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Ware Art Thou, O' Fredthebear? Strange Days Here
Compiled by fredthebear
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There's plenty of bad chess herein. The games are not necessarily related to odd ball openings. Most likely, something uncommon happened during play.

Thank you bharat292.
Do see unique themes :fourth division, Compiled by kevin86.

What's the worst opening?? "Gedult, D-Sauzedde" is a curious term indeed. 1.f3 is most often called the Barnes Opening in England (and 1.e4,f6 the Barnes Defense), after Thomas Wilson Barnes, who believe it or not actually beat Morphy with the defense. Gedult's Opening is perhaps the more common name in other countries.

Alekhine's Defense (Brooklyn Defense)
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Ng8

Amar Gambit
1. Nh3 d5 2. g3 e5 3. f4 Bxh3 4. Bxh3 exf4 5. O-O

Amazon
1. d4 d5 2. Qd3

Baker Defense
1. e4 a6

Basman Defense
1. e4 g5

Battambang
1. Nc3 2. a3

Black Knights' Tango
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6

Colorado Counter
1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 f5

Dada Gambit
1. g3 e5 2. Bg2 d5 3. b4

Damiano's Defense
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6

Dory Defense
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 Ne4

Guatemala Defense
1. e4 b6 2. d4 Ba6

Heinrich Wagner Gambit
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 c5 4. e4

Hippopotamus
...g6,...f6,...e6,...d6

Latvian Gambit (Corkscrew Variation)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Ne5 Nf6 4. Bc4 fxe4 5. Nxf7 Qe7 6. Nxh8 d5

Lemming
1. e4 Na6

Lisitsin Gambit
1. Nf3 f5 2. e4

Mengarini Attack
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Qc2

Mieses Opening
1. d3

Modern Defense (Pterodactyl)
1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 c5 5. Nf3 Qa5

Modern Defense (Randspringer Variation)
1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 f5

Napoleon
1. e4 e5 2. Qf3

Pantelidakis Countergambit
1.e4 e5 2.f4 f5

Paris Opening
1. Nh3

Ponziani Opening
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3

Queen's Bishop Attack
1. d4 d5 2. Bg5

Santasiere's Folly
1. Nf3 d5 2. b4

Saragossa Opening
1. c3

Van't Kruij's Opening
1. e3

Venezolana
d3, Nc3, g3

Woozle
1. d4 c5 2. d5 Nf6 3. Nc3 Qa5

* Unusual Opening Names: Game Collection: Unorthodox Games; Unusual Names (ECO=A,D,E)

After replaying tens of thousands of chess games, some of these don't seem so strange anymore to FTB, but the reader might enjoy a look-see anyway.

* Here's a link to Tim Krabbe's (far out) Chess Records: https://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/record...

* 15 minutes of TV fame: Game Collection: Chess players on gameshows

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checkmate_pattern
M Galyas vs J Bick, 2006 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 1 moves, 1-0

The alleged "shortest master game" at that time
A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 4 moves, 0-1

Indian Game: Lazard Gambit (A45) 0-1 Addition to Lazard's Mini
Montjanu vs Choare, 1948 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 5 moves, 0-1

The shortest decisive master game (not a forfeit or protest)
Z Djordjevic vs M Kovacevic, 1984 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 3 moves, 0-1

Fischer Random
Leko vs Adams, 2001 
(000) Chess variants, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fischer forks himself on the 13th move in namesake opening?!?
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 52 moves, 0-1

Did Fischer have a perfect score with the English Opening?!
Fischer vs Panno, 1970 
(A10) English, 1 moves, 1-0

What wasn't playing against Petrov's Defense??!
Fischer vs G Thornell, 1964 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

Fool's Mate
L Darling vs R Wood, 1983 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 2 moves, 0-1

Fool's Mate
W T Mayfield vs W R Trinks, 1959 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 3 moves, 1-0

Fool's Mate: Bird's Opening
Van Kessel vs Rensen, 1990 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 3 moves, 0-1

Fool's Mate: Black's mobile phone went off
A Jain vs R Norinkeviciute, 2007  
(B06) Robatsch, 2 moves, 1-0

Fool's Mate in 3
H Klip vs T Bottema, 1990 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 3 moves, 1-0

1.h3? He had to know something was up w/his opponent
C Van der Zee vs E Dluski, 1993 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 1 moves, 1-0

Carr Defense 1.e4 h6 2.b3 e6 (B00) 0-1; Q sac creates a passer
F Babar vs M Basman, 1993 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 36 moves, 0-1

Ware 1.a4 transposes to the Polish Opening.
G Welling vs P A Boll, 1986 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ware Opening 1.a4; Giuoco Piano gone bad.
P Ware vs J A Congdon, 1880 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

How can he risk his pawn structure and survive the MG?
P Ware vs E Delmar, 1880 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 57 moves, 0-1

Creepy Crawly miniature more like a Polish
G Welling vs F Obers, 1992 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 17 moves, 1-0

Van't Kruijs Opening 1.e3 (A00) 1-0 f6 is viable against b3
Owen vs Burn, 1874 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 50 moves, 1-0

Van't Kruijs Opening transposes to French Exchange 4.c4 Nf6
Tartakower vs Fahrni, 1911 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 50 moves, 0-1

Van't Kruijs Opening (A00)0-1 First castling on record; P storm
NN vs Lucena, 1497 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 26 moves, 0-1

Unwise Opening beats Wise Man from the East.
D Gedult vs Melchior, 1968 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

Gedult Opening/Barnes Opening 1.f3 turned into a gambit
Boquay vs NN, 1864 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 17 moves, 1-0

"Gedult Opening" transpose C-K Fantasy Var: 1e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3
Fine vs J Rappaport, 1931 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

Barnes/Gedult Opening 1.f3? (A00) 0-1 Masterly foolishness
I Schneider vs Van Wely, 2005 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 12 moves, 0-1

Barnes Opening: Hammerschlag (A00) 1-0 Castle by hand
S Williams vs M Simons, 1999 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Uncommon Opening, the worst defense (A00) · 1/2-1/2
D Alaslar vs B de Cat, 2001 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Barnes Opening: Walkerling (A00) 1-0 1 defender isn't enough
H Walkerling vs Nagy, 1930 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 12 moves, 1-0

Bad 1...f6 (A00) 0-1 Exchanges aid Fried Fox defense?!?!
R Kruis vs C van Dongen, 2001 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 80 moves, 0-1

Saragossa Opening 1.c3 (A00) 1-0 White gains space
A D Martin vs M Basman, 1984 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 37 moves, 1-0

Saragossa Opening 1c3 (A00) 1-0 Played back in 1515
Lucena vs Quintana, 1515 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

Saragossa Opening 1.c3 (A00) 1-0 Transposes to Torre vs Tartak
Hort vs P Cramling, 1984 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Saragossa Opening (A00) 1/2-1/2Gains time, Bs of same color EG
Tartakower vs Reti, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Saragossa Opening (A00) 0-1 5 pawns on 3rd w/fianchetto loses
R Ortega vs Ivkov, 1962 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

Saragossa Opening (A00) 1-0 Target the loose rook
T Gelashvili vs I Chighladze, 2003 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

That's what you get for not showing up.
K Grigorian vs Savon, 1973 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 1 moves, 1-0

1.h4 Kadas Opening Miniature Outnumbered Capture w/Check
G Welling vs E ten Haaf, 1981 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

Kadas Opening 1.h4 (A00) 1-0 Tranposes to Q Pawn
Hector vs P Boersma, 1986 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann 2.h4 (B10) 1-0 Exchanges change everything!
U Stock vs A Nickel, 1989 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 47 moves, 1-0

Kadas Opening 1.h4 (A00) 1/2-1/2
R Fabry vs L Dobrovolsky, 1978 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kadas Opening 1.h4?! (A00) 1-0 Fritz played like a wood pusher
E Nemeth vs Fritz, 2000 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Kadas Opening 1.h4 (A00) 0-1 Weak pawn structure, blockade
R Fabry vs Z Radojevic, 1978 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

Van Geet (Dunst) (A00)1-0 Right-handed version of Legall's Mate
D Moody vs S Bender, 1977 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 9 moves, 1-0

Sodium Creepy Crawly; Black Combo Fails
D Martinidesz vs S Docx, 1992 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 34 moves, 1-0

Anderssen Opening 1.a3 (A00) 1-0 Plenty of counterplay
Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 77 moves, 1-0

Anderssen Opening 1.a3 /Creepy Crawly (A00) 1-0She grabbed a P
R Lichtenscheidt vs J Kohtz, 1862 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Anderssen Opening: General (A00) 1/2-1/2 1 move
T Balogh vs M Manik, 1999 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 1 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kolty could sac!
Koltanowski vs Love, 1949 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

Grob Opening (A00) 1-0 Black opens w/10 straight pawn moves
C Bloodgood vs L Bostic, 1964 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Grob Opening (A00) 0-1Nakamura drove computer crazy w/6 bishops
Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 255 moves, 0-1

Black resigns down a pawn thinking he'll lose more material
Koltanowski vs NN, 1960 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

Unusual game w/a King shuffle
Nezhmetdinov vs Ujtelky, 1964 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 75 moves, 0-1

Alexander Alekhine's Best Games, a stunning rook lift debated
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Clemenz Opening 1.h3 into Colle (A00) 1-0Terrific Kside attack
Fine vs A Simonson, 1932 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 22 moves, 1-0

Anti-computer strategy; Horsing around w/6 Kts...won't resign
Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 155 moves, 0-1

Blackburne won a "Special Brilliancy Prize" for this game
Blackburne vs Nimzowitsch, 1914 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Uncommon (A00) 1-0 Like a Lion/Philidor Defense Bxf7
E Reinhardt vs Reiss, 1934 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 10 moves, 1-0

Amar Opening: Gent Gambit (A00) 1-0 Bad opening, good recovery
G Welling vs T Peleman, 1986 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Earliest piece sac in the DB (exchange sac on move 2)
A Smirnov vs V Shepelev, 2005 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 22 moves, 1-0

Uncommon Opening (A00) · 1/2-1/2
Janosevic vs Geller, 1968 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 0 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kramnik - Topalov World Championship Match (2006) 0-1 Photos
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 0 moves, 0-1

Wall of Shame is a bad imitation of a White Hedgehog A00 0-1 13
A Onishko vs M Leonov, 2002 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 13 moves, 0-1

Link to "Memory and Chess" discusses Fischer's memory
Fischer vs W Beach, 1963 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

Hungarian Opening/Dbl Fio Reti (A00) 1-0 4Knights no guarantees
M Hennigan vs Chandler, 1999 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Hungarian Bg2, Bb2 v Dutch Stonewall (A00) 1/2-1/2 She's a 10
D Kokarev vs V Ponfilenok, 2010 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polish Opening Exchange ML (A00) 0-1 En passant Mate!
I Korepanova vs A Tishkov, 2007 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Polish 1.b4 c5 Birmingham Gambit (A00) 1-0 Swallow's Tail #
B Tiller vs L Lovik, 2009 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

Zukertort Opening: Santasiere's Folly (A06) 0-1 4 in the b-file
O Gritsayeva vs O Girya, 2014 
(A06) Reti Opening, 55 moves, 0-1

Van Geet (Dunst) Opening (A00) 1-0 Notes by Eric Schiller
D D van Geet vs Guyt, 1967  
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 15 moves, 1-0

Van Geet (Dunst) Opening (A00) 1-0 Good shooting Emperor!
Napoleon Bonaparte vs Madame De Remusat, 1804 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 14 moves, 1-0

Van Geet (Dunst): Reversed Nimzowitsch (A00) 1-0 Legall's Mate
O Bjarnason vs V Dittler, 2001 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 7 moves, 1-0

Hungarian Opening: Myers Defense (A00)
N McInnes vs B de Cat, 2001 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hungarian Opening: Paris Gambit (A00) 1-0 The six pawn gambit?!
H E Myers vs Tirso Alvarez, 1966 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

Hungarian Opening e5, d5 (A00) 1-0 13.Re5 lift is rare indeed!
Larsen vs Gruenfeld, 1961 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 55 moves, 1-0

Bird Opening: From Gambit (A02) 0-1 White musn't move on qside
M Greenwalt vs B Wall, 1983 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 6 moves, 0-1

8 Pawns on the 4th Rank beats the computer
B V Alterman vs Deep Fritz, 2000 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 87 moves, 1-0

"The Pearl of Poznan"; Bird Opening, sacs for passers
Tylkowski vs A Wojciechowski, 1931 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Artic Defense? (A04) Take my R or N; connected doubled pawns!?
P Hammargren vs E J Diemer, 1974 
(A04) Reti Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

Yeah, don't develop, move pawns! Hilarious mate!
NN vs E J Diemer, 1984 
(A04) Reti Opening, 16 moves, 0-1

Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invite (A04) 0-1 Protest->Expelled
I Penko vs Jernej Novak, 2001 
(A04) Reti Opening, 10 moves, 0-1

1.Nf3 g5?!? Herrstrom Gambit (A04) 0-1 Blindfold simul charge!?
El Dorado vs T Gareyev, 2016 
(A04) Reti Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

English Anglo-Scandinavian Def. Schulz G (A10) 1-0 Q+ & fork Kt
H Lehmann vs Schulz, 1950 
(A10) English, 4 moves, 1-0

English Opening: Halibut Gambit (A10) 0-1 Hanging Queen
Pedersen vs I Burchard, 1995 
(A10) English, 24 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Halibut Gambit (A10) · 0-1
M Goetz vs T Gietl, 1997 
(A10) English, 41 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Halibut Gambit (A10) · 0-1
F Catheley vs M Hadzikaric, 1995 
(A10) English, 31 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Halibut Gambit (A10) · 0-1
R Nurmi vs A Dunne, 1994 
(A10) English, 18 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Halibut Gambit (A10) · 0-1
E A Apps vs R Schlenker, 1974 
(A10) English, 24 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Halibut Gambit (A10) · 0-1
H Sieber vs L Frenzel, 1989 
(A10) English, 30 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Halibut Gambit (A10) · 0-1
P Sassi vs D Lardot, 1996 
(A10) English, 43 moves, 0-1

Halibut Gambit (A10) 1-0 After promotion, White is up a R
Knobloch vs R Schlenker, 1983 
(A10) English, 8 moves, 1-0

English Opening: Great Snake Variation (A10) 0-1 Opening Q Sac
H Uuetoa vs A Mayo, 1999 
(A10) English, 48 moves, 0-1

English Opening (A10) 1/2-1/2 Stalemate in 10 moves?!?!
J Upmark vs Robin Johansson, 1995 
(A10) English, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

English Opening: Myers Variation (A10) 0-1 Smothered Mate
Taylor vs P Cody, 1980 
(A10) English, 9 moves, 0-1

U ever seen Discovered Check response by Discovered Check!?!
R Garcia vs E Figueroa, 1963 
(A10) English, 28 moves, 1-0

Why did Korchnoi resign here?
Korchnoi vs I Sokolov, 1994 
(A20) English, 14 moves, 0-1

Englund Gambit, Mosquito Gambit (A40) 1/2-1/2Agreed beforehand
Miles vs Huebner, 1985 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 5 moves, 1/2-1/2

Benoni Def: King's Indian System (A56) 1/2-1/2 A world-record?!
K Rogoff vs A H Williams, 1969 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 106 moves, 1/2-1/2

Benko Gambit: Accepted. Fully (A58) 1/2-1/2 What are the odds?
H MacGrillen vs E Formanek, 1973 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

You won't believe your eyes.
V Malinin vs V Savinov, 1988 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

White R captures pawn, 2 R's, Q & B. Never saw anything like it
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Ripley loses in 11, believe it or not
J M Ripley vs O Hardy, 1963 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 11 moves, 0-1

Hippopotumus gates mated in 31 moves w/out any captures!!
R Nuber vs R Keckeisen, 1994 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Notes by Tony Miles, edited by Ray Keene
Karpov vs Miles, 1980  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 46 moves, 0-1

A definition of "syracrophy" anyone?
Speelman vs T K Hemingway, 1972 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

Macho Grob Spike/Borg Defense (B00) mouse click malfunction
M Pavlovic vs M Umansky, 2003 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

Macho Grob Spike/Borg Defense (B00) White has issues
L Horta vs M Dos Santos, 1984 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 23 moves, 0-1

Macho Grob Spike/Borg defense takes down a GM!
Speelman vs M Basman, 1980 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 46 moves, 0-1

Uncommon KP (B00) 0-11st move didn't matter; unclean breakthru
J Grundy vs P Ware, 1880 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 57 moves, 0-1

Franco-Nimzowitsch; Black King is stripped of pawn shield
T Abrahamyan vs W M Duckworth, 2012 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 22 moves, 1-0

Macho Grob Spike/Borg Defense: General (B00) · 0-1
R Lancaster vs M Basman, 1982 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

St. George Def (B00) 0-1 Bizarre. Both sides sac Qs to promote.
L Forgacs vs Maroczy, 1902 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

Uncommon KP (B00) 0-11st move didn't matter; White beat himself
Sellman vs P Ware, 1880
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 33 moves, 0-1

Uncommon KP (B00) 0-11st move didn't matter; Black passer
A Cohnfeld vs P Ware, 1880
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

Uncommon KP (B00) 0-11st move didn't matter; must blockade!
J A Congdon vs P Ware, 1880 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 60 moves, 0-1

St. George Def. (B00) 0-1Rare extended fianchetto on BOTH sides
Z Plecsko vs S Biro, 1997 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 26 moves, 0-1

Borg Defense: Borg Gambit (B00) 0-1 Deflect the Defender
H Guennewig vs H Alber, 1988 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 11 moves, 0-1

Borg Defense: Borg Gambit (B00) 0-1 Neither K castled
C W Pritchett vs M Basman, 1986 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Owen Def. transposes to Hippo (B00) 1-0 aesthetic or pathetic?
Ivanchuk vs N Gaprindashvili, 2006 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

Goldsmith Defense (B00) 0-1 Pin to win and work it over
Fritz vs E F Pecci, 2001 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

Owen Defense (B00) 1-0 He resigned instead of forcing stalemate
Klinova vs D Spence, 2006 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Scandinavian Defense: Panov Transfer (B01) 1-0 BF missed # in 2
Fischer vs S Rubin, 1964 
(B01) Scandinavian, 39 moves, 1-0

Three Moves!!! Have a look at the kibitz to see what happened.
Lindemann vs Echtermeyer, 1893  
(B01) Scandinavian, 3 moves, 0-1

Alekhine's Defense; Brooklyn Variation; Awful!
Pillsbury vs E Chatard, 1900 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def: The Squirrel (B02) 1-0 Had a few too many nuts
Hill vs Janeway, 1946 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

Earliest Promoted Pawns: 4 queens by move 7
Casper vs Heckert, 1975 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Defense: Normal (B02) 1-0 Misplaced K; pile on the pin
E Steiner vs Colle, 1926 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Defense: Buckley Attck; early Na3 is reasonable enough
G Franchini vs S Mikheev, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def: 4Pawns Attack. Trifunovic Var (B03) 1/2-Perpetual
M Wootton vs W Kilmer, 2007 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Modern Defense: 2.h4 (B06) 0-1 wonky game, wonky Dovetail Mate
V Rothuis vs F Olafsson, 2007 
(B06) Robatsch, 26 moves, 0-1

Lion Defense: Lion's Jaw (B07) 1-0 17 straight pawn moves
E J Diemer vs T Heiling, 1984 
(B07) Pirc, 45 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Def. Two Knights Attk (B11) 0-1 White attacks himself
Stripunsky vs Onischuk, 2012 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 11 moves, 0-1

King enters battlefield early as cramped opponent is squeezed
M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren, 2013 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

13.0-0; I can't ever remember seeing a move like that, where th
Van der Wiel vs Karpov, 1987 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bizarre Sicilian! White should have taken a draw.
E Treger vs S Agaian, 2003 
(B20) Sicilian, 68 moves, 0-1

Nakamura punished for 2.Qh5?!?
Nakamura vs A Volokitin, 2005 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

Marshall pushes pawns...for 14 straight moves.
Marshall vs H Rogosin, 1940 
(B20) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin 2.c3 Barmen Def Central X$(B22) 1-0Common unpin
S Jackson vs B Sinka, 1981
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 27 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Grand Prix Attack (B23) 1/2-1/2 Squeezed too tight
C El Idrissi vs A Laaroussi, 2001 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Closed f4-Nf3-Bc4 (B23) 1-0 Video link
Short vs Gelfand, 1991 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 31 moves, 1-0

Scandi Blackburne-Kloosterboer Gambit (B01) · 0-1
Alekhine vs Luca Morelli, 1923 
(B01) Scandinavian, 34 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Closed. Fianchetto (B24) 1-0 Clown Knights Mischief
A Lehtinen vs T Simola, 1995 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Romantic classic; amazing finish...most unusual promotion
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Perhaps VA lost on time but VK had insufficient mating material
Anand vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Old Sicilian. Open (B32) 1-0 Fingerfehler!?
Bagirov vs Korchnoi, 1960 
(B32) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov (B33) 1-0 blunder on 121!
Short vs Krasenkow, 2004 
(B33) Sicilian, 122 moves, 0-1

Sicilian, French Variation (B40) 1-0 He gave her away
L Bruzon Batista vs Krasenkow, 2005 
(B40) Sicilian, 64 moves, 1-0

Anderssen and Kolisch first to use time limit
Kolisch vs Anderssen, 1861 
(B40) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Four Knights (B40) 0-1 Unusual finish
Reggio vs Tarrasch, 1902 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 15 moves, 0-1

Sicilian 4.Qc2?! (B50) 0-1 Bronstein's creativity fizzles
Bronstein vs Stein, 1965 
(B50) Sicilian, 56 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Delayed Alapin/KIA (B50) 1/2-1/2 Mutual overlook
J Emma vs Stein, 1966 
(B50) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

The first consultation match of chessgames....Amazing!
M Ronteltap / Allies vs R Barber / Allies, 2006  
(B53) Sicilian, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Free cake! Three kNights are given away as pawn food.
Tal vs E Nievergelt, 1959 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

This is more like a creepy crawly game w/queenside action
Judit Polgar vs Shirov, 1995 
(B06) Robatsch, 21 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Bowlder Attack (B20) 1-0 Mini 0-0-0#! A castle mate!
A Kvicala vs NN, 1869 
(B20) Sicilian, 18 moves, 1-0

One variation has promotion mate 14.gxh8=Q#
B Koch vs W Kuppe, 1932 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 12 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Dragon. Yugoslav Attack Panov (B76) 0-1 Ring-a-ling!
Korbut vs N Pogonina, 2007 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 22 moves, 0-1

Chaotic Insanity
Morozevich vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 76 moves, 0-1

SicRichter-Rauzer (B60) Both White Knights occupy Black thrones
G Kluger vs Nagy, 1942 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 13 moves, 1-0

After Ne3 it is actually white that is winning!
B Jonasson vs Angantysson, 1986 
(B33) Sicilian, 27 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Najdorf. English Attack (B90) 1-0Who needs SIX Queens?
E Szalanczy vs Thi Mai Hung Nguyen, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

"World Wrestling Entertainment(WWE) Chess!"
Shen Yang vs Zhou Jianchao, 2005 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 114 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Najdorf (B94) 1-0 This game will drive you nuts
A Volokitin vs Mamedyarov, 2012 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

5 Queens
Z Mackic vs A Maksimenko, 1994 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 51 moves, 0-1

Resigning in a won position
Veprek vs I David Glaz, 1982 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Sicilian, Najdorf. Poisoned P (B97) 1/2-1/2 All 8 Black pieces
I Johannesson vs S Bergsson, 2007 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Very Uncommon Corner Mate by the Very Uncommon Morphy
Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

Chess variants (000) 1-0 "Look Ma! No pawns!"
W R Ballard vs J Fagan, 1884  
(000) Chess variants, 30 moves, 1-0

This shows how to win in a dozen moves -- WITHOUT A QUEEN!!
Tarrasch vs Schroder, 1890 
(000) Chess variants, 12 moves, 1-0

Rat Defense: Small Center (C00) 1-0 Pin the tail on the rat!
Paulsen vs Blackburne, 1861  
(C00) French Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

French: Bird Invitation (C00) 1-0 Transposes to St. George
Bird vs J Heral, 1873 
(C00) French Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

French Advance Main Line (C02) 0-1 48 moves before exchanging?!
Houdini vs Stockfish, 2013 
(C02) French, Advance, 114 moves, 0-1

After 10…Bb7 Alekhine castled with his queen!
Alekhine vs P de Unamuno, 1944 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 0-1

French Burn Var (C11) 1-0 Bathroom break affected Benko's brain
Fischer vs Benko, 1962 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 1-0

15 yr. old Radjabov upsets Kasparov
Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 0-1

French McCutcheon. Grigoriev Var (C12) Fictional 5 Queens Game
Alekhine vs NN, 1915 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 29 moves, 1-0

French, Alekhine-Chatard Attack (C13) 1-0 Uncastled win!
Bogoljubov vs Spielmann, 1922 
(C13) French, 28 moves, 1-0

K pawn Alapin Opening (C20) 1-0 Black made 5 kNight moves!
J Ask vs O Von Bahr, 2013 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

King Pawn Game 1.e4 e5 2.h3 (C20) 1-0 Kside attack
Morphy vs NN, 1848 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Athens sacrifices queen-wins in 10 moves! London broiled.
London vs Athens, 1897 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

P-K4 Parham Attack (C20) 0-1 Castlemate by two unknowns
NN vs Eric, 2017 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 0-1

Chigorin mistook the king for the queen
Chigorin vs H Caro, 1898 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

KG Panteldakis Countergambit (C30) 0-1 What would you do?
C W Kennaugh vs K G Shirazi, 2003 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 0-1

Pantelidakis Countergambit, 1.e4 e5 2.f4 f5
Chigorin vs V Hruby, 1882 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 19 moves, 1-0

KG Panteldakis CG. Greco Var (C30) 0-1 Unusual start and finish
NN vs Greco, 1625 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit (C30) 1-0 Puzzling end -- overlooked zwischenzug
G Welling vs R Douven, 1982 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 9 moves, 1-0

K's Gambit Copycat (C30) 1-0 Underpromotion PxR=N#
H Reinle vs Lange, 1936 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 1-0

KGD Mafia Defense 2...c5 (C30) 1-0 Confession to the Bishops!!
B Raphael vs H Montgomery, 1856 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

KGD Panteldakis Countergambit (C30)1-0 BF draws K out into cntr
Fischer vs Michalopoulos, 1964 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1-0

To 0-0+ is good // to interpose w/Discovered Check is better
NN vs M Bier, 1903 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 13 moves, 0-1

Falkbeer CG. Blackburne Attack (C31) 1-0 Sneaky tactics
Tarrasch vs K Eckart, 1892 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

4...b5?! Popular line mid-1800s ~Kieseritsky's Immortal Game L
Short vs Kasparov, 1993 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 15 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted. Tumbleweed (C33) 1-0What can be said?
D Rigby vs J Moylan, 1976 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 1-0

Black's resignation is enigmatic to say the least.
W Shinkman vs Theophilus Thompson, 1875  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 15 moves, 1-0

KGA Schallop Def (C34) 0-1 A World Championship Blunder???
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 0-1

David Bronstein beats computer in style.
Bronstein vs M20, 1963 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

KGA. King's Knight Gambit (C34) 1-0 Mate by an unmoved piece?!!
Allgaier vs NN, 1807 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 14 moves, 1-0

KGA Salvio Gambit (C37) 0-1 Mated by a King's move!
Smitten vs Prince Dadian, 1896 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

This is a well know spurious game
F Deacon vs Morphy, 1858 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 46 moves, 1-0

A royal family fork checkmate, rare and precious indeed!!!
NN vs Zukertort, 1872 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 20 moves, 0-1

A rare NN miniature victory in 6 moves!
NN vs Cornelissen, 1974 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game: Mieses Var (C45) 1-0 Nice shootin' by 9-year old!
A Liang vs Kaufman, 2012  
(C45) Scotch Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Four Knights Scotch Accepted (C47) 0-1 10.Bxf6 wins a piece
Alekhine vs James Madison High School, 1932 
(C47) Four Knights, 45 moves, 0-1

Italian Four Knights d3, Nc3 (C50) 1-0 Notes by R. Teichmann
J Mason vs Tarrasch, 1895  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 1-0

Scotch Gambit (C55) 1-0 Check out the a1-h8 diagonal after 13.
M Corden vs Smyslov, 1970 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

This game is absurd!
Teichmann vs Schlechter, 1904 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Definately NOT your typicaly Ruy Lopez!?!
H Westerinen vs A Planinc, 1970 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 0-1

A wonderfully entertaining game
Anderssen vs M Lange, 1859 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

Spanish Schliemann Def. Exchange (C63) 0-1 En Passant+
Boris Becker vs Short, 2011 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 16 moves, 0-1

White undevelops with 9.Nb1?! losing two tempi
S Tatai vs M Lazic, 2001 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

9 passed pawns aboard after 59.Rxf6
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 60 moves, 0-1

longest decisive game without captures
A Medina Garcia vs Gligoric, 1968 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Pseudo-Stonewall Attack; The Original Alekhine's Block?!
Alekhine vs V Ostrogsky, 1910 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1-0

Not a real Colle System (D05) 0-1 Lost sight of the position
Alekhine vs Ecole Polytechnique Paris, 1925 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 0-1

checkers/whist/blind chess simul (1900) 1-0, 21 moves Boden's #
Pillsbury vs NN, 1900 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

Black K never moves! Less common up close Q fork ends game.
Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1894 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 0-1

The Crazy Rook Draw: Immunity or Stalemate capture
A E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

Slav Czech. Wiesbaden Sharp line (D17) · 1/2-1/2
Kramnik vs Lautier, 1994 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Check by castling nabs the wayward rook
NN vs G Abrahams, 1929 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 11 moves, 0-1

Semi-Slav, Marshall Gambit (D31) 1-0 Tripled Pawns Win
J Turn vs K Makarczyk, 1936
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

White plays five moves---announces mate in eight!!!
J O H Taylor vs NN, 1862 
(C27) Vienna Game, 13 moves, 1-0

Philidor Def 5.g4 Shirov Gambit (C41) 1-0 Ks on orignal squares
Shirov vs L Cyborowski, 2008 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Philidor Defense (C41) 1-0 Black resigned (pin) w/a winning pos
Von Popiel vs G Marco, 1902 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

The game was of course agreed drawn in advance.
Miles vs L Christiansen, 1987 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Russian Game French Attack (C42) 1-0 Don't assume he'll play d4
Tarrasch vs Alapin, 1889 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 6 moves, 1-0

The Immortal Desperado (and the most hilarious chess game ever)
Bogoljubov vs L Schmid, 1949 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 0-1

Both players miss the hangers
D Zagorskis vs B Gasiorowski, 2006 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 22 moves, 1-0

They dyed my shoes. Open those shoes by offramp
A Giri vs Caruana, 2016 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 96 moves, 1/2-1/2

He did not lose on time. It's a score keeping violation.
W So vs Akobian, 2015 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 6 moves, 0-1

Two underpromotions to BISHOPS!? (It didn't much matter.)
Vidmar vs Maroczy, 1932 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 129 moves, 1/2-1/2

QGD Tarrasch Def (D32) 0-1 Black won by making only pawn moves!
NN vs H Bruening, 1907 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 6 moves, 0-1

QGD Capablanca (D43) 1-0 Victory w/tripled pawns is rare
Carlos Torre vs M A Schapiro, 1924 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Castle-mate
Anand vs Svidler, 1999 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 31 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld Def. Russian. Prins Var (D97) 1-0 Black Q never moves
Piket vs Kasparov, 1995 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 41 moves, 1-0

The worst blunder by a reigning world champion
Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

No Way to Treat A Lady: The best game prize at Gibraltar
L Javakhishvili vs R Edouard, 2015 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 0-1

An underpromotion+ saves the draw in a basic R vs P ending
A Evdokimov vs Sveshnikov, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

White could have claimed a draw by three-time repetition
Rotlewi vs Teichmann, 1911 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 69 moves, 0-1

Nh3
L Boeye vs E Denayer, 2001 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 0-1

Eight passed pawns on eight files
Short vs Gelfand, 1991 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 61 moves, 1-0

Gunderam Defense (C40) 0-1 The Joke Promotion (Underpromotion)
V Salnikov vs Bezgodov, 1991 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 64 moves, 0-1

Yet ANOTHER Top Grandmaster Simply Hangs His Queen
Bacrot vs E Inarkiev, 2008 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 23 moves, 0-1

Beautiful finish found in Reinfeld books
H K E Clemenz vs F Eisenschmidt, 1862 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game (C60) 1-0 His cell phone went off...
Yates vs J J O'Hanlon, 1921 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 3 moves, 1-0

Experience wins over Youth (Sammy was just 9!)
Reshevsky vs Ed. Lasker, 1921 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 29 moves, 0-1

An unusual trap of a rook by a bishop-so queen can gobble it
Smyslov vs Tolush, 1961 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

Bogo-Indian Defense: Grünfeld Var (E11) 1-0 Trapped pair of Rs
Ivkov vs I Kanko, 1963 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

215 moves in about 5 minutes is amazing... Q sac stalemate!
Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2007 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 215 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pterodactyl Defense: Eastern. Pterodactyl (B06) 0-1 What a day
A J Mestel vs L Day, 1982 
(B06) Robatsch, 25 moves, 0-1

Modern Defense (B06)1-0 White wins w/out developing either N?!!
E J Diemer vs Cerff, 1983 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Modern Defense: K Pawn Fianchetto (B06) 0-1 Missed Spearhead #
Aronian vs K Urban, 1996 
(B06) Robatsch, 19 moves, 0-1

Pirc Defense: Byrne (B07) 1-0 Opera House reminder after 22.
Tal vs Gufeld, 1968 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

Modern Defense 1...g6 2.h4 (B06) 1/2-1/2 Castle into Q sac?!
F Mora vs Suttles, 1964 
(B06) Robatsch, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Velimirovic Attack (B89) 1-0 12 straight pawn moves!
F Amonatov vs A Timofeev, 2007 
(B89) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Closed 3.g4 (B23) 1-0 Odd start, 0-0-0, N fork
Nakamura vs A Zhigalko, 2009 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 30 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Def. Maroczy Variation (B12) 1-0 WC lost on time
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1958 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

JimmyVermeer's blog: Forced mate in 42
Y Stepak vs Y Mashian, 1980 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 193 moves, 1-0

The wife and mistress in the same playing hall. Poor Don Jose.
Saemisch vs Capablanca, 1929 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 62 moves, 1-0

Horowitz said "One bad move ruins forty good ones."
G Garcia vs Ivkov, 1965 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi to arbiter: "Can I castle if my rook is attacked?"
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 19 moves, 1-0

Bogo-Indian Defense (E11) 1-0 Black meant to defend w/4...Qe7
L Palau vs S Kalabar, 1927 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 5 moves, 1-0

The Black b8 knight makes six moves to stalemate itself
Alekhine vs N E Schwartz, 1926 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 54 moves, 1-0

Near structural symmetry after 20.Rdd1 but Black win in 5 moves
R Pruun vs Keres, 1931 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

Odd Name Claim to Fame (not really, but that's life)
O Arvoll vs O Lie, 1965 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

Barry Attack vs NY System (D00) 1/2-1/2 it got WhAcKy
Jobava vs R Hovhannisyan, 2014 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Four(!) pawns are sent to the 2nd rank to seize the win!
F J Lee vs H Shoosmith, 1904 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 0-1

QGD Copycat (D02) 1-0 Quad Pawns in 18, Hogs on 8th
E E Colman vs H Jacobs, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

QGD Albin Countergambit (D08) 0-1 Very, VERY unique mate!!
S S Dodge vs J R Houghteling, 1905 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 16 moves, 0-1

Flohr Bewitched by an Illusion D02 0-1 25
Flohr vs Grob, 1933 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 0-1

P-Q4 Krause Variation (D02) 1-0 Royal fork+ loses?!
Swiderski vs J N Berger, 1908 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

A "rainbow of bishops and knights" ŕ la Dodge-Houghteling
V Sultanov vs S Kamaletdinov, 2011 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

Rook Trio: Underpromotion prevents Q sac for Stalemate
D Dordzhieva vs Kosteniuk, 2018 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 117 moves, 0-1

The worst game in world championship history?
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 63 moves, 0-1

"V for Victory"; a unique formation and slick break through
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

White drops a piece on move 5, but wins. The loser becomes WC!
L Galojan vs A Ushenina, 2012 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Stonewall Attack puts 4 Bs on c-file (D00) 1/2-Down to the last
Sultan Khan vs Tartakower, 1931 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Colle System (D05) 1/2-1/2 The wrong-colored bishop
Carlsen vs A Giri, 2017 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 123 moves, 1/2-1/2

Classical Tarrasch Gambit(D34) 0-1Worlds longest roller coaster
B Gundavaa vs S Collins, 2010 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 101 moves, 0-1

Nimzo-Indian Def: Leningrad Var (E30) 0-1 Queen's Knight Tour
Alie H/Hasan vs Alekhine, 1933 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 39 moves, 0-1

LINK TO CHESS ENGINES IN BLOGGER NOTES
Aronian vs Caruana, 2015 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch Def, Schara G (D32) 1-0 4 consecutive pawn captures!
D Fidlow vs A Maier, 1959 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 8 moves, 1-0

Three pawns on the 7th rank isn't the half of it.
D Birnbaum vs E Relange, 1995 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Grandmaster plays ONLY move that allows an instant mate
Beliavsky vs L E Johannessen, 2002 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 69 moves, 0-1

Semi-Slav Def: Botvinnik System (D44) 0-1 Unordinary Rooks
M Szigeti vs Benko, 1945 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

63...Ra7 is a draw by threefold repetition. Anand blew tie 1st
Radjabov vs Anand, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 85 moves, 1-0

Swindled into a capture stalemate or immune perpetual check
Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

KID Normal. K's Knight Var (E60) 1/2-1/2 Stalemate blunder
Karpov vs Judit Polgar, 1998 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Giving away a won game: Swallow's Tail/Gueridon Mate in one
Xu Yuanyuan vs I Charkhalashvili, 2001 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 88 moves, 0-1

KID Yugoslav Exch (E66) 0-1 Petro returned to table, blundered
Petrosian vs Bronstein, 1956 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 36 moves, 0-1

Bonnerjee Mohishunder helped generate the term "Indian Defense"
Cochrane vs Mohishunder, 1853 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

KID. Four Pawns Attack (E76) 1/2-1/2 Movie scene fabrications
J Sarwer vs Waitzkin, 1986 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

KID Saemisch Variation (E80) 1/2-1/2 Fortress; No Breakthrough
A Petrosian vs L Hazai, 1970 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

16.Nxd4Ne5 for those that like shape shifting
Hort vs Robert E Byrne, 1962 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 18 moves, 1-0

K's Indian Def. Orthodox. Glek Def (E94) 1-0Blindfold blunder
Kramnik vs Shirov, 2001 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 14 moves, 1-0

This is the longest game (over 20 hours) of chess history
I Nikolic vs G Arsovic, 1989 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 255 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Def: AbNormal Variation (C00) 1-0 The Joke is on it
Zzzzzz vs Joker, 2006 
(C00) French Defense, 48 moves, 1-0

French Defense: 2.b3 Horwitz Attack (C00) 1-0 Meet the new boss
B Wall vs E Bosse, 1969 
(C00) French Defense, 11 moves, 1-0

The hegemony of matter was shattered at a stroke and the era of
Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927  
(C00) French Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Exchange (C01) 1-0 Dim knights win?!
G Schories vs J J O'Hanlon, 1906 
(C01) French, Exchange, 26 moves, 1-0

Coolest # by en passant ! ! ! Dbl Check & NEITHER piece moves
G Gundersen vs A H Faul, 1928 
(C02) French, Advance, 15 moves, 1-0

French Advance (C02) 0-1 Ns on the outer files make do
Chekhov vs Kengis, 1991 
(C02) French, Advance, 57 moves, 0-1

Short resigns after retracting his illegal 0-0-0!
W Watson vs Short, 1983 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 24 moves, 1-0

Black draw despite having two seventh rank pawns vs a rook!!!
Keres vs E Eliskases, 1938 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Rubinstein. Blackburne Def (C10) 0-1 Suspicious fire
Pavel Dimitrov vs Akobian, 2008 
(C10) French, 26 moves, 0-1

First game to have a non-admin user post a kibitz (unofficial)
Steinitz vs Bird, 1866 
(C10) French, 12 moves, 1-0

Game ends in a NINEfold repetition
I Cheparinov vs Ljubojevic, 2008 
(C10) French, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

All Black's pieces return to their original squares by move 14!
N Kosintseva vs E Berg, 2007 
(C10) French, 42 moves, 0-1

French Def. Steinitz. Boleslavsky (C11) 1-0 35.Double R Blunder
Z Gofshtein vs M Gurevich, 2001 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 1-0

French Def. Steinitz Var. Gledhill Attack (C11) 0-1 35...0-0
Marshall vs Maroczy, 1926 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 0-1

Winawer wins shortly after making an illegal move
J Mason vs Winawer, 1883  
(C13) French, 43 moves, 0-1

French Def. Alekhine-Chatard Attk (C13) 0-1 4 "exchange" sacs!
J Smeets vs Yifan Hou, 2008 
(C13) French, 58 moves, 0-1

145 moves with no change of material (K+R vs. K+R+P)
Stockfish vs AlphaZero, 2018  
(C14) French, Classical, 255 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Winawer. Maroczy-Wallis (C18) 1-0 Side Philidor's Legacy
Saemisch vs O Menzinger, 1953 
(C18) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 1-0

French Def: Winawer. Advance (C18) 0-1 Simul Dbl, Dbl R sacs!!
Fischer vs C Powell, 1964 
(C18) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 0-1

Horwitz Bishops face-off, a rare and short-lived sight
J Mason vs Schlechter, 1900 
(C22) Center Game, 27 moves, 0-1

1st recorded Blindfold game, nice endgame win
J Bruehl vs Philidor, 1783 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

Jul-25-17 FSR: He spells the LONGEST NAMES in chess!
Otto vs Von Der Lasa, 1839 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

Twas played between James A. Leonard & Frederick Perrin
G da Cutri vs Perbin, 1580 
(C27) Vienna Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Vienna Gambit. Paulsen Attack (C29) 0-1 The best response to +
NN vs B F Winkelman, 1945 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 14 moves, 0-1

KGD. Falkbeer Cntrgambit. Hinrichsen Gambit (C31) 1-0Weird, fun
Winkel vs Alkmaar, 1856 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

KGD Falkbeer CG. Blackburne Attack (C31) 0-1! No combo, K walk!
NN vs Lasker / Maroczy, 1900 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 12 moves, 0-1

Hypermodern founders play the king of gambits!! C32 1-0 19
Reti vs Breyer, 1918 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

longest mate by a bishop...never heard of that!
Gunsberg vs NN, 1879 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 20 moves, 1-0

Schulze-Muller Gambit (C44) 1-0 A.K.A. Chicago / Irish Gambit
D T Phillips vs Pillsbury, 1899 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 45 moves, 1-0

Damiano Defense 8.Qg3+ instead of 8.h4 (C40) 1-0 8White Ps left
Lenderman vs S Sloan, 2007 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

Gunderam Defense: General (C40) 1-0 wowzeroo!
B Amin vs I H Labib, 2001 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 46 moves, 1-0

Black's 18th...Was that a bird? A plane? Superman? It's MORPHY!
Bird vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Computer Chess Silicon Giveaway in the Endgame
Deep Junior vs Deep Fritz, 2001 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 109 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game: Relfsson Gambit (C44) 1-0 U don't C this Everyday
Birchbeer vs NN, 1995 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 1-0

A beautiful and rare example of semi-perpetual check.
C T Goering vs G Neumann, 1872 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

White's e-pawn does everything a pawn can do.
Morphy vs Hart, 1854 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game 4...Ne5 Copycat (C45) 1-0 Black forgot the Bourbon
K Busch vs H Emser, 1987 
(C45) Scotch Game, 12 moves, 1-0

Magnus plays the Halloween Gambit with an a3 prep
Carlsen vs S Nyysti, 2002 
(C46) Three Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

58.Ke6?? is Short's only composed helpmate
Short vs Beliavsky, 1992 
(C48) Four Knights, 58 moves, 0-1

Loss by Capa to a strong but then unknown female player
Capablanca vs M Bain, 1933 
(C48) Four Knights, 11 moves, 0-1

Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein (C48) 0-1 Double Trouble
Blitz 5 vs Belle, 1978  
(C48) Four Knights, 14 moves, 0-1

July 6: Broken Mirror [Also May-12-09]
Traxler vs J Samanek, 1900 
(C49) Four Knights, 16 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Rousseau Gambit (C50) 1-0 This should be a draw
V S Spasov vs Pavel Dimitrov, 2008 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 40 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Schilling-Kostic Gambit Accepted?! (C50) 1-0
Franz Schett vs B Schoerghuber, 2000 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 40 moves, 1-0

Italian, Classical. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53) 1-0Unusual White Ns
C Bauer vs J M Iruzubieta Villaluenga, 2010 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 1-0

12...0-0 - A rare example of castling when facing the enemy
F A Hoffmann vs Alexander Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

Italian Game: Classical. De la Bourdonnais (C53) 1-0tpstarNotes
Leonhardt vs Teichmann, 1905 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 26 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Scotch Gambit (C55) 1-0 Heavy Pieces Polka
R Zelcic vs G Szlabey, 1991 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

Italian, 2 Ns Def. Modern B's Opening (C55) 1-0 4 Bs on b-file!
A Kosten vs Hebden, 1987 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

What's worse than double isolated pawns? See for yourself...
Edelman vs I Mazel, 1928 
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

NEVER assume that there is no "Zwischenzug mit Mittelschmerz".
G Elliott vs D Mitchell, 1951 
(C57) Two Knights, 14 moves, 0-1

a P capture for promotion w/double check is not the best move!!
A W Gentil vs T M Ault, 1876 
(C57) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

The most exciting game ever between three Roberts
Fischer vs Robert Henry / Robert Thacker, 1964 
(C57) Two Knights, 31 moves, 0-1

American Chess Bulletin, December 1922, p. 191
I Spero vs Showalter, 1922 
(C58) Two Knights, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

A one of a kind knight sacrifice for an underpromotion mate!!!
A H Robbins vs Showalter, 1890 
(C59) Two Knights, 22 moves, 0-1

Instead of the normal variation, she sacrificed a bishop!
M F Olsen vs B Tilenbaev, 2004 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 0-1

En passant capture piles on the pin to end this game.
I Khairullin vs M Kobalia, 2004 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 44 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Classical. Cordel Gambit (C64) 0-1All 8 Ps remain
Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

Spanish, Classical. Cordel Gambit (C64) 0-1 "Nez Dispenser"!
Nezhmetdinov vs Myagmarsuren, 1965 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 51 moves, 0-1

Time control was 15 moves an hour, beginning on the first move!
Tarrasch vs Chigorin, 1893 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 62 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Berlin Def. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67) 1-0 Lovely!
De Vere vs J Minchin, 1871 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 18 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Berlin Def. Rio de Janeiro Var (C67) 0-1 Good grief
K Lepge vs Paulsen, 1863 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 0-1

Scene in Stanley Kubrick's movie "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Roesch vs W Schlage, 1910 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 15 moves, 0-1

In a drawn ending Black blocks the bishop's view to the promo.
Carlsen vs Shirov, 2008 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 80 moves, 1-0

An amazing inverted pawn pyramid after 50. ... d3
Judit Polgar vs Bacrot, 1999 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 75 moves, 0-1

Incredible game. Svidler agreed to a draw in a won position!
Svidler vs Anand, 1999 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov moves his knight five times in a row and the game ends
Kasparov vs Leko, 2001 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 31 moves, 1-0

48..Ke8 What a stunning move !! Artistic Zugswang
Shirov vs Aronian, 2006 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 58 moves, 0-1

b2-b4 is mate!
W Watson vs J Littlewood, 1991 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Closed. Flohr System (C92) 0-1 Rare loss on time
Anand vs Kamsky, 1995 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 32 moves, 0-1

Stalemate with all the pieces on the board
J Hohmeister vs T Frank, 1993 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

KIA vs. mutated Sicilian/Zukertort Opening: Basman Defense (A04
P Szabo vs P R Scott, 2001 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ugly Black defense but White loses time, space, disconnected Rs
J Matynia vs L Day, 1966 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

English vs Hippo (A10) 1-0N sac opens diagonal for g7 crossfire
E Ghaem Maghami vs R Bancod, 2004 
(A10) English, 23 moves, 1-0

Indian Game: Pyrenees Gambit (A50) 0-1 Mate threat on h-file
Kasparov vs W Cotrina, 1993 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

Notes by Raymond Keene: English Opening, Bellon gambit
Keene vs K Wockenfuss, 1977  
(A22) English, 20 moves, 1-0

Polish Defense Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07) · 0-1
W M Duckworth vs R Yankovsky, 2012
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 0-1

Modern Defense: Beefeater Variation (A40) · 0-1
G Taylor vs Igor Ivanov, 1985 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 0-1

English Symmetrical. Botvinnik System (A36) 1-0 2 Q's lose!
A Reshko vs V Faibisovich, 1969 
(A36) English, 25 moves, 1-0

Indian Game: Pawn Push Variation (A45) · 0-1 Never seen before
M Muslimovic vs F Bistric, 2003 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 0-1

Uncommon but not unsound
D J Hacche vs I Bjelobrk, 2001
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

Soller Gambit Deferred (A40) 0-1 He went 82 years between wins!
Baumgartner vs Borsdorff, 1873 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

Gibbins-Weidenhagen Gambit 2.g4 vs Indian Def (A45) 1-0 K walks
D Barron vs P Gardner, 2001 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

K's English 4 Knights Fianchetto (A29)1/2-1/2 Stalemate blunder
Kasparov vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1988 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Q sacrifice, B check, and a rarity...K move to checkmate
D Cummings vs G Basanta, 1999 
(A15) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Agincourt Defense; 23.Ne4 ! Offering the d3 Rook (...Nxd3)
Tal vs Van der Wiel, 1982 
(A13) English, 24 moves, 1-0

Very unusual...the winning White K walks to h8 in the MG!
J van Ruitenburg vs S Castellani, 2000 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Gain time on queen while building a battery against the block
Alekhine vs O Chajes, 1911 
(A13) English, 24 moves, 1-0

King's English. Reversed Sicil (A21) 0-1 Q sac avoids perpetual
R Toran Albero vs Tal, 1961 
(A21) English, 25 moves, 0-1

Bird Opening: From G. 2 Knights (A02) 1-0 White survives K walk
H Danielsen vs Pokorna, 2003 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 60 moves, 1-0

Polish Defense (A40) 0-1 Played like an Owen Defense
Alekhine vs Prins, 1933 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 0-1

English, Anglo-Indian Defense QID Formation (A15) Too Mobile
Agrest vs Ponomariov, 2003 
(A15) English, 28 moves, 1-0

Creepy Crawly 5 pawns on the 6th; W had no advantage until pin
N Schouten vs P Du Chattel, 1975 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 63 moves, 1-0

St. George / Horwitz Def 1...e6 2...b5?! (A40) 1-0 2 vs 1 EG
Le Quang Liem vs Mamedyarov, 2009 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

Stonewall / Colle-Rubinstein (A45) 1/2-1/2 Dry race to exchange
Marshall vs Euwe, 1929 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

King's English. Four Knights Fianchetto (A29) 1-0 B Underpromo
A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 71 moves, 1-0

Classical Dutch, the Mason-Bird episode.
J Mason vs Bird, 1882 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 30 moves, 0-1

Dutch Def. Blackmar's Second G. (A80)1-0 Uncommon Ns Strategy
Tal vs K Klasup, 1952 
(A80) Dutch, 64 moves, 1-0

Black moves the same Knight 13 times in the first 27 moves!
J M Hernando Rodrigo vs D Duarte, 2001 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

P-Q4 / Nh6 French Advance (A40) 0-1 Up the exchange
G Yiapanis vs V Sipila, 2010 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 0-1

Old Indian Defense: Janowski Var (A53) 0-1 Ng2 & Ng7?!
S Strating vs V Georgiev, 2000 
(A53) Old Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Symmetrical. 2 Knts (A37) 1-0Check-less K hunt
Botvinnik vs Gligoric, 1956 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 30 moves, 1-0

Abdusattorov & Zhigalko share the same birthday (September 18)
N Abdusattorov vs A Zhigalko, 2014 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 68 moves, 1-0

Black essentially eliminates White's R from the game until he..
L Aronson vs Tal, 1957 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 36 moves, 0-1

Yuri Averbakh protested legal 0-0-0?!?
Averbakh vs Purdy, 1960 
(A16) English, 48 moves, 1-0

English, Anglo-Indian Def. Qs Indian(A17) 1-0 7th Q will decide
D Anton Guijarro vs A Franco, 2011 
(A17) English, 82 moves, 1-0

Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Def (A46) 1-0 Q blunder
Bacrot vs M Vukic, 2004 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Trompowsky Attack (A45) 0-1 Watch the solo K charge!
A Bigg vs Pavel Dimitrov, 2008 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

Rat Defense (A41) 0-1 Rather UNIQUE play!
A Goryachkina vs A Bodnaruk, 2016 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 77 moves, 0-1

Bird begins with his move 1 f4-pawn NEVER moves thereafter.
Bird vs Lasker, 1892 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 102 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern (A01) 1-0 Uncommon finish
A Sokolov vs S Milliet, 2015 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Larsen Attack vs 1...a5 (A01) 0-1 Ugly step-child chess
R Rapport vs A Adly, 2015 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 29 moves, 0-1

Rat Defense: English Rat (A41) 0-1 Four minors on the 6th rank
H H Sonntag vs L Christiansen, 1989 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 16 moves, 0-1

KIA. Yugoslav Var (A07) 1-0 3 of 4 knights on the rim?!
Kramnik vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Modern Def. g6 Fianchetto (A40) 1-0 Caught by Correspondence
J F Campbell vs A Ehrlich, 1990  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 3 moves, 1-0

Friendly Blitz - Bronstein only managed to defeat Spassky once
Bronstein vs Spassky, 1961 
(A80) Dutch, 17 moves, 1-0

Old Indian Defense: Two Knights (A54) 0-1 The Bxe2+ sacrifice
V Iotov vs M Nikolov, 2004 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 32 moves, 0-1

Let's trade... but you keep your knight, I'll keep my pawn.
Mecking vs J F Cubas, 2017 
(A06) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

the immortal repitititititition gamemememe
G Neumann vs Steinitz, 1870 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 124 moves, 0-1

Picturesque final position, with an underpromotion leading to #
P Ware vs J S Ryan, 1880 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 81 moves, 0-1

English Symmetrical. Normal (A34) 0-1 4 different units in mid
Quinteros vs Dzindzichashvili, 1980 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 35 moves, 0-1

Mr. Day's personal record for Slow Castling is 43 moves!
D Norwood vs L Day, 1989 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

A novel finish with two en prise queens...
L Trent vs D Tan, 2002 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

English, Anglo-Indian Def. K's Knt Var (A15) 0-1 Waiting works
Kharlov vs M Kobalia, 2004 
(A15) English, 66 moves, 0-1

A04 0-1 75 A most embarrassing Queen sacrifice??
N J Fries-Nielsen vs Hoi, 1981 
(A04) Reti Opening, 75 moves, 0-1

White didn't move d or e pawn for 27 moves!!
Zsuzsa Polgar vs Chiburdanidze, 2004 
(A17) English, 39 moves, 1-0

Zukertort Opening: Ross Gambit (A04) 0-1 Never seen this before
I Theodorovich vs H Ridout, 1976 
(A04) Reti Opening, 33 moves, 0-1

Double Duck Formation (A02) 1-0 Double diagonal checks
E Williams vs A Henderson, 1845 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 15 moves, 1-0

Historic 500 first-place victories ! ! ! ! !
P Salathe vs J A Curdo, 1994 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 29 moves, 0-1

50 moves rule successfully applied for a draw.
Javokhir Sindarov vs G Jones, 2018 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 122 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hungarian Opening: General(A00) 1/2-Castle by hand - fianchetto
Sveshnikov vs Alburt, 1978 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Benoni Defense: Modern Var (A60) 0-1 She didn't move an inch
J Mileika vs Tal, 1953 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

A pretty mate with two discovered checks by Blacks' king.
I D Dorfman vs Tseshkovsky, 1978 
(A04) Reti Opening, 55 moves, 0-1

Check out this stunning finish and the final position!!
Benko vs W Hartmann, 1984 
(A16) English, 21 moves, 0-1

16 consecutive pawn moves to start (8 ply) D20 1-0 23
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Castle with Check
Wang Yue vs Ivanchuk, 2009 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 0-1

Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional, 4 Knights Gambit(D30) 0-1
A Schmied vs J Aagaard, 1995 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 9 moves, 0-1

Semi-Slav Def. Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44) 1-0 Unusual X-ray mate
Carlsen vs A Groenn, 2005 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

You take my kingdom and I'll have yours
A Roos vs B Fleurquin, 2014 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 64 moves, 1-0

56 moves in Queens D70 1/2-1/2 93
C Pilnick vs Reshevsky, 1942 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

Neo-Grünfeld Def: Delayed Exchange (D76) 0-1 g-file log jam!?
Van Wely vs Carlsen, 2015 
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 44 moves, 0-1

Duras Gambit (B00) 1-0 Blind Swine into Arabian Mate
O Sarapu vs Z Frankel, 1952 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def: Brooklyn Var (B02) 1-0 Reasonable play follows
R Tischbierek vs G Welling, 1990
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Modern Def. Two Knights. Suttles Var (B06) 1-0 Dbl Dbl Octopus
Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 25 moves, 1-0

Black Hippopotamus (A00) 1-0 She beat her future husband!
Skripchenko vs Fressinet, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 37 moves, 1-0

Modern Defense: Bc4 vs temporary Bg7 (B06) 1-0 Rather unusual
S Sulskis vs Bologan, 2000 
(B06) Robatsch, 54 moves, 1-0

A game full of unexpected moves and weird positions
E J Diemer vs F Trommsdorf, 1973 
(B07) Pirc, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

White never moves Kside B, N, R, yet wins anyway...seems unfair
T Cagasik vs J Brooke, 2007 
(B07) Pirc, 23 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Def. Euwe Attack (B10) 1/2-?? Easy Black win awaits
Stefansson vs Karpov, 1994 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Caro-Kann Advance. Tal Var (B12) 0-1 Karpov plays 12...Kf7
Ivanchuk vs Karpov, 1993 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 52 moves, 0-1

C-K Panov Attk. Modern Def Mieses Line (B13) 0-1R+ traps itself
V Zaltsman vs D Lucky, 1985 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 37 moves, 0-1

Caro-Kann Def Panov Attk 4...e5 pseudo Albin CG (B13) 0-1 Simul
Alekhine vs M Scholtz, 1932 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 48 moves, 0-1

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

Caro-Kann Defense: Classical (B18) 0-1 Amazing final position!
I Cabrijan vs V Piro, 2010 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 49 moves, 0-1

Sicilian theory in Europe has re-arranged the f-file somewhat.
Robert Zieba vs V Plat, 2017 
(B20) Sicilian, 27 moves, 0-1

Rare example of a player moving all of his pawns before moving
Alekhine vs E Frahm, 1933 
(B20) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Handshake Declined? 1-0 It's a head-shaker.
Short vs I Cheparinov, 2008 
(B20) Sicilian, 1 moves, 1-0

Combination will even up the material, but Black resigns
B Wexler vs B Germalm, 1967 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 12 moves, 1-0

Adams did not claim a draw by threefold repetition of position
Adams vs Anand, 1992 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 58 moves, 0-1

Incredible blindfold victory uses B+N# pattern into B's corner
Ljubojevic vs Judit Polgar, 1994 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 106 moves, 0-1

Sicilian 3.f4 5.Bb5+ Grand Prix Attk (B23) 0-1Dbld Isolanis win
M Thesing vs Ftacnik, 2012 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Defense: Closed Bc5 (B23) 0-1 Royal family fork#
A Hugaert vs B Gundavaa, 2009 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 50 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Def. Katalimov Var (B27) 1-0 Black wins P, loses game!
Koronghi vs Szemegyi, 1985 
(B27) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1-0

Has Nail ever played Skrew? B29 1-0 10
B Hammer vs Boldt, 1977 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 10 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Nimzowitsch. Closed (B29) 1-0 Discovered Attk
A Shiplay vs E Shipley, 1977 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 12 moves, 1-0

In Kentucky it's illegal to remarry the same man four times.
B Belopolsky vs B M Kogan, 1984 
(B30) Sicilian, 57 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Var (B33) 1-0 Missing Spear
V S Spasov vs I Saric, 2008 
(B33) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Delayed Alapin (B22) 0-1 5 minor pieces stacked like flapjacks
J Shaw vs Short, 2003
(B40) Sicilian, 51 moves, 0-1

Mate by moving both knights to one's 8th rank (note also pin)
J Sherwin vs Feuerstein, 1957 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 57 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Def. Kan. Modern Var (B42) 1-0Weird B clearance works!
M Esserman vs P Nutzman, 2009 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 28 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Kan. Modern Var (B42) 1-0 Double underpromotion
S Schweber vs B Wexler, 1964 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 47 moves, 1-0

White sacs Queen to turn 7th rank into bowling alley for Rook
Rublevsky vs Harikrishna, 2006 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Def. Canal Attack. ML (B52) 0-1 White N returns home
Kamsky vs A Giri, 2013 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Def. Chekhover (B53) 1-0 Black resigns w/3 W en prise?
H Seifert vs M Szmyd, 2009 
(B53) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1-0

White was reaching out to play 38 Qh5-h8# when his flag fell!!
Alexander V Ivanov vs Yermolinsky, 1993 
(B57) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Dragon. Yugoslav Attk (B77) 0-1 6 passers island
E N Cooke vs W J Aramil, 2003 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 52 moves, 0-1

First game ever played in the history of Chess Olympiads
Yates vs O Naegeli, 1927 
(B83) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1-0

One of the strangest GM games that Fredthebear has ever seen??
M Kobalia vs D Khismatullin, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 84 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Najdorf. Opocensky Var (B92) 0-1Reversed Opera House #
Greenblatt vs Fischer, 1977 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 39 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Najdorf. Amsterdam (B93) 0-1 Beaten like rented mules
Van der Wiel vs Browne, 1980 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 53 moves, 0-1

Philidor Def: Nimzowitsch. Rellstab Var (C41) 1-0Much different
Rellstab vs F Surmann, 1947 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Queen's Gambit Accepted: General (D20) 1-0Big grin on your face
H Bernstein vs Bisguier, 1946 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 46 moves, 1-0

56...d1=N+ (9 pieces, no pawns)
S L Sergienko vs G Vescovi, 2010 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

QGD: Harrwitz Attack. Fianchetto Def (D37) 1/2-1/2 Surprise!
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2019 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

#4876 in Laszlo Polgar's Book "5334 Problems, Combos & Games."
Spielmann vs Tartakower, 1909 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 22 moves, 1-0

Vienna Game, Paulsen-Mieses Var (C26) 0-1 Rare Knights EG# in 3
R Mamedov vs M Panchanathan, 2009 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 85 moves, 0-1

English, Symmetrical. Botvinnik System (A36) 1-0Speed promotion
G Minchev vs K Kolev, 1991 
(A36) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Var (B53) 1-0 Is your roof on fire?
R Mamedov vs U Bajarani, 2010 
(B53) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Owen's Def (A40/B00) 1-0 Opening N trap, en passant mate!
F Rhine vs NN, 2017 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Bird Opening: General (A02) 1-0 Maniac chess by Basman
M Basman vs A J Whiteley, 1973 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 48 moves, 1-0

Odd Lies and Comments, Songs & 1972 Fischer-Spassky Copycat
R Thimann vs O Lie, 1977 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 37 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Scheveningen. Classical (B84) 0-1 Underpromotion #!!
H Mueller vs K Junge, 1942 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 0-1

KGA. Mason-Keres Gambit (C33) 0-1 Rook clearance sacrifice
Keres vs Bronstein, 1965 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

KIA Dbl Fio vs Rev Botvinnik System (A07) 0-1 Unique Ns Mate!!
T Becker vs Ramesh, 2001
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 0-1

Four Knights Game: Scotch (C47) 1-0 Bishop so bad, it's evil
Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1887 
(C47) Four Knights, 22 moves, 1-0

Anderssen Opening (A00) 1/2-1/2 Read blogger notes
Larry Evans vs H Gordon, 1946 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Scotch Game: Göring Gambit. Double P Sac (C44) 1-0 Whirlwind Ns
I Zaitsev vs V Storozhenko, 1970 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

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