, 1-0

20 vs. 34
Denker vs A R Shayne, 1945  
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 17 moves, 1-0

21 vs. 35
P Richardson vs E Delmar, 1871 
(C27) Vienna Game, 15 moves, 1-0

21 vs. 35
Tarrasch vs Fiedler, 1892 
(000) Chess variants, 16 moves, 1-0

21 vs. 35
Shirov vs J Lapinski, 1990 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

22 vs. 36
McDonnell vs NN, 1830 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

23 vs. 37
Prince Dadian vs Boutourlin, 1883  
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 1-0

25 vs. 39 (the only one against an intact army)
K Dekker vs W Erler, 1967 
(C15) French, Winawer, 11 moves, 1-0

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