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The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played
Compiled by alachabre
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62 Masterpieces of Chess Strategy - Irving Chernev, 1965

1. Rook on the Seventh Rank
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A80) Dutch, 52 moves, 1-0

2. The King is a Strong Piece
Tal vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

3. Knight Outpost at Q5
Boleslavsky vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

4. Aggressive Rook in the Ending
Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1-0

5. The Passed Pawn
Rubinstein vs Duras, 1908  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

6. Weak Pawns, Weak Squares, and Mighty, Mighty Knights
H K Mattison vs Nimzowitsch, 1929  
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 23 moves, 0-1

7. Finesse in the Ending
R Domenech vs Flohr, 1935 
(B40) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

8. Phalanx of Pawns
Petrosian vs H Corral, 1954 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

9. Passed Pawn's Lust to Expand
Fischer vs Berliner, 1960 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

10. Rook and Pawn Ending
Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

11. King in the Center
Tartakower vs R Frentz, 1933 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 35 moves, 1-0

12. The Shifting Attack
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1957 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 33 moves, 1-0

13. Every Move a Threat!
M Porges vs Lasker, 1896  
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 0-1

14. A Touch of Jujitsu
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1946 
(A90) Dutch, 23 moves, 1-0

15. The King-Side Attack
Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894  
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

16. Magnificent Outpost
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

17. The Art of Exchanging Pieces
Menchik vs Capablanca, 1931 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

18. The Isolated Pawn
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

19. The See-Saw Check, Zugzwang, and Other Tactical Tricks
M Kupferstich vs H Andreasen, 1953 
(C27) Vienna Game, 34 moves, 1-0

20. The Two Bishops
S Rosenthal vs Steinitz, 1873 
(C46) Three Knights, 38 moves, 0-1

21. Variety of Themes
Tartakower vs R Domenech, 1934 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

22. Systematic Strangulation
Tarrasch vs Showalter, 1898 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

23. Good Bishop and Bad Bishop
L Barden vs Rossolimo, 1950 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 38 moves, 0-1

24. Coup de Grāce
Alekhine vs Yates, 1922  
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

25. The Powerful Passed Pawns
Aganalian vs Petrosian, 1945 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 34 moves, 0-1

26. Bishop and a Half
Bondarevsky vs Smyslov, 1946 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 42 moves, 0-1

27. Prophetic Strategy
Tarrasch / allies vs Paulsen / allies, 1888 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 49 moves, 1-0

28. Problem-like Finale
Foltys vs Golombek, 1947 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

29. A Pawn is a Pawn is a Pawn
Kashdan vs H Steiner, 1932 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 59 moves, 1-0

30. Board with Excitement
Keres vs A Tarnowski, 1952 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

31. Elegant Simplification
Botvinnik vs Boleslavsky, 1941 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 65 moves, 1-0

32. Four Endings in One
Blackburne vs Max Weiss, 1889 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 70 moves, 0-1

33. Bishop and Pawn Ending Deluxe
Max Weiss vs Blackburne, 1889 
(B01) Scandinavian, 57 moves, 0-1

34. Brilliant Career of a Pawn
Panov vs Taimanov, 1952 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 55 moves, 1-0

35. Dispatching the King's Musketeers
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1961 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

36. The Sheltering Pawn
W Schlage vs Reti, 1928 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 47 moves, 0-1

37. The Power of Position Play
Capablanca vs Allies, 1920 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

38. That Old Black Magic
O Bernstein vs J Mieses, 1904 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 49 moves, 1-0

39. The Singular Strategy of Steinitz
Steinitz vs Sellman, 1885 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

40. The Odyssey of an Isolated Pawn
Burn vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1906 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 0-1

41. Zugzwang, the Invincible Weapon
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

42. Symphony of Combinations
E Eliskases vs Gruenfeld, 1933 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 1-0

43. Escorting the Potential Queen
Schlechter vs J Mason, 1903 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

44. The Pillsbury Bind
Chekhover vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

45. The Galloping Knight
Tarrasch vs Vogel, 1910 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 1-0

46. The Roving Rook
Pillsbury vs Showalter, 1897 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 66 moves, 1-0

47. Web of Black Squares
Schlechter vs W John, 1905 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

48. Endgame Arithmetic
J Mieses vs Reshevsky, 1935 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 0-1

49. In the Grand Manner
Janowski vs Capablanca, 1916  
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 46 moves, 0-1

50. March of the Little Pawns
Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

51. Irresistable Pawn Roller
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

52. Quiet, Like a Tiger
Botvinnik vs Kan, 1931 
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

53. Cornucopia of Ideas
E Zagorjansky vs P Romanovsky, 1943 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 63 moves, 0-1

54. Endgame Duel - Knight against Rook
Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1946 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

55. Perennial Favorite
Bogoljubov vs Reti, 1923 
(C11) French, 42 moves, 0-1

56. Command of the Board
Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1-0

57. The King Takes a Walk
Botvinnik vs Kan, 1943 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 44 moves, 1-0

58. Surprise! Surprise!
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

59. Bolt from the Blue
D Andric vs D Djaja, 1949 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

60. Lured into Zugzwang
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1918 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 39 moves, 0-1

61. The Flash of a Mighty Surprise
F Olafsson vs Fischer, 1958 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

62. Symphony of Heavenly Length
Larry Evans vs H Opsahl, 1950 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 81 moves, 1-0

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