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Strategic Planning
Compiled by fredthebear

See The Art of Positional Play compiled by SamAtoms1980. See Watson's Mastering the Chess Openings I, Ch. 3 compiled by tyimfi. See LibertyJack's Chess Notebook compiled by libertyjack.

Thank you Ulhumbrus! For a solid chess lesson from Capablanca, read Ulhumbrus' blogger notes to the 1919 game between Alexander and Thomas.

Thank you Chessbuzz.

Compensation: Open Lines
Matulovic vs Taimanov, 1965 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 39 moves, 0-1

Sicilian 2.c3 Alapin (B22) 1-0 Tactical pawn manipulation
G Jones vs J Reid, 2013 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 34 moves, 1-0

"The Great Pawn Wall" - Labourdonnais' strategical wonder
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

C-K Classical Var. Main lines (B19) 1-0 Brilliant tactics!!
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Sic Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern deviations (B62) 1-0 Q sac to #
Tal vs NN, 1973 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 26 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf (B90) 1-0 Battery on the half-open f-file
Zsofia Polgar vs L Schandorff, 1989 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Paulsen (B44) 0-1 N sacrifice changes everything!
B Besson vs J Geller, 2003 
(B44) Sicilian, 18 moves, 0-1

C-K: Creating Connected Passers in blindfold simul
Koltanowski vs NN, 1937 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 29 moves, 1-0

Pirc Classical, Quiet System (B08) 1-0Sacs demolish P structr
Tal vs Speelman, 1988 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Paulsen Var (B44) 1-0 Sacs open diagonal to expose K
Morphy vs F Perrin, 1857 
(B44) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24) 1-0 Victorious isolani
S Melia vs A Shyngys Kyzy, 2014 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

Spanish Exchange Alekhine Var (C68) 1-0 N on 6th, Rs penetrate
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

FR Advance Nimzowitsch Gambit (C02) 1-0 Restriction Overprotect
Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922  
(C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Morphy Def (C78) 1-0 Highly entertaining, but bizarre
Navara vs Ganguly, 2011 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Cozio Defense (C60) 1-0 Notes by JHB; h-file attack
Blackburne vs NN, 1894  
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1-0

French Classical Richter Attack (C13) 1-0 Greek gift 2x same wk
Blackburne vs NN, 1894  
(C13) French, 17 moves, 1-0

KG Falkbeer CG. Staunton Line (C31) 1-0 Tear open the diagonal
Blackburne vs NN, 1899 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

French Winawer. Advance Var (C16) 0-1 Sac to create a passer
Von Gottschall vs Tarrasch, 1888 
(C16) French, Winawer, 100 moves, 0-1

Scotch, Schmidt Var (C47) 0-1 Up the exchange, penetrate
Bird vs Lasker, 1899 
(C47) Four Knights, 58 moves, 0-1

French McCutcheon. Lasker Var (C12) 1-0 A Knight on the 6th...
Lasker vs Showalter, 1899 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 38 moves, 1-0

French Winawer. Bogoljubow Var (C17) 1-0 Alekhine's GUN
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

FR Winawer Classical (C18) 0-1Ultra centralization, Pawn roller
Hort vs Petrosian, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 48 moves, 0-1

FR Winawer. Poisoned Pawn (C18) 1-0 Surprise B sac opens chain
Stein vs Petrosian, 1961 
(C18) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65) 0-1 Bishop pair
Hannah vs Paulsen, 1862 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

3 Knights Opening: Steinitz Def. (C46) 0-1 A positional crush
S Rosenthal vs Steinitz, 1873 
(C46) Three Knights, 38 moves, 0-1

Italian Game: Hungarian Def (C50) 1-0 Breakthru to pin, win
Tarrasch vs Showalter, 1898 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

4 Knts Spanish (C49) 0-1 Strategic Masterpiece, Classic R EG
Janowski vs Rubinstein, 1907 
(C49) Four Knights, 78 moves, 0-1

French Def. Classical. Burn Var (C11) 1-0 Q beats pair of Rs
Fischer vs I Bilek, 1965 
(C11) French, 40 moves, 1-0

FR Winawer. Advance (C19) 1-0 BF has the Bishop Pair
Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

French vs KIA/Reversed Philidor (C00) 1-0 Heavy pieces action
Capablanca vs J Grommer, 1913 
(C00) French Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

French Rubinstein Capablanca Line (C10) 1-0 Cross pin focal pt.
Capablanca vs R B Estera, 1913 
(C10) French, 33 moves, 1-0

French Def: Classical (C11) 1-0 The best in simple positions
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1914 
(C11) French, 45 moves, 1-0

French Def: McCutcheon. Exchange Var (C12) 1-0 Simplify, K&P EG
Capablanca vs W P Shipley, 1924 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 34 moves, 1-0

FR McCutcheon. Exchange Var (C12) 1-0 Watch Capa climb up board
Capablanca vs Bogoljubov, 1924 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 65 moves, 1-0

Principles of Chess Strategy CD by Aleksey Bartashnikov
Leonhardt vs Burn, 1911 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

Spanish Steinitz Defense (C62) 1-0 A Knight on the 6th...
L Schmid vs Welz, 1945 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

King Pawn Game: General (C20) 1-0 Fine positional chess
Somacarana vs Cochrane, 1856 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65) 0-1 Accumulation principles
Anderssen vs Steinitz, 1866 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

This promotion is what made Petrosian fall in love with chess.
M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch Def. Classical. Carlsbad Var (D34) 1-0 N whips B EG
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

Semi-Slav, Chigorin Defense (D46) 1-0 h6 weakens 0-0 position
Pillsbury vs Winawer, 1896 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 1-0

QGD Chigorin Def. (D07) 0-1 Open lines, connected Rs penetrate
Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1921 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

QGD Exchange. Saemisch Var (D35) 0-1 Weak squares in pawn chain
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1924 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 0-1

Colle System (D05) 0-1 Lasker carefully escapes
Blackburne vs Lasker, 1899 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 0-1

Notes by R. Teichmann; direct attack on K & pressure on IQP
Lasker vs Janowski, 1895  
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Janowski's Supreme Achievement; QGD Charousek (Petrosian) Varia
Janowski vs Alapin, 1905 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 47 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld Modern Exchange Var (D85) 1-0Central agression pays!
L E Johannessen vs Nakamura, 2002 
(D85) Grunfeld, 31 moves, 1-0

Slav, Czech (D19) 1-0 Sure fire perpetual in hand
Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1984 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 33 moves, 1-0

Outposted Knight vs Bad Bishop = Slow Suffocation
Schlechter vs W John, 1905 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

QGD Baltic Defense (D02) 1-0 Shift from Qside to Kside
Akobian vs G Szabo, 1993 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

QGD Cambridge Springs Var (D52) 0-1 Thank you Ulhumbrus!
F Alexander vs G A Thomas, 1919 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 0-1

QGD Orthodox Def. Rubinstein Var (D61) 1-0 Attack Masterpiece
Rubinstein vs Teichmann, 1908 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

QGD (D30) 1-0 Famous R ending, highly annotated, photo
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

QGD Gunsberg Def (D21) 0-1 Classic K & P EG
E Cohn vs Rubinstein, 1909 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch Def. Rubinstein System (D33) 1-0 "Chess Fundamentals"
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1-0

Hanging Pawns : Classical Example
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Hanging Pawns : Playing Against
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

QP Levitsky Attack. Euwe Var (D00) 1-0 White Minority Attack
Kamsky vs S Erenburg, 2014 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Zukertort Opening: Dutch (A04) 0-1 e5 dilema, Kside attack
Albin vs Bird, 1895 
(A04) Reti Opening, 52 moves, 0-1

Watson, p. 42 "Isolated Pawns"
Yusupov vs E Lobron, 1996 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 28 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Indian Classical.Noa Var (E36) 0-1 Battery half-open file
J Aagaard vs N Miezis, 2014 
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 25 moves, 0-1

a strategic howler of major proportions
Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1989 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zukertort Opening: QG Invitation (A04) 1-0 Dbl B sac gone wrong
Burn vs Owen, 1884 
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Old Indian Def. (A53) 0-1 Control the file, rob the pin
Marshall vs Chigorin, 1906 
(A53) Old Indian, 30 moves, 0-1

Indian Game: Pyrenees Gambit (A50) 0-1 Mate threat on h-file
Kasparov vs W Cotrina, 1993 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

Very efficient model game!
Plachetka vs L Zinn, 1974 
(A04) Reti Opening, 13 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Larsen, Ringelbach Gambit (A01) 1-0 Creating connected Ps
M Jadoul vs H Froeyman, 1999 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 61 moves, 1-0

KIA/English Botvk vs Dbl Fio (A07) 1-0 White perm penetration
Tal vs Teschner, 1960 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

King's English. 4 Knts Quiet Line (A28) 0-1 Block backward pawn
Smyslov vs Romanishin, 1979 
(A28) English, 33 moves, 0-1

Connected Pawns : Nd5 knight sacrifice
O Bernstein vs Najdorf, 1954 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 37 moves, 1-0

King's Indian Attack (A07) 1-0 Simplification frees White
L Christiansen vs J Eslon, 1977
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

KIA vs. NY System (A07) 1-0 BF gains time w/pawn thrusts
Fischer vs Rodolfo Cardoso, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

How to use an isolated d pawn, by G. Kasparov
Kasparov vs N Faulks, 2003 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 40 moves, 1-0

Closed Sicilian maneuvers: Remove or allow a kNight Outpost?
I Hakki vs M Chokshi, 2004
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 58 moves, 1-0

King's English, Reversed Closed Sic; Nimzowitsch in a nutshell.
M Kobalia vs Le Quang Liem, 2011 
(A25) English, 28 moves, 0-1

Polish Opening (A00) 1-0 2 Hogs on 7th beat the outside passer
Ljubojevic vs Leonardo, 1988 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 53 moves, 1-0

Vienna Game: Anderssen Def (C25) 1-0 P levers, like clockwork
S Yusuphanova vs V Samanic, 2010
(C25) Vienna, 39 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Bird Var (C61) 1-0 BxNf6 creates corridor mate
N Folke Ekstrom vs G Carrisson, 1961 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Budapest Defense (A52) 0-1 h3 is a common blunder
Fomin vs Fedossov, 1988 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 10 moves, 0-1

Benko G. Accepted. King Walk Var (A59) 0-1 R sac, Q penetration
J Bonin vs Zsofia Polgar, 1988 
(A59) Benko Gambit, 25 moves, 0-1

Russian Game: Modern Attack (C43) 1-0 Bf6 block is coffin nails
Fischer vs E German, 1962 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Vienna Gambit. Steinitz Var (C29) 0-1 Pawn grabbing slows devel
R Steel vs Blackburne, 1882 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 17 moves, 0-1

QG Accepted: Classical Defense (D26) 0-1 Own the diagonal, file
Lasker vs Reshevsky, 1936 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

QG Declined: Lasker Defense (D53) 1-0 Marshall makes it look EZ
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1-0

Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03) 0-1 Own the open file
V Aleshnya vs J Kluegel, 1997 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

Winning Chess Brilliancies by Seirawan - Game 5
Seirawan vs Karpov, 1982 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Game 72: Bobby Fischer Rediscovered (Andy Soltis)
Matulovic vs Fischer, 1968 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik "100 Selected Games"; Winning w/the IQP
Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1936  
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Sicilian vs KIA (A04) 0-1 Bishop Pair Beats Rook Pair
O Troianescu vs Petrosian, 1953 
(A04) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 0-1

Falkbeer CG. Charousek Gambit (C31) 1-0 Exchange off attackers
Alekhine vs A Rabinovich, 1918
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 41 moves, 1-0

QP Levitsky Attack/Delayed Veresov (D00) 1-0 Exchanges B4 0-0?
I Sokolov vs Oll, 1996
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

Fischer gets a lesson-geat break-thru+ strategy by Kholmov
Fischer vs Kholmov, 1965 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 46 moves, 0-1

Two bishops are almost always superior to a rook.
Rublevsky vs K Asrian, 2004 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

The Giants of Strategy by Neil McDonald
Kramnik vs Anand, 2007 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 53 moves, 1-0

Sic Closed Chameleon Var(B23) 0-1Miniature: Hole/Smothered Mate
Marjanovic vs I Zhivanov, 1946 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 6 moves, 0-1

Czech Defense: General (B06) 1-0 Surprise, yet so obvious!
J L Arnason vs Pribyl, 1987 
(B06) Robatsch, 15 moves, 1-0

Pirc Defense / Phildor (B07) 0-1Aggressive Rook play both sides
Browne vs Gulko, 1991
(B07) Pirc, 45 moves, 0-1

English vs Hippo (A10) 1-0N sac opens diagonal for g7 crossfire
E Ghaem Maghami vs R Bancod, 2004 
(A10) English, 23 moves, 1-0

Slav Defense: Winawer CG (D10) 0-1 Zugzwang breaks White's back
Karpov vs Bareev, 1992 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 57 moves, 0-1

King's Indian Attack (A07) 1-0 Q sac for 9 pts & crossfire acti
Kasparov vs Fritz, 1992 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 54 moves, 1-0

Slav Defense (D10) 1-0 W is the aggressor after dbl Q sacs
Reshevsky vs Smyslov, 1991 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 59 moves, 1-0

Shereshevsky's Endgame Strategy Ch.2 (W centralizes K before B)
Capablanca vs Reshevsky, 1936 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 58 moves, 1-0

It is worth a pawn to get a rook on the seventh rank
G Hammond vs Morphy, 1857 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 28 moves, 0-1

Neo-Grünfeld Def: Exchange Var(D71) 0-1Black controls open file
Koltanowski vs Keres, 1955
(D71) Neo-Grunfeld, 41 moves, 0-1

Modern Chess Strategy I by Ludek Pachman
Englisch vs Steinitz, 1883 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 0-1

Michael Stean in "Simple Chess" thinks "Black dare not 13...a5"
Botvinnik vs G Szilagyi, 1966 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 37 moves, 1-0

Bogo-Indian Defense: Nimzowitsch Var (E11) 0-1 Smooth play
Khalifman vs Adams, 1990 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

Jeremy Silman's Reassess Your Chess; pg.319
Spassky vs Karpov, 1979 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

The Art of Planning by Neil McDonald, p. 66
Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 0-1

The Giants of Strategy by Neil McDonald
Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926  
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 1-0

The Giants of Strategy by Neil McDonald
Schlechter vs Nimzowitsch, 1907  
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 0-1

Pachman's Modern Chess Strategy
Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911  
(C02) French, Advance, 39 moves, 1-0

English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13) 1-0 Minority Attack
Benko vs Taimanov, 1960 
(A13) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Czech Benoni Defense (A56) 1-0 R sacs, Centralize, Connected Ps
Spassky vs Ghitescu, 1967 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Dbl Fio vs Lasker's NY System (A04) 0-1 Defend Dbl R's on file!
Dzindzichashvili vs Furman, 1972
(A04) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Game 16: The Art of Logical Thinking (Neil McDonald)
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1982 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51) 1-0 Lost tempos lose
Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1991 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

The Strategical Points: Weak Squares in the Pawn Chain
Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1921 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 1-0

Modern Chess Strategy I by Ludek Pachman
Alekhine vs C H Alexander, 1936  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10) 0-1 Occupy weak squares
A Howell Williams vs A Kosten, 1982
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 24 moves, 0-1

Best Lessons of a Chess Coach by Sunil Weeramantry
Taimanov vs Najdorf, 1953 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 43 moves, 0-1

A knight on the 6th aids/harrasses heavy pieces, wins the EG
Anderssen vs Paulsen, 1873 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 54 moves, 1-0

An amazing row of attacking moves by the young Francisco Vallej
Svidler vs F Vallejo Pons, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 0-1

Game 10. Milking the Cow from My 60 Memorable Games by B.F.
Fischer vs Unzicker, 1959 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 65 moves, 1-0

"Nothing exciting has happened but black is clearly lost."
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1913 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

Owen Defense (B00) 1-0 Pawn chain is a tough nut to crack
Capablanca vs W E Allnutt, 1911 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 63 moves, 1-0

Game 30: Richard Réti's Best Games by Golombek
Reti vs B Kostic, 1922 
(B40) Sicilian, 58 moves, 1-0

Dutch Staunton G. (A83) 1-0 Simple yet effective, intermezzo+
A Stefanova vs R Tozer, 1997 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

The Development of Chess Style by Max Euwe
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Stonewall Attack (D00) 1-0 Control the center, snip a pawn
K Paterek vs M Szydlowska, 2001 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1-0

French vs King's Indian Attack (B40)1-0 Backward f-pawn problem
S Kindermann vs Short, 1987 
(B40) Sicilian, 51 moves, 1-0

French Classical. Steinitz Var (C11) 1-0 Constriction strategy
Steinitz vs Sellman, 1885 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

Aron Nimzowitsch's Best Games: Restrain, Blockade, Destroy
P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 40 moves, 0-1

Game 81: Modern Chess Strategy I by Ludek Pachman
Lasker vs Tartakower, 1923 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

Ulf Andersson (Grandmaster Chess Strategy)
M Gerusel vs Ulf Andersson, 1973 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 43 moves, 0-1

IM Jeremy Silman: "How to Reassess Your Chess" p. 133-137
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

QGD Exchange (D35) 0-1 Tactics whip Qside minority attack
Karpov vs Beliavsky, 1986 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 0-1

QGD Exchange Variation (D35) 0-1 Failed Minority Attack
Portisch vs Kasparov, 1989 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 0-1

Vienna Game: Paulsen Var(C25) 1-0Castle, attack opposite wings
Soltis vs Romanishin, 1989 
(C25) Vienna, 39 moves, 1-0

An exchange sacrifice ends up trashing Alekhine's kingside
Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1912  
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 27 moves, 0-1

French Rubinstein / 4...f5 Dutch (C10) 1-0 W counters in center
Steinitz vs Bird, 1866 
(C10) French, 32 moves, 1-0

French Rubinstein (C10) 1-0 Castle opposite; get there first
Mackenzie vs G Reichhelm, 1867 
(C10) French, 29 moves, 1-0

French Exchange (C01) 1-0N sac, RxR+ deflects Black Q, then Qh2
Staunton vs Cunningham, 1856 
(C01) French, Exchange, 28 moves, 1-0

The Argentina Chain Saw Massacre -- A VERY BAD Bishop
G Mahia vs Quinteros, 1980 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

Secrets of Positional Chess by Drazen Marovic
Lutikov vs Y Sakharov, 1968 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 31 moves, 1-0

Video link: a wonderful demo of how to play against the IQP
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

A kNight on the sixth rank is devestating.
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Spanish Closed. Martinez (C78) 1-0 A pawn on the 6th problem
Carlsen vs Topalov, 2010 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Paulsen (B46) 1-0 Another P on the 6th space advantage
Caruana vs Topalov, 2014 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Sicilian/French (B40) 1-0Control of dark squares gains N
Fischer vs Feuerstein, 1957 
(B40) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0

Benoni-Indian Defense (A43)1-0 Bold sacrifices to advance pawns
Khalifman vs Ermenkov, 1994 
(A43) Old Benoni, 32 moves, 1-0

The Basic Concepts of Chess Strategy: Strategy and Tactics P35
Duras vs Z Barasz, 1912 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Classical. Tarrasch Var (C53) 0-1 Retreat to win
E Contedini vs Euwe, 1960 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 28 moves, 0-1

QGD Modern. N Def (D51) 0-1 Minority Attack, open files
H Bouwmeester vs Euwe, 1950 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 73 moves, 0-1

"Mastering Chess Strategy" by Johan Hellsten
Stein vs S Schweber, 1966 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 46 moves, 1-0

Dutch Defense d6 vs Colle (A80) 0-1 BLOCKADE; notes by A.N.
H Hage vs Nimzowitsch, 1926  
(A80) Dutch, 42 moves, 0-1

Alekhine's Def. Modern (B04) 1-0Protect d4, shake the attackers
Tomashevsky vs Mamedyarov, 2016 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 43 moves, 1-0

Czech Defense (B07) 1/2-1/2 Even battle throughout
S Aslanov vs Valery Sviridov, 2016 
(B07) Pirc, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spielmann-Indian (A46) 0-1 Nice file work to protect backward P
V Vepkhvishvili vs G Bibilashvili, 1984
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 0-1

Pirc, Classical Two Knights System (B08) 1-0 Study W's d-file
V Vepkhvishvili vs Koridze, 1965
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Richter-Rauzer. Classical (B64) 1-0 Backward f-pawn
Leko vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

Chigorin Def. Exchange, Costa's Line (D07) 0-1 Win w/doubled Ps
D Rogozenco vs Morozevich, 2000 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Karpov completely reorganize his pieces to get a single pawn
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 59 moves, 1-0

Rat / Modern Defense has ...g6 lines (A41) 1-0 Down the middle
Karpov vs Seirawan, 1994 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 44 moves, 1-0

WC 1986 Gruenfeld Def. Russian. Smyslov Var (D98) 1-0 Bad P adv
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1986 
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 31 moves, 1-0

KID Fianchetto. Simagin Var (E62) 0-1 Cramped into Zugzwang
Quinteros vs Panno, 1968 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 34 moves, 0-1

Sic Alapin vs 2...Qa5!? (B22) 0-1 Dr. T violates own principles
Alapin vs Tarrasch, 1898 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 38 moves, 0-1

Declining the Smith-Mora with 3...Nf6 and Beginner's Book Draw?
J Tamargo vs Fischer, 1956 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 40 moves, 0-1

King in the middle
Panno vs Larsen, 1971 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Space Advantage, Game 62: The Hedgehog by Mihai Suba
Karpov vs Ribli, 1986 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 56 moves, 1-0

Game 6, The Art of Planning by Neil McDonald
Ponomariov vs Topalov, 2005 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Capa accepts doubled Ps w/out castling->overworked P exchange
Capablanca vs A G Pedroso, 1927 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 37 moves, 1-0

Polish Opening (A00) 1-0 Gain space, seize 7th, pin backward P
Smyslov vs S Tatai, 1967 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Paulsen. Szen Var (B44) 1-0 Fighting over a pawn
Anand vs Illescas Cordoba, 1992 
(B44) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Positional pawn sacrifice~quite a feat to beat the Tal of 1960!
J Penrose vs Tal, 1960 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 39 moves, 1-0

Ware Opening 1.a4 d5 (A00) 0-1 Pawn pushing, bad bishop
T Vogler vs Barsov, 2004
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Kadas Opening 1.h4 (A00) 0-1 Weak pawn structure, blockade
R Fabry vs Z Radojevic, 1978 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

Positional sac of Queen
Korchnoi vs Geller, 1963 
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 56 moves, 0-1

Zukertort Opening: Q Pawn Def (A06) 1-0Exchange sac, weak pawns
Ribli vs B Thorfinnsson, 2005 
(A06) Reti Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

Chess Strategy for the Tournament Player by Lev Alburt p. 113
Botvinnik vs Kan, 1939 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 41 moves, 1-0

The Exchange Sacrifice: A Practical Guide
Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1975 
(B44) Sicilian, 79 moves, 0-1

Four Knights Spanish. Rubinstein (C48) 1/2-1/2 Q for 9 pts.
Ivanchuk vs Svidler, 1999 
(C48) Four Knights, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Four Knights Spanish. Rubinstein (C48) 1/2-Heavy duty batteries
Kamsky vs Adams, 1992 
(C48) Four Knights, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bird Opening vs Tarrasch (A03) 1-0 Exchanges for connected Ps
E Williams vs Staunton, 1851 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 46 moves, 1-0

Q's Gambit Declined: Modern (D53) 1-0 Capa notes; exchange sac
Janowski vs Kupchik, 1913 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

English Anglo-Indian Def. K's Knight Var (A15) 1-0 Play vs IQP
Ulf Andersson vs Portisch, 1985
(A15) English, 51 moves, 1-0

English Anglo-Indian Def. K's Knight Var (A15) 1-0 Bishop pair
Botvinnik vs A Khachaturov, 1943 
(A15) English, 34 moves, 1-0

French Tarrasch. Chistyakov Def Modern Line (C07)0-1Backward P
Tiviakov vs Psakhis, 1993 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 62 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51) 1-0 "An easy win for me"
Tiviakov vs Anand, 2012 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld Def: Exchange (D85) 1-0 Bishop Pair Pasting
W Spoelman vs R Swinkels, 2011 
(D85) Grunfeld, 33 moves, 1-0

Colle Zukertort vs Dutch Leningrad (A04) 1-0 Two Weaknesses
J Kraai vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A04) Reti Opening, 67 moves, 1-0

Endgame lessons by Capablanca (notations by Alekhine & Reti)
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A80) Dutch, 52 moves, 1-0

Game 5: Best Lessons of a Chess Coach - Sunil Weeramantry
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

How to conduct a perfect kingside majority attack!
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 55 moves, 1-0

G52: The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Chernev
Botvinnik vs Kan, 1931 
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

Modern Def: Beefeater (A40) 0-1 Black N sac for pawn roller
G Buckley vs D Norwood, 1999 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 0-1

QGD Orthodox Def. Rubinstein (D61) 1-0Strategic gem; A.N. notes
Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

Game 173: Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by John Watson
Kasparov vs Short, 1994 
(C11) French, 32 moves, 1-0

Dutch Def. Blackmar's Second G. (A80)1-0 Uncommon Ns Strategy
Tal vs K Klasup, 1952 
(A80) Dutch, 64 moves, 1-0

Simple Chess by Michael Stean, p. 134 Russian, Classical Attk
Fischer vs Gheorghiu, 1970 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Positional play, Qside minority attack, Q vs 2 rooks
E Jimenez Zerquera vs Keene, 1974  
(B06) Robatsch, 35 moves, 0-1

Old Indian Def (A53)1-0 Space gains material advantage, passer
Salwe vs Tartakower, 1910 
(A53) Old Indian, 61 moves, 1-0

Zernierung is... encircling, a preliminary stage of seige.
Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1912 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 0-1

K's Indian Attk Copycat (A07)1-0 General paralysis of the inane
Petrosian vs M Yudovich Sr., 1953 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Game 19: 125 Selected Games by Vasily Smyslov ...d5 pawn sac
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1949 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 46 moves, 0-1

Game 12: Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy (Watson)
Spielmann vs Colle, 1928 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Agincourt Def. Keres Def (A14)1-0 Larry's Best
L Christiansen vs Portisch, 1981 
(A14) English, 31 moves, 1-0

English, Agincourt Def. Catalan Def (A14) 1/2-Q sac counterplay
Ehlvest vs Nakamura, 2009 
(A14) English, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

C-K 2 Ns Attk. Mindeno Exchange (B11) 0-1 Brave K escorts pawns
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 68 moves, 0-1

English, Anglo-Indian Def. K's Knight (A15) 1-0Exchange, K attk
Ulf Andersson vs Robatsch, 1979 
(A15) English, 33 moves, 1-0

English SymmetricHedgehog Def (A30) 1-0 Central N outpost rules
Ulf Andersson vs Browne, 1983 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Scheveningen. Tal Var (B82)1-0 N sac controls position
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

KID Bayonet Attack (E97) 0-1 Flawed P rollers on opposite wings
Anand vs Nakamura, 2011 
(E97) King's Indian, 49 moves, 0-1

The Mammoth Book of The World's Greatest Chess Games.
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

A "gruesome example of a blockade" -- GM Neil McDonald
Feigin vs M Monticelli, 1936 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 23 moves, 1-0

Secrets of Positional Chess by Drazen Marovic p. 37
Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

Semi-Slav Defense (D43) 0-1 The more active Rook wins
W Ward vs Teichmann, 1900
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Game 137: Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by John Watson
Miles vs DeFirmian, 1990 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 37 moves, 0-1

Nimzo-Indian Def. Classical (E32) 0-1 Destructive Sac Exchange!
J Jezek vs Pachman, 1953 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 25 moves, 0-1

Simple Chess by Michael Stean, page 141
Karpov vs H Westerinen, 1974 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 34 moves, 1-0

Game 53: Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by John Watson
Karpov vs Hort, 1971 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Modern Chess Strategy III by Ludek Pachman
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

"Winning Chess Strategies" by Yasser Seirawan; Botvinnik System
Seirawan vs M Vukic, 1979 
(A26) English, 30 moves, 1-0

Positional Chess Handbook by Israel Gelfer
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937  
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51) 1-0 Devestating B pair
Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

English Opening: Symmetrical (A36) 0-1 Prompt Dbl Exchange Sacs
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2011 
(A36) English, 85 moves, 0-1

Sic Najdorf. Opocensky (B92) 1-0If you don't like to capture...
Carlsen vs L Dominguez, 2007 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

English Opening: Anglo-Indian Def. Q's Knt Var (A16) 0-1 Bad B
Petrosian vs Larsen, 1966 
(A16) English, 61 moves, 0-1

A model IQP game by Nepomniachtchi
I Nepomniachtchi vs A A Kharitonov, 2009 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 48 moves, 1-0

QGD Ragozin Def (D38) 1-0 Minority Attack w/N pair vs B pair
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2015 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

NID Normal. Bronstein(Byrne) (E45) 0-1Black Kside Minority Attk
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

QGD Modern. Normal (D55) 0-1Mimic b-pawns block Minority Attack
Benko vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 0-1

Game 61 in Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by John Watson
Petrosian vs J Peters, 1976 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 50 moves, 1-0

Man-Machine Chess Ch. 2003 Semi-Slav Def. Accelerated (D45) 1-0
Kasparov vs X3D Fritz, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Game 49: Chess Secrets-The Giants of Strategy by Neil McDonald
Petrosian vs Ivkov, 1982 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 49 moves, 1-0

Levon completely outplays Grischuk and makes it look so simple!
Aronian vs Grischuk, 2008 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

Modern Def. Geller's System (B06)1-0 BF creates central passer
Fischer vs Ivkov, 1970 
(B06) Robatsch, 38 moves, 1-0

(A92) Dutch, 38 moves, 1-0 3 Minors vs 2 Rooks
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1936 
(A92) Dutch, 38 moves, 1-0

Black occupied the center w/pieces, but gave up the back rank.
Bronstein vs Gligoric, 1967 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 40 moves, 1-0

Four Knights: Nimzowitsch (Paulsen) (C49) 0-1 Entombed W Bishop
W Winter vs Capablanca, 1919 
(C49) Four Knights, 29 moves, 0-1

Exploiting the bad bishop. Start at move 20.
Najdorf vs Averbakh, 1953 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

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