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1 General Samsonov and the battle of Tannenberg
Samsonov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1929 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 15 moves, 0-1

2 The battle of Hastings
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

3 Wilhelm The Conqueror
Dubois vs Steinitz, 1862 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 56 moves, 0-1

4 His name is Emmanuel
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

5 And God Created Woman
Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

6 Arbiter elegantiae
Ulf Andersson vs Leko, 1996 
(A15) English, 91 moves, 1-0

7 The Fate Symphony
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

8 Riga boy
Kholmov vs Tal, 1949 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

9 Lucky Luke
McShane vs Koneru, 2003 
(C25) Vienna, 40 moves, 1-0

10 The world of Henry
Bird vs Blackburne, 1879 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 46 moves, 1-0

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

12 The Sicilian Vespers
Grischuk vs Kasparov, 2001 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1

13 10 Richter Scale
Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958 
(B32) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

14 Vassily "the Bulgar-slayer"
Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 1996 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 34 moves, 1-0

15 Vasco da Game
Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1991 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

16 A King in New York
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

17 His Girl Friday
Lahno vs N A Malmdin, 2007 
(B01) Scandinavian, 27 moves, 1-0

18 Rob Ray
M Basman vs Keene, 1981  
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

19 Boys will be boys
Carlsen vs I Cheparinov, 2007 
(A48) King's Indian, 62 moves, 1-0

20 Losing of Berlin
Vasiukov vs Uhlmann, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

21 Milan Obilic
Matulovic vs Tringov, 1970 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

22 Catcher in the Rye
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 28 moves, 1-0

23 Battle of Vienna
B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

24 Homo novus
Kasparov vs Averbakh, 1974 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 48 moves, 1-0

25 Newton's Apple
Stoltz vs Boleslavsky, 1946 
(B58) Sicilian, 46 moves, 0-1

26 The Chase
Steinitz vs NN, 1861 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

27 Hector and Achilles
Hector vs Shirov, 1989 
(B89) Sicilian, 36 moves, 0-1

28 Four knights for Herman
Capablanca vs H Steiner, 1933 
(C49) Four Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

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

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

31 Doctor and Doctor
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 0-1

32 The Call of the Wild
J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

33 The Kingdom of Heaven
Fine vs Keres, 1938 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 57 moves, 0-1

34 The Maltese Dragon
Ljubojevic vs Miles, 1980 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 0-1

35 Julio Jurenito
DeFirmian vs Granda Zuniga, 1996 
(B01) Scandinavian, 29 moves, 0-1

36 Bobby Almighty
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(A61) Benoni, 41 moves, 0-1

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

38 Unparalleled Adventure of NN
L B Hansen vs R Cifuentes, 1994 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 60 moves, 1-0

39 The Straight History
Rubinstein vs Janowski, 1925 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

40 Elephant Man
Boleslavsky vs Lilienthal, 1941 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 17 moves, 1-0

41 The Battleship Petrosian
Petrosian vs I Pogrebissky, 1949  
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 28 moves, 1-0

42 From Here To Eternity
Tal vs Akopian, 1992 
(B30) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

43 The Argentina Chain Saw Massacre
G Mahia vs Quinteros, 1980 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

44 Bob Roberts
Fischer vs A Di Camillo, 1956 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

45 Red Cavalry
Vaganian vs G Botterill, 1975 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

46 Emil from Loenneberga
Sax vs E Hermansson, 2005 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

47 Andrei Rublov
S Volkov vs A Volokitin, 2002 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

48 Good Boy!
Estrin vs Spassky, 1951 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 0-1

49 "Amfitrion 38"
Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1-0

50 Magnus the Viking
Carlsen vs H Harestad, 2003 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 38 moves, 1-0

51 "The Guns of Navarone"
Gligoric vs Matulovic, 1967 
(A73) Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O, 42 moves, 1-0

52 "The Deer Hunter"
Tal vs NN, 1963 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 19 moves, 1-0

53 Vishy of India
Topalov vs Anand, 2006 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 0-1

54 Ennemi public no 1
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 79 moves, 1-0

55 Dragonheart
Savon vs Stein, 1962
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 76 moves, 0-1

56 Save the Tiger
Stein vs Petrosian, 1961 
(C18) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 1-0

57 Davies Cup
Anand vs N Davies, 1987 
(B06) Robatsch, 38 moves, 0-1

58 Once Upon a Time in America
Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1894 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 29 moves, 0-1

59 Year of the Dragon
Vasiukov vs Gufeld, 1959
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 42 moves, 0-1

60 The Silicon Giant
Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 19 moves, 1-0

61 Oh, Carl!
Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1911 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 10 moves, 1-0

62 Mikhail T.
Tal vs Sviridov, 1969 
(B75) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

63 "Dirty Harry"
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(C11) French, 50 moves, 1-0

64 King Louis
Paulsen vs Blachly, 1857 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 19 moves, 1-0

65 Doctor L. and Woman
Menchik vs Lasker, 1935 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 0-1

66 Major League
Kholmov vs Bronstein, 1965 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 34 moves, 1-0

67 The Last Picture Show
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

68 The Challenge
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1944 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 64 moves, 1-0

69 "Buena Vista Social Club"
Fischer vs Kholmov, 1965 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 46 moves, 0-1

70 Help, I' m Fisch!
Euwe vs Fischer, 1957 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

71 Artur Philosphy
Yusupov vs J Nogueiras, 1985 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

72 Samuel Diary
Lasker vs Reshevsky, 1936 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

73 Dead Fisch
Spassky vs Fischer, 1960 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

74 Enrico Caruso
Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1995 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

75 Mr. Spassky, Hero!
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

76 A Date with Judy
Judit Polgar vs M Rivas Pastor, 1993 
(B07) Pirc, 19 moves, 1-0

77 King David
Bronstein vs Keres, 1955 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

78 Portrait of Judy
Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1994 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 29 moves, 0-1

79 John the Perfect Player
Nunn vs C W Pritchett, 1986 
(B89) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

80 Uncle Sam
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1952 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

81 Doctor Doolittle and His Orangoutang
Tartakower vs Colle, 1926 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 33 moves, 1-0

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