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Mike Steen's Favorite Games
Compiled by MSteen
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The swashbuckling games of Morphy and Anderson never go out of style, and I have to admit that tactical brilliancies are my favorites because I have a chance of understanding them. But there are many other brilliancies out there. As I continue to study and enjoy this game, I'll post my favorites--both to revisit from time to time and to share with others who may enjoy them.

The most famous single game of all time.
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Amazing tactics from a 12 year old Magnus!
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Sacrifices leading to a problem-like mate.
Carlsen vs H Harestad, 2003 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 38 moves, 1-0

This isn't chess. It's magic.
M Stean vs E Ungureanu, 1976 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 1-0

The Immortal Game
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Take a Queen. Any Queen!
L Trent vs D Tan, 2002 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Plays Anderssen like a fiddle!
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Game of the Century
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1912  
(A84) Dutch, 42 moves, 0-1

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