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The Kings of Chess
Compiled by sisyphus
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Games annotated in IM Bill Hartston's "The Kings of Chess: A history of chess traced through the lives of its greatest players."


Chapter 2. The First Great Chess Player: André Danican Philidor
Philidor vs J Bruehl, 1789 
(000) Chess variants, 28 moves, 1-0

Chapter 3. The Pompous Years: Howard Staunton
Staunton vs E Williams, 1851 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

Chapter 4. The Unhappy Genius: Paul Morphy
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

Chapter 4. The Unhappy Genius: Paul Morphy
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Chapter 5. Professionalism and Truculence: Wilhelm Steinitz
Anderssen vs Steinitz, 1866 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

Chapter 6. Looking for a Fight: Emanuel Lasker
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 0-1

Chapter 7. The Grand Old Man: Lasker Again
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

Chapter 8. Lazy, Vain, and Invincible: Jose Raul Capablanca
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

Chapter 10. Grandmonster of Chess: Alexander Alekhine
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Chapter 12. Rigour and Discipline: Mikhail Botvinnik
Denker vs Botvinnik, 1945 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 0-1

Chapter 13. Soviet Mass-production 1948–1972
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Chapter 14. The Greatest of them All: Bobby Fischer
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(A61) Benoni, 41 moves, 0-1

Chapter 15. Back to Russia: Anatoly Karpov
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

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