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Nodreads' favorite games
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A trip down nostalgia lane, through games that first drove my thirst to try and master this infernal game.

Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Anderssen, 1866 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 85 moves, 1-0

Gunsberg vs N MacLeod, 1889 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 92 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Rubinstein, 1914 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 66 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1895 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1925 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 57 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 48 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 60 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1943 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 50 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1951 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 39 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 41 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 39 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Bronstein, 1965 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Bronstein, 1962 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs Smyslov, 1973 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 33 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Smyslov, 1973 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 51 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1971 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 40 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 61 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 28 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 50 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 46 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1981 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 57 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1909  
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 75 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 69 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs Geller, 1968 
(E73) King's Indian, 66 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Portisch, 1967 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 90 moves, 0-1

Judit Polgar vs Smyslov, 1994
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 55 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Timman, 1982
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 44 moves, 1-0

M Dvoretsky vs Smyslov, 1974 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

C van Wijgerden vs Timman, 1983
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 0-1

Timman vs Tal, 1987
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 62 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Aronian, 2006 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 58 moves, 0-1

Chigorin vs Schiffers, 1879 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 33 moves, 1-0

Kavalek vs Karpov, 1970 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 59 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Geller, 1967 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 80 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs L Lengyel, 1971 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs J Klovans, 1972 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

I Gurevich vs Bronstein, 1992 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 53 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs V Kalashnikov, 1961 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 60 moves, 1-0

M Noakh vs Karpov, 1966 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 100 moves, 0-1

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Boleslavsky, 1940 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 49 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Adams, 1996 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 61 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Topalov, 1997 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 76 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Nunn, 1981 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 33 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1995  
(C16) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Furman, 1959 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

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

Spassky vs Karpov, 1982 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 84 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

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

Psakhis vs Speelman, 1990
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs V Vasilevsky, 1910 
(C00) French Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Lasker, 1936 
(E07) Catalan, Closed, 21 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 30 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs G Salmon, 1858  
(C51) Evans Gambit, 49 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Nedelin, 1961 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 36 moves, 1-0

I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik, 1927 
(A95) Dutch, Stonewall, 42 moves, 0-1

Hampyuk vs Karpov, 1965 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 28 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs A Kushnir, 1966 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 30 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Alatortsev, 1931 
(E85) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

Kamsky vs Kramnik, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Miles, 1981 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 41 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs M Yudovich Sr., 1933 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

V Liublinsky vs Botvinnik, 1943 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 53 moves, 0-1

Kotov vs E Zagorjansky, 1944 
(C10) French, 39 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1969 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 60 moves, 1-0

Alt vs Karpov, 1970 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 94 moves, 0-1

The sidewinder
Karpov vs O'Kelly, 1970 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 41 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Gligoric, 1972 
(C94) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

V Tukmakov vs Karpov, 1972 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 34 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Chekhov, 1972 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 39 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Spassky, 1973 
(C94) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs H Westerinen, 1974 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 34 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Unzicker, 1975 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 22 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1976 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 42 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Lasker, 1921  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 48 moves, 1-0

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

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 70 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 66 moves, 0-1

Candidate
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 82 moves, 1-0

Candidate
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(C01) French, Exchange, 43 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs A Zaitsev, 1970 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 72 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1982 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 45 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Vaganian, 1976 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1-0

Morozevich vs Topalov, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 75 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Anand, 1991 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1992 
(C18) French, Winawer, 65 moves, 0-1

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