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A Soviet commentator says of White's final move something like this "An astonishingly besutiful blow after which Black was forced to congratulate his opponent"

White's final move threatens not mate by a single move but mate by a pair of moves, but Black lacks any way to use the move of grace given him to avoid the mate.


woman or man
N Gaprindashvili vs R Servaty, 1974 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

Bronstein:"Simagin falls victim to a pawn breakthough"
Bronstein vs Simagin, 1947 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Janowsky's outstanding game according to Chernev
Janowski vs Alapin, 1905 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 47 moves, 1-0

Ian Watson: "Andersson builds up steadily an attack "
Ulf Andersson vs M Stean, 1980 
(A20) English, 35 moves, 1-0

A great master faced a genius, and lost.
Janowski vs Lasker, 1924 
(B83) Sicilian, 68 moves, 0-1

The Queen's pawn counter-gambit scores a win
Steinitz vs F Deacon, 1862 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 41 moves, 0-1

A magnificent centre charges the opposing King side
Smyslov vs Huebner, 1983 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 48 moves, 1-0

A disciple of Nimzowitsch wins like a classicist
Benko vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 0-1

Petrosian's best game in this match
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

Spassky as a teenager
Spassky vs Smyslov, 1953 
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 35 moves, 1-0

Spassky during his best years
Spassky vs Keres, 1965 
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 50 moves, 1-0

A sacrifice described as "pure Kasparov"
Kasparov vs Hjartarson, 1989 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

One of the best games of the match
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1-0

A tank offensive
Tolush vs Kotov, 1945 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1-0

Gaining ground
Ravinsky vs Smyslov, 1944 
(E02) Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4, 40 moves, 0-1

A second tank offensive against the Sicilian defence
Geller vs Anikaev, 1979 
(B83) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

Portisch scores a classic win with the bishop pair.
Portisch vs Ulf Andersson, 1982 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

Petrosian wins in a style reminiscent of Capablanca, says Euwe
Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

Like the plot of a good story
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 50 moves, 1-0

Tartakower: "The most beautiful game of the match"
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951 
(A91) Dutch Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

A triumph of centralization
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

When to obstruct the c7 pawn by ...Nc6
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

White falls into a trap
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1944 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 40 moves, 0-1

A paradoxical but brilliant exchange helps an attack
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1971 
(A20) English, 41 moves, 1-0

A Capablancaesque attack
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 21 moves, 1-0

A modern day Pillsbury attack
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1974 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik: "The theme of domination"
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(B83) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

Spassky gains ground
Beliavsky vs Spassky, 1980 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 60 moves, 0-1

A little bit of sonnenschach
Foguelman vs Bronstein, 1964 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 0-1

pawn storm
Konstantinopolsky vs Frank, 1935 
(A04) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

An answer to Vasiukov on Keres' innovation
M Steinberg vs G Kuzmin, 1967 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik discerns attacking chances like Alekhine
Botvinnik vs Chekhover, 1935 
(A09) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

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