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Lesser-known Beauties
Compiled by Bubo bubo
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The third league so to say: beautiful games which are not popular enough to call them even a B-list celebrity.

McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 48 moves, 0-1

Positional Q-sac
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 0-1

Devastating diagonal attack
J Schulten vs Kieseritzky, 1851 
(B20) Sicilian, 26 moves, 0-1

Blackburne vs Grube / Burnett, 1871  
(C25) Vienna, 36 moves, 1-0

A nice Giuoco piano
Schiffers vs Harmonist, 1887 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 28 moves, 1-0

Knight-in-the-box
Marshall vs W Napier, 1898 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 52 moves, 1-0

Bothersome bishops!
D Hermann vs Charousek, 1896 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

Defensive masterpiece
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

J Kotrc vs Weigl, 1912 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

Kraussold vs Volt, 1921 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 34 moves, 0-1

This is not Legal!
Imbaud vs Strumilo, 1922 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

Tartar Build Up
N Kosolapov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1936 
(C47) Four Knights, 24 moves, 0-1

R+B vs Q (and useless R)
Y Gusev vs E Auerbach, 1946 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

General Pratten
Maczynski vs W Pratten, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

Another early double polygamy
I Johannsson vs Z Nilsson, 1954 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 0-1

Taimanov vs Polugaevsky, 1960 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Cherepkov vs Bronstein, 1961 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 0-1

Rossolimo vs Livingstone, 1961 
(B01) Scandinavian, 28 moves, 1-0

N Bakulin vs Bronstein, 1965 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

La Regina Della Notte
Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 1-0

Tal in Tallin
Tal vs A Vooremaa, 1971 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs Gipslis, 1972 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 47 moves, 0-1

This is 1973, not 1873!
Zaturian vs Senij, 1973 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 1-0

Tal vs W R Chandler, 1974 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

Taimanov vs A Shashin, 1978 
(A04) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

E Formanek vs Bradford, 1979 
(C02) French, Advance, 34 moves, 0-1

D Barua vs Korchnoi, 1982 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 54 moves, 1-0

B+N+4P win against Q+R
Igor Ivanov vs V Zaltsman, 1983 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 1-0

The Bonfire of Tunis
de Firmian vs P Nikolic, 1985 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

A A R Afifi vs Beliavsky, 1985 
(A13) English, 23 moves, 0-1

Thoren in the Side
P Thoren vs P Lacko, 1987 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Salov, 1987 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 59 moves, 1-0

G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

Hi Ploy
Hoi vs Gulko, 1988  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Vigorous attack and uncommon mate
V Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

Another Zugzwang Game
Tal vs F Reinemer, 1992 
(A80) Dutch, 32 moves, 1-0

D Norwood vs S Marsh, 1992 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Serper vs I Nikolaidis, 1993 
(E70) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Another attacking king
Van Wely vs S Kindermann, 1994 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

The Sultan of Suat: double R-sac
S Atalik vs Sax, 1997 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

The double R-sac again
T Wall vs D Ippolito, 1998 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Bischoff's Bishop
K Bischoff vs J Nogueiras, 1998 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 40 moves, 1-0

Slim to Nunn
Nunn vs I A Nataf, 1999 
(B32) Sicilian, 28 moves, 0-1

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

Two white queens en prise - simultaneously!
L Trent vs D Tan, 2002 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Kharlov vs Topalov, 2004 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

M Vachier-Lagrave vs Kosteniuk, 2008 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 85 moves, 1-0

Svidler vs V Malakhov, 2009 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

K Haznedaroglu vs J Isaev, 2010 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 22 moves, 0-1

Denis the Menace
D Khismatullin vs I Kurnosov, 2011 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

L Javakhishvili vs R Edouard, 2015 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 0-1

Svidler vs D Khismatullin, 2015 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 29 moves, 0-1

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