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Positional Games
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Space, Pawn Structure, Open File, N vs B
Schlechter vs H Caro, 1898
(C42) Petrov Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

2 Bishops; doubled g pawns
Gurgenidze vs Keres, 1957 
(E13) Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line, 38 moves, 0-1

Exploitation of c-file and long dark diagonal
O Storchenegger vs P Clemance, 1978 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 25 moves, 0-1

Structural counterpart to (3)
L Langner vs S Benderac, 2003 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 38 moves, 1-0

Space, outposts
Lasker vs Von Bardeleben, 1889 
(B06) Robatsch, 47 moves, 1-0

Also Zugzwang & Mating Pattern
Karpov vs V Malaniuk, 1988 
(A87) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

Attacking the dark squares (ends with Zugzwang)
Grischuk vs Gelfand, 2010 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

IQP play
Capablanca vs Rubinstein, 1928 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 1-0

Doubled pawns and the weak squares they create
Kasparov vs G Voulgaris, 1996 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 24 moves, 1-0

Space, Restriction, and 2 Bishops
Hort vs V Ciocaltea, 1973 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

Accumulating small advantages
Kramnik vs Leko, 2001 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 51 moves, 1-0

Space
Fressinet vs D Jere, 2014
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 1-0

Q-side space and 2 Bishops
F Rayner vs Sadler, 2014 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 66 moves, 0-1

Prophylaxis, a-pawn target, maneuvering
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 38 moves, 1-0

Space, endgame play, Rooks, pawn structure
Taimanov vs Matulovic, 1970 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 1-0

Exploitation of weak e3-square
A Dimitrijevic vs M Sebag, 2004 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

Knight outposts, weak pawns, targets
H K Mattison vs Nimzowitsch, 1929  
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 23 moves, 0-1

Weakened pawn structure
S Zierk vs Akobian, 2012 
(B07) Pirc, 40 moves, 0-1

Exchanging into superior endgame
Nisipeanu vs D Wagner, 2014
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 48 moves, 1-0

Destroying a big centre
Sliwa vs Pachman, 1956
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 28 moves, 0-1

Space and little pawn centre
Tarrasch vs Schlechter, 1894 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1-0

Philidor Space Advantage
Kasparov vs T Georgadze, 1979 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Open File
A Ribera Arnal vs Capablanca, 1929 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

Q-side pawn majority
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

Development, c7-weakness, isolated pawn - N sac, back rank
Rossolimo vs A Dunkelblum, 1950 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

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

B makes weakening pawn moves; NvB and open file
Alekhine vs Yates, 1922  
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Characteristic play for this variation
Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 1-0

Bishops of opposite colour; Open file
Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1910  
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

Kramnik Krushes
Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2001 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Play against a backwards pawn; f7-sac
Martinez Martinez vs J Converset, 1994 
(E61) King's Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

The Two Knights Triumphant!
Bareev vs Grischuk, 2006 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 32 moves, 0-1

Eliminating the IQP for open lines
P H Nielsen vs Sadvakasov, 2002 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

Q-side minority attack
Ivkov vs Fischer, 1966 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 42 moves, 0-1

A Kasparov squeeze in KID exchange
S Danailov vs Kasparov, 1980 
(E92) King's Indian, 30 moves, 0-1

Early ...c6 and ...Qb6, nab the 2 Bishops and crush the London!
T Spanton vs B Munguntuul, 2014 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

Space & K-side Light Squares
Smyslov vs Simagin, 1967 
(A04) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

KID Tetris
Nakamura vs McShane, 2009 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 55 moves, 0-1

Simplify into a KP Ending when up a pawn
Tal vs Ivkov, 1974 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 37 moves, 1-0

Classic Svidler
Svidler vs Jobava, 2015 
(C10) French, 66 moves, 1-0

Knight Maneuvering Against Weaknesses
G Barcza vs Soos, 1962 
(A05) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 1-0

Attacking with the IQP (Like Grischuk - Gelfand)
Kasparov vs S Begun, 1978 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 24 moves, 1-0

Fischer KID
Szabo vs Fischer, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 24 moves, 0-1

Black gets Zugzwanged
Anand vs Van Wely, 1997 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

Controlling e5 in the Dutch
Schlechter vs W John, 1905 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

Knights vs Bishops, Kingside Space, Doubled Pawns
Staunton vs Bristol, 1841 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

Akobian Game
Akobian vs Fressinet, 2009
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Kramnik Catalan
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 30 moves, 1-0

Pianissimo
J Mason vs Gunsberg, 1889 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 29 moves, 0-1

Space
R Polaczek vs A Antoniou, 2007 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

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