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layson27's favorite games
Compiled by layson27
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19th Century brilliance- Morphy's Opera game
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs. Thompson- tough 1st game @ First Am. Chess Congress
Morphy vs James Thompson, 1857 
(B44) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

Morphy vs. Thompson- 2nd game (less competitive)
James Thompson vs Morphy, 1857 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 21 moves, 0-1

Morphy vs. Thompson game 3 (Interesting, modern style)
James Thompson vs Morphy, 1857 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 46 moves, 0-1

19th Century brilliance- Morphy Q sac. sets up win (resign)
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

A Morphy masterpiece at age 13
Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

19th Century brilliance- Morphy awesomeness
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Nice Morphy miniature
Morphy vs T Hampton, 1858 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

Morphy wins a positional type game
T W Barnes vs Morphy, 1858 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 0-1

Morphy wins with a great endgame
Morphy vs Harrwitz, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 48 moves, 1-0

Solid Morphy win
Morphy vs Loewenthal, 1858 
(C01) French, Exchange, 34 moves, 1-0

Another Morphy masterpiece
N Marache vs Morphy, 1857 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 0-1

interesting game
de Riviere vs Morphy, 1863 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 33 moves, 0-1

Morphy vs Paulsen, 1857 
(B40) Sicilian, 64 moves, 1-0

19th century brilliance- Anderssen's Immortal game
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

19th century brilliance- Anderssen's Evergreen game
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

19th Century brilliance- Tarrasch
Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 18 moves, 1-0

Beautiful win by Tarrasch
Tarrasch vs Mendelson, 1879 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 33 moves, 1-0

Nice Tarrasch game as black
K A Walbrodt vs Tarrasch, 1894 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 64 moves, 0-1

19th Century brilliance- Zukertort's Immortal
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Wonderful game by Bird
Bird vs J Wisker, 1873 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

nice 19th century miniature
Blackburne vs Day, 1876 
(C21) Center Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Wonderful Blackburne game
A C Vazquez vs Blackburne, 1891  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 33 moves, 0-1

Nice game by 5 time U.S. champion
Janowski vs Showalter, 1899 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 39 moves, 0-1

19th Century brilliance- Steinitz
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Steinitz capitalizes brilliantly on weak opening by opponent
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

A tactical gem from young Steinitz
Hamppe vs Steinitz, 1859 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

An early positional game
Steinitz vs Blackburne, 1876 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 1-0

Wonderful game by Steinitz
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

One of my favorites
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

A great Steinitz game
Steinitz vs Paulsen, 1870 
(C25) Vienna, 36 moves, 1-0

A great Steinitz game
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886  
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 0-1

Great Middle to endgame play by Steinitz
Steinitz vs de Riviere, 1867 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 43 moves, 1-0

cool game where Steinitz slowly builds up a huge advantage
Steinitz vs O Brook, 1875 
(C01) French, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

Spassky dominance
Estrin vs Spassky, 1951 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 0-1

Wild Spassky game at age 14
Y Gusev vs Spassky, 1951 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

Spassky brilliance
Geller vs Spassky, 1955 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 31 moves, 0-1

More brilliance by Spassky
Spassky vs Smyslov, 1953 
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 35 moves, 1-0

Yet more Spassky brilliance
Spassky vs Pilnik, 1955 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

Tactical masterpiece by Spassky
Spassky vs Taimanov, 1955 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 1-0

Nice endgame by Spassky
Spassky vs Krogius, 1958 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 50 moves, 1-0

The "From Russia with Love" game
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Masterful tactics by Spassky
Spassky vs M Shofman, 1962
(C16) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 1-0

Awesome game by Spassky
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

Nice Spassky endgame worth studying
Spassky vs Robert E Byrne, 1974 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 59 moves, 1-0

very solid play in the early middlegame
Spassky vs Pribyl, 1973 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 23 moves, 1-0

Beautiful Spassky win
Spassky vs Averkin, 1973 
(B44) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

Nice positional win
A Reshko vs Spassky, 1960 
(A16) English, 34 moves, 0-1

super combination to win game
Spassky vs Foguelman, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 32 moves, 1-0

Marshall stuns Capablanca
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1-0

A wonderful Nimzowitsch game
Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922  
(C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 1-0

Bronstein building small advantages
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

One of Bronstein's greatest games
Pachman vs Bronstein, 1946 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 31 moves, 0-1

Bronstein shows incredible strategy
F Zita vs Bronstein, 1946 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 30 moves, 0-1

Winning strategy in tight quarters
G Abrahams vs Bronstein, 1947 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 32 moves, 0-1

Fine with a beautiful win (resign) [e4]
Fine vs Botvinnik, 1938  
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 31 moves, 1-0

Simple but beautiful win by Keres
Keres vs Szabo, 1955 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

A tough win for Keres
Hort vs Keres, 1961 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 53 moves, 0-1

Chernev Instructive game
Keres vs A Tarnowski, 1952 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

Solid win by Petrosian [Chernev Instructive game]
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1961 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Positional gem by young Petrosian (age 19)
A Kalantar vs Petrosian, 1948  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Petrosian with a positional masterpiece to beat Fischer
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1959 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 31 moves, 1-0

Young Smyslov (age 14)
K Gerasimov vs Smyslov, 1935 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

Wonderful strategic game to learn from (Smyslov at 22)
Smyslov vs Kotov, 1943 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Very nice game from Smyslov
Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

An instructive win by Smyslov
Smyslov vs V Liublinsky, 1949 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 33 moves, 1-0

One great move after another
Smyslov vs Petrosian, 1967 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Incredible positional game
Botvinnik vs P Ostojic, 1969 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 46 moves, 1-0

Nice Botvinnik game
Botvinnik vs Chekhover, 1938 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 41 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik brilliance
Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Great play by Botvinnik
Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Great tactical play earns a solid win (resign) [e4]
Geller vs Dreev, 1990 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1-0

Wonderful game with great tactical play
Portisch vs de Firmian, 1989 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

A painstaking Pillsbury win showing great skill [d4]
Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury winning a tough one
Pillsbury vs J Mason, 1895  
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury dominance
Pillsbury vs Winawer, 1896 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 1-0

Great middle to end game play [Chernev Instructive game]
Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

The Pillsbury attack on display
Pillsbury vs G Marco, 1900 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

A masterpiece by 12 year old Kasparov
Lputian vs Kasparov, 1976 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

Young Kasparov
Kasparov vs Yurtaev, 1977 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 30 moves, 1-0

Beauty from young Kasparov
Kasparov vs R Akesson, 1980 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

Complex game that shows his genius
Kasparov vs G Hjorth, 1980 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 1-0

Kasparov brilliance
Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Interesting Kasparov game
Kasparov vs D Johnson, 1998
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 29 moves, 1-0

Tal with Ruy Lopez masterpiece
Tal vs Averbakh, 1961  
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 32 moves, 1-0

Nice Tal game
Tal vs Pribyl, 1973 
(A15) English, 52 moves, 1-0

Interesting game to study
Lilienthal vs Aronin, 1948 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 39 moves, 1-0

Great game with some nice tactics
M Fette vs B Perenyi, 1985 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 51 moves, 0-1

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