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Nataf Born
I A Nataf vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2006 
(B50) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

54...? Sunday puzzle
S Megaranto vs O Barbosa, 2012 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 0-1

Efimeral Advantage
Geller vs Karpov, 1976 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 1-0

Bologan's Immortal
Kotronias vs Bologan, 2007 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 55 moves, 0-1

16?
J A Curdo vs J Fried, 1993 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 19 moves, 1-0

28?
R Beyen vs Filip, 1971 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

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

Forced His Hand
Short vs I Cheparinov, 2008 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 72 moves, 1-0

Reti When You Are!
Reti vs P Romanovsky, 1925 
(A15) English, 47 moves, 1-0

21? Wednesday puzzle
Tal vs NN, 1973 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 26 moves, 1-0

40...? Friday puzzle
I Kurnosov vs Topalov, 2012 
(B30) Sicilian, 42 moves, 0-1

Walkin' Tal
Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

Passing the Torch
Yifan Hou vs Judit Polgar, 2012 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

23? Tal puzzle
Tal vs Unzicker, 1960 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 25 moves, 1-0

19? Sunday puzzle, queen sac in a najdorf
H Asauskas vs V Malisauskas, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

E MacDonald vs Burn, 1910 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 49 moves, 0-1

21? Friday puzzle
Keres vs V Petrov, 1940 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Skull full of mush
Capablanca vs C F Haussmann, 1918 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

Rojahn, Gosh
Bronstein vs E Rojahn, 1956 
(C58) Two Knights, 38 moves, 1-0

21? Sunday puzzle
Polugaevsky vs Smyslov, 1979 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

La Nina
N Pogonina vs V Gunina, 2012 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

40? Tuesday puzzle
Tan Zhongyi vs V Cmilyte, 2011 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 42 moves, 1-0

"I Play Against Pieces" A tremendous win by Gilgoric over Tal!!
Tal vs Gligoric, 1968 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

35...? Cute knight fork!
Uhlmann vs L Espig, 1978 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 36 moves, 0-1

La Regina Della Notte (also includes great chess stories!)
Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 1-0

Navara's Novotny 31 Rc1-c6!!
Navara vs A Dergatschova-Daus, 2007 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

25? Friday puzzle
Karjakin vs E Alekseev, 2007 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1-0

20? Sunday puzzle. Brilliant sicilian play!
Kupreichik vs G Danner, 1966 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1-0

Cyborspace
L Cyborowski vs A Gasik, 2005 
(B53) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

28? Great Puzzle!
A Jankovic vs V Nedilko, 2012 
(D90) Grunfeld, 29 moves, 1-0

Kostrophobia!!
J Kostro vs Sliwa, 1959 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 28 moves, 1-0

31? More Nezh please!
Nezhmetdinov vs E Paoli, 1954 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 27 moves, 1-0

42? Absolutely insane!
M Bluebaum vs V Fedoseev, 2012 
(A90) Dutch, 47 moves, 1-0

22? Play like Carlsen!
Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

18? Mating on the diagonals
Savon vs H Ree, 1965 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 21 moves, 1-0

Fleetwood Mac
D Fleetwood vs I Mackintosh, 2006 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

Spassky takes down the Maroczy bind
Furman vs Spassky, 1957 
(A04) Reti Opening, 23 moves, 0-1

19? Great puzzle!
Stein vs Portisch, 1962 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 21 moves, 1-0

A Nightmare on Elm Street
H Zollner vs W Elm, 1934 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 39 moves, 1-0

You gotta have NERVES of STEEL in chess!!!
R Steel vs NN, 1886 
(C25) Vienna, 26 moves, 1-0

15?
Hort vs I Radulov, 1974 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 17 moves, 1-0

No mere mortal can resist
T van de Berkmortel vs Bronstein, 1993 
(A69) Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line, 29 moves, 0-1

Bronstein's pawnless masterpiece
Bronstein vs K Darga, 1964 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 1-0

22? Kaspy puzzle!
Kasparov vs G Hjorth, 1980 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 1-0

Honey, I blew up the KID!
Letelier vs Najdorf, 1954 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

THE Mona Lisa!
Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 32 moves, 0-1

A not so obvious finish to an attack, Bxh6!
Letelier vs Najdorf, 1964 
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 18 moves, 1-0

double bishop sac
Alekhine vs J Drewitt, 1923 
(A06) Reti Opening, 22 moves, 1-0

24? Judit puzzle!
V Ruban vs Judit Polgar, 1993 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

School of hard nakas
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2014 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 61 moves, 0-1

Persson of Interest
T Hillarp Persson vs Hector, 2014 
(A09) Reti Opening, 33 moves, 1-0

14? Gata-level tactic!
Potkin vs Kamsky, 2010 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 24 moves, 0-1

On Pins and Needles
G Chandler vs R Kynoch, 1981 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

So you think you kan dance?
F Alvarez vs Karpov, 1972 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 30 moves, 0-1

Judit's kann opener
Judit Polgar vs A S Rasmussen, 2013 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

The Dark Knight Rises
D Daniuszewski vs A Chepurnov, 1909 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 0-1

25? Anand puzzle
Anand vs Timman, 2004 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 29 moves, 1-0

Shirov and the Greek Gift
Shirov vs D Reinderman, 1999 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

20? Hard Sebag puzzle
A Dimitrijevic vs M Sebag, 2004 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

That's some Fine play!!
Fine vs Dake, 1933 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

47? Sunday Puzzle -- Karpov beats Kasparov
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

This Board Was Made For Walk-King Great Game!
I Cheparinov vs Sutovsky, 2013 
(D85) Grunfeld, 33 moves, 1-0

Can't Minic This
Minic vs Fischer, 1970 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 34 moves, 0-1

51?
Svidler vs A Korotylev, 2004 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 62 moves, 1-0

41. Qxd4? BIG Tactical miscue...threat similar to WCC 2014 gm2
Morozevich vs E Inarkiev, 2014 
(D36) Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hao's King walk a la Short-Timman
Wang Hao vs Bologan, 2014 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 1-0

Pawns go first
E J Diemer vs T Heiling, 1984 
(B07) Pirc, 45 moves, 1-0

Taim the Tiger
Taimanov vs Petrosian, 1953 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 40 moves, 1-0

The Sultan of Suat
S Atalik vs Sax, 1997 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

20? Discovered puzzle!
Negi vs E Grivas, 2008 
(C10) French, 29 moves, 1-0

Fast Lerner!
Kharlov vs K Lerner, 1992 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 22 moves, 0-1

41? Even Super-GMs blunder!
Topalov vs Anand, 2004 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 42 moves, 0-1

Torn Apartsev
Apartsev vs I Zaitsev, 1963 
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

dream weaver
W Adams vs S Bernstein, 1936 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 24 moves, 1-0

30? don't get the mate wrong
Shirov vs K Spraggett, 2005 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 32 moves, 1-0

23? Another smothered mate!
Balanel vs A Pytlakowski, 1951 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 24 moves, 0-1

English Defense line
Browne vs Miles, 1978 
(A10) English, 28 moves, 1-0

Scotch on the Rocks
Bondarevsky vs Bronstein, 1945 
(C47) Four Knights, 44 moves, 0-1

Caruana Grande!
Caruana vs Karjakin, 2014 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 71 moves, 1-0

Columbo Game
W Wolthuis vs C H Alexander, 1946 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 25 moves, 1-0

47? Good puzzle
Kotronias vs F Vallejo Pons, 2009 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Wei to Go!!!!
Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

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

Bronstein and Tal!? Of course!
Bronstein vs Tal, 1968 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 43 moves, 1-0

31.? Good Robson Puzzle
Robson vs M Arnold, 2013 
(B32) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

42? Sunday puzzle!
Rublevsky vs P Smirnov, 2013 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 63 moves, 1-0

Dzin and Tonic
K Grigorian vs Dzindzichashvili, 1969 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 14 moves, 0-1

28? Great game by Karpov!!
Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1993 
(A28) English, 40 moves, 0-1

a draw!???
O'Kelly vs J Penrose, 1962 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

fun attacking chess
A Huss vs E Lobron, 1985 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 45 moves, 0-1

20? Master Lasker shows us all
W L Washburn vs Lasker, 1907 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 21 moves, 0-1

Joba the Hurt!
Jobava vs Carlsen, 2005 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

Play that Funcky Music White Boy - A great fight!
K Funck vs B Halldorsson, 1971 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Karpov and 2 rooks and pawns vs queen
Karpov vs Anand, 1998 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 108 moves, 1-0

Big Mac Attack!
G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1872 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 20 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik and Paid For
Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

The Battle of Hastings
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

The Petrosian Endgame
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

Bachiller Party
Fischer vs J L Garcia Bachiller, 1970 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 26 moves, 1-0

Nock, Nock, Naka on Levon's Door
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2012 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 0-1

The Dresden (Tarrasch) trap
Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 18 moves, 1-0

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