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Aritra Chatterjee's favourite games
Compiled by Aritra Chatterjee

Some of my favourite games- brilliant, fascinating or crazy games which I like for some reason or other (in no specific order)...

smoking is prohibited, better watch your king!
Marshall vs Burn, 1900  
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

checkmate with 6 knights....what the........
Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 155 moves, 0-1

you Prat, you think I wouldn't spot a simple 10-move mate?
Alekhine vs M Prat, 1913 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

215 moves, ending in stalemate.....nice
Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2007 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 215 moves, 1/2-1/2

q-sac, mating net, brilliant
J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890  
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

take a bow nezhy
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

mate net with rooks, bishops, set up by q-sac
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

the game itself is a piece of gold!
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

andy on fire......superb game
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

beautiful smothered mate.........and what an attack!
E Terpugov vs Petrosian, 1957 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 0-1

powerful queen sacrifice followed by neat intermezzo
Kamsky vs Kramnik, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

great endgame...spectacular save
Yates vs Marshall, 1929 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

the pin is mightier than the sword....nice way to prove that
Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

amazin' swindle...old chiggy must have been astounded
Chigorin vs Schlechter, 1905 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

13-year-old bobby plays a stunner
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

double murder at the opera
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

three spectacular moves, and white is is in zugzwang
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

petrosian knockout thunder
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

28...Qf4! and 30...Qf2! lead to beautiful back rank mate
Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1970 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 30 moves, 0-1

nice endgame ending in zugzwang
Short vs Kasparov, 1989 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 103 moves, 0-1

najdorf sacrifices 4 pieces, anything for the king
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

sacrifices under mate-threats: evergreen
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

OMG....too many captures without developing!
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

271 moves...mate with 5 bishops...hilarious!!
Rybka vs Nakamura, 2008 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 255 moves, 0-1

shortcut route from draw to mate
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

two beautiful moves finish white off neatly
Ljubojevic vs Miles, 1980 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 0-1

take the queen.....I said TAKE THE QUEEN you $#!***...
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

no, no, no and no, I WON'T, repeat WON'T, let you in
A Kosten vs R Zelcic, 1992 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

incredible...that pretty much sums it all up
Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

post man's next stamp is a black rook.....check out why
A E Post vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 98 moves, 1/2-1/2

wanna mate me?? just you try it...
S Boyd vs T Glimbrant, 1992 
(C49) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

amazing central pawn storm
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886  
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 0-1

hey there white queen! no use just sitting something
A Petrosian vs L Hazai, 1970 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

oi! don't start attacking! I am only half developed!!
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

an invalid pin never wins
Fischer vs Tal, 1961 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Precise technique by Korchnoi!
Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 33 moves, 0-1

a trapped rook? disadvantage?? not really
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 74 moves, 0-1

I'm not finished yet, uncle Vicky
Korchnoi vs Fischer, 1970  
(E97) King's Indian, 31 moves, 0-1

not Bobby's best, still too good for Petrosian
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1970  
(E77) King's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

RJF is just a class apart...
Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

evans gambit has never been finer
Fischer vs Fine, 1963 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

oh I really have to take that irritating woman?!
Portisch vs L Lengyel, 1964 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

insane game....yet one of the greatest
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

blundering against fischer...need I say the result?
Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1970  
(C15) French, Winawer, 29 moves, 1-0

king is enough compensation for queen, I daresay?!
Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

spooky Qb6 followed by spectacular Qh6....brilliant
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1968 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 35 moves, 1-0

excellent windmill, I'm certain it could grind wheat
Carlos Torre vs Lasker, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

take my queen, I am going to take yours anyway
Morphy vs NN, 1858 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

is Chuky man or machine?!
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

poor much pressure on one piece
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

really good queen sacrifice and rolling rooks corridor mate
J Augustin vs Nunn, 1977 
(C26) Vienna, 33 moves, 0-1

castling usually keeps the king safe....not here though
Reti vs Capablanca, 1928 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 18 moves, 0-1

thrilling pawn race and too many promotions
Marshall vs G Marco, 1904 
(C45) Scotch Game, 76 moves, 1-0

shame on black queen, cannot handle three small pawns
Janowski vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

whoa, take it easy ladies; too much squabbling among you
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

tha' was one nasty pawn and two monster rooks
Von Bardeleben vs Alekhine, 1908 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

so THAT'S why (old) chess computers are out of business
Bronstein vs M20, 1963 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Delaireous game....
H Delaire vs NN, 1901 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

unusual opening terminates in beautiful sacrifice
M Hancas vs E G Reicher, 1987 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 0-1

poor Gerusel has to endure Lombardment!!!
M Gerusel vs Lombardy, 1957 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 18 moves, 0-1

pseudo-rook sac leads to crushing win
Kasparov vs Speelman, 1989 
(B06) Robatsch, 25 moves, 1-0

astounding queen sac to gain a dangerous initiative
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

the old Lasker trap.... just never gets old!
W B Wright vs R Finegold, 1990 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 15 moves, 0-1

beautiful game..."the swindle of the century"...
Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

risky q-sac, crushing attack - all in a day's work for Tal!
R Toran Albero vs Tal, 1961 
(A21) English, 25 moves, 0-1

maybe white should've considered developing a piece.....
Beliavsky vs Nunn, 1985 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 0-1

how is it again that you ignore material losses?!
NN vs B F Winkelman, 1945 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 14 moves, 0-1

black army finishes 6 ranks away from their dead king!!
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

sudden q-sac for brilliant mate
Kavalek vs W Pietzsch, 1967 
(A22) English, 30 moves, 1-0

great attacking game by virtually unknown player
Liu Wenzhe vs J H Donner, 1978 
(B07) Pirc, 20 moves, 1-0

Genius...sacrificing into a draw against ALEKHINE
Alekhine vs M Fox, 1924 
(C01) French, Exchange, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

extremely weird game... and the position after move 18: LOL!!!
Nezhmetdinov vs Ujtelky, 1964 
(B06) Robatsch, 75 moves, 0-1

even Fischer makes mistakes, but imagination prevails
Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1970  
(B40) Sicilian, 60 moves, 1-0

"black magic" by Vishy under pressure...brilliant!
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 0-1

huh! who needs a rook to win brilliantly? not Morphy...
Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

anand almoooost produced a miracle as black...
Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 1-0

AWESOME... in a word
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

that was almost casually brilliant!
Muller vs Bayer, 1908 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

Brilliant attack by Judit in the Open Ruy Lopez
Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 23 moves, 1-0

Now that's one brave, brave King! Forth Eorlingas!
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

Where in a blue moon's atmosphere did that come from?
Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

Now that's a jaw-dropper and no mistake!
F A Hoffmann vs A Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

White pawns partying tonight oh yeeeeah!
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

Beautiful combination by Anderssen, out of the blue!
F Riemann vs Anderssen, 1876 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 16 moves, 0-1

That just... came out of nowhere! Beautiful finish.
I Berezovsky vs V Rusel, 1984 
(A15) English, 12 moves, 1-0

Attack is the best form of ignorance!
Fucini vs Olivari, 1895 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 0-1

Beautiful coordination of black pieces...
B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

19.Nb4!, 20.Qxd6, 21.Qd5!, 23.Rg8+(talk about forcing moves!)
E Korchmar vs A Poliak, 1931 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

What is not to love about this game?
A Riazantsev vs V Nevostrujev, 2002 
(E61) King's Indian, 22 moves, 0-1

M Lange vs Schierstedt, 1856 
(C25) Vienna, 21 moves, 1-0

Beautiful attack by white...
S Globus vs Gross, 1884 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

Extremely sharp game... a tiny slip by black and X-P
M Papa vs J LeBon, 1987 
(B06) Robatsch, 23 moves, 1-0

Another great attack by black in the Traxler...
Estrin vs Jiri Nun, 1965 
(C57) Two Knights, 16 moves, 0-1

That was way too much for my nerves!!!!!!!
C Van de Loo vs M Hesseling, 1983 
(C57) Two Knights, 48 moves, 1-0

a modern attacking masterpiece...
Kotronias vs Xiu Deshun, 2011 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 21 moves, 1-0

26.Nxh6! sparks a spectacular attack by Garry...
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Great attack on the castled king!
Karjakin vs V Malinin, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 1-0

absolutely brilliant move to end the game...
Janowski vs Saemisch, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Great attack by Vishy,Tal-esque in aggression and precision
Anand vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 1-0

Very sharp play by both players...
Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

Talk about unexpected!
G Bauermann vs R Butze, 1979 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 18 moves, 0-1

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