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Concentration of Force
Compiled by sevenseaman
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Generally heavy preparation games where there is nothing spared and all available forces are pointed on the opponent's fortress. At times it may include games where concentrated enemy forces are cleverly broken up via lateral action.


Attack en masse.
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

A refined attack, on tiptoe!
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Domineering 'K'.
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Seeing is believing
Granda Zuniga vs Judit Polgar, 1992 
(E97) King's Indian, 28 moves, 0-1

Portisch had options
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1967 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Multiply the pressure
Korchnoi vs Udovcic, 1967 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

The case of undeployed forces.
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

All systems 'go'.
Ivanchuk vs S Volkov, 2005 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1-0

The 'N is a loaded sac.'
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

It will work out?
Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

Seamless Q moves for the kill
Geller vs Keres, 1973 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 1-0

A timely prophylectic
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

White R at a command post
Smyslov vs V Liberzon, 1968 
(A25) English, 41 moves, 1-0

All out attack
Topalov vs Aronian, 2006 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

Teach your mule tricks, only if you're smarter
Tal vs R Forbis, 1988 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Every Black piece is on go
Spassky vs Tal, 1979 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 0-1

Winning Winawer
P Romanovsky vs I Rabinovich, 1925 
(C16) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 1-0

Venture out
Keene vs V Kovacevic, 1973  
(A06) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Tail you to the end of the world
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Rollicking Geller
Geller vs Kogan, 1946 
(B53) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

A Dutch delight
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(A90) Dutch, 47 moves, 1-0

The Dutch be dammed
Euwe vs S Van Mindeno, 1927 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 17 moves, 1-0

On the backburner
Blackburne vs J Schwarz, 1881 
(C11) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Nothing fishy about his chess
B Greenwald vs Fischer, 1963 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 29 moves, 0-1

Bogo's Bogey
Bogoljubov vs J Mieses, 1925 
(A81) Dutch, 35 moves, 1-0

Attack minded Bogo
Bogoljubov vs Spielmann, 1919 
(C13) French, 27 moves, 1-0

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

No free lunches!
Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914  
(C11) French, 18 moves, 1-0

Count your blessings
Steinitz vs Rock, 1863 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

No way to get outa the way!
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886  
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 0-1

All stations go for White
Botvinnik vs Keres, 1966 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 27 moves, 1-0

This R is a pest.
Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1936  
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Strike it hot
Larsen vs F Olafsson, 1956 
(A99) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3, 24 moves, 0-1

Intense constant pressure
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1992 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

All on the job
Keene vs Robatsch, 1971  
(E08) Catalan, Closed, 27 moves, 1-0

Hit the ground running
Tal vs Uhlmann, 1971 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

Like a robust stroke of a painter's brush
Tal vs Leonov, 1949 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

Self block to make it brief
Ed. Lasker vs B F Winkelman, 1926 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 19 moves, 1-0

Desolation
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Call it legerdemain or Capa - ability?
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

A gory sight
Gurgenidze vs Tal, 1957 
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 27 moves, 0-1

All stations go
Keres vs Geller, 1962 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

Impaled dignitaries
Ivkov vs J H Donner, 1965 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Sharp confrontation
Tal vs E Nievergelt, 1959 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

A work of art
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

A rabbit in the headlights!
Navara vs J Helbich, 1998 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 27 moves, 1-0

Keeping it simple
Carlos Torre vs M A Schapiro, 1924 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

Lasker's strip-tease, a debilitating torture
Carlos Torre vs Lasker, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

Massive onslaught!
Kavalek vs W Pietzsch, 1967 
(A22) English, 30 moves, 1-0

Rooking it out
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(C42) Petrov Defense, 65 moves, 0-1

When there are guns to spare
Nunn vs C W Pritchett, 1986 
(B89) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

A clean game with possibilities.
Petrosian vs Balashov, 1974 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 28 moves, 1-0

Satiating
L Christiansen vs Wojtkiewicz, 2006 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 23 moves, 1-0

Some days you get a free lunch
Maroczy vs Chigorin, 1903 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

Put too much on your opponent's plate
Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1994 
(C10) French, 26 moves, 1-0

Without resource
Nezhmetdinov vs Romanov, 1950 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Simpler arguments are better
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Full steam ahead
L Christiansen vs Spassky, 1981 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Two birds with one stone.
Keene vs H Ree, 1970  
(A04) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Keene mobilises his entire army
Keene vs P C Griffiths, 1964  
(E89) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line, 28 moves, 1-0

Now Bronstein is Bond
J Kaplan vs Bronstein, 1975 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 0-1

In the right places
Igor Ivanov vs F Lindsay, 1994 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 22 moves, 1-0

A game with good flow, easy to follow
Kramnik vs L Bruzon Batista, 2006 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

All guns laid on target
Ponomariov vs I Sokolov, 2007 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

The Q is a supernumerary to the action
J Matschego vs Falkbeer, 1853 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 25 moves, 0-1

Development facilitates a romping win
Ivanchuk vs Radjabov, 2004 
(B32) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Trapping the Q was 3-step plan
Einstein vs Oppenheimer, 1933 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1-0

Awake to threats, Black finds all the answers
J L Watson vs Igor Ivanov, 1983 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 38 moves, 0-1

A great defensive plan , a chance on the break.
Steinitz vs Anderssen, 1866 
(B20) Sicilian, 54 moves, 0-1

Rope-a-dope
Beliavsky vs Kupreichik, 1973 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 26 moves, 1-0

Fischer meets a counter-punch
Fischer vs V Kovacevic, 1970 
(C15) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

Underlining the force of development.
T Lichtenhein vs Morphy, 1857 
(C45) Scotch Game, 19 moves, 0-1

Preponderance, and a bit of caution.
Anderssen vs Steinitz, 1873 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 0-1

The N is surplus to the requirements.
Alekhine vs Yates, 1922  
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Crisply efficient-all pieces working.
Ragozin vs P Noskov, 1930 
(B40) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1-0

Hartlaub must have been the heartthrob.
Hartlaub vs Lasker, 1904 
(C56) Two Knights, 21 moves, 1-0

Loaded with purpose is White attack
L Christiansen vs L C Gilden, 1976 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 23 moves, 1-0

Its not over till its over.
Anand vs Ivanchuk, 1993 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

In cruise control.
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1999 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 36 moves, 1-0

In chess you win when your opponent thinks he has lost.
Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 1996 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 34 moves, 1-0

All stations go for White.
Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1911  
(C49) Four Knights, 37 moves, 1-0

Powerlines; Keep'm short and cut losses.
Duras vs Swiderski, 1908 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 1-0

Total Chess - all weapons trained on target.
Soos vs Geller, 1962 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

When destination is at hand, a shove or push is in order!
Fischer vs Soos, 1967 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 39 moves, 1-0

If you have the right tools, cut the jugular.
Bronstein vs B Goldenov, 1944 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 24 moves, 1-0

Constricted residence.
Meitner vs Schlechter, 1895 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 16 moves, 0-1

In Scelechter's Bailiwick!
Schlechter vs Meitner, 1898 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 1-0

Black can delay but not avoid defeat.
Spielmann vs M Elyashiv, 1903 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

Refreshing, sharp play.
G Vescovi vs Karpov, 2004 
(C10) French, 22 moves, 1-0

A quikie - no sooner spread than done!
Gruenfeld vs Carlos Torre, 1925 
(A80) Dutch, 13 moves, 0-1

And I have a prancing horse at home too.
Kasparov vs Leko, 2001 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 31 moves, 1-0

This Mona Lisa is by Navara, and no fake!
Navara vs A Dergatschova-Daus, 2007 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Overloading a harried defender!
Movsesian vs Adams, 2009 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Too many guns trained on the target!
Bacrot vs Bareev, 2010 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

You dont plan against a lightening bolt!
W Donisthorpe vs Mundell, 1892 
(C46) Three Knights, 15 moves, 1-0

Mamedyarov's super tactical maneuvres!
Mamedyarov vs Kharlov, 2006 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

Life beats death via a work of art.
Maroczy vs Charousek, 1896 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 20 moves, 0-1

Blazing guns!
A Volokitin vs Mamedyarov, 2012 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

T Gelashvili vs V Belov, 2004 
(D80) Grunfeld, 52 moves, 0-1

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