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Inspiring Games!
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Inspiring chess moves/games.

14. ...e4! and 18. ...Nxe2!! Attacking the uncastled king.
Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 1999 
(A04) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 0-1

19. ...Re2!! Seals off the king's escape route.
S Slonim vs Riumin, 1932 
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 0-1

34. Be5!! A game-breaking counter shot.
Miles vs C W Pritchett, 1982 
(D01) Richter-Veresov Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

36. Rc6!! Is an impossible move.
Navara vs A Dergatschova-Daus, 2007 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

23. ...Nd6! A hidden defensive resource.
O Lemmers vs McShane, 2010 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 33 moves, 0-1

25. Bb5! A crushing final stroke.
Ljubojevic vs J Durao, 1974 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 25 moves, 1-0

20. ...Qb5!! Magnificent!
J Vetemaa vs Shabalov, 1986 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

34. Ra8! Gorgeous move.
Karjakin vs Kosteniuk, 2003 
(B32) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

19. Qh1! Strange retreat unlocks the position.
Filguth vs A De La Garza Madero, 1980 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 19 moves, 1-0

18. Rf8+! Solves the position beautifully.
Dzindzichashvili vs Kalandazichvili, 1967 
(C45) Scotch Game, 18 moves, 1-0

34. ...Be3!! Very sharp.
V Osnos vs J Yuchtman, 1969 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

27. ...Bf1! Is as artistic as it gets.
Ribli vs Adorjan, 1983 
(A04) Reti Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

28. Ng4! Wins in all variations.
Kasparov vs Lautier, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

31. ...Rxc2! Nifty pawn winning combo.
Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 31 moves, 0-1

23. Rc1! A masterful finesse.
Karpov vs Spassky, 1975 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

22. ...Bc4! A knockout zwischenzug.
Ivanchuk vs Nisipeanu, 2007 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

18. ...Nxc2+! Resulting in unbearable pins.
DeFirmian vs F Vallejo Pons, 2003 
(B33) Sicilian, 27 moves, 0-1

28. Qb5! Pin and intermezzo threat.
Kotov vs Kholmov, 1971 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

21. ...Bf3!! Surprise! You're checkmated.
Seirawan vs Beliavsky, 1988 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

25. ...Re2!! From drawish to decisive.
Bagirov vs Kholmov, 1961 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 25 moves, 0-1

35. Nf5! and 36. Rb8! Ends matters quickly.
L Dominguez vs Morozevich, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

23. ...Bc8!! Brilliant defense.
P Velikov vs I D Dorfman, 1989 
(A04) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

20. ...Bxg4!! An optical illusion!
E Torre vs Unzicker, 1981 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 26 moves, 0-1

30. ...Bd4! is a gem.
I Stohl vs Smirin, 2000 
(E97) King's Indian, 30 moves, 0-1

24. ...Rxa3!! Showstopping finish.
V Mikenas vs Bronstein, 1965 
(A53) Old Indian, 24 moves, 0-1

20. Rxa6! A shocker.
J M Bellon Lopez vs Antunes, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

22. Nc6!! and 23. Rxd7! A lethal one two.
Tkachiev vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2006 
(A15) English, 23 moves, 1-0

46. ...Rd1!! Gaining time for the pawns to queen.
Geller vs Averbakh, 1954 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 0-1

20. ...Rd4!! and 22. ...Ka7! Leaves white helpless.
K Haznedaroglu vs J Isaev, 2010 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 22 moves, 0-1

41. ...Ne1!! Most creative.
A Giri vs Aronian, 2012 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

27. Bc6! Multiple motif finishing blow.
Larry Evans vs Bisguier, 1959 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

20. Qg6!! What a shot!
Bronstein vs Geller, 1961 
(E27) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

20. Re6! Prying open the king's castle.
Dreev vs Tiviakov, 2003 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

19. Nxe6+! A fine tactical blow.
Adorjan vs Kudrin, 1987 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1-0

31. ...Rxb2! and 33. ...c4!! Great vision.
M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

9. ...Nd5! A very pretty opening intermezzo.
Tartakower vs Capablanca, 1924 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 0-1

18. Nxd5! and 19. Rxh7+! Capa's "petite" combinations.
Capablanca vs J C Rather, 1936 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

17. ...Bf3! and 18. ...Qh3! Caps a crushing miniature.
Reti vs Capablanca, 1928 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 18 moves, 0-1

26. ...e5! A splendid pawn sac to get rooks on the 7th rank.
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

47. ...Bh3!! Crazy winning shot.
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

35. ...Qe2! Superb defensive riposte.
Keene vs Karpov, 1972 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

50. Nf5! Brings the game to a screeching halt.
Karpov vs Csom, 1977 
(A16) English, 50 moves, 1-0

33. ...Rd8! Cross-pin back rank tactic.
V Mikenas vs Aronin, 1957 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 33 moves, 0-1

36. Be5! Forces promotion.
Fischer vs Euwe, 1960 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

16. ...Re8!! Modern romantic attack.
Topalov vs Bareev, 1994 
(C11) French, 23 moves, 0-1

40. Bd7! An elegant finish.
Fischer vs Shocron, 1959 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 40 moves, 1-0

35. Rc8! Lovely.
Unzicker vs L A Sanchez, 1952 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 1-0

36. g4+! Pretty rook endgame finish.
Kasparov vs Timman, 2000 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 1-0

39. ...Rc1!! Endgame study.
Averbakh vs Korchnoi, 1965 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 39 moves, 0-1

23. e6+! The sting in the tail picks off the queen.
Nunn vs K Thorsteins, 1989 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

A bolt from the blue. 35. Bxd5+!
Vaganian vs T L Petrosian, 2004 
(A15) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Sparkling attack. 21. ...Bh3+!
Nunn vs I A Nataf, 1999 
(B32) Sicilian, 28 moves, 0-1

Lights Out. 17. Rd8+!
Beliavsky vs Bacrot, 1999 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 17 moves, 1-0

The real game of the century.
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Bobby's technique was peerless in his prime.
Smyslov vs Fischer, 1970 
(A36) English, 44 moves, 0-1

Bound hand and foot!
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 1-0

Opening preparation bags the queen.
Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958 
(B32) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

Fischer walks into prepared analysis and refutes it.
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

Legendary Fischer combination.
Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1957 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

Karpov style.
Karpov vs Ribli, 1980 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 35 moves, 1-0

Black is paralyzed, then eliminated.
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

The python grip of Karpov.
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1986 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 32 moves, 1-0

Positional Perfection! Again squeezing Kasparov to resignation.
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1990 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

Instructive from Karpov.
Karpov vs Adorjan, 1989 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

One of Karpov's best.
S Tatai vs Karpov, 1977 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 30 moves, 0-1

Another Karpov constriction.
Karpov vs Gligoric, 1973 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 63 moves, 1-0

Vintage Kasparov.
Kasparov vs Salov, 1989 
(A15) English, 29 moves, 1-0

Kasparov snuffs out the attack with class.
Beliavsky vs Kasparov, 1988 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 29 moves, 0-1

Kasparov destroys the French Defense.
Kasparov vs Short, 1994 
(C11) French, 32 moves, 1-0

Fantastically complex.
Shirov vs O Nikolenko, 1991 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Defending masterfully.
J M Hodgson vs M Godena, 2000 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 0-1

Counter attack as defense.
Beliavsky vs Anand, 1991 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 28 moves, 0-1

Inspired attack from Bacrot.
Bacrot vs Aronian, 2009 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Very sharp counter attack.
Sherzer vs Acs, 1998 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 32 moves, 0-1

Destructive sacrificial attack kicks off a king hunt.
R Cifuentes vs V Zvjaginsev, 1995 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Capa makes it look much too easy.
Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1927 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Shirov pulls out all stops.
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1998 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Promotions galore.
Jobava vs Kamsky, 2012 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 58 moves, 0-1

Sharp game with a surprise finish.
E Lobron vs Dzindzichashvili, 1979 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 0-1

Simple. Brilliant. Beautiful.
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

Forceful, destructive attack on the castled king.
P Mertens vs E Eichhorn, 1968 
(C22) Center Game, 25 moves, 0-1

Mind-bogglingly complex.
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994 
(A17) English, 38 moves, 0-1

A raging attack in the French Defense.
Hjartarson vs J Nogueiras, 1988 
(C18) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

Gritty French defense.
Huebner vs Korchnoi, 1995 
(C11) French, 18 moves, 0-1

What an attack in the French Defense!
R Bogdanovic vs A Planinc, 1965 
(C16) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 0-1

The power of connected passed pawns.
V Malakhov vs V Zvjaginsev, 2004 
(E97) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

Connected passed pawns part 2.
V Tukmakov vs Khenkin, 1992 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 0-1

An extra queen still loses!
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1994 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 72 moves, 0-1

Sacrificing everything for a second queen proves decisive.
Shirov vs A Hauchard, 1990 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

Crushing attack from white.
Portisch vs DeFirmian, 1989 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Deadly knights.
Karjakin vs Grischuk, 2009 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

A sacrificial Sicilian.
Nunn vs M Marin, 1987 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 1-0

Violent attack on the Sicilian Defense.
E Tate vs T Braunlich, 2001 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 21 moves, 1-0

Vigorous attack on the castled king.
K Landa vs E Shaposhnikov, 2005 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 24 moves, 1-0

Endgame masterpiece.
Svidler vs Topalov, 2006 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 67 moves, 1-0

Beast opening preperation.
S Savchenko vs Savon, 1999 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 19 moves, 1-0

Beautiful sustained initiative.
Aronian vs A Volokitin, 2008 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Delicate handling of the initiative.
B Vladimirov vs Averbakh, 1961 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 20 moves, 0-1

Tal with the initiative.
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1979 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 0-1

Inspiring queen sacrifice.
Ljubojevic vs Korchnoi, 1985 
(C18) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 1-0

Weaving the mating net.
E Kengis vs R Djurhuus, 1991 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 0-1

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