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Bright Side of Chess
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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By Irving Chernev. Published 1948. Usual fun stuff, with anecdotes, quotations, games, studies, and problems. Captions to the games in this collection are Chernev's own.

The games include 50 "Bright Games" and 15 "Immortal Games", split into "Five Classics" and "Ten Masterpieces of Brilliancy".


An exquisite little game
Noteboom vs S Van Mindeno, 1927 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 21 moves, 1-0

A fiery gem from Holland
Weenink vs S Landau, 1930 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 25 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch's vivid imagination!
NN vs Tarrasch, 1915  
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 26 moves, 0-1

Euwe makes it look easy!
M Christoffel vs Euwe, 1946 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 0-1

A scintillating simultaneous!
Alekhine vs A Asgeirsson, 1931 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 1-0

Reed's play sparkles!
E Reed Valenzuela vs G Danielsson, 1939 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 25 moves, 1-0

Vigorous, imaginative chess!
J Cukierman vs Tartakower, 1930 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

Bogolyubov gives a lesson in the art of attack.
Flamberg vs Bogoljubov, 1914 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 24 moves, 0-1

Cukierman's one-two punch--a queen, then a rook sacrifice!
J Cukierman vs A Voisin, 1929 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

A bit of beauty from Boutteville!
C Boutteville vs J T Andor, 1946 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1-0

A magnificent achievement!
F Hermann vs H Hussong, 1930 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 32 moves, 0-1

Suchting in a hurry!
W John vs H Suechting, 1904 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 23 moves, 0-1

Quaint and qurious--a quintette of Queens!
Alekhine vs NN, 1915 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 29 moves, 1-0

A rare and beautiful finish--the epaulette mate!
Albin vs O Bernstein, 1904 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 0-1

Przepiorka is not petty about parting with his pieces!
Przepiorka vs G Patay, 1926 
(B06) Robatsch, 26 moves, 1-0

Murder in miniature!
Hanning vs Langner, 1926 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 20 moves, 1-0

Capablanca blends brilliancy and logic!
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

Dobkin does his stuff a la Morphy!
Y Dobkin vs M Grinberg, 1944 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

The South American way!
Pilnik vs Najdorf, 1942 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 32 moves, 1-0

An inspired -- and inspiring game!
A Nicifor vs E Kramer, 1922 
(C48) Four Knights, 25 moves, 0-1

A captiviating game!
I Pleci vs L Endzelins, 1939 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 1-0

Never a dull moment!
Euwe vs Maroczy, 1921 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 28 moves, 1-0

Bogolyubov's bid for immortality
Bogoljubov vs Spielmann, 1919 
(C13) French, 27 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury plays the "Colle" -- before it was invented!
Pillsbury vs Winawer, 1896 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 1-0

Capriccio by Kashdan!
Stahlberg vs Kashdan, 1930 
(E23) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann, 25 moves, 0-1

A Brilliancy Prize game which is brilliant!
Janowski vs O Chajes, 1916 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Beau ideal of a King-side attack
Saemisch vs J Engel, 1928 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 25 moves, 1-0

"Destined for immortality" (Reinfeld)
B Molinari vs L Roux Cabral, 1943 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 33 moves, 0-1

Lasker even loses gloriously!
V Soldatenkov vs S Durnovo, 1898 
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

The bright side of Steinitz!
Steinitz vs Van der Meden, 1865  
(000) Chess variants, 20 moves, 1-0

Marshall in inspired mood!
Janowski vs Marshall, 1912 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Keres's fine Estonian hand!
Keres vs E E Book, 1937 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 27 moves, 1-0

The great instructor entertains!
Steinitz vs Rock, 1863 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

A genuine and priceless "Alekhine"
Alekhine vs C H Alexander, 1936  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

An artistic tid-bit
Spielmann vs M Walter, 1928 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 20 moves, 1-0

A fascinating ever-young old-timer
Michelet vs Kieseritzky, 1845 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

"King Wandering" de luxe!
E Sobernheim vs S A Langleben, 1895 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 0-1

The Knights play the star roles!
Gilg vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(A81) Dutch, 24 moves, 0-1

Masterpiece in miniature!
Capablanca vs H K Mattison, 1929 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 20 moves, 1-0

A pleasureable, heart-warming game
A Medina Garcia vs W Winter, 1946 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 27 moves, 1-0

The art of sacrifice!
G Meszaros vs E Vezer, 1932 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

A field-day for the knights
E Eliskases vs L Laurine, 1935 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

Santasiere succumbs to Seidman's sacrifices!
Seidman vs Santasiere, 1939 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 24 moves, 1-0

Nothing less than delightful!
Spielmann vs Reggio, 1906 
(C26) Vienna, 20 moves, 1-0

Holiday for the minor pieces!
Tarrasch vs E Dyckhoff, 1909 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

A gem from the North!
Hartvig Nielsen vs P Tautvaisas, 1936
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1-0

A delectable tid-bit!
Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Colle's flair for fiery attack!
Colle vs S Landau, 1928 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

A memorable brilliancy!
E Eliskases vs L Steiner, 1933 
(A28) English, 22 moves, 0-1

The Paganini of the chessboard!
A Dunkelblum vs Keres, 1937 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

The Immortal Game
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

The Evergreen
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

In Letters of Gold
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

Criss-cross Sacrifice
Bird vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Genius at Work
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

The Austrian Morphy
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Change of Pace
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Amateur vs. Pro.
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Four-star Masterpiece
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

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

Bewildering Beauty
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Spielmann Scintillates
Spielmann vs B Hoenlinger, 1929 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1-0

Boomerang Combination
Spielmann vs E Eliskases, 1932 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

The Polish Immortal
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

Fireworks la Keres
Euwe vs Keres, 1940 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 34 moves, 0-1

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