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Nova's favorite games
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These are the games I find the most interesting out of all the games I have ever seen. They usually involve spectacular moves or great strategic moves.

Larry Evans vs Larsen, 1957 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 0-1

My favorite Larsen game
Larsen vs Chandler, 1987 
(A09) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

Amazing skill by Larsen with spectacular queen sac
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Double fianchetto attack
Larsen vs Kavalek, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Queen sac leading to king hunt and mate
D Norwood vs S Marsh, 1992 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Garry vs. Deep Blue exchange sac
Kasparov vs Deep Blue, 1997 
(A06) Reti Opening, 45 moves, 1-0

Bobby Fischer KIA Tunisa
Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Panno vs E Eliskases, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

sham queen sac leads to total destruction
A Kogan vs W Arencibia, 2002 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

always think about endgame possibilities
B Khatanbaatar vs K Miton, 2008 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 105 moves, 1-0

Bakh in the USSR
Geller vs Averbakh, 1954 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 0-1

when you Gata win
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994 
(A17) English, 38 moves, 0-1

Burning the bridges for an attack
C Kottnauer vs Kotov, 1946 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 28 moves, 1-0

How to seize intiative
Ivanchuk vs Beliavsky, 2010 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

Tal does it again
Tal vs E Nievergelt, 1959 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

quickly mobilize forces
Najdorf vs Gliksberg, 1929 
(C10) French, 21 moves, 1-0

djinni in a bottle
Bareev vs Piket, 2000 
(A25) English, 40 moves, 1-0

how to conduct an attack as black with colle system
F Zannoni vs F Cantoni, 1886 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 0-1

KID attack by Fischer
Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970  
(E97) King's Indian, 31 moves, 0-1

sicilian nadjorf fischer attack variants
N Akylbekov vs M Dekker, 2010
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 55 moves, 1-0

Opposite castling in the nadjorf fischer attack
K Berbatov vs G N Gopal, 2010 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 38 moves, 0-1

the buck stops here
H Ohman vs G Buck, 1931 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 15 moves, 1-0

Kasparov's nadjorf/scheveningen position falls apart
Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

Kasparov's scheveningen
Anand vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 0-1

Petrosian beats Fischer
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 32 moves, 1-0

Tal's specialty: complicate the game
Udris vs Tal, 1953 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

Good kibitz discussion on paradoxes
E Pritchard vs J Hempel, 1967 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

Short vs Karjakin, 2008 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 1-0

Rubenstein's positional brilliancy
Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1-0

Mir Sultan Khan takes down Capa
Sultan Khan vs Capablanca, 1930 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 65 moves, 1-0

How to open the center in the Bg5 nadjorf
A Laster vs R Gahtan, 1975 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 18 moves, 1-0

Eis Eis Baby
A Eisenbeiser vs K Berg, 2007 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

M Stean vs Browne, 1974 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0

Nimzo's bolt from the blue
Nimzowitsch vs Alekhine, 1926 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

Obstruction theme
Tal vs Leonov, 1949 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

Pure Chaos! Five Queens! When in doubt, play it out!
Belov vs Prohorov, 1991 
(E97) King's Indian, 82 moves, 0-1

Tal + Opponent King in center = Total destruction!
J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 20 moves, 0-1

He's Mikenas crazy!
V Mikenas vs S F Lebedev, 1941 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Tolush, 1957 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

black sacs both rooks and mates the king
B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

An angel gets his wings
Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Karpov goes on a king hunt
Timman vs Karpov, 1979 
(A28) English, 31 moves, 0-1

Pilgrim's Regress
R Pilgrim vs P McKenzie, 1988 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 0-1

What rating difference?
T Patton vs E B Meyer, 1986 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 47 moves, 1-0

Nd5 sac in the nadjorf
Jobava vs H H Hernandez, 2008 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1-0

the mysterious king march that leads to a win for NN. Fischer??
R Fontaine vs NN, 2001 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

White to play and draw move 29. An amazing piece of foresight
Khalifman vs Kaidanov, 1986 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky: it looked good on paper
Pravda vs Spassky, 1970 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 43 moves, 0-1

Instructive game by adams on how to use all pieces in an attack
Adams vs D Howell, 2010 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 1-0

Kramnik shows a textbook example of slow strategic victory
Short vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Black builds up attack and sacs
Jelen vs M Dietze, 1936 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 0-1

Kramnik's steady positional finesse
Kramnik vs D Howell, 2010 
(D85) Grunfeld, 42 moves, 1-0

43...Qd1! forces white to sacrifice a knight. Carlsen Adams Nad
D Howell vs Carlsen, 2010 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 55 moves, 0-1

Those pesky knights!
H H Cole vs N van Lennep, 1896 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 37 moves, 0-1

anastasia's mate
C Bayer vs Falkbeer, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

Karpov misses a tactic against Kasparov
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

The Amazing Steinitz
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886  
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 0-1

The Great Umansky
M Umansky vs D Kudischewitsch, 1987 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 16 moves, 1-0

Lasker gets busted
Lasker vs Von Popiel, 1889 
(C26) Vienna, 21 moves, 0-1

22.Bd5! Impressive play by white in the sicilian
B Kovanova vs N Pogonina, 2010 
(B50) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

34. Rxh7+ followed by Rf7 for white
D Howell vs McShane, 2010 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

41. b6! Saavedra study position
Beliavsky vs Kotronias, 2009 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 53 moves, 1-0

Slowly but surely white wins
F Blatny vs J Pise, 1971 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

25. Rf5!! Out of the blue draw
Gufeld vs L Espig, 1980 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vugar display of power
V Gashimov vs J Smeets, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

The Argentina tradegy
Geller vs Panno, 1955 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 23 moves, 1-0

Queen and rook endgame
Kasparov vs Anand, 1991 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

kasparov the KID
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

Kramnik brings the fire
Kramnik vs Shirov, 2010 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 59 moves, 1-0

12. b4!! Qxb4 13. a5! +- queen trap
L Kritz vs N Firman, 2007 
(B07) Pirc, 22 moves, 1-0

instructive french attack with Bxh7+
E Can vs Y Shulman, 2010 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 43 moves, 1-0

47... Rb1+ Tal does it again
Gipslis vs Tal, 1955 
(B30) Sicilian, 57 moves, 0-1

The King is a strong piece. Use it!
Tal vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Trapped queen
Ponomariov vs Anand, 2011 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 52 moves, 0-1

20...Rxh1+! wins the game for black
A Teloeken vs G Welling, 1996 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 26 moves, 0-1

Crossing Jordan
J Ivanov vs I Cheparinov, 2004 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Endgame play by Rubenstein
E Cohn vs Rubinstein, 1909 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 0-1

Navara a dull moment
Navara vs Ganguly, 2011 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 1-0

19. Nxf6!
Miles vs R Jamieson, 1992 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

Brain over Bron
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 57 moves, 0-1

36. Rg7 tactical shot
M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011 
(D94) Grunfeld, 36 moves, 1-0

24. Bxf7+!
Carlsen vs Wang Hao, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

The Wizard of Oz
I Rogers vs G Milos, 1992 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Keller Wails
Tal vs D Keller, 1959 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Morphy and the bird
Bird vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

29. White to move
U Boensch vs K Litkiewicz, 1974 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Sax sacs
Sax vs E Hermansson, 2005 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Capa wins over Spiel
Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1927 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

13...Qa5+!! followed by Qf5 to prevent checkmate; Once best
P Charbonneau vs H A Hussein Al-Ali, 2008 
(C10) French, 13 moves, 0-1

17. Nxh7!
Kramnik vs B Abramovic, 1993 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

25? Sunday puzzle
G Grigore vs Holzke, 1993 
(D93) Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3, 31 moves, 1-0

Cold Steel
Janowski vs Steel, 1893  
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Reti's nightmare
Reti vs Nimzowitsch, 1925  
(A20) English, 51 moves, 0-1

Arturo Fuente
A Pomar Salamanca vs M Johansson Sr, 1966 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 27 moves, 1-0

Spencer's gifts
S Crakanthorp vs Purdy, 1926 
(C14) French, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

Chess reclaims a devotee
A Kreymborg vs O Chajes, 1911 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 51 moves, 0-1

No you can't
D Wedding vs Barak, 1994 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 17 moves, 1-0

9.? White wins a Scotch game
Astapovich vs Golosov, 1967 
(C45) Scotch Game, 11 moves, 1-0

Karpov gets positionally beat (blitz)
Zsuzsa Polgar vs Karpov, 1992 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

Garry wins a sicilian out of the opening
Kasparov vs G West, 1977 
(B40) Sicilian, 12 moves, 1-0

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