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Devious chess
Compiled by GrahamClayton
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Games featured in Amatzia Avni's excellent book "Devious Chess"


Black conjures a win from a piece down
N Sorokin vs Riumin, 1931 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 0-1

The travels of the h1 rook - h3-e3-e5-c5-c1
K Grigorian vs Gulko, 1975 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

White makes 7 Queen moves in first 12 moves of game
Miles vs Vaisser, 1998 
(A80) Dutch, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Unusual underdevelopment by both players after 17 moves
G Borisenko vs I D Dorfman, 1975 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 49 moves, 0-1

Black has two pieces in a corner - 19....Nxa1 & 22...Bxb1
Tal vs Panno, 1958 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 1-0

Insane position after 36. h8=Q
A Planinc vs D Baretic, 1968 
(C18) French, Winawer, 45 moves, 0-1

Geller puts three pieces en prise with 18.Bh6!
Geller vs Kogan, 1946 
(B53) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

Bernstein has three pieces en prise side by side after 13.Nf5!
S Bernstein vs A Cass, 1939 
(B40) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

21.Bf6!! - the bishop is put en prise for 4 different captures
E Vladimirov vs V Mikhalevski, 2001 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 28 moves, 1-0

19...Ng3 - the Knight enters the lion's den and survives
N Rashkovsky vs Geller, 1977 
(E71) King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3), 42 moves, 0-1

Brilliant miniature
V Sozin vs Nekrasov, 1931 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 20 moves, 1-0

Inventive Queen sacrifice with 13....dxe3!
M Czerniak vs Graf-Stevenson, 1942 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Inspired piece sacrifice with 9. Ne5?!
Granda Zuniga vs Seirawan, 1993 
(A15) English, 56 moves, 1-0

Sacrifice on an empty square - 14. Nf7!!
Taimanov vs Zachodiakin, 1945 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

17...e5!! - don't capture - threaten another piece!
O Dementiev vs Antoshin, 1970 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

14. d6! splits Black's position in half
Huzman vs A Minasian, 1997 
(A43) Old Benoni, 23 moves, 1-0

26. e6 paralyses the Black position
N Birnboim vs Dzindzichashvili, 1977 
(E91) King's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Black Queen harasses the White pieces
Bisguier vs A Fuderer, 1955 
(B50) Sicilian, 28 moves, 0-1

Black thinks White has blundered.. but he hasn't!
Marjanovic vs R Gunawan, 1986 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 13 moves, 1-0

Can Black accept the pawn?
Geller vs M Stean, 1975 
(A04) Reti Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

A pawn race to the death
N Birnboim vs M Czerniak, 1976 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 52 moves, 1-0

Miles King flees the scene but is hunted down
Miles vs Korchnoi, 1986 
(D94) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 0-1

Steinitz's retrograde development is punished
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1895  
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 40 moves, 1-0

19. Qa6! & 23. Qh5!
Nezhmetdinov vs Aronin, 1953 
(B50) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Topalov attacks when only a draw is required
Kharlov vs Topalov, 2004 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

Timman vs Kasparov, 1982 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Simplification to blunt a tricky position
H Ree vs Kupreichik, 1982
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

Wild game!
L Hazai vs L Karsa, 1976 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Gulko, 1968 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 0-1

Another Marshall swindle
Marshall vs H E Atkins, 1903 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

Z Almasi vs Miles, 1994
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Morozevich, 2003 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

White takes on the "Hippopotamus"
N Gaprindashvili vs Ujtelky, 1969 
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal fooling around
Tal vs Koblents, 1960 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Pawn race in the endgame
E Tate vs Ashley, 1993 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Lutikov, 1959 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 41 moves, 1-0

Murey vs V Malakhov, 2000 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 31 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Morozevich, 1996 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 66 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Shirov, 1994 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Suba vs M Cebalo, 1984 
(A14) English, 27 moves, 1-0

Yermolinsky vs S Atalik, 2002
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1925 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 1-0

L Day vs W Arencibia Rodriguez, 1994 
(C00) French Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Ed. Lasker, 1923 
(C28) Vienna Game, 50 moves, 0-1

Bogoljubov vs Rellstab, 1940 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

W Pietzsch vs Larsen, 1961 
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 1-0

Dzindzichashvili vs Tseshkovsky, 1973 
(A14) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Sutovsky vs Movsesian, 2001 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 55 moves, 1-0

Dreev vs Tiviakov, 1991 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

Kotov vs A Zaitsev, 1967 
(A10) English, 39 moves, 0-1

I Bilek vs Tal, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

G Hodakowsky vs Heinrich, 1957 
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 41 moves, 1-0

K Panczyk vs M Matlak, 1992 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 0-1

N Golovko vs Averbakh, 1950 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 57 moves, 0-1

J Arizmendi Martinez vs V Milov, 2001 
(B56) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Zsuzsa Polgar vs Chiburdanidze, 2004 
(A17) English, 39 moves, 1-0

Uhlmann vs A Hennings, 1968 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 38 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs M Czerniak, 1956 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Larsen, 1965 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 31 moves, 0-1

Huebner vs Adorjan, 1980 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivanchuk vs Sutovsky, 2003 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 50 moves, 1-0

Ulf Andersson vs Murey, 1982 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 70 moves, 1-0

Gipslis vs Smyslov, 1967 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Salov vs M Gurevich, 1992 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 30 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(E91) King's Indian, 55 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Keres, 1959 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

Arkell vs A Ledger, 2001 
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 34 moves, 1-0

Romanishin vs B Jansson, 1971 
(B07) Pirc, 35 moves, 1-0

S Muhammad vs Kudrin, 2003
(A48) King's Indian, 65 moves, 1-0

V Malakhov vs V Zvjaginsev, 2004 
(E97) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

L Dominguez vs Radjabov, 2004 
(B30) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

Keres vs F Benitez, 1958 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sutovsky vs Morozevich, 2004 
(B30) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Kavalek vs Tolush, 1964
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 34 moves, 1-0

O Bernstein vs Flamberg, 1912
(C49) Four Knights, 50 moves, 1-0

Plaskett vs Short, 1984
(E12) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Byrk vs Litvinov, 1970 
(D93) Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3, 35 moves, 0-1

A Reshko vs V Faibisovich, 1969 
(A36) English, 25 moves, 1-0

Gufeld vs Zurakov, 1959 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 23 moves, 0-1

Grigoriev vs V Panikovsky, 1972 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 14 moves, 0-1

G Kenworthy vs J J Ady, 1987 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

S Brown vs J Howell, 1993 
(A48) King's Indian, 23 moves, 1-0

L Shmuter vs Y Afek, 1995 
(B32) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

I Livshin vs V Liberzon, 1955 
(A14) English, 38 moves, 0-1

Fazekas vs N Littlewood, 1963 
(A04) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

T Karolyi Jr. vs J M Hodgson, 1989 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 25 moves, 0-1

P List vs J Mieses, 1927 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

F Bellini vs Pelletier, 1999 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

Burnett vs R N Bauer, 1991 
(A28) English, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Zaitseva vs O Stjazhkina, 1999 
(A06) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

G Gajewski vs L Trent, 2003 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 33 moves, 0-1

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