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The 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.

One knight in Modena
C Lolli vs D Ercole Del Rio, 1755 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 0-1

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

Pin + passed pawn = promotion
Bledow vs Von Der Lasa, 1839 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 1-0

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

Mayet vs Anderssen, 1859 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 15 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

J Mieses vs Von Bardeleben, 1905 
(C13) French, 32 moves, 1-0

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

Capa wins in a jaffe
Capablanca vs C Jaffe, 1910 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

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

Spielmann vs M Walter, 1928 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 20 moves, 1-0

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

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 60 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

From four bishops to four queens
Smyslov vs Keres, 1953 
(A21) English, 92 moves, 1-0

Horseplay
V Zurakhov vs Koblents, 1956 
(C11) French, 80 moves, 1-0

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

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

What a fight!
K Funck vs B Halldorsson, 1971 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

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

A Shashin vs Korchnoi, 1973 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 35 moves, 1-0

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

A Lein vs J Barle, 1979 
(C28) Vienna Game, 42 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
DeFirmian vs P Nikolic, 1985 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

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

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

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

R Vera vs G Garcia, 1992 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

Kamsky vs Shirov, 1993 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

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

Resurrection of the queen
P Kranzl vs Blatny, 1991 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

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

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

Imbaud vs Strumilo, 1922 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

P Dubinin vs Aronin, 1947 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

Wahls vs S Bjarnason, 1985 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

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

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

Rossolimo vs I Romanenko, 1948 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

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

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

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

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

I Kurnosov vs M Dzhumaev, 2008 
(B07) Pirc, 15 moves, 1-0

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

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

Y Rusakov vs B Verlinsky, 1947 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

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

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

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

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

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

Keres vs K Richter, 1942  
(A28) English, 59 moves, 0-1

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

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

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