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The Best Chess Games (part 1)
Compiled by Dr Esenville
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The curiosity Karpov

The curiosity Karpov
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 35 moves, 1-0

The fight in the Bled
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Queen and bishops
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Best Kasparov!
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Demonstration
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Short Attack
Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1955 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

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

Three Pawns
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Roamin' Orthodox
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 66 moves, 0-1

The Fifth Queen
Beliavsky vs Taimanov, 1979 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

All the figures are under attack!
Schiffers vs Chigorin, 1878 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 1-0

Checks ended!
Botvinnik vs N Minev, 1954 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 91 moves, 1-0

Inevitable mate
F Olafsson vs Quinteros, 1974 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 20 moves, 1-0

Checkmate after 14... Be5
I D Dorfman vs Romanishin, 1977 
(B06) Robatsch, 13 moves, 0-1

The Cool Combination
Mandolfo vs Kolisch, 1858 
(000) Chess variants, 19 moves, 0-1

The Rook's Ending
Rubinstein vs Duras, 1908  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

31... Bf2# - effect checkmate!
Geller vs Spassky, 1964 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 30 moves, 0-1

The Shock Move
Portisch vs Gligoric, 1975 
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 34 moves, 1-0

Sensation victory
Capablanca vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky, 1925 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

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

Lucky Miles
S Bouaziz vs Miles, 1979 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 49 moves, 0-1

Washed Bolbochan
Julio Bolbochan vs Smyslov, 1966 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 49 moves, 0-1

Foreign counterparts
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 31 moves, 1-0

Best Bronstein!
Bronstein vs Keres, 1955 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Petrov's Immortal
F A Hoffmann vs Alexander Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

Nezhmet Kismet
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

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

Scandal in Minsk
Geller vs Anikaev, 1979 
(B83) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

"Live from Zurich!"
Tal vs D Keller, 1959 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Battle, strategically minded rook
J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

Vukovic not candidate
B Kazic vs B Vukovic, 1940 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

Seven times think, once checkmate.
Shumov vs Jaenisch, 1868 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Franklin - and naughty rascal!
Tal vs M J Franklin, 1964
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 50 moves, 1-0

Jumpy Winawer
Shumov vs Winawer, 1875 
(C48) Four Knights, 34 moves, 1-0

Flash Lasker
Schlechter vs Lasker, 1900 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 49 moves, 0-1

I have invested!
Smyslov vs Eingorn, 1988 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 46 moves, 1-0

Seventh Seal
Carlos Torre vs Lasker, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

London and Speelman
I Gurevich vs Speelman, 1992 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 34 moves, 0-1

Giuoco Fortissimo
Chigorin vs Charousek, 1896 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1-0

The Blunder
Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 40 moves, 0-1

A Thing of the Passed
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Phi Beta Capa
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Rockers
Morphy vs Mongredien, 1859 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 22 moves, 1-0

Take my wife. Please!
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Not bad!
H Bohm vs Roman Hernandez, 1979 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 12 moves, 0-1

Novo not new.
Novotelnov vs Averbakh, 1951 
(E08) Catalan, Closed, 31 moves, 0-1

The Knight
Petrosian vs Simagin, 1956 
(A53) Old Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Boris Bad and Off
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Sucker Punch
Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

Baranov is sheep
M Bonch-Osmolovsky vs B Baranov, 1953 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Thomas news
Euwe vs G A Thomas, 1934 
(D69) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 13.de, 26 moves, 1-0

Quiz on f6
J Pokojowczyk vs G Timoshchenko, 1979 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

We should look
Kiril D Georgiev vs Shirov, 1992 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 23 moves, 1-0

Antropomorphy
Saint Amant / M.F. de B vs Morphy, 1858 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

Still Got Away
Larsen vs O Castro, 1976 
(A16) English, 36 moves, 1-0

Plovdiv History
Kupreichik vs I Radulov, 1980 
(B57) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

The Brilliancy Prize
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Schlechter's Immortal
B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

Wow!!!
P Romanovsky vs Y Vilner, 1925 
(A04) Reti Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

Put for match
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1-0

Mattison and squash
Capablanca vs H K Mattison, 1929 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 20 moves, 1-0

Siegen everywhere
Unzicker vs O Sarapu, 1970 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 19 moves, 1-0

Cut the Hair of Samsonov
Samsonov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1929 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 15 moves, 0-1

Rated G
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

Rare stalemate
Y Nikolaevsky vs Taimanov, 1967 
(A10) English, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

92... Kf3 93. Qd3! - stalemate
Matulovic vs Botvinnik, 1970 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 92 moves, 1/2-1/2

Moscow Chess
Spassky vs Keres, 1961 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Oh!
Huebner vs Adorjan, 1980 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Could not resist!
Marshall vs Lasker, 1924 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Cook Bronstein
Bronstein vs Kholmov, 1961 
(C35) King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Supersymmetry Theory
Larsen vs Ivkov, 1967 
(A38) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

Math Lesson
Keres vs Fischer, 1962 
(B20) Sicilian, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marinated Nolde
Schiffers vs Nolde, 1872 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 27 moves, 1-0

Stuffed Byrne
Robert E Byrne vs Spassky, 1974 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 56 moves, 0-1

Queen d one
Pachman vs Petrosian, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 36 moves, 0-1

Leningrad's Qualification
P Dubinin vs Aronin, 1947 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

Let's Go!
Bisguier vs Fischer, 1956 
(E78) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3, 33 moves, 1-0

Hero and Thero
P Trifunovic vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1966
(B58) Sicilian, 28 moves, 0-1

Bonus and tonus!
Quinteros vs Ribli, 1974 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 24 moves, 0-1

GB
Goglidze vs Botvinnik, 1935 
(D90) Grunfeld, 29 moves, 0-1

Giants Beat Patriots
Morphy vs T J Bryan, 1859 
(000) Chess variants, 23 moves, 1-0

Clou
Larsen vs Ljubojevic, 1975 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 27 moves, 0-1

33. Nd2!
I Radulov vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1974 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 33 moves, 1-0

Grischuk in Moscow
Grischuk vs Kharlov, 1999
(B07) Pirc, 46 moves, 1-0

Étude in g7
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Hop-hop-hop
Karpov vs Anand, 1998 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 108 moves, 1-0

This is Rodolfo
H Rossetto vs Rodolfo Cardoso, 1958 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 47 moves, 1-0

How?
F Braga vs Portisch, 1982 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 35 moves, 0-1

29. Qh7+!! Kh7 30. f6+ Kg8 31. Bh7+! Kh7 32. Rh3+ Kg8 33. Rh8#
Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1869 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 29 moves, 1-0

Petrosian loves progress
Filip vs Petrosian, 1965 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

There Hugo
F Hermann vs H Hussong, 1930 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 32 moves, 0-1

The Fatal Castle
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

No, Bareev!
Bareev vs Ivanchuk, 1994 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 31 moves, 0-1

Yes. Minic!
Minic vs K Honfi, 1966 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

James Mortified
Chigorin vs J Mortimer, 1900 
(C25) Vienna, 27 moves, 1-0

Its time
Smyslov vs Tal, 1964 
(A36) English, 72 moves, 0-1

Think Like a Grandmaster
Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 51 moves, 0-1

Giffy Hiffy
Blackburne vs H Gifford, 1874  
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Rocky Rook
Spassky vs D Ciric, 1970 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 29 moves, 1-0

No need to rock the boat
M Gurevich vs Short, 1990 
(A84) Dutch, 34 moves, 1-0

Special K
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

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