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Typical Morphy attack in Scotch, ending in Smothered Mate
Morphy vs Schrufer, 1859 
(C56) Two Knights, 24 moves, 1-0

Back Rank Mate
Judit Polgar vs P Chilingirova, 1988 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

Anand gets Back Rank mate after Kh1
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 1988 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 18 moves, 0-1

Nice Attack in Scotch Gambit
Paulsen vs Mackenzie, 1863
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Spectacular sacs
NN vs Blackburne, 1880  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 0-1

Great Morphy Simul Blindfold Game in Scotch Gambit
Morphy vs P Dominguez, 1864 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

Scotch-Nice Finish
Tarrasch vs Landau, 1880 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Two Bishops aka Boden's Mate
E Canal vs NN, 1934 
(B01) Scandinavian, 14 moves, 1-0

Evan's leads to 2 Bishop's Mate
Morphy vs James Thompson, 1859 
(000) Chess variants, 26 moves, 1-0

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

Scotch Gambit-Nice Play by White
Chigorin vs Alapin, 1885 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs G G Bartoszkiewicz, 1897 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Morphy's Mate
G MacDonnell vs S Boden, 1869 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

Nice Scotch attack by Chigorin
Chigorin vs Janowski, 1900 
(C56) Two Knights, 27 moves, 1-0

Marshall's Max Lange Attack
Marshall vs Tarrasch, 1910 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Marshall beats Capa w Scotch
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1910 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

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

Najdorf plays like Morphy
Najdorf vs Piazzi, 1951
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

Steinitz "Immortal Game"
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Nimzo plays lihe morphy
Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914  
(C11) French, 18 moves, 1-0

Good examples of pins and back rank threats
Szabo vs Petrosian, 1953 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 39 moves, 0-1

Nice Petrosian queen sac
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

Power of 2 Bishops
J Mieses vs Tarrasch, 1916 
(C45) Scotch Game, 31 moves, 0-1

A Queen is trapped
Tarrasch vs J Mieses, 1916  
(C10) French, 19 moves, 1-0

Great KID attack- from Zurich 1953
Taimanov vs Najdorf, 1953 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 43 moves, 0-1

Very fast game
Lusgin vs M Joffe, 1968 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 5 moves, 1-0

Strong central outpost, flashy attack
Steinitz vs Mongredien, 1862 
(B01) Scandinavian, 29 moves, 1-0

Kaspy's beats future world champ w Evans
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

Typical Tal attack against Tal
Tal vs J G van Eybergen, 1959 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 20 moves, 0-1

Tal smashes the French Defense
Tal vs Uhlmann, 1971 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

Great sac by Petrosian
Keres vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Logical attacking play against Tal!!
Tal vs Aronin, 1962 
(B37) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 37 moves, 0-1

Energetic Tal Blitz attack
Reshevsky vs Tal, 1970 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 34 moves, 0-1

Even great players blunder
Kotov vs Petrosian, 1949 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 13 moves, 1-0

H Heider vs J Platz, 1920 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

Steinitz Queen sac
Dubois vs Steinitz, 1862 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 0-1

Capa's Kingside attack
Capablanca vs C Jaffe, 1910 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Maroczy, 1931 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

Lasker makes a decisive interference move
Lasker vs NN, 1900 
(C56) Two Knights, 24 moves, 1-0

Attacking uncastled king
Steinitz vs Meitner, 1860 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

Queen sac for speculative attack- Brilliant!
Spielmann vs Stoltz, 1930 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 0-1

Kramnik masterpiece
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

Fischer KIA
Fischer vs P Lapiken, 1956 
(A04) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

Fischer's brilliant KIA
Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Larsen Queen sac- Maroczy Bind
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Out-maneuvering Petrosian in Yugoslav
Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1967 
(E61) King's Indian, 38 moves, 0-1

Gligoric sac vs Petrosian in KID
Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1970 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

Masterful attack by Petrosian
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Knight fork/back rank mate trick
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1970 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 35 moves, 0-1

Attack like a boa constrictor
Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1955 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Bondarevsky, 1950  
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Tripling on h-file
Robson vs R Prasanna, 2004 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 26 moves, 1-0

Kudrin's Yugoslav
Kudrin vs M Ibar, 1990
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Removing the fiancetto Bishop
J A Morales vs F Perez Cameselle, 2001
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

Yugoslav breakthru
A Rott vs Jaroslav Fiala, 1990
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Yugoslav central attack
J Kostro vs A Gudmundsson, 1958
(B57) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

Winning Yugo ending
Suetin vs V Barsauskas, 1957
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Sac, sac- Mate: Fischer's "patent"
Fischer vs Robatsch, 1962 
(B01) Scandinavian, 20 moves, 1-0

Another Fischer sac on h-file
Fischer vs Gligoric, 1959 
(B57) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Winning by castling late! Sorry Donald
Mednis vs D Byrne, 1956 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Sac sac mate
Matulovic vs L Crepinsek, 1967
(B79) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 12.h4, 31 moves, 1-0

Easy to understand attack
S Silveira vs G Cabezas, 2009
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

Tactics-especially pins ABCD
H Wolf vs Gruenfeld, 1922 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

Endgame Tactics- ABCD
Tylor vs Sultan Khan, 1933 
(C46) Three Knights, 60 moves, 0-1

Historic and Instructive World Championship Game
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 0-1

Rolling rooks mate
E Schallopp vs Gossip, 1890 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

Anastasia's Mate. Very cool!
Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Instructive attacking game
A Bayrak vs E Boric, 2009
(B01) Scandinavian, 39 moves, 1-0

Weeramantry vs J Ortega Valle, 2010 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 14 moves, 1-0

Attacking Petrosian style
Petrosian vs A Sidorov, 1950  
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

Central Domination
P Patankar vs A Deshpande, 2008 
(C45) Scotch Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Romantic attacking game
Charousek vs G V R Exner, 1897 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Opposite side castling & nice finish
K Landa vs A Ivanov, 1985 
(C26) Vienna, 23 moves, 0-1

Two minor pieces beat a Queen!
H Uuetoa vs A Mayo, 1999 
(A10) English, 48 moves, 0-1

Capa's little combo's
Capablanca vs A Becker, 1929 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

Capa's 21 Nd5 beautiful finish!
Capablanca vs C Portela, 1911 
(C49) Four Knights, 26 moves, 1-0

Typical attack - opposite side castling
C van Oosterom vs P Hulshof, 2009 
(B06) Robatsch, 23 moves, 1-0

Typical Tal attack
Tal vs Tolush, 1957 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Imaginative play by Tal
Tal vs Tolush, 1958 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 28 moves, 1-0

Who needs a queen?
Kasparov vs Yusupov, 1994 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Another Kaspy Scotch
Kasparov vs Leko, 1997 
(C45) Scotch Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Kasparov Scotch
Kasparov vs Short, 1992 
(C45) Scotch Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Blackburne scotch attack
Blackburne vs J Fish, 1876 
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Fischer master attack
Fischer vs Panno, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Brilliant KIA/Benoni Reversed by Capa
Capablanca vs Janowski, 1924 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

Anand sacs in the KIA - poor knight
Ljubojevic vs Anand, 1994 
(B50) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

Pins & Forks & Back Rank Mate in KIA
G Vescovi vs Gulko, 2003 
(B40) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Petrosian's KIA ties his opponent in knots!
Petrosian vs Kan, 1955 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

Positional KIA
E Paehtz vs Nadezda Stojanovic, 2000 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

Fischer Vienna Trap
Fischer vs M McDermott, 1964 
(C26) Vienna, 17 moves, 1-0

Anderssen positional play
Anderssen vs Szen, 1851 
(B20) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

Pin, Fork, Removing Guard- effortless looking win!
Kieseritzky vs Anderssen, 1851 
(B20) Sicilian, 17 moves, 0-1

Instructive series of blows beginning w 29..Bb5!
Kieseritzky vs Anderssen, 1851 
(B20) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

Great attacking game- Spanish fried liver?
Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 23 moves, 1-0

Petrosian stops Fischer's winning streak
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 32 moves, 1-0

Even World Champions can lose their way
Smyslov vs Gligoric, 1959 
(E61) King's Indian, 18 moves, 0-1

Instructive Kingside sac & attack
Gligoric vs Bidev, 1946 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 27 moves, 1-0

Miles brilliant king attack vs Spassky
Miles vs Spassky, 1978  
(E12) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

An instructive game- attack, defense, etc.
Chigorin vs M Judd, 1889  
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Blackburne pries open castled position wth a sac
Blackburne vs Blanchard, 1891  
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

Gambit vs French- Black never castles
G Welling vs W Halve, 1977
(C02) French, Advance, 32 moves, 1-0

Black keeps the initiaitve
O Field vs O Tenner, 1923 
(C58) Two Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

Scotch Game w Qh4
P Poobalasingam vs J Radovanovic, 2008 
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Byrne presurrizes Black until he cracks
D Byrne vs Myagmarsuren, 1962 
(A16) English, 44 moves, 1-0

Nimzo Manuevers
Nimzowitsch vs V Berger, 1927 
(A16) English, 61 moves, 1-0

Carlsen calls this an 'easy win'
Carlsen vs Wang Hao, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Black's excessive pawn moves are elegantly punished
A Ivanov vs Weeramantry, 2003 
(B07) Pirc, 19 moves, 1-0

Carlsen overwhelms a GM in 19 moves!
Carlsen vs Dolmatov, 2004 
(A04) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

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

Naka uses e5 square and extra space. Qc7?? is a blunder
Nakamura vs I Krush, 2011 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

A "Double Pin" on the f6 Knight
Zevetov vs A Yakimov, 1982 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 12 moves, 1-0

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