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Instructive Middlegames
Compiled by Rio Mike
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Pawn Play
J Bruehl vs Philidor, 1783 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

Boden's Mate
R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 15 moves, 0-1

Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

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

Morphy vs Harrwitz, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs S Lewis, 1859 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Anderssen vs Paulsen, 1873 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 54 moves, 1-0

Bishop Pair
S Rosenthal vs Steinitz, 1873 
(C46) Three Knights, 38 moves, 0-1

Hanging Pawns
Steinitz vs Anderssen, 1873 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Space Advantage - Positional Piece Sacrifice
Tarrasch vs Muenchhoff, 1881 
(B27) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

Pawn Chain
Steinitz vs Sellman, 1885 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

Liquidation
Tarrasch vs K Hollaender, 1892 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Opposite Side Castling
Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894  
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Uncastled King - Pawn Sacrifice
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Kingside Attack
Charousek vs Lehner, 1897 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 26 moves, 1-0

Defence
Charousek vs Maroczy, 1897 
(C13) French, 26 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury Attack
Pillsbury vs G Marco, 1900 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Kingside Attack
Przepiorka vs W Cohn, 1907 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 0-1

Opposite Side Castling
Rubinstein vs Teichmann, 1908 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

Backward Pawn
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Pawn Chain
L Forgacs vs Tartakower, 1909 
(C13) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Sacrifice on f7
W Von Holzhausen vs Tarrasch, 1912 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

Passed Pawn
W John vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 36 moves, 1-0

Opposite Colour Bishops
Reti vs Fahrni, 1914 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

Back Rank
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

Blockade
Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922  
(C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 1-0

Rook Sacrifice
Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922 
(A84) Dutch, 35 moves, 0-1

Zugzwang
Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923  
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1

Passed Pawn
Nimzowitsch vs Von Gottschall, 1925  
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 1-0

Queen Sacrifice
Tarrasch vs B Moritz, 1925
(D65) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line, 34 moves, 1-0

Pin
Spielmann vs R Wahle, 1926 
(C01) French, Exchange, 17 moves, 1-0

Doubled Pawns
P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 40 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926  
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs K Kholodkevich, 1927 
(E72) King's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

E Canal vs P F Johner, 1929 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 1-0

Sacrifice on h7
Colle vs J O'Hanlon, 1930 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Sacrifice on f6
Nimzowitsch vs E V Nielsen, 1930 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

Rook vs Bishop & Knight
Spielmann vs B Hoenlinger, 1933 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

The Seventh Rank
Alatortsev vs Capablanca, 1935 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 0-1

IQP
Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1936  
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Mobile Centre
Keres vs Fine, 1937 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Good Knight vs Bad Bishop
Fine vs Botvinnik, 1938  
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 31 moves, 1-0

Space Advantage
V Petrov vs R Grau, 1939 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Good Knight vs Bad Bishop
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Weak Square
Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1945 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 37 moves, 0-1

Y Gusev vs E Auerbach, 1946 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

Minority Attack
Smyslov vs Keres, 1948 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Doubled Pawns
Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 42 moves, 0-1

Active Pieces
Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Minority Attack
Kotov vs Ragozin, 1949 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Backward Pawn
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1949 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 46 moves, 0-1

Doubled Pawns
Bronstein vs Najdorf, 1950 
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 21 moves, 1-0

Strong and Weak Squares
Boleslavsky vs Smyslov, 1950 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

Exchange Sacrifice
Reshevsky vs Petrosian, 1953 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Blockade
Kotov vs Gligoric, 1953 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs N Minev, 1954 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

Sacrifice on h6
Bronstein vs Keres, 1955 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Szabo, 1955 
(A15) English, 28 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Gligoric, 1958 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1-0

Berliner vs Bisguier, 1960 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 27 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Averbakh, 1961  
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 32 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Keres, 1962 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

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

Petrosian vs S Schweber, 1962 
(E73) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

Positional Piece Sacrifice
Tal vs Ghitescu, 1963 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Alekhine's Block
Fischer vs Benko, 1963 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Balashov vs J Penrose, 1966 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 26 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Gheorghiu, 1970 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Knight on the Edge - Pin
Geller vs Velimirovic, 1971 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 50 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 1-0

Doubled Pawns
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

IQP
Petrosian vs Balashov, 1974 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 28 moves, 1-0

Opposite Side Castling
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Spassky, 1980 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 44 moves, 1-0

King in the middle
Karpov vs Seirawan, 1982 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

Double Bishop Sacrifice
Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Nunn vs Short, 1986 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 30 moves, 1-0

Open File
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1990 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

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

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 50 moves, 1-0

Sacrifice on g6
L B Hansen vs G Vescovi, 1995 
(A43) Old Benoni, 19 moves, 1-0

Positional Queen Sacrifice
Kramnik vs Anand, 1996 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

I Sokolov vs Epishin, 1997 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 37 moves, 1-0

Open File - Queenside attack
Korchnoi vs Tiviakov, 2006 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Carlsen, 2007 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 38 moves, 1-0

Pawn Chain
Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2007 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 35 moves, 1-0

Pawn Chain
Mamedyarov vs Carlsen, 2008 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

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

Carlsen vs Jakovenko, 2009 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

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

Opposite Side Castling
Caruana vs K Landa, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Short, 2010 
(C10) French, 40 moves, 1-0

V Gashimov vs Ivanchuk, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Wang Hao, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Positional Piece Sacrifice
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2012 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Double Exchange Sacrifice
Karjakin vs Caruana, 2012 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs Anand, 2012 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs Anand, 2012 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

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