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F-pawn fracas
Greco vs NN, 1619 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

"The Immortal Game"
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

"The Evergreen Game"
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

"The Opera Game"
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Everything en prise to win
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

"The Pipe Game"
Marshall vs Burn, 1900  
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

The greatest move?
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

A Benko Gambit fore-runner
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

Central pawn avalanche
Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1922 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

"The Immortal Zugzwang Game"
Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923  
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1

"The Polish Immortal"
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

An Olympiad brilliancy prize
Stahlberg vs Alekhine, 1930 
(E23) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann, 31 moves, 0-1

Storming the barricades
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 26 moves, 1-0

The Botvinnik Variation
Denker vs Botvinnik, 1945 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 0-1

A brilliant Italian Game in Venice
Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

"The Game of the Century"
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

Beating the Dragon 101
Fischer vs Larsen, 1958 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Good enough for a Bond film
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

David downs Goliath in a model Benoni
J Penrose vs Tal, 1960 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 39 moves, 1-0

Samisch steamroller
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

Dubious pawn sacrifice leads to usual Tal fireworks
Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

The Patriarch on steroids
Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

When hypermodernism goes wrong
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

Spassky squashed
Spassky vs Tal, 1973 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 38 moves, 0-1

Asphyxiated
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

Miles wins with the Miles Variation
Miles vs Spassky, 1978  
(E12) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

Psychology in chess
Karpov vs Miles, 1980  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 46 moves, 0-1

Karpov's revenge
Seirawan vs Karpov, 1982 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

An instructive pawn sacrifice
E Torre vs Spassky, 1982 
(E13) Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

Mutual mistakes in a sharp King's Gambit
Spassky vs Karpov, 1982 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 84 moves, 1-0

Second to Nunn
Beliavsky vs Nunn, 1985 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 0-1

A Knight to remember
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

A tale of two Kings
Spassky vs Seirawan, 1985 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 1-0

A textbook KID hack-attack
Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1991 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 31 moves, 0-1

"The Return of the King"
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 50 moves, 1-0

Miniature win with the Evans Gambit
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

Route-one chess
Judit Polgar vs Adams, 1999 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 45 moves, 0-1

"The Alterman Wall"
B V Alterman vs Deep Fritz, 2000 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 87 moves, 1-0

A model game in the Dutch
P J Sowray vs R Pert, 2005 
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

"Anand's immortal"
Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1

A Dutch surprise
I Sokolov vs S Williams, 2006 
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

Reviving an ancient opening
Short vs Fressinet, 2010 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

No-nonsense chess beats the North Sea Defence
Adams vs Carlsen, 2010 
(B06) Robatsch, 38 moves, 1-0

An Englishman wins in London with the English
McShane vs Carlsen, 2010 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 1-0

A Williams upset with the Dutch
R Wojtaszek vs S Williams, 2011 
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 20 moves, 0-1

Caro-Kann miniature
Shirov vs Anand, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 17 moves, 0-1

Shocking with the Smith-Morra
M Esserman vs Van Wely, 2011 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 26 moves, 1-0

Kasparov given Short shrift
Short vs Kasparov, 2011 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

Unexpected Queen trap
Anand vs Gelfand, 2012 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

A powerful exchange sacrifice
Aronian vs McShane, 2012 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

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