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Ed Frank's favorite games
Compiled by Ed Frank
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A mix of brilliant games that inspire me to improve my chess.

The Ode On a Grecian Urn of chess games.
R Fontaine vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2007 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 39 moves, 0-1

Pure genius.
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

A game of incomparable beauty by Ivanchuk.
Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1991 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Beautifully played QGD by Fischer. Not a move wasted.
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

One of the greatest queen sacrifices I've ever seen.
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Alekhine displays unearthly tactical genius.
Alekhine vs C H Alexander, 1936  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Unreal queen sacrifice and a killer knight.
Dusan Rajkovic vs Z Jeraj, 1989 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1-0

Alekhine destroys Fletcher with a beautiful ending combo.
Alekhine vs A Fletcher, 1928 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 32 moves, 1-0

Tal is the man.
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk is an alien.
Ivanchuk vs Jobava, 2010 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

Kamsky redefines brutality in this explosive game.
Kamsky vs Mamedyarov, 2013 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Intensely beautiful game by Smyslov.
Smyslov vs V Liberzon, 1968 
(A25) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Nerves of steel and brilliant play from Carlsen.
Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2011 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Tal is god.
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

Killer attack and creative genius by Judit Polgar.
Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 23 moves, 1-0

Mikhail Tal with a devastating, genius attack.
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Flawless Sicilian Dragon from Carlsen.
L Dominguez vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 54 moves, 0-1

Bullet chess genius.
Schmaltz vs R Har-Zvi, 2001 
(C25) Vienna, 24 moves, 0-1

Unbelievable tactical finishing sequence.
Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Positional wizardry by Alekhine.
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

Tactical fireworks.
Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015 
(B40) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Brilliance by Karpov.
Karpov vs Sax, 1983 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

Sick sacrifices leading into a fatal ending combination.
Merian vs Steinitz, 1884 
(C45) Scotch Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Topalov has serious guts. Amazing play here.
Kharlov vs Topalov, 2004 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

A devastating attack by Magnus Carlsen.
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

The original Marshall attack! An epic battle.
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

Excellent rook sacrifice and attack by Anand.
Anand vs I Sokolov, 1992 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 26 moves, 1-0

Excellent attack by Larsen!
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Endgame genius by Carlsen.
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2013 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 92 moves, 1-0

Beautifully conducted game by Caruana with accurate piece sac.
Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 1-0

Killer attack from the always entertaining Nakamura.
Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A14) English, 28 moves, 0-1

Creative anarchy and energy from Maxime.
M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren, 2013 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Incredible combination.
Grischuk vs A Filippov, 2014 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Awesome tactical killer move by Carlsen.
J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 0-1

Karjakin finishes off Kosteniuk with beautiful tactics.
Karjakin vs Kosteniuk, 2003 
(B32) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

Killer tactical sacrifice by Lagrave.
A David vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 0-1

Brilliant tactical vision by Aronian.
Aronian vs Caruana, 2015 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

Tal wins with an elegantly brutal display of tactics.
J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 20 moves, 0-1

A perfect example of Karpov's positional genius.
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

An attack of great beauty.
D Norwood vs A Maier, 1989 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

Positional and endgame prowess by Kramnik.
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(C42) Petrov Defense, 65 moves, 0-1

Excellent defense and counterattack by Caruana!
Caruana vs G Meier, 2014 
(C11) French, 38 moves, 1-0

Insanity.
Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 
(B32) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Awesome tactical finish by Karpov.
Timman vs Karpov, 1984 
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 0-1

Incredible attacking chess by Caruana.
Caruana vs Svidler, 2014 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Karpov smashes Yusupov with genius strategy and initiative.
Karpov vs Yusupov, 1988 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1-0

Karpov demolishes Topalov.
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Excellent attack by Tal!
Tal vs Gufeld, 1968 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

Unbelievable finish arising from a rook sac.
J Enevoldsen vs Nimzowitsch, 1933 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Queen sacrifice, a brilliant tactic, and a flawless finish.
D Baramidze vs Akobian, 2013 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 47 moves, 0-1

Aronian skillfully defeats Naka's dutch defense.
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2012 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 59 moves, 1-0

Topalov is a genius.
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

A supreme tactical shot by Kasparov shuts down Karpov.
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Awesome knight sacrifice leads to demolition of Black position.
Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Very nice dismantling of King's Indian.
Botvinnik vs V Breitman, 1931 
(E72) King's Indian, 23 moves, 1-0

Tal demolishes Petrosian.
Tal vs Petrosian, 1974 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

Prime skill by Fischer.
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 74 moves, 0-1

Best draw I've ever watched live.
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Inspiring and elegant two-front play in the Ruy Lopez.
W G Addison vs Fischer, 1963 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 0-1

Immaculate play culminating with queen sacrifice.
Fischer vs Tal, 1961 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Baadur Jobava shutting down his opponent with crazy play.
Jobava vs B Savchenko, 2014 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Instructive technique from Carlsen.
Gelfand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 0-1

Flawless endgame by Carlsen.
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2011 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 80 moves, 0-1

Sick tactics by Wei Yi.
Wei Yi vs Zhou Jianchao, 2013 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 1-0

Creative devastation by Fischer.
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Unbelievable draw by Emanuel Lasker.
Lasker vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 103 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ultimate battle between Anand and Carlsen.
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 0-1

Best king walk ever?
Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 48 moves, 1-0

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