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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 shall continue to add to this collection as, in my studies, I come across games which belong amongst my favorites. I shall write notes for any game only if it has a title by which it is widely known and by which readers may identify it or if some particular element of the game took my interest and I wish to take note of it so that others may understand why 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 
(C27) Vienna Game, 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  
(A04) Reti Opening, 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 
(B54) Sicilian, 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

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

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

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

B 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

Kamsky
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 
(B19) 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

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