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1. h4's favorite games
Compiled by 1. h4
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This collection is a mixture of weird, sharp, nicely-played, or interesting games that I think are cool. Hence, the title. ;)

Check out the postion after White's 23rd move.
Larsen vs Gligoric, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 61 moves, 1-0

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

Both kings go for a walk, and one gets dragged down.
Rohde vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1992 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 30 moves, 1-0

Frels vs Klute, 1979 
(C25) Vienna, 27 moves, 0-1

Fomenko vs L Radchenko, 1967 
(C59) Two Knights, 25 moves, 0-1

22...Rxf4!! Power move!
P Hensman vs P W Power, 1978 
(A80) Dutch, 39 moves, 0-1

Light-squared domination, highlighted by an exchange sac
Gligoric vs Smyslov, 1959 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

It's scary how good the machines have gotten.
Rybka vs Shredder, 2009 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 1-0

Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Maneuvering against the Hedgehog, perfected by Karpov.
Karpov vs Ribli, 1986 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 56 moves, 1-0

A quick massacre in the Najdorf.
G Mahia vs Quinteros, 1980 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

jamesmaskell: Swashbuckling, indeed!
B Ivanovic vs V Kovacevic, 1983 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

An attack started on move 15, finished on move 64!
Petrosian vs G Ilivitsky, 1951 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 64 moves, 1-0

What can you say? It's Tal.
Tal vs S Mohr, 1990 
(B06) Robatsch, 31 moves, 1-0

Bacrot overruns Aronian in the Semi-Slav
Bacrot vs Aronian, 2009 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Holy cow, hanging pieces everywhere...
Rublevsky vs Zhang Pengxiang, 2001 
(B40) Sicilian, 27 moves, 0-1

Funny stuff.
Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Even funnier stuff, my god...
J Upmark vs Robin Johansson, 1995 
(A10) English, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

A 24-move novelty from both players. Currently out of fashion:)
A Lehtinen vs J Sietio, 1996 
(A04) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 1-0

Ni Hua vs M Leon Hoyos, 2008 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 45 moves, 1-0

Gives a new meaning to "all-out" and "sharp"!
Anand vs Adams, 2005 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 32 moves, 1-0

Delekta dele(k)ted by a cool mating net.
P Delekta vs Geller, 1992 
(C28) Vienna Game, 18 moves, 0-1

Killer isolated d-pawn attack by White.
Kamsky vs Short, 1994 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

Pure artwork. (yeah, right...) :D
Huebner vs K Rogoff, 1972  
(A15) English, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

A masterpiece (For real). One of my favorite games of all-time!
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

A super-sharp Sicilian; 41. Ba3!
Vasiukov vs Yermolinsky, 1982
(B53) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

36.Rxe6! followed by the beautiful 38.Qh3!!
V Gashimov vs M Bartel, 2003 
(C18) French, Winawer, 38 moves, 1-0

Kamikaze!!
M I Situru vs Wang Hao, 2005 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 37 moves, 0-1

Pulling a rabbit out of the hat! What a save.
M Held vs B Schienmann, 1991 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 44 moves, 0-1

Fischer launches a quick and deadly attack in the Sicilian.
Fischer vs S Reuben, 1963 
(B32) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

After a bad attack by Black fails,White simply suffocates Black
R van Kampen vs R Swinkels, 2010 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 51 moves, 1-0

...Bh3!!!!!!!!!!! Jeeeez...what a move.
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

Kamsky is a genius! As many people commented, amazing vision.
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994 
(A17) English, 38 moves, 0-1

Heh. Some funny incompatibility stuff in this game.
Chessmaster vs Rybka, 2009 
(C10) French, 99 moves, 1-0

Nice queen sac--Black's Queen has no targets.
B Amin vs E Vorobiov, 2010 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 72 moves, 1-0

"Ilyin Invasion" :D
Capablanca vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky, 1925 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

Geometry in Chess, plus how to masterfully evade checks.
S Sjugirov vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2005 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 72 moves, 0-1

18...Rxf3! Very nice positional exchange sac.
Przepiorka vs Spielmann, 1906 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 0-1

Another crazy game with pieces flying, ho-hum... :)
S Kotlerman vs Geller, 1949 
(E70) King's Indian, 31 moves, 0-1

More Tal magic.
J Rukavina vs Tal, 1973 
(A04) Reti Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

Very nicely-played game by White.
Kholmov vs Dzindzichashvili, 1970 
(A23) English, Bremen System, Keres Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

...wow...
Ullianov vs Zubikov, 1956 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1940 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 43 moves, 1-0

Petrosian knocks down the StoneWall...
Petrosian vs A Pirtskhalava, 1947  
(A90) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

...And knocks it down again!
Petrosian vs Bondarevsky, 1950  
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Hort vs Petrosian, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 48 moves, 0-1

Attacking in the 1800's :)
Paulsen vs S Rosenthal, 1873 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Hort, 1973 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 45 moves, 1-0

Black plays down a R, but in a few moves, goes up the exchange!
Mamedyarov vs I Cheparinov, 2005 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 39 moves, 0-1

...holy--...
Serper vs I Nikolaidis, 1993 
(E70) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Epic craziness, ending in...a draw.
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

"You can have another queen, but I'll mate you!"
D Gormally vs P K Wells, 2006 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

Amazing game. Sac, sac, extreme complications...
Morozevich vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 76 moves, 0-1

V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2010 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 40 moves, 1-0

An Englishman: Benko Gambit Pressure w/o the gambit!
Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1967 
(E61) King's Indian, 38 moves, 0-1

Gligoric vs Petrosian, 1954 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

J Hohmeister vs T Frank, 1993 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nakamura vs N Ninov, 2008 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 56 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Instructive game--attacking two weaknesses is important!
M Vachier-Lagrave vs Yu Yangyi, 2009 
(B33) Sicilian, 61 moves, 1-0

Kramnik saw that combo BLINDFOLDED. Impressive!
Sadler vs Kramnik, 1998 
(B30) Sicilian, 35 moves, 0-1

Amazing ending! I love the final move from Maroczy.
Charousek vs Maroczy, 1897 
(C13) French, 26 moves, 0-1

Simagin vs Muratov, 1959 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

4 queens survive on the board for several moves!
Lazarov vs Goldstein, 1962 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

A pleasing king-hunt right across the whole board.
D Vocaturo vs T Hillarp Persson, 2009 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

A dream fortress.
A Petrosian vs L Hazai, 1970 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

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