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My Favorite Games
Compiled by swarmoflocusts
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This collection, as indicated by its title, contains games that I find particularly interesting, whether because of masterful positional play, brilliant tactical attacks or simply beautiful aesthetics. I'll add notes only if the game in question has a title by which it is widely known and by which readers may identify it, or if some particular element of the game drew my attention.

The Immortal Overprotection Game
Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927  
(C00) French Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

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

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

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

Bird vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Morphy vs Schrufer, 1859 
(C56) Two Knights, 24 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs A Morphy, 1850 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

M Kupferstich vs H Andreasen, 1953 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 34 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Fine, 1963 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

Najdorf sacs four pieces for mate
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

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

Mate in 8: Kd2#
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Ne4 - a beautiful closing
Zsuzsa Polgar vs P Hardicsay, 1985 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

J D Tisdall vs G Lee, 1981 
(B40) Sicilian, 18 moves, 1-0

J Nogueiras vs M Gongora Reyes, 2001 
(A21) English, 84 moves, 1-0

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

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

Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Schlechter vs Herzfeld, 1893 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 30 moves, 1-0

The Ultimate Brilliancy: Kd2
Grischuk vs Svidler, 2003 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

A brilliancy in the opening??
S Williams vs M Simons, 1999 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs NN, 1918 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 1-0

P Brandts vs Fischer, 1971 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 30 moves, 0-1

Qh4+
Hsu Li Yang vs Nunn, 1992 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 27 moves, 0-1

1. e4 d5??
Fischer vs Robatsch, 1962 
(B01) Scandinavian, 20 moves, 1-0

Nc6
Averbakh vs Spassky, 1956 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sac, sac, blunder, mate
Fischer vs T Hartwell, 1964 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

A Ostapenko vs Yartsev, 1969 
(B89) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

One rook on the seventh
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

The Evergreen Game
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Petrov's Immortal
F A Hoffmann vs Alexander Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

Morphy vs Bornemann, 1858  
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

B V Alterman vs Deep Fritz, 2000 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 87 moves, 1-0

Staunton vs Horwitz, 1851  
(A13) English, 46 moves, 1-0

Good use of space
G Minchev vs O Santana, 1987 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 76 moves, 1-0

Bxg7!
G Minchev vs K Kolev, 1991 
(A36) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Lots of fun tactical threats
H J Cordes vs Miles, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 36 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Tal!!
Tal vs Jack Miller, 1988 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

R Fontaine vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2007 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 39 moves, 0-1

Develop!!
Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914  
(C11) French, 18 moves, 1-0

Because the Dragon is such a drawing line
Shirov vs Fedorov, 2001 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

The nightmare rook
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994 
(A17) English, 38 moves, 0-1

Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

Vee
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

Ponomariov vs Hydra, 2004 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

Amazingly beautiful game
D Birnbaum vs E Relange, 1995 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bird vs Lasker, 1892 
(C21) Center Game, 12 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

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

S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

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