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Good Grief Charlie Brown

J A Grefe vs Browne, 1973 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 21 moves, 1-0

Back rank weaknesses
Mamedyarov vs A Timofeev, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Byrne Baby Byrne!
Robert E Byrne vs Larry Evans, 1965 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

16. QxBd6!
Alekhine vs Koehnlein, 1908 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

Capa and 20. ?
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

26. ? Nf6+!!
L'Ami vs I Sokolov, 2008 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

"Queen Side Story"
Nimzowitsch vs J Bernstein, 1923 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1-0

Saturday level puzzle 28 ? with Once's Sherlock
Speelman vs H Ree, 1978 
(A21) English, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Miles of fun
Miles vs Beliavsky, 1986 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

17. Nd5! puzzle
Z Varga vs S Kustar, 1993 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 24 moves, 1-0

Double rook sac
W Schwartz vs Kieseritzky, 1842 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 20 moves, 1-0

Fisching at the doc
Saidy vs Fischer, 1965 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

The Ironed Logician
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

28? puzzle leads to knight fork
J Smorenberg vs A Bhuiyan, 2000 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 29 moves, 1-0

Rxb7! and mate to follow
C Holt vs M Panchanathan, 2011 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 33 moves, 0-1

Breaking the Law
A P Law vs Hort, 1977 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 47 moves, 0-1

Kotov thinking like a master
Kotov vs Unzicker, 1952 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 30 moves, 1-0

Mind-Freak
P H Nielsen vs T Hillarp Persson, 1998 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

bar graf
S Baer vs F Graf, 2007 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

Garry sacs a rook
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

Shilov me, Shilov me not
Shilov vs Kramnik, 1987 
(B33) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

15. Nxc6! culminates Fischer's pressure on c6
Fischer vs P Lapiken, 1956 
(A04) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

Lutz roll!
C Lutz vs Ftacnik, 2001 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1-0

Insane Sunday puzzle 20?
Bologan vs I Rogers, 1995 
(B01) Scandinavian, 33 moves, 1-0

Reti Made
Bogoljubov vs Reti, 1923 
(C11) French, 42 moves, 0-1

31? g5!! a brilliant move to undermine the castled king
B Alterman vs M Matlak, 1994 
(A13) English, 35 moves, 1-0

Easter Hare takes a bite out of Pterodactyl defense
C O'Hare vs Y Grodzensky, 1999 
(B27) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

The Leningrad blockade
Ivkov vs Korchnoi, 1957 
(C16) French, Winawer, 94 moves, 0-1

Laying Down the Law
A P Law vs E Torre, 1977 
(B30) Sicilian, 22 moves, 0-1

One of Alekhine's best games
Alekhine vs Fahrni, 1914  
(C13) French, 23 moves, 1-0

Insane puzzle move 17?
Rublevsky vs Onischuk, 1994 
(C47) Four Knights, 23 moves, 1-0

Vedder luck next time
Bronstein vs R Vedder, 1997 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

Brilliant double queen possible sacrifices
R Fontaine vs A Sokolov, 2007 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

Tal makes short work of Nigel
Tal vs Short, 1987 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 32 moves, 1-0

23? sunday puzzle
A H Wohl vs Gipslis, 1996 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 1-0

King of Sorrow
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Gelfand in the world canidates match
Mamedyarov vs Gelfand, 2011 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 39 moves, 0-1

Old Mr. Magoo
B Melvin vs R Cunningham, 1994  
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 25 moves, 1-0

15? puzzle move
M Krasenkow vs Rozentalis, 1997 
(A13) English, 18 moves, 1-0

white uses sacrifices to open up the position
Charousek vs G V R Exner, 1897 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

62? Rook and bishop endgame
K Klaman vs Kholmov, 1949 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 89 moves, 1/2-1/2

Stagger Lee
Spassky vs P N Lee, 1966 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 24 moves, 1-0

Jerzy sure
W Schmidt vs J Lewi, 1968 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 42 moves, 1-0

Kasparov used "a nuke to kill a bug"
Shaked vs Kasparov, 1997 
(D85) Grunfeld, 20 moves, 0-1

Lazy and rushy
Szabo vs Reshevsky, 1953 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

16? Two bishop sacrifice (sound?)
C Maier vs G Israel, 2008 
(B40) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1-0

25...Nh5!!
Polugaevsky vs Ftacnik, 1982 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 0-1

Angels fear to tread
M Romi vs C Staldi, 1954 
(A48) King's Indian, 51 moves, 1-0

Anand's bielisma! game
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

38...Ng3+!
Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977 
(B32) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs Najdorf, 1954 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 42 moves, 1-0

White sacs every piece!
Serper vs I Nikolaidis, 1993 
(E70) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Topology
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

Carlsen tactics prevail
M Pavlovic vs Carlsen, 2006 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 0-1

19? tactic puzzle
Leonhardt vs Tarrasch, 1910 
(C46) Three Knights, 27 moves, 1-0

22...? sunday puzzle sabotage
Szabo vs G Sigurjonsson, 1968 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

Aronian Levon whim
Aronian vs V Popov, 2005 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury d'oh
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

Some like it Hort
Hort vs Portisch, 1973 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Gold Genereal
P Nikolic vs Y Habu, 2007 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 0-1

22? Insane sunday puzzle...fun to watch
L Shamkovich vs D Blohm, 1977 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 1-0

22. Bxh7! demolish kingside
J B Bednarski vs J Adamski, 1978 
(B83) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

36? Rc5! Tal's brilliant play
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Gorge Forman
Kavalek vs E Formanek, 1970 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 32 moves, 1-0

Naka's first crush
Bisguier vs Nakamura, 1998 
(E70) King's Indian, 21 moves, 0-1

puzzle white 30. ?
Khalifman vs Ehlvest, 1985 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1-0

Boy George!
G Kramer vs G Drexel, 1946 
(A09) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

21. Nd5!
Geller vs Anikaev, 1979 
(B83) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

Josef and the amazing technicolor sacrifices
S Fulkerson vs J Friedman, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

great finish!
Oll vs J M Hodgson, 1993 
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 46 moves, 0-1

Petrosian wins against a kings indian
Petrosian vs Stein, 1961  
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 39 moves, 1-0

A "Perfect" Mate
Lilienthal vs Nezhmetdinov, 1951 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 28 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury's 27. f5!
Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Connect four!
A Timofeev vs D Khismatullin, 2009 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 62 moves, 1-0

Malinin who?
V Malinin vs D Gurevich, 1967 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

18? puzzle
M Abbink vs Y H De Rover, 1997 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

I am not a rook
R Nixon vs A Anselmo, 1973 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

27...Rb1!!!
H Bouwmeester vs Botvinnik, 1958 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capa and the rabuit in the headlights
Capablanca vs R Raubitschek, 1906 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 1-0

43...? insane!
G Gauglitz vs C Horvath, 1987 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 47 moves, 0-1

24...Rxf4! The battle of the Tacticians
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

32.? Sunday puzzle
Anand vs Illescas Cordoba, 1992 
(B44) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Anish Market
Nakamura vs A Giri, 2012 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

Vlad the impaled--courtesy of Kasparov
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Alian Invasion
Aganalian vs Petrosian, 1945 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 34 moves, 0-1

Maroczy Bound
Maroczy vs Charousek, 1896 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 20 moves, 0-1

21. Ne5!
Timman vs C van Wijgerden, 1977 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

25...? saturday puzzle
Z Almasi vs Khalifman, 1997 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 0-1

35? Sunday puzzle
Duras vs Z Barasz, 1912 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1-0

Jun is busting all over
Zhao Jun vs Xiu Deshun, 2011 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 31 moves, 1-0

17? Browne to the bone; great kibitzes by both players! M.Adams
W A Brown vs R Kneebone, 1985 
(B89) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

15. Qxh6!!!
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 21 moves, 1-0

The two ladies
Kramnik vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2011 
(A15) English, 87 moves, 1-0

Soos-sussudio
Soos vs Geller, 1962 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

"Flis in the face of reason"
J Flis vs Z Szymczak, 1983 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Howell can he attack!
D Howell vs G Gislason, 2012 
(B06) Robatsch, 36 moves, 1-0

28? Bxg6!
Mamedyarov vs N Huschenbeth, 2012 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

Bitte
Denker vs A R Shayne, 1945  
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 17 moves, 1-0

Speechless
Bronstein vs Browne, 1990 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 34 moves, 1-0

20? puzzle sat
I Sokolov vs G Pap, 2012 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

All Tromped up on politeness
Vaganian vs G Botterill, 1975 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

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