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Attack and Defence
Compiled by hoodrobin
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A few games annotated in the book 'The Mammoth Book of Chess' (2009) by Graham Burgess. Other games I like annotated in the 2010 edition of 'The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games' (WGCG) unless otherwise indicated.


Keres vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 22 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Huebner, 1982 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 37 moves, 1-0

Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 59 moves, 1-0

Serper vs Ivanchuk, 1988 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 0-1

K Blom vs Niels Jensen, 1934 
(C10) French, 9 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1975 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 22 moves, 0-1

E Klimova-Richtrova vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1988
(B33) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs N Zubarev, 1925 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1913 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 41 moves, 0-1

Kotronias vs R Djurhuus, 1995 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 38 moves, 1-0

H Cummins vs T Clarke, 1995
(C02) French, Advance, 31 moves, 0-1

Foltys vs Keres, 1937 
(C13) French, 33 moves, 0-1

Miles vs Browne, 1982 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1-0

E E Book vs Ingerslev, 1929 
(C00) French Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

Kudrin vs H A Machado Jr, 1988 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

V Kirilov vs Furman, 1949 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 27 moves, 0-1

Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 65 moves, 1-0

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

Karpov vs Yusupov, 1988 
(D36) Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2, 43 moves, 1-0

Homework. (Notes in WGCG too).
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

Oll vs Shabanov, 1988
(B10) Caro-Kann, 36 moves, 1-0

A Sirota vs Tsukerman, 1987 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Huebner vs Korchnoi, 1995 
(C11) French, 18 moves, 0-1

Shirov vs Kramnik, 1996 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 29 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Alekhine, 1924 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 1996 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

G den Broeder vs T de Veij, 1980 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Judit Polgar vs P Nikolic, 1996
(C18) French, Winawer, 51 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Ragozin, 1947 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 33 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk vs Kamsky, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

from WGCG.
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

A look over the horizon by Capa!
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

An amusing game.
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Studying Capablanca is not optional.
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

Alekhine's storming.
Gruenfeld vs Alekhine, 1923 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

Capablanca's incredible wisdom.
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A80) Dutch, 52 moves, 1-0

26...
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

A real thriller.
Rauzer vs Botvinnik, 1933 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 29 moves, 0-1

Very instructive notes by John Nunn in WGCG.
Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 51 moves, 0-1

'Black's three pieces are stronger than the white queen'.
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Paul 'Lightning' Keres.
Keres vs Szabo, 1955 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

Hey Paul, do you like tactics?
Bronstein vs Keres, 1955 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Still learning Bobby.
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 34 moves, 1-0

Elegant Boris.
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Is the Winawer for specialists or for poets?
Fischer vs Tal, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Some Like It Postal.
A Rubezov vs G Borisenko, 1960 
(B89) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Tal in the endgame.
Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

Out of the blue.
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Not just another Tal in the endgame.
Smyslov vs Tal, 1964 
(A36) English, 72 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Not enough complications? Try CC.
Estrin vs Berliner, 1965 
(C57) Two Knights, 42 moves, 0-1

The teacher.
Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Waiting for Fischer.
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

Never play against (Fischer and) the bishop pair.
Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

Great positional understanding.
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 1-0

Here he is!
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

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

'Active prophylaxis'.
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Lputian was about 18. Kasparov had not yet turned 13.
Lputian vs Kasparov, 1976 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

That's the spirit!
Karpov vs I D Dorfman, 1976 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

New concepts.
Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

CC game.
I A Kopylov vs S Korolev, 1981 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 36 moves, 1-0

Kasparov's desire to win.
Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Theory?
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

Rome Or Death.
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

A clear comment by Nunn.
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

A superior understanding.
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 50 moves, 1-0

Pawns as bullets, Knights as rams.
Gelfand vs Anand, 1993 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 40 moves, 0-1

"Don't try this at home!"
Kamsky vs Shirov, 1993 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

Home fireworks.
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

"Random" tactics.
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B57) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Great OTB chess.
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Anand rules.
Anand vs Karpov, 1996 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

Anand docet.
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

(D85).
Gelfand vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 39 moves, 1-0

Nunn's notes.
Nunn vs I A Nataf, 1999 
(B32) Sicilian, 28 moves, 0-1

(D43).
I Sokolov vs Dreev, 2001 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

K.I.D.
Gelfand vs B Kantsler, 2001 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 34 moves, 0-1

(B17).
Anand vs Bologan, 2003 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

(D47).
Kasimdzhanov vs Kasparov, 2005 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 0-1

Nunn.
Topalov vs Aronian, 2006 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

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

Rapid birthday.
Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2008 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 49 moves, 1-0

The future WC !
Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2009 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 43 moves, 1-0

Topalov against all.
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1-0

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