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"Wonders and Curiosities of Chess" - Pt 1
Compiled by GrahamClayton
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A collection of some of the complete games that appear in Irving Chernev's book "Wonders and Curiosities of Chess", published by Dover in 1974. The games are preceded by the item number and heading used in the book.

#1 - Shortest master game
A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 4 moves, 0-1

#2 = Longest won game
H Wolf vs Duras, 1907 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 168 moves, 1-0

#10 - A million-dollar move
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

#12 - Unwilling club members
Menchik vs G A Thomas, 1932 
(E85) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

#15 - Dazzling exhibition
Capablanca vs P Tarasov, 1922 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 34 moves, 1-0

#20 - Record-breaking blindfold feats
Morphy vs C A Seguin, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

#20 - Record-breaking blindfold feats
Pillsbury vs H Hausler, 1900 
(C25) Vienna, 27 moves, 1-0

#25 - Englisch looks into the future
Englisch vs Tarrasch, 1885 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 44 moves, 1-0

#26 - Fourteen pawn moves
Marshall vs H Rogosin, 1940 
(B20) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

#27 Pawns only
NN vs H Bruening, 1907 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 6 moves, 0-1

#28 - Ten in a row
Kujoth vs J Fashingbauer, 1950 
(B20) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

#29 - Eleven out of twelve
S Lyman vs B Greenwald, 1964 
(B01) Scandinavian, 13 moves, 1-0

#30 - The Hungarian gambiteer
Charousek vs Lasker, 1896 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

#31 - Dake beats the book
Dake vs H Mueller, 1933 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 21 moves, 1-0

#32 - Chigorin tries a new gambit
Chigorin vs Albin, 1896 
(D09) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3, 62 moves, 1-0

#34 - The "cook" that failed
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

#36 - Tarrasch springs a trap
Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 18 moves, 1-0

#38 - Torre's double victories
Gruenfeld vs Carlos Torre, 1925 
(A90) Dutch, 13 moves, 0-1

#38 - Torre's double victories
Carlos Torre vs Gruenfeld, 1925 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 67 moves, 1-0

#42 - Correspondence quickie
M Warren vs Jan Selman, 1932 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 6 moves, 0-1

#45 - Victory after 40 years
Marshall vs Lasker, 1900 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

#45 - Victory after 40 years
Marshall vs Lasker, 1940 
(D62) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

#50 - Ruy Lopez at play
Ruy Lopez vs G da Cutri, 1575 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

#55 - Announced mate longer than rest of game
W Potter vs NN, 1870 
(000) Chess variants, 15 moves, 1-0

#62 - Capped knight inflicts mate
M Lange vs Schierstedt, 1856 
(C25) Vienna, 21 moves, 1-0

#65- Napier picks his best game
Lasker vs W Napier, 1904 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 35 moves, 1-0

#66 - Rubinstein defeats the big three
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

#66 - Rubinstein defeats the big three
Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1910  
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

#66 - Rubinstein defeats the big three
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1-0

#72 - Queen sacrifice downs Lasker and Capa in 26 moves
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 26 moves, 1-0

#72 - Queen sacrifice downs Lasker and Capa in 26 moves
Lilienthal vs Capablanca, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 1-0

#80 - Grandmaster checked, double checked and mated in eleven
Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

#81 - Opportunity knocks twice
Reti vs Hromadka, 1922 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

#90 - Five-fold rook sacrifice
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

#100 - Smothered mate of Queen
Tarrasch vs Burn, 1907 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 30 moves, 1-0

#103 - Three Queens on one diagonal
Lazarov vs Goldstein, 1962 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

#106 - Fischer touches a pawn
Unzicker vs Fischer, 1960 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 22 moves, 1-0

#116 - Holzhausen fast worker
W Von Holzhausen vs Tarrasch, 1912 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

#117 - Allies lose quickly
Bird / Dobell vs Gunsberg / Locock, 1897 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 9 moves, 0-1

#118 - Younger octogenarian wins
D van Foreest vs J Mieses, 1949 
(B44) Sicilian, 19 moves, 0-1

#127 - Rubinstein scintillates
H Wolf vs Rubinstein, 1922 
(C49) Four Knights, 60 moves, 0-1

#128 - Speed star loses on time limit
Riumin vs Capablanca, 1935 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

#130 - Two Queens fail to win game
R Franz vs Mayet, 1858 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 69 moves, 0-1

#131 - Simultaneous blindfold at 10 seconds a move
Fine vs Robert E Byrne, 1945 
(A48) King's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

#132 - Smothered mate 500 years old
Capablanca vs H K Mattison, 1929 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 20 moves, 1-0

#136 - Remarkable duplication of ideas
L Forgacs vs Maroczy, 1902 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

#144 - Ten year old in master tournament
Janowski vs Reshevsky, 1922 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 65 moves, 0-1

#145 - Dake mated in nine
Dake vs F Di Paula, 1935 
(C15) French, Winawer, 9 moves, 0-1

#146 - Dake mated in ten
A Powers vs Dake, 1937 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 10 moves, 1-0

#147 - Kmoch loses in eight
Kmoch vs T Ellison, 1948 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 8 moves, 0-1

#148 - Fine resigns in seven
H Borochow vs Fine, 1932 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 11 moves, 1-0

#149 - Morphy mated in 12
Morphy vs Maurian, 1855 
(000) Chess variants, 12 moves, 0-1

#150 - Capablanca yields in 13
Capablanca vs Kevitz, 1924 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 13 moves, 0-1

#151 - Reshevsky mated in nine
Reshevsky vs R Margolit, 1968 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 9 moves, 0-1

#153 - Fischer gets an early shock
Fischer vs R Burger, 1964 
(C57) Two Knights, 14 moves, 0-1

#154 - Morphy plays masters simultaneously
Morphy vs T W Barnes, 1859 
(C27) Vienna Game, 38 moves, 0-1

#161 - Spielmann's solitary win
Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1928 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 39 moves, 0-1

#163 - Slow win and quick loss
Marshall vs Chigorin, 1902 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

#169 - Capa's only loss in ten years
O Chajes vs Capablanca, 1916 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 66 moves, 1-0

#180 - Checker star upsets chess masters
N Banks vs Kashdan, 1926 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 1-0

#182 - Alapin concedes in five moves
Tarrasch vs Alapin, 1889 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 6 moves, 1-0

#186 - Two sea serpents in a row
Schlechter vs Tarrasch, 1911 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 106 moves, 1-0

#186 - Two sea serpents in a row
Tarrasch vs Schlechter, 1911 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 109 moves, 1-0

#196 - Brilliancy anticipated
V Soldatenkov vs S Durnovo, 1898 
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

#197 - Lasker's queen stays at home
Maroczy vs Lasker, 1924 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

#198 - Yates defeats critic
Tarrasch vs Yates, 1910 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

#208 - The perfect game
Max Weiss vs J Schwarz, 1883 
(C01) French, Exchange, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

#211 - Mikenas missed magic moment
V Mikenas vs Kashdan, 1931 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

#212 - Extraordinary position anticipated 100 years earlier
Janowski vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

#212 - Extraordinary position anticipated 100 years earlier
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

#217 - Six-fold queen sacrifice
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

#218 - Alekhine scores in double-quick time
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1934 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

#219 - The grandmaster draw
Tarrasch vs A Fritz, 1889 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 1/2-1/2

#224 - Judge meets geniuses
J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 
(C02) French, Advance, 14 moves, 0-1

#226 - Full many a gem of purest ray serene
Capablanca vs A Schroeder, 1916 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

#227 - Finishes game with opening moves
G Koshnitsky vs Hewitt, 1945 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 17 moves, 1-0

#232 - Marshall forgets himself
Burn vs Marshall, 1906 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

#235 - Picturesque mate
J Mieses vs Marshall, 1903 
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

#237 - Morphy's only blindfold loss
Morphy vs Kipping, 1858  
(C45) Scotch Game, 29 moves, 0-1

#242 - Strange duplication
T Drezga vs Baratz, 1929 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 15 moves, 0-1

#242 - Strange duplication
Alekhine vs Koehnlein, 1908 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

#244 - Girl chess prodigy
E Pritchard vs H Saunders, 1936 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 21 moves, 1-0

#247 - Brilliancy unrewarded
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

#247 - Brilliancy unrewarded
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

#248 - Szabo has a blind spot
Szabo vs Reshevsky, 1953 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

#253 - Error turns into brilliancy
E Cohn vs Chigorin, 1907 
(A53) Old Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

#255 - Alekhine sacrifices three queens in one game
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

#256 - Alekhine builds tower of pawns
Alekhine vs Nenarokov, 1907 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

#257 - Capablanca creates fantastic design
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

#261 - Only one pawn is captured
O Chajes vs Gruenfeld, 1923 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 120 moves, 0-1

#262 - Lindermann commits sui-mate in three
Lindemann vs Echtermeyer, 1893  
(B01) Scandinavian, 3 moves, 0-1

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