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The benefits of controlling the center
Leonhardt vs Burn, 1911 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

This kingside weakness is nothing; the center is easily winning
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886  
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 0-1

Strong points and weaknesses: Provoking a weakness
Boleslavsky vs Flohr, 1950 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

Fight for the center and the initiative. It's worth the prize
Gruenfeld vs Spielmann, 1934 
(D94) Grunfeld, 35 moves, 0-1

Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack
Spassky vs Gligoric, 1980 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Activate pieces with help of a pawn sacrifice
J W te Kolste vs Nimzowitsch, 1925 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Energetic play
Seirawan vs P Zarnicki, 1993 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

Exchange sacrifice
Kramnik vs A Giri, 2011 
(E97) King's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Light-square orgy
Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1955 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Attack: Finding an invasion route
Lilienthal vs Aronin, 1948 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 39 moves, 1-0

Position play: How to play in "simple" positions
Alekhine vs E Eliskases, 1939 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 47 moves, 1-0

Position can quickly collapse when you create targets to attack
Averbakh vs J H Donner, 1963 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Strategic demolition
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 51 moves, 0-1

Model of strategic clarity
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(B83) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

I have a better bishop than you
Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1926 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Knights winning out over bishops
Schlechter vs W John, 1905 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

Sicilian attack on the kingside
Chiburdanidze vs Larsen, 1993 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 33 moves, 1-0

French attack on the kingside
Hort vs M Schauwecker, 1987
(C18) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 1-0

Queen's Indian attack on the kingside
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1981
(E12) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 1-0

Queen's Gambit attack on the kingside
Keres vs Fine, 1937 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

Ruy Lopez attack on the kingside
Han and Hisler Durisch vs Tarrasch, 1904 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 0-1

Sicilian attack on the kingside II
Pilnik vs Geller, 1955 
(B59) Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3, 38 moves, 0-1

King's Indian attack on the kingside
Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

Black use the idea from the game Lasker - Bauer, 1889
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

Bxh7+ Game over
Szabo vs Bisguier, 1955 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

The queenside is mine
Tylor vs Alekhine, 1937
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 0-1

14...Bc6 [14...b5 15.Nf1 Qb8! 16.Ne3 a5, Nimzowitsch]
Reti vs Yates, 1924 
(A13) English, 31 moves, 1-0

More than enough compensation for my queen
Xu Jun vs Ivanchuk, 1993 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 62 moves, 0-1

Controlling everything of importance
Krum Georgiev vs Miles, 1992 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Look a bit more and there is instead for white 15.Nc3!
Paulsen vs Tarrasch, 1888 
(C02) French, Advance, 62 moves, 0-1

24...Bd8?? (24...fxe5! 25.Qg6 Bf6 26.Rfc1 e4 27.Rc7 Qxd4)
Milner-Barry vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1928 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 26 moves, 1-0

42.Nxf7? (42.Nf3!)
Alekhine vs L Asztalos, 1927 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

Deep Gligoric
Gligoric vs Unzicker, 1973 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 41 moves, 1-0

24.Bb5! (24.Rc2?! Qxa4 followed by Nc5)
Capablanca vs Yates, 1919 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 61 moves, 1-0

Key Squares - Strong Points b4, c5, b6
Vasiukov vs A Ornstein, 1976
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 36 moves, 1-0

Nice Team Work
J Kraai vs R Ris, 2011
(A13) English, 35 moves, 1-0

Tricky Knight
Yifan Hou vs Caruana, 2011 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 0-1

Tactics, tactics, tactics...
Sasikiran vs V Laznicka, 2011 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 72 moves, 1-0

A Correspondence Chess World Champion gives a lesson
I Bern vs L Danek, 2002 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

Hooked Grandmaster
V Liberzon vs W Hook, 1974 
(C18) French, Winawer, 72 moves, 0-1

Fischer was better prepared for a Hook
Fischer vs W Hook, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 28 moves, 1-0

A nice little combination
Nijboer vs Piket, 1994
(C42) Petrov Defense, 31 moves, 0-1

Strategy closed position
Seirawan vs M Vukic, 1979 
(A16) English, 30 moves, 1-0

Dutch Stonewall
Petrosian vs Bondarevsky, 1950  
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

19.b4!! We are not obliged to recapture
Karpov vs H Westerinen, 1974 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 34 moves, 1-0

And then came f7-f5...
Huebner vs R Pruijssers, 2011 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

How and where an advance on the wrong wing should be punished
Opocensky vs Nimzowitsch, 1925 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 43 moves, 0-1

The effect of prevention and the idea of total mobility
Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926  
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 1-0

Restraint of a doubled pawn complex
Nimzowitsch vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1925  
(A06) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Complete restraint
P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 40 moves, 0-1

9...c6? [9...Nc6 10.h3 Be6 11.Nf3 h6 12.Rhd1 a6, Nimzowitsch]
Nimzowitsch vs A Pritzel, 1922 
(B06) Robatsch, 29 moves, 1-0

23...Ra8? [23...g6 24.Ng3 Nd4; 23...Nd4] 24.Qf3 Ra2? [24...Nd4]
Blackburne vs Nimzowitsch, 1914 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

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