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Inspirational Games
Compiled by CKT73
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A collection of games that caught my eye and left an indelible impression on me and my personal growth as a player.

Clash of Titans
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1898 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Art of Defense
Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

Slip of the Rook
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1963 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 36 moves, 0-1

Stonewall 101
Keres vs Botvinnik, 1947 
(A95) Dutch, Stonewall, 80 moves, 0-1

Man of Many Talents
H Bogart vs NN, 1933 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Bishops or Knights?
Fine vs Tartakower, 1937
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

War on the Flanks
Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1952 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 41 moves, 1-0

No Rooks, No Problem
Larsen vs Ulf Andersson, 1974 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Dark Knight(s)
Ivanchuk vs Morozevich, 2007 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 0-1

Lock and Load
Reti vs Rubinstein, 1922 
(B01) Scandinavian, 74 moves, 1-0

Opposites Waltz
Maroczy vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Them's Fightin' Words
Tal vs Petrosian, 1961 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Magnificent Maneuvering
Blackburne vs Steinitz, 1876 
(C45) Scotch Game, 51 moves, 0-1

Nice Try, Queenie
Portisch vs Timman, 1978 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 60 moves, 0-1

Hoist With His Own Petard
Benko vs Fischer, 1962 
(B07) Pirc, 40 moves, 1-0

Steady Hand
Teichmann vs Chigorin, 1897 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

Not Quite Enough
Kamsky vs Miles, 1989 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

Endgame Expertise
Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1980 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 81 moves, 1-0

Back to the Ol' Grind
Timman vs Ulf Andersson, 1972 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 92 moves, 0-1

Mind Game
Averbakh vs Korchnoi, 1950 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 43 moves, 1-0

Rank and File
Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1868 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 32 moves, 0-1

Pure Fun
Marshall vs Tarrasch, 1902 
(C01) French, Exchange, 67 moves, 1-0

Superior Strategy
Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1922 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 60 moves, 0-1

Come Out Swinging
Larsen vs Spassky, 1964 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 60 moves, 1-0

And Now For Something Completely Different
Kasparov vs Bareev, 1993 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 34 moves, 1-0

Queen Battle
Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1902 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 56 moves, 1-0

Forget Something?
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 61 moves, 1-0

Tactical Domination
Anand vs Morozevich, 2004 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 45 moves, 1-0

Road Less Traveled
Korchnoi vs Ulf Andersson, 1983 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 59 moves, 0-1

Consolidate to Win
Korchnoi vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 59 moves, 1-0

Skillful Knight v. Knight Endgame
Spassky vs Szabo, 1964 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 47 moves, 1-0

Gaining the Edge
Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1968 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 55 moves, 1-0

Lively Defense
Short vs Sax, 1983
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 41 moves, 0-1

Comeback Tour
W Pietzsch vs Spassky, 1962 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 48 moves, 0-1

Defensive Stand
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1935 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 0-1

Whatever Works
A Ornstein vs Larsen, 1973 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

Hold That Draw
Blackburne vs Lipke, 1898 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Power to the Pawns
Larsen vs Quinteros, 1975 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 40 moves, 1-0

Tactics Abound
Van Wely vs Morozevich, 1999 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 42 moves, 0-1

Endgame Tension
Kashdan vs Reshevsky, 1940 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 55 moves, 0-1

Space Invaders
Letelier vs O'Kelly, 1963
(E14) Queen's Indian, 60 moves, 0-1

Caught in the Crossfire
Larsen vs Judit Polgar, 1992 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 59 moves, 1-0

Deadly Oversight
Nimzowitsch vs Tartakower, 1911 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 59 moves, 0-1

The Swedish Inquisition
Shirov vs Ulf Andersson, 1991 
(A04) Reti Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

Exchange Sac to Victory
Gligoric vs Panno, 1963 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 31 moves, 1-0

What a Finish!
A Sundin vs Erik Andersson, 1964 
(C16) French, Winawer, 29 moves, 1-0

Bang!
S Williams vs B Avrukh, 2011 
(B40) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

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