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Compiled by Joe Stanley
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Kside p-storm, hFile invasion, improper W def
NN vs Lucena, 1497 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 26 moves, 0-1

Victory by tactical manoeuver
P Damiano vs NN, 1497 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

B vs N, Pawn grab vs Mating Net (wins a N and...)
Lucena vs Quintana, 1515 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

Early Q +Kside attack, r+3p for B+N see Greco 1620 (#3)
Ruy Lopez vs G da Cutri, 1560 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 9 moves, 1-0

G da Cutri vs Ruy Lopez, 1575 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 10 moves, 1-0

f2 weak, early Kattack, Combination, Tactics (see Legal 1750)
Ruy Lopez vs G da Cutri, 1575 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

G da Cutri vs Ruy Lopez, 1575 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 10 moves, 1-0

Scovara vs P Boi, 1575 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 1-0

mating threat and loss of R leaves Bl up a piece (13Bg7)
Polerio vs G da Cutri, 1590 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 13 moves, 0-1

W uses weak e8-h5 diagonal and Qsac after a bad ...f5
Greco vs NN, 1619 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

Nsac leaves W w/out time to prevent smothered mate
NN vs Greco, 1620 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 0-1

Mating threat wins overeager N
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 7 moves, 1-0

...f6? brings early Kattack (dbl check mate) see Lopez 1560
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

...f6? ...fxg5?? Nsac for Qmove
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 10 moves, 1-0

Nsac on weak f7 draws out Bl K
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 1-0

...Qg4? and Bsac on f7 combine for tactical opportunity
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 9 moves, 1-0

Play for material vs play for mate, Qf7# see Philidor v NN 1790
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 1-0

...c6? and ...cxb5?? leave R lost (bad Qside p advances)
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 6 moves, 1-0

8Qf3?(Nf3!) and bad p advance leave Kside weak for smother mate
NN vs Greco, 1625 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 0-1

A Salvio vs NN, 1634 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1-0

R+2P for n+p sac, passed ps win supported by W peices
Philidor vs NN, 1749 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Legal's Mate, see Lopez 1575 #2 (game 6)
De Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 7 moves, 1-0

Blindfold, simplifies to won R+P endgame checkmate
J Bruehl vs Philidor, 1783 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

Bad Kside p advance leaves f7 weak, Qf7# see Greco 1620 (#7)
Philidor vs NN, 1790 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 16 moves, 1-0

Bad Kside p advance + h-file invasion
Andrew Smith vs Philidor, 1790 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 33 moves, 0-1

Q,R,B use weak h7 to seize unprotected K
Philidor vs NN, 1790 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

Passed p promotes (See vs Sheldon 1790)
H Conway vs Philidor, 1790 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 46 moves, 0-1

R assists P promotion
Philidor vs NN, 1790 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 52 moves, 1-0

Passed p promotes (See vs Conway 1790)
Sheldon vs Philidor, 1790 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

Philidor vs NN, 1790 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 22 moves, 1-0

Cochrane vs A Deschapelles, 1821 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834  
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 20 moves, 0-1

La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834  
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 31 moves, 1-0

La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 100 moves, 1-0

McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834  
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 44 moves, 0-1

McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 0-1

H H Boncourt vs Saint Amant, 1837 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 39 moves, 0-1

Cochrane vs Staunton, 1841 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

NN vs Staunton, 1841 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

Saint Amant vs J Schulten, 1842 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 1-0

J Schulten vs Saint Amant, 1842 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 20 moves, 0-1

Cochrane vs Staunton, 1842 
(B20) Sicilian, 9 moves, 0-1

Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 79 moves, 1-0

Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

Staunton vs Saint Amant, 1843 
(A13) English, 30 moves, 0-1

Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 66 moves, 0-1

Staunton vs Horwitz, 1846 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 56 moves, 1-0

Staunton vs Horwitz, 1846 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 12 moves, 1-0

J Schulten vs Kieseritzky, 1850 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 0-1

Staunton vs Horwitz, 1851  
(A13) English, 46 moves, 1-0

Staunton vs Anderssen, 1851 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 1-0

Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 40 moves, 1-0

Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Staunton vs NN, 1855 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

fluid defence, rook sacrifice, Novel smothered mate
N Marache vs Morphy, 1857 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 0-1

Falkbeer vs Saint Amant, 1858 
(C01) French, Exchange, 22 moves, 0-1

Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 77 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Bird vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

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

Mayet vs Anderssen, 1859 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 15 moves, 0-1

Morphy vs Schrufer, 1859 
(C56) Two Knights, 24 moves, 1-0

Anderssen vs B Suhle, 1860 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 23 moves, 1-0

J Rosanes vs Anderssen, 1862 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 19 moves, 0-1

J Rosanes vs Anderssen, 1863 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 0-1

Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1869 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 29 moves, 1-0

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