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Cabinet of Curiosities
Compiled by Bubo bubo
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These peculiar games may be mediocre, bad or even dubious, but each of them has some uncommon or even unique feature and is therefore fun to watch.

King of Steel
R Steel vs NN, 1884 
(C25) Vienna, 26 moves, 1-0

Steel king revisited
C Van de Loo vs M Hesseling, 1983 
(C57) Two Knights, 48 moves, 1-0

King hunt finished by move 11
Biegler vs Peperle, 1952 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 11 moves, 0-1

The Spurious Classic
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Queen caught by move 11
F Perrin vs NN, 1883 
(C11) French, 11 moves, 1-0

Broken mirror
Traxler vs J Samanek, 1900 
(C49) Four Knights, 16 moves, 1-0

A rainbow of minor pieces
S S Dodge vs J R Houghteling, 1905 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 16 moves, 0-1

Development is overrated?!
R Krogius vs A Ojanen, 1944 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 14 moves, 1-0

Development IS overrated!
Kujoth vs J Fashingbauer, 1950 
(B20) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

Again: Development IS overrated!
Marshall vs H Rogosin, 1940 
(B20) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

The immortal losing game
Sliwa vs Bronstein, 1957 
(A81) Dutch, 29 moves, 1-0

All black pawns on 6th row after 18...c6
Nezhmetdinov vs Ujtelky, 1964 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 75 moves, 0-1

Four pawns on the 2nd rank
F J Lee vs H Shoosmith, 1904 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 0-1

The dubious 5-queen-game
Alekhine vs NN, 1915 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 29 moves, 1-0

Five queens
Belov vs V Prohorov, 1991 
(E97) King's Indian, 82 moves, 0-1

Six queens
E Szalanczy vs Thi Mai Hung Nguyen, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Six queens again
D Anton Guijarro vs A Franco, 2011 
(A17) English, 82 moves, 1-0

Earliest double polygamy
Casper vs Heckert, 1975 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Earliest knight promotion ever?!
Wiede vs A Goetz, 1880 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 7 moves, 0-1

Three knights
L Cohen vs J C Meyer, 1972 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 57 moves, 1-0

Five Knights in Belgrade
Szabo vs Ivkov, 1964 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 93 moves, 0-1

Two consecutive N-promotions
G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1874 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 0-1

Two consecutive N-promotions again
S Schweber vs B Wexler, 1964 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 47 moves, 1-0

Habemus papam!
A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 71 moves, 1-0

Getting back the bishop pair
D Tomic vs F Winzbeck, 1993 
(B83) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0

Five (!) rooks
Serper vs C Navrotescu, 1988 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 46 moves, 0-1

Look what happens between moves 15 and 23
J Rudd vs P Roberson, 2006 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 144 moves, 1/2-1/2

A mate rather seen in problems than OTB
J Nogueiras vs M Gongora Reyes, 2001 
(A21) English, 84 moves, 1-0

The Tomb Game
B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971 
(E97) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Tomb Game revisited
Podgaets vs M Dvoretsky, 1974 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

Lazy queen
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 28 moves, 0-1

Shortest World Championship "Game"
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 0 moves, 0-1

Shortest World Championship game
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(A15) English, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Longest WC game ever, and first to end in stalemate
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 124 moves, 1/2-1/2

Longest decisive game between humans
Fressinet vs Kosteniuk, 2007 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 237 moves, 0-1

Longest game between humans
I Nikolic vs G Arsovic, 1989 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 255 moves, 1/2-1/2

Longest double-Q-sequence
Boleslavsky vs Kasparian, 1947 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 89 moves, 1-0

Most crowded pawnless endgame position ever?
S L Sergienko vs G Vescovi, 2010 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Knights to remember
W A Foldeak vs F Nagy, 1942 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 13 moves, 1-0

Cardinal sin: Greed
M Lange vs NN, 1855 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 15 moves, 1-0

Most active promoted knight: 33 moves
Antoshin vs Simagin, 1952 
(A04) Reti Opening, 89 moves, 1/2-1/2

Longest living quadrupled pawns
G M Kovacs vs R Barth, 1994 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

White knights on a1 and h1
Pillsbury vs Janowski, 1902 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 0-1

Latest capture ever?
K Rogoff vs A H Williams, 1969 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 106 moves, 1/2-1/2

Earliest 50-move-rule draw
A Filipowicz vs P Smederevac, 1966 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Decisive game w/o any capture
R Nuber vs R Keckeisen, 1994 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Three promotions and an uncommon pawnless endgame
S Volkov vs A Minasian, 2009 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 89 moves, 1/2-1/2

Mate by en-passant-capture
G Gundersen vs A H Faul, 1928 
(C02) French, Advance, 15 moves, 1-0

Both queens resurrect
L Forgacs vs Maroczy, 1902 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

Uncommon exchange: 2R vs extra Q
L Hazai vs L Karsa, 1976 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

The second stalemate in the World Championship
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

Knight buried alive
Reshevsky vs G N Treysman, 1938 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

Wall across the board
A Petrosian vs L Hazai, 1970 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Discovered check countered by a discovered check
Kamsky vs Shirov, 1993 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

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