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World Champion avari viraf's favorite games
Compiled by fm avari viraf
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Pyrotechnics!


Pyrotechnics!
S Atalik vs Sax, 1997 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

Bogol u bowed
Bogoljubov vs M Monticelli, 1930 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 39 moves, 0-1

Petrov busted
Ponomariov vs Gelfand, 2008 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Artistic combination
Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914  
(A03) Bird's Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Najdorf: Opocensky Variation
Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962  
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 26 moves, 0-1

Fischer too young to stop Wolf
Unzicker vs Fischer, 1960 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 22 moves, 1-0

Cunning smothered -mate
Unzicker vs O Sarapu, 1970 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 19 moves, 1-0

Beautiful way to trap the Queen
Unzicker vs S Conquest, 1986 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

Fischer's Najdorf
D Ruth vs Fischer, 1956 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 24 moves, 0-1

Beautiful Queen sac
R Antonio vs T Dao, 2005 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

Queen sac & mates in 2
Sveshnikov vs R Shcherbakov, 1991 
(B30) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

Theme of Queen sac
Alekhine vs A Munoz, 1945 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 15 moves, 1-0

Alekhine too imaginative
Alekhine vs A Fletcher, 1928 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 32 moves, 1-0

Krochnoi cleverly destroys White's defence
Csom vs Korchnoi, 1965 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 16 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi cooly defends & shatters White's hope
C B van den Berg vs Korchnoi, 1965
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 28 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi too strong
Korchnoi vs Fung Yee-Wang, 1966 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 19 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi's tactical expertise
J Kozma vs Korchnoi, 1969 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 21 moves, 0-1

King's Indian Attack
Korchnoi vs K Langeweg, 1971 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi's creative mood
Korchnoi vs D Solak, 2002 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 19 moves, 1-0

Judy surprises Vishy!
Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

Bronstein skating on thin ice.
Bronstein vs Kan, 1945 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

Scotch on the Rocks!
Rose vs Steinitz, 1886 
(C45) Scotch Game, 19 moves, 0-1

Stunning Queen Sac
I Rogers vs G Milos, 1992 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Queen sac
S Kuemin vs R Staechelin, 2005 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

Elegant Queen & two Knights combo
Erdos vs Lichtner, 1922 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

A unique Queen sac
Menchik vs Graf-Stevenson, 1937 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 1-0

Morphy catches Bird
Morphy vs Bird, 1858 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 1-0

Musio Gambit fireworks
G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1872 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

Smothered-mate
Benko vs I A Horowitz, 1968 
(A12) English with b3, 20 moves, 1-0

Too sharp Richter-Rauzer
Benko vs Heinin, 1973 
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 21 moves, 1-0

A beautiful Queen sac
Benko vs W Hartmann, 1984 
(A16) English, 21 moves, 0-1

Fischer surrenders
Fischer vs Larsen, 1970 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 52 moves, 0-1

Vishy won this game but Karpov won the World Title
Anand vs Karpov, 1998 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

Kasparov's shot
Kasparov vs Smirin, 1988 
(E97) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Evergreen Evan's Gambit
Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1869 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 29 moves, 1-0

Panno outplays Larsen
Panno vs Larsen, 1971 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Ruy Lopez- Exchange Variation
Privalov vs V Malaniuk, 1974 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 15 moves, 0-1

Delightful Two Bishops Mate!
Fedorowicz vs S Brower, 1994 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 14 moves, 1-0

A thrilling battle
L Perecz vs M Hever, 1974 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

A magic touch
Judit Polgar vs J Fernandez Garcia, 2003 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 24 moves, 1-0

Fascinating game
Judit Polgar vs F Berkes, 2003 
(C11) French, 24 moves, 1-0

Shirov good on King side
Shirov vs Korchnoi, 2004 
(C02) French, Advance, 25 moves, 1-0

Alekhine blown to smithreens
Alekhine vs B Malmgren, 1914 
(D03) Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation), 25 moves, 0-1

When Knights gallop
Bereziuk vs A Izhnin, 1976 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 19 moves, 1-0

Sharp tactics
Carlsen vs A Groenn, 2005 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Her Majesty goes off for mate
J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003 
(A04) Reti Opening, 17 moves, 0-1

Milos' fury
G Milos vs N Murshed, 1997 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

A wonderful Pin Game
B Gamback vs R Nevanlinna, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Morphy's tactics
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858  
(B44) Sicilian, 17 moves, 1-0

Albin Countergambit
A Karu vs Keres, 1931 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

Two Rooks Sac
Reti vs Euwe, 1920 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

Classic Mate
Capablanca vs Masyutin, 1914 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

Tartakover's Attacking Skills
Tartakower vs J Mieses, 1925 
(A82) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 15 moves, 1-0

A nice TKO
Bronstein vs Spassky, 1961 
(A82) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

Geller's attack in vain
Geller vs Euwe, 1953 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1

Dynamic position
Stein vs Vladimir Lepeshkin, 1965 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 27 moves, 1-0

C F Schultz vs Carls, 1900 
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 0-1

A King hunt
Imbaud vs Strumilo, 1922 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

The Achilles Heels f7
Dake vs J Schmitt, 1949 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

Queen sac & mate
D Semcesen vs N Grandelius, 2009 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

Thrilling encounter
J Enevoldsen vs Nimzowitsch, 1933 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Galloping Gallant Knights send White King to Gallows
B Siff vs Kashdan, 1948 
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 33 moves, 0-1

Her Majesty en prise
M Krasenkow vs Sveshnikov, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

Bird catches bird
NN vs Bird, 1850 
(C45) Scotch Game, 15 moves, 0-1

Beautiful Tactics
Gulko vs Chiburdanidze, 1985 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

With great ease
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Grisly vs Ruslan
Salov vs Karpov, 1998 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Heavy Artillery
S Iuldachev vs Aronian, 2004 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 0-1

A lucid game
D Juswanto vs Zhu Chen, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 38 moves, 1-0

Evans Gambit bursted
Morozevich vs Adams, 2001 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

"Salazar wins tactically"
H Munoz Sotomayor vs H Salazar Jacob, 1990 
(B83) Sicilian, 59 moves, 0-1

Seirawan's Brilliance
Seirawan vs Timman, 1990 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

Attack The King
J F Smyth vs H Helms, 1915 
(A80) Dutch, 23 moves, 0-1

Just scintillating
Plaskett vs W Watson, 1983 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 28 moves, 0-1

Gallant Knights
I Nepomniachtchi vs A A Kharitonov, 2009 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 48 moves, 1-0

Knights play the trick
Gruenfeld vs Carlos Torre, 1925 
(A80) Dutch, 13 moves, 0-1

Scotch of Scotland
Hort vs E Scotland, 1981 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

Elegance & grace
Carlsen vs Topalov, 2009 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Bacrot shows his talents too
Bacrot vs Aronian, 2009 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Clinical win
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2007 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov's Pyrotechnics
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

Akiba's magic
Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1918  
(A53) Old Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

Smashing attack
Kasparov vs Palatnik, 1978 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 37 moves, 1-0

Ferocious attack
Alekhine vs A Asgeirsson, 1931 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 1-0

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

Garry misses mate in 2
Kasparov vs P Nikolic, 1994 
(A90) Dutch, 71 moves, 1-0

Four brave soldiers
A Timofeev vs D Khismatullin, 2009 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 62 moves, 1-0

Tal's magical attack
Tal vs I Nei, 1958 
(C02) French, Advance, 21 moves, 1-0

Hort's rampage
Hug vs Hort, 1972 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Tense battle
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 40 moves, 1-0

Hook hooks
W Hook vs J C Meyer, 1979 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Scotch on the Rocks
V Sokolov vs Rusnikov, 1966 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

Finer Tactics
J Friedel vs M de Jong, 2009 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 23 moves, 1-0

Prelude
Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475 
(B01) Scandinavian, 21 moves, 1-0

Furious Attack
P Popovic vs Marjanovic, 1979 
(B50) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Two Threats
V G Kirillov vs Taimanov, 1947 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 12 moves, 0-1

Spectacular finish!
Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Bomb Shell
Bronstein vs R Vedder, 1997 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

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

Hara Kiri
B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971 
(E97) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Crushing Attack
Geller vs Smyslov, 1965 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

Pyrotechnics
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

Fire all the way!
A Riazantsev vs V Nevostrujev, 2002 
(E61) King's Indian, 22 moves, 0-1

Tactics at its peak!
Aronian vs Anand, 2013 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 0-1

Tal meets his advesary
Kasparov vs Tal, 1987 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 31 moves, 1-0

Brilliancy
Kramnik vs Beliavsky, 1995 
(A06) Reti Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

Kasparov at the receiving end
Short vs Kasparov, 1993 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 15 moves, 1-0

All Tactics
Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1920  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

Anand's folly
Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 31 moves, 0-1

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