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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

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 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 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  
(D53) 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

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

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 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 31 moves, 0-1

Bronstein shows incredible strategy
F Zita vs Bronstein, 1946 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 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 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 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 DeFirmian, 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  
(D53) 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

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

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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