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This is the chess!!!


Velimirovic vs Csom, 1974 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

An elegant finish.
Mikhalchishin vs Shirov, 1988 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 25 moves, 1-0

Fun game (well, not for Hoffmann)
F A Hoffmann vs A Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

Winning with the Dutch
Birjanis vs Tal, 1951 
(A91) Dutch Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Winning with the Dutch
L Aronson vs Tal, 1957 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 36 moves, 0-1

the dutch !
Benko vs Tal, 1959 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 29 moves, 0-1

staunton dutch
P Troeger vs Tal, 1960 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 21 moves, 0-1

Gusev's Immortal; when humans confuse computers
Y Gusev vs E Auerbach, 1946 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

Chigorin is relentless
Chigorin vs Davydow, 1874 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 1-0

The position at move 15 also arises from the QGD
Ivanchuk vs Sutovsky, 2015 
(B30) Sicilian, 74 moves, 1-0

What a punch fest!
F Vallejo Pons vs Radjabov, 2017 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 45 moves, 0-1

Great pun and fun kibitzing.
Blackburne vs W J Knight, 1877 
(B01) Scandinavian, 34 moves, 1-0

A very energetic Karpov; good game.
Karpov vs Anand, 1991 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

12 yr old Garry " walks Romanishin's king like a dog".
Romanishin vs Kasparov, 1975 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

Nezhmetdinov vs P Ermolin, 1946 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 15 moves, 1-0

Alekhine's eagle eye...
Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1927 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Tarrasch, 1922 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 53 moves, 1-0

12 years old, this is talent!
Karjakin vs V Malinin, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Larsen got the Tal bug
Larsen vs Chandler, 1987 
(A09) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Y Rantanen, 1979 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

G Crown vs Kotov, 1947 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 35 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Breyer, 1911 
(C21) Center Game, 25 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs V Malaniuk, 1994 
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1913 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Geller, 1962 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

Rohde vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1992 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 30 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Gligoric, 1968 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

When he's not playing checkers....
B Savchenko vs Ivanchuk, 2016 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 0-1

typical of Fischer
Fischer vs Benko, 1965 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 37 moves, 1-0

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

A Nikolic brilliancy.
P Nikolic vs M Gurevich, 1993 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

A brilliant Evan's Gambit, wow!
Hector vs M Antonsen, 2010 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

whew!!
J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890  
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

A really nice combo, w/ a tasty finish.
J Lewi vs J Adamski, 1969 
(A04) Reti Opening, 29 moves, 0-1

Karpov in a BAD mood
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Where there's a will there's a Wei
Wei Yi vs Yu Yangyi, 2017 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 64 moves, 1-0

Really nice technique
Anand vs S A Butt, 1987 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Wow...great fighting game...entertaining
Euwe vs Lasker, 1934 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 0-1

Bobby! Bobby!
E Nash vs Fischer, 1956 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 48 moves, 0-1

good game
Burn vs J Mieses, 1889 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 17 moves, 1-0

what a fight!
Lasker vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 103 moves, 1/2-1/2

a category 10 brilliancy
Aronian vs Anand, 2013 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 0-1

Short and sweet
J Mason vs Chigorin, 1889 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 1-0

one of a kind
Vaganian vs Kupreichik, 1974 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

I used to think Shirov was exciting, but this maniac....
Shirov vs Vyzmanavin, 1994 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 49 moves, 0-1

Why we love Rubinstein
Rubinstein vs Hromadka, 1923 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1-0

Great game and good kibitzing
Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Can I spell "relentless"?
Przepiorka vs G Patay, 1926 
(B06) Robatsch, 26 moves, 1-0

M. Tal! Relentless attack.
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

RJF makes the WB bad, the rest is brilliant technique
Saidy vs Fischer, 1964 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 56 moves, 0-1

logical Rubinstein
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

When World Champions collide
Euwe vs Tal, 1960 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov in a BAD mood...
Taimanov vs Lisitsin, 1949 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

Making the Botvinnik var of the Slav exciting.
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Serper sacs everything in his immortal game!
Serper vs I Nikolaidis, 1993 
(E70) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

I wonder how many would have seen the combo otb
de Firmian vs Azmaiparashvili, 1996 
(B01) Scandinavian, 47 moves, 1-0

A great fight-and why bother castling?
E Inarkiev vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2007 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 58 moves, 1-0

Played blindfold! Long live the Lowenthal.
Kramnik vs F Vallejo Pons, 2005 
(B32) Sicilian, 26 moves, 0-1

Just a nice, logical game; well played!
A Dimitrijevic vs M Sebag, 2004 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

Good game, good pun
K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 28 moves, 0-1

Having fun with the Philidor
B Bok vs R Rapport, 2014 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

Bronstein makes it seem so easy
Golombek vs Bronstein, 1954 
(E97) King's Indian, 38 moves, 0-1

Tremendous fight
Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

Euwe felt this was his best game!
Euwe vs Najdorf, 1953 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

A real masterpiece.
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Capablanca, 1928 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 18 moves, 0-1

A wonderful conception (beginning ...Qc5!)
A David vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 0-1

A game befitting a battle of Titans
Bronstein vs Tal, 1968 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 43 moves, 1-0

Terrific game. RJF!!!
Fischer vs Matulovic, 1970  
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Jobava vs Mamedyarov, 2015 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Impressively sustained initiative
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1894 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

A Carlsen original, esp. 15.Bh6!
Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 
(A05) Reti Opening, 54 moves, 1-0

A truly unique game.
Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 32 moves, 0-1

15 year old Judit !
Tolnai vs Judit Polgar, 1991 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 48 moves, 0-1

Opposite colored bishops? Not to worry...
Shirov vs Kramnik, 2015 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 76 moves, 1-0

What a king hunt!
Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015 
(B40) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Attack with the Petrov, Capablanca crumbles.
Capablanca vs S T Sharp, 1910 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 54 moves, 0-1

This is how to do it...
Topalov vs Nakamura, 2015 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 73 moves, 1-0

The Petrov has some teeth!!
Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

A Fischer original
Fischer vs Mecking, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Another original!
Fischer vs Ulf Andersson, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 43 moves, 1-0

Another 1.b3
Fischer vs Filip, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

Hou done it!
Yifan Hou vs Navara, 2016 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Spassky spanks the Nimzo-Larsen
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 25 moves, 1-0

Another day at the office for Capa
Capablanca vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1913 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 47 moves, 1-0

So you want to play the Sicilian?
M Bartel vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2015 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

Great fight, very exciting!
A Artidiello vs D Freeman, 2002 
(B01) Scandinavian, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Take your blood pressure medicine!
Kaidanov vs Bareev, 1987 
(C27) Vienna Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Another heart-stopping Vienna
Prins vs Rellstab, 1951 
(C27) Vienna Game, 41 moves, 1-0

A brilliant initiative
I Kurnosov vs V Malakhatko, 2013 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Is MVL channeling Morphy?
A Giri vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2016 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 0-1

Nice.
P W Power vs R Hart, 1983 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 27 moves, 0-1

Good one from the kid.
Shirov vs S Sevian, 2016 
(C45) Scotch Game, 46 moves, 0-1

Kasparov is a LOT more than just opening prep
Kasparov vs A Sokolov, 1988 
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Bobby Fischer!
Fischer vs Fine, 1963 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

As Fischer used to say; sac, sac, and mate!
Jobava vs M Atabayev, 2016 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1-0

pp19ff Excelling at Chess-Aagaard
Movsesian vs Kasparov, 2000 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 0-1

Anand is a "real player"(Aagaard)
Anand vs Van Wely, 2001 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

Another by S T Sharpe!
Lasker vs S T Sharp, 1905 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 43 moves, 0-1

Deservedly famous
Tylkowski vs A Wojciechowski, 1931 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Mme Chaude was very sharp
Grob vs C Chaude de Silans, 1951 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 25 moves, 0-1

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