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Positional Themes
Compiled by KingG
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Exchanging opponent's bad bishop
H Kline vs Capablanca, 1913  
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 1-0

Exchanging opponent's bad bishop
Kramnik vs V Zvjaginsev, 1998 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Flohr vs Spielmann, 1931
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

Good N vs Bad B
Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1998 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 56 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs W Schmidt, 1972 
(A16) English, 38 moves, 1-0

Power of Centre
Polugaevsky vs I D Dorfman, 1978 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1918 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Romanishin vs I D Dorfman, 1978
(A15) English, 59 moves, 1-0

Unzicker vs A Planinc, 1969 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Schlechter, 1907 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Winning R + 2P for 2 pieces in hedgehog
V Mikenas vs G Lebredo, 1978
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 38 moves, 1-0

g4 against e5-f5 pawn duo
Petrosian vs Simagin, 1956 
(A53) Old Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

I Rogers vs V Johansson, 2006 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 51 moves, 1-0

Playing against Stonewall setups
Schlechter vs W John, 1905 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

File Domination
Stahlberg vs Taimanov, 1953 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Lasker vs Blackburne, 1892 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 67 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Sellman, 1885 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

Gligoric vs Filip, 1965 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

Radjabov vs Shirov, 2006 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

A Evenson vs Alekhine, 1916 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Yusupov vs S Kindermann, 1982
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

fxe3 recapture
Kasimdzhanov vs Arkell, 2003 
(C10) French, 27 moves, 1-0

a4 vs ...b5
Najdorf vs Fischer, 1966 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 31 moves, 1-0

Controlling the open file
G Sargissian vs Yu Yangyi, 2011 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 45 moves, 1-0

Control of the centre
Tarrasch vs Schlechter, 1894 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1-0

Allies vs Nimzowitsch, 1921 
(C01) French, Exchange, 46 moves, 0-1

Knight on d5 vs bad bishop
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs N Sorokin, 1931 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

Knight on d5 vs bad bishop
Fischer vs O Gadia, 1960 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 23 moves, 1-0

Creation of Good N vs Bad B
O'Kelly vs Najdorf, 1950 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 39 moves, 0-1

Creating an outpost for the knight
L Ogaard vs J Flesch, 1974 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 34 moves, 0-1

Destroying a large centre
H Scheichel vs Adorjan, 1971
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 33 moves, 0-1

Blockade of passed pawns
Gligoric vs Szabo, 1952 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 39 moves, 0-1

Passed pawn
Unzicker vs J H Donner, 1955 
(C10) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Exploiting a weak square
Tartakower vs Lasker, 1909 
(A22) English, 53 moves, 0-1

Exploiting a weak square
W Michel vs Nimzowitsch, 1931 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 48 moves, 0-1

Good knight vs bad bishop in KID
P Izmailov vs Kasparian, 1931
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 47 moves, 0-1

Stein vs Tal, 1971 
(A14) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Creating a weakness
Saemisch vs Alekhine, 1926 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1913 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

Two weaknesses
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

Exchanging
Huebner vs Gheorghiu, 1972 
(D72) Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line, 63 moves, 1-0

Kotov vs Levenfish, 1949 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Creating a hole
Kmoch vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Creating a passed pawn
Gelfand vs Korchnoi, 1994 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 37 moves, 0-1

Ivanchuk vs Anand, 1992 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 45 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Unzicker, 1970 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Flohr, 1936 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 57 moves, 1-0

Creating a Square
Lilienthal vs Keres, 1941 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 44 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1912  
(A43) Old Benoni, 32 moves, 0-1

Creating an outpost
Botvinnik vs J H Donner, 1963 
(A14) English, 31 moves, 1-0

Creating an outpost on c6
R Dautov vs Judit Polgar, 2000 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 47 moves, 1-0

Boleslavsky vs Smyslov, 1950 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

Yusupov vs Miles, 1986 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Chekhover, 1938 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 41 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

Rooks on the 7th Rank
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Retreating Bishop
Smyslov vs K Darga, 1964 
(A04) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Kholmov vs I Golyak, 1961
(B30) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 58 moves, 1-0

E Postny vs Delchev, 2013
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 27 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Dreev, 1997 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 66 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Boleslavsky, 1950 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 67 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Flohr, 1931 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

Philidor's Ring
J Bruehl vs Philidor, 1783 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

Philidor's Ring
Janowski vs Marshall, 1905 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Euwe, 1940 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 55 moves, 1-0

Adams vs Judit Polgar, 2012 
(B40) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

W Winter vs Capablanca, 1919 
(C49) Four Knights, 29 moves, 0-1

B Kostic vs Capablanca, 1919 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 0-1

Yifan Hou vs Kosteniuk, 2008 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 48 moves, 0-1

Bronstein vs Beliavsky, 1975 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Smyslov, 1947 
(A16) English, 27 moves, 1-0

Lisitsin vs Botvinnik, 1932 
(A04) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Plachetka vs Yusupov, 1982 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 0-1

A Machulsky vs Bronstein, 1973 
(C16) French, Winawer, 55 moves, 0-1

Keres vs Taimanov, 1955 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 29 moves, 1-0

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