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"Wonders and Curiosities of Chess" - Pt 2
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.


#263 - Illegal move scores the win
J Mason vs Winawer, 1883  
(C13) French, 43 moves, 0-1

#264 - Steiner wins by accident
E Steiner vs Colle, 1926 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

#265- Benko picks up the pieces - and loses
Keres vs Benko, 1962 
(B32) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

#267 - Oldest known chess game
Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475 
(B01) Scandinavian, 21 moves, 1-0

#275 - Plays blindfold chess at eight
Reshevsky vs R C Griffith, 1920 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1-0

#277 - The defenceless king takes a walk
R Krogius vs A Ojanen, 1944 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 14 moves, 1-0

#279 - A strange perpetual check
Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

#282 - Tartakower takes time in miniature
Tartakower vs G Fuster, 1948 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 13 moves, 1-0

#283 - Fischer wins in a few moments
Fischer vs P Dely, 1967 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 17 moves, 1-0

#285 - All the pawns stay on the board
Flohr vs Sultan Khan, 1932 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

#287 - Anderssen and Kolisch first to use time limit
Kolisch vs Anderssen, 1861 
(B40) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1-0

#289 - Two long-distance long-range mates announced
Gossip vs E E Gilbert, 1879 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 42 moves, 0-1

#290 - Schlechter fails to draw crucial game
Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910  
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 71 moves, 1-0

#291 - Devastating knight fork
Tal vs K Klaman, 1957 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 34 moves, 1-0

#292 - Knight threatens everything in sight
M Aaron vs Filip, 1962 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 25 moves, 0-1

#294 - Rook is interested spectator in rook ending
Schlechter vs A Kaufmann, 1916 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1-0

#296 - Tarrasch holds onto his pawns
Von Gottschall vs Tarrasch, 1888 
(C16) French, Winawer, 100 moves, 0-1

#299 - Reti gives up four rooks in two successive games
Euwe vs Reti, 1920 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 0-1

#299 - Reti gives up four rooks in two successive games
Reti vs Euwe, 1920 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

#300 - Bronstein dreams up a game
NN vs Bronstein, 1961 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 19 moves, 0-1

#301 - Canal sacrifices on a grand scale
E Canal vs NN, 1934 
(B01) Scandinavian, 14 moves, 1-0

#303 - Pawn becomes knight in seven moves
Wiede vs A Goetz, 1880 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 7 moves, 0-1

#304 - Journoud's mighty little pawn
Chapelle vs P Journoud, 1860 
(B20) Sicilian, 15 moves, 0-1

#305 - White's queen is cornered
NN vs B Koch, 1931 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 15 moves, 0-1

#307 - Blindfold artistry at 12
Morphy vs E Morphy, 1849 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 1-0

#310 - Rubinstein, the endgame magician
H K Mattison vs Rubinstein, 1929 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 38 moves, 0-1

#311 - Four queens in world championship game
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 66 moves, 0-1

#312 - Capablanca gets queen odds
R Iglesias vs Capablanca, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 38 moves, 0-1

#315 - Masters play blindfold match
Schlechter vs J Mieses, 1909 
(B01) Scandinavian, 44 moves, 0-1

#316 - One mate in a million
G Gundersen vs A H Faul, 1928 
(C02) French, Advance, 15 moves, 1-0

#318 - Curious castling coup
O Feuer vs O'Kelly, 1934 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

#319 - First game to be awarded brilliancy prize
Bird vs J Mason, 1876 
(C11) French, 50 moves, 1-0

#321 - Alekhine wins most brilliancy prizes
Alekhine vs K Sterk, 1921 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

#322 - Botvinnik plays longest chess combination
Botvinnik vs Chekhover, 1935 
(A09) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

#324 - Death comes at the chessboard
Olland vs A Hamming, 1933 
(B83) Sicilian, 25 moves, 0-1

#325 - Smyslov blitzes Reshevsky
Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1945 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 1-0

#326 - Breakthrough only by a sacrifice
Bronstein vs Pilnik, 1954 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 69 moves, 1-0

#327- Disdains four different perpetual checks against Capa
Capablanca vs Janowski, 1911 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 66 moves, 1-0

#328 - Both black and white sacrifice freely
Panov vs M Yudovich Sr., 1937 
(C13) French, 26 moves, 0-1

#329 - Capablanca is contemptous of traps
Euwe vs Capablanca, 1931 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

#330 - Keres beats nine world champions
Keres vs Alekhine, 1937 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 23 moves, 1-0

#330 - Keres beats nine world champions
Keres vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 38 moves, 1-0

#330 - Keres beats nine world champions
Keres vs Smyslov, 1939 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

#330 - Keres beats nine world champions
Euwe vs Keres, 1940 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 34 moves, 0-1

#330 - Keres beats nine world champions
Keres vs Petrosian, 1949 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

#330 - Keres beats nine world champions
Tal vs Keres, 1954 
(E92) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

#330 - Keres beats nine world champions
Keres vs Botvinnik, 1956 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

#330 - Keres beats nine world champions
Keres vs Spassky, 1955 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

#330 - Keres beats nine world champions
Fischer vs Keres, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 30 moves, 0-1

#342 - Tal's imprisoned bishop
Fischer vs Tal, 1961 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

#344 - Capa's knight wheels around
Capablanca vs Yates, 1924 
(A48) King's Indian, 77 moves, 1-0

#346 - Undeveloped pieces win game
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1944 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 64 moves, 1-0

#347 - Twenty-one moves with pieces, ten with pawns
E Cohn vs Rubinstein, 1909 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 0-1

#349 - Keres's rare brilliancy appears on two other boards
Keres vs Najdorf, 1955 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1-0

#350 - Chernev experiences psychic phenomenon
F Young vs L Dore, 1892 
(C21) Center Game, 22 moves, 1-0

#353 - Sacrifice of three pieces on one square
P Dubinin vs N Petrov, 1936 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1-0

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