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Web of Deceit
Compiled by sevenseaman
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Games where subterfuge and deceit has been employed - show something but do another - leaving the other side feel stupid.


You do not know whence the blow is coming
E Vladimirov vs V Vorotnikov, 1974 
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

Sometimes it is not a sacrifice at all
G Burgess vs W Watson, 1989 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 39 moves, 0-1

The denouement was never foreseeable.
Smyslov vs Karpov, 1971 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

Thinking does not help when the hit is unthinkable
Zukertort vs Count Epoureano, 1872 
(000) Chess variants, 23 moves, 1-0

Double checks are a luxury I prefer.
Spassky vs Larry Evans, 1962 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

Punch counter-punch.
H Helms vs O Tenner, 1942 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 13 moves, 1-0

If you saw all moves you gotta be 2500+ ELO.
J Caldas Vianna vs A S Paes de Barros, 1900  
(C52) Evans Gambit, 33 moves, 1-0

Chess to Tal murder mysteries to Sherlock Holmes -easy!
J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 20 moves, 0-1

27. Qb1 is a challenge for Fischer fans
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Why would a chess lover not aspire to be Vishy!
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 41 moves, 0-1

Things become clear rather late
Ljubojevic vs A Planinc, 1971 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

Very complex - diplomatic immunity!
Seirawan vs Igor Ivanov, 1991 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 0-1

No interest in taking prisoners!
C Bielicki vs Smyslov, 1964 
(A28) English, 30 moves, 0-1

Not just chasing girls!
B Siff vs Kashdan, 1948 
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 33 moves, 0-1

Just like Shirov, the Q must go.
Shirov vs J Lapinski, 1990 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

Throw the Q to the wolf and get the wolf.
Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

If you think Q is enough compensation, ...
W Pollock vs E Hall, 1890 
(C46) Three Knights, 12 moves, 1-0

Liu's pride!
Liu Wenzhe vs J H Donner, 1978 
(B07) Pirc, 20 moves, 1-0

A masterclass at the very top
Blackburne vs Steinitz, 1883 
(C46) Three Knights, 27 moves, 1-0

When the nemesis comes calling
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

Between two greats, a slight edge! Top table game.
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

A triumph of forethought.
Anand vs Adams, 2005 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 32 moves, 1-0

Wisdom of the resignation.
Fischer vs Gligoric, 1970 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

A game in the end game.
Charousek vs Maroczy, 1897 
(C13) French, 26 moves, 0-1

A couple of notches above.
Gunsberg vs Chigorin, 1890 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 0-1

A neat scalpel for a top scalp!
Radjabov vs Anand, 2006 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 16 moves, 1-0

Alice in blunderland Vladmir
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 20 moves, 0-1

Going for the jugular
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1931 
(C15) French, Winawer, 19 moves, 1-0

Feldt must have felt he was on the operation table!
Alekhine vs Von Feldt, 1916 
(C11) French, 18 moves, 1-0

A Queen leaves the chores to menials.
Prince Dadian vs M Bitcham, 1892 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

There aint no Houdini act!
Nigmadzianov vs L I Kaplun, 1977 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 21 moves, 1-0

Cool as ice can feel really hot!
H Wagner vs W Schoenmann, 1919  
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

Ok, take the Q if that makes you happy.
Uhlmann vs H Liebert, 1976 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 27 moves, 0-1

The no wriggle out option.
J D Tisdall vs G Lee, 1981 
(B40) Sicilian, 18 moves, 1-0

Estopped by the cut out clause
Kramer vs Ruster, 1926 
(A16) English, 20 moves, 1-0

Raindrops keep falling on my head!
I Pleci vs L Endzelins, 1939 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 1-0

There are no prizes for gaining material!
B Kazic vs B Vukovic, 1940 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

Deja vu for Kazic vs Vukovic, 1940
F Brown vs Gibbs, 1918 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

A multi-tasked Q.
Hill vs Janeway, 1946 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

Mysterious compulsions.
L Forgacs vs Tartakower, 1909 
(C13) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Framed!
A W Fox vs H E Bauer, 1901 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

A white elephant can only burst the budget!
S Morrison vs T K Hemingway, 1952 
(C57) Two Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

Look, no hands!
Miles vs Browne, 1982 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1-0

The brilliant combo is not easy to anticipate.
S N Ahmed vs Z Rahman, 2006 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 26 moves, 0-1

Wanna relax? Be my guest.
Emms vs V Tukmakov, 1996 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 27 moves, 1-0

Thinking how the enemy would.
A Bykhovsky vs D Oltean, 1990 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

Tal tells a tale you wouldn't want to miss a word of.
Tal vs Gulko, 1969 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 26 moves, 1-0

Tal is a magician!
R Toran Albero vs Tal, 1961 
(A21) English, 25 moves, 0-1

Dragged into doubt.
Tal vs Velimirovic, 1979 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 30 moves, 1-0

Bluff also wins, if you are Tal!
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1979 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 0-1

Spassky who?
Tal vs Spassky, 1980 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 44 moves, 1-0

Chess on a tightrope!
B Kurz vs K Treybal, 1904 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

If under attack, have an attacking plan.
M Mukhitdinov vs Botvinnik, 1967 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 36 moves, 0-1

A year in chess is a long time!
Kasparov vs Salov, 1989 
(A15) English, 29 moves, 1-0

Two moves too many on the score!
Anand vs Vaganian, 1995 
(C10) French, 22 moves, 1-0

The stapled pin!
Tal vs V Landero, 1992 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1-0

Best to have one solid plan than two airy fairy ones.
N Kosolapov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1936 
(C47) Four Knights, 24 moves, 0-1

Hewitt blew it - before he knew it.
M Hewitt vs Steinitz, 1866 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 26 moves, 0-1

Doublewhammy is another cupa tea!
F Parr vs G Wheatcroft, 1938 
(D71) Neo-Grunfeld, 30 moves, 1-0

A cat can see in the dark!
Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 2003 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

It goes like a humdinger!
Tal vs Beliavsky, 1989 
(B56) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

Refuse to bite if you will, the mate is still on.
Tal vs R Forbis, 1988 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

No safe place for the K except the box.
J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

No escape from the noose!
N Vitiugov vs M Rodshtein, 2010 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 33 moves, 1-0

'Murder' - she said.
Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

A sac much classier than one usually sees.
Geller vs Euwe, 1953 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1

A fighter is never finished until the finish!
Z Almasi vs Khalifman, 1997 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 0-1

A guess-the-move fiasco!
B Lalic vs Khalifman, 1997 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

Time for reckoning may leave you a wreck!
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

My Knight could serenade you all night, Kramona!
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Under house arrest!
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

Every move impactive!
Kasparov vs Topalov, 2001 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 34 moves, 1-0

A game that casts a spell, glues interest!
Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1920  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

A cliffhanger of sorts
Chodera vs F Kafka, 1921 
(B01) Scandinavian, 27 moves, 1-0

A flawed beauty - naughty ideas to make it natty!
Capablanca vs A Ribera Arnal, 1935 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 22 moves, 1-0

Topalov sets up a whammy.
Topalov vs Anand, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

A cornucopia of options!
Ivanchuk vs Gelfand, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

A soured up sac! An eye for an eye, at this level.
Aronian vs Ivanchuk, 2010 
(A13) English, 37 moves, 0-1

Elements of martial arts!
Marshall vs Chigorin, 1905 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 30 moves, 1-0

Do not underestimate the old Masters!
Gruenfeld vs Alekhine, 1923 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

Just to be living is a celebration!
Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 23 moves, 1-0

There were shorter cuts
Charousek vs Englander, 1894 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Like Shirov were riding a space rocket.
J Elbilia vs Shirov, 1993 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 22 moves, 0-1

Control of f6 is the key.
A Planinc vs A Matanovic, 1969 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

A smartly, neatly packaged take-home win!
V Malakhov vs Areshchenko, 2005 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 17 moves, 1-0

No short cut to a long range plan.
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1929 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

In deep freeze!
B Perenyi vs L Eperjesi, 1974 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 14 moves, 1-0

What a Machiavelli, this Vaidyanathan!
Srinivas vs V Ravikumar, 1984 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 0-1

No dodging the sword.
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1895 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 1-0

When no one is up to answering the doorbell!
Seirawan vs Spassky, 1990 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

Sam, were they as foolish as you made them look?
C Golmayo vs Loyd, 1867 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 0-1

Too many arrows to Anand's bow!
Topalov vs Anand, 2006 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 0-1

The malevolent knight mauls Magnus.
Anand vs Carlsen, 2007 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 38 moves, 1-0

Of a derelict deviation and its dogged losing defence!
Adams vs Carlsen, 2010 
(B06) Robatsch, 38 moves, 1-0

Luke can think out of the box!
McShane vs Carlsen, 2010 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 1-0

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