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"The 100 Best Games," (of the 20th Century).
Compiled by LIFE Master AJ
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Maybe one of my very favorite chess books would have to be:

"The 100 Best Chess Games, of the 20th Century." (ranked) Hardback - by MacFarland Books, Copyright (c) 2000. ISBN: 0-7864-0926-6; Library binding, :50# alkaline paper.

Andy Soltis is a prolific author, (http://www.worldchesshof.org/hall-o...) he has written many books that I like. But this book is probably my #1 favorite of the multitude of chess books that he has had published over the years. NO - the games are not all perfect ... and YES - there are mistakes in his analysis, any good engine ... (currently Jan. 2012) ... will readily reveal this.

But it is just the quality of the games (that he has chosen). Nobody, anywhere, ever brought games of this importance and interest (to the master-level player) to the general, chess-playing public.

Half of the games in this book, I have deeply analyzed, many of these games I have created web pages on. (Look through the kibitzes - IF you are interested. Or - see the page, http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera...; and look for my "Top Ten" list.)

This Game Collection is NOT about me, but about Andy Soltis and the games. Some of these games are just as Soltis describes them ... quite simply 100 of perhaps the most beautiful, most artistic and simply wondrous chess games of the 20th Century.

I am NOT asking you to agree with me or even agree with GM Andrew Soltis. All that I would like for you to do is to peruse these equisite chess pearls, and examine each one for yourself. If you do this - as I have done, many times - I have no doubt that you will be blown away by some of these historic, wonderful and exciting diamonds of the chess board. (Note: If you see asterisks next to the game, it means that - somewhere - I have a web page on that game and you could find it with any search engine. This is not a plug/ad for me, but just to let you know that I have deeply annotated many of the games on this list. <No other game collection - on this site - can make such a claim.>)

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Asterisks - I use three, when there is enough room - indicate that I have a web page on that particular game. There are at least 25 games here that have independent web pages on one of my chess sites! I usually give the URL - for my web page - in the comments/kibitzing section ... found under the game.

# 1.) One of the greatest games of all time! ***
Estrin vs Berliner, 1965 
(C57) Two Knights, 42 moves, 0-1

# 2.) Nezh's Greatest Game!!?! [ULTRA-BRILLIANT!!!] ***
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

# 3.) One of the best chess games Capa ever played! ***
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

# 4.) Alekhine's Brilliancy!!!! (& Irving Chernev's favorite!)*
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

# 5.) Probably G.K.'s greatest game!!! UNBELIEVABLE! ***
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

# 6.) A double-exchange sack - certainly a deep game. ***
Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 47 moves, 0-1

# 7.) On the Soltis list. (Kavalek's greatest game?!?) ***
Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

# 8.) A great attacking game of fiery intensity. ***
Stoltz vs H Steiner, 1952 
(A21) English, 34 moves, 1-0

# 9.) Andy Soltis's favorite game of (the great) M. TAL. ***
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

# 10.) The great Rubinstein game, tenth on Soltis's list. ***
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

# 11.) One of Vassily Smyslov's greatest games!!! ***
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

# 12.) The greatest draw ever made??? (Soltis thinks so.)
Tal vs Aronin, 1957 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

#13.) This might be GM Y. Geller's greatest game!!!
Geller vs Smyslov, 1965 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

# 14.) A brilliant game by the (former) World Champion.
M Lazarevic vs N Gaprindashvili, 1961 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 33 moves, 0-1

# 15.) An extremely fascinating (& complex) postal game!
N Johansson vs R Rey Ardid, 1933 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 47 moves, 1-0

# 16.) One of Nimzo's most impressive games. (sweet!)
P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 40 moves, 0-1

# 17.) Probably Pinter's best game; seventeen on Soltis's list.
Portisch vs Pinter, 1984 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

# 18.) Boris's famous demolition of Larsen. (Miniature!) ***
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

# 19.) Ivkov plays a beautiful game, what a final position!
Ivkov vs D Ciric, 1963 
(E08) Catalan, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

# 20.) ANOTHER Alekhine game on the list!!! ***
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

# 21.) Botvinnik's great brilliancy vs. Capa. (legal age) ***
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

# 22.) G. Kasparyan's greatest game of chess. (twenty-two)
Chekhover vs Kasparian, 1936 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

# 23.) A stunning draw, Soltis (& comps) - perfect play here.
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

# 24.) P. Keres & E. Dyckhoff: A TITANIC DRAW!!!
Keres vs E Dyckhoff, 1935 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

# 25.) Garry destroys Karpov ... one of his best-ever games! **
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

# 26.) Fischer goes 11-0!!!!! Wins 1st Brilliancy Prize! ***
R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

# 27.) One of S. Tartakower's most famous games. (twenty-seven)
Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922 
(A84) Dutch, 35 moves, 0-1

# 28.) Fischer wins! Brilliancy! "Game of the Century." ***
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

# 29.) G. Kasparov wins a timeless game! (Informant top pick.)
Kasparov vs Smirin, 1988 
(E97) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

# 30.) GM Pal Benko wins a very pretty game!! (Lost / shuffle?)
Bisguier vs Benko, 1963 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 31 moves, 0-1

# 31.) Tal's best game ... of 1964??? (Incredible attack!)
F Thorbergsson vs Tal, 1964 
(E77) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

# 32.) One of Spassky's best - & the most brilliant KGA ever? *
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

# 33.) F.D. Yates most brilliant win, ever? (Defeats AAA?)
Alekhine vs Yates, 1923 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 50 moves, 0-1

# 34.) G. Sigurjonsson "sabotages" his opponent. (An upset?)
Szabo vs G Sigurjonsson, 1968 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 0-1

# 35.) Spassky defeats "Polug" ... nice endgame. (See 36.Kg3!!)
Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

# 36.) GM Tony Miles's great masterpiece. (under-promotion)
S Atalik vs Miles, 1993 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

# 37.) Vicktor Korcnoi defeats the great Mikhail Tal. (54 m)
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

# 38.) Flohr plays a very brilliant game at Hastings, 1931-32.
Flohr vs Rellstab, 1931 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 36 moves, 1-0

# 39.) Petrosian defeats Spassky, his superb "Opus in F major."
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

# 40.) Botvinnik defeats Vidmar in a world-class endgame. (60)
Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1946 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 59 moves, 1-0

# 41.) Bronstein defeats Ljubojevic ... in a complex game! ***
Bronstein vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

# 42.) Kasparov destroys Anand's Open Sicilian ... in 38 moves!
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

# 43.) "Super Bole" ... Black wins a stunning game!!! ***
Alatortsev vs Boleslavsky, 1950 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 27 moves, 0-1

# 44.) M. Euwe's loaded Magnum ... and his greatest symphony!!
Euwe vs Najdorf, 1953 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

# 45.) A game of classic simplicity and elegance!!!
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

# 46.) A. Dreev's unbelievable win - as Black - vs. WCS Cand.
Gelfand vs Dreev, 1993 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 44 moves, 0-1

# 47.) GM Ratmir Kholmov's greatest game??? (29)
Kholmov vs Keres, 1959 
(B30) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

# 48.) One of GM Lev Psakhis's prettiest games!!! (35 mvs.)
Taimanov vs Psakhis, 1981 
(A04) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 0-1

# 49.) " The 'Slovak Immortal' " - GM Andy Soltis!!! (29 mvs.)
Polugaevsky vs Ftacnik, 1982 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 0-1

# 50.) A great masterpiece ... by Richard Reti!!!!! (50 mvs.)
Reti vs Rubinstein, 1923 
(A06) Reti Opening, 50 moves, 1-0

# 51.) Short's historic King March! (See my web-page.)
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

# 52.) Capa vs. Nimzo; a great fight, ends in a draw.
Capablanca vs Nimzowitsch, 1928 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

# 53.) A great game and a brilliant miniature!
Alekhine vs Book, 1938 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 25 moves, 1-0

# 54.) A brilliant French, the Pawns storm the Q-side.
Tolush vs Botvinnik, 1945 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

# 55.) The bright jewel of Rotterdam ... Keres' best game?
Euwe vs Keres, 1940 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 34 moves, 0-1

# 56.) One of the greatest R+P endgames of all time!!! ***
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A80) Dutch, 52 moves, 1-0

# 57.) Polug's brilliant Rook sack!!!!! (It changed theory!) **
Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

# 58.) Soltis asks: "Tarrasch's finest game?" (It IS good!!!)
Tarrasch vs Teichmann, 1905 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 68 moves, 1-0

# 59.) One of the finest upsets ever of a top GM - says Soltis.
A Shashin vs Korchnoi, 1973 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 35 moves, 1-0

# 60.) The Immortal Draw? (Soltis ranks it highly!)
Portisch vs Kavalek, 1975 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

# 61.) One of Capa's best wins - over one of the D6. ***
Capablanca vs O Bernstein, 1914 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

# 62.) "The Immortal Boomerang Game." (Eliskases wins!)
Spielmann vs E Eliskases, 1932 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

# 63.) "Marshall Arts" (Frank J.'s best game?) ***
Marshall vs Chigorin, 1905 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 30 moves, 1-0

# 64.) Taimanov plays a brilliancy!!! ("Polly want a mate?")
Taimanov vs Polugaevsky, 1960 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

# 65.) One of "Super-Nezh's" prettiest wins, Soltis likes it. *
Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 
(B35) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4, 33 moves, 1-0

# 66.) B. Larsen's Brilliant Q-sack vs. Petrosian. (Super!!!)
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

# 67.) Nimzovich's most elegant (attacking) game! ***
Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926  
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 1-0

# 68.) Young Smyslov (22) defeats an icon of chess ...
Smyslov vs Kotov, 1943 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

# 69.) Perhaps Tarrasch's finest game, and he defeats a legend.
Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 1-0

# 70.) A game of chess, played by Bobby Fischer ... or Morphy?
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

# 71.) Yet ANOTHER A. Alekhine game on this list!!!!!
Gruenfeld vs Alekhine, 1923 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

# 72.) Lilienthal beats Capa ... with a QUEEN-SACK!!! ***
Lilienthal vs Capablanca, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 1-0

# 73.) B. IVKOV's IMMORTAL (Q-less) ATTACK!!!!!!!
Ivkov vs Portisch, 1961 
(C18) French, Winawer, 31 moves, 1-0

# 74.) An unknown smashes Bogo ... in a brilliancy!!!
Bogoljubov vs M Monticelli, 1930 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 39 moves, 0-1

# 75.) Botvinnik's ultra-brilliant miniature vs. Portisch! ***
Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

# 76.) GM T. Petrosian's Timeless Masterpiece! ***
Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

# 77.) Nimzovich's grand victory over Rubinstein!!!
Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1928 
(A06) Reti Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

# 78.) GM S. Gligoric plays a real masterpiece against a W.C.
Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1970 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

# 79.) Garry sacks an exchange, but was it sound? ***
Kasparov vs Shirov, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

# 80.) The Yusupov (super) Immortal Game!!! ***
Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 39 moves, 0-1

# 81.) Geller flattens Karpov in an ultra-brilliant game.
Geller vs Karpov, 1976 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 1-0

# 82) Maybe the best draw of the 20th Century?
Keres vs Reshevsky, 1953 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

# 83.) A flawed masterpiece? (Or Spielmann's best?)
Tarrasch vs Spielmann, 1912 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 0-1

# 84.) GM L. Szabo defeats Benko in a tremendous game!!!
Szabo vs Benko, 1975 
(A22) English, 77 moves, 1-0

# 85.) Panno loses to an unknown ... a pretty game, but ... **
G Idigoras vs Panno, 1955 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

# 86.) Spielmann's greatest accomplishment?
Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1912  
(A84) Dutch, 42 moves, 0-1

# 87.) A very brilliant "partie" ... chess perfection?
H Olafsson vs J Levitt, 1990 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 1-0

# 88.) Gligoric's grandiose game & playing to the crowd!
Gligoric vs Petrosian, 1954 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

# 89.) One of Garry Kasparov's finest games!!! ***
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

# 90.) "The great comeback," by GM Lev Polugayevsky.
G Ilivitsky vs Polugaevsky, 1953 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 44 moves, 0-1

# 91.) A superb masterpiece of tactics/attack ... by M. TAL!!!
Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

# 92.) O. Duras's enduring magificent masterpiece!
Duras vs Teichmann, 1906 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 64 moves, 1-0

# 93.) Another chess brilliancy by A. Rubinstein! ***
Rubinstein vs Hromadka, 1923 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

# 94.) A tough game, a magnificent draw!
Szabo vs Botvinnik, 1952 
(A94) Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

# 95.) Fischer takes down Tal!!! (Endgame!)
Fischer vs Tal, 1962 
(B32) Sicilian, 63 moves, 1-0

# 96.) Lazard torches Gibaud, no fourgone victory here!
F Lazard vs A Gibaud, 1909 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

# 97.) "V" for Victory ... CAPA WINS!!!!!
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

# 98.) Perhaps Janowsky's greatest? (Soltis ranks it highly.)
Janowski vs Tarrasch, 1905 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

# 99.) So nice, it should have won a prize!
M Stean vs Browne, 1974 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0

# 100.) Mason builds a wall, then cements victory.
J Mason vs Janowski, 1902 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 65 moves, 1-0

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