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Barry Soetoro Era 2008 to 2016
Compiled by fredthebear

Some people just refuse to deal with certain basic facts. In fact, if they steadily visualize and perceive a fallacy long enough, they can pass a lie detector test. A fact is a fact is a fact that stands the test of time. Unfortunately, a lie can also stand the test of time if it is repeated often enough. I am told George Washington did not really cut down a cherry tree... Hmmm. We shall never know for sure, or do we?

Besides, my New Millennium collection is getting full, so it's time for a new collection segment! The Y2K phenomenon has long since passed. The world is still here.

GMs seem to play more tournament chess nowadays. Hotels and casinos that host tournaments count on repeat travel in the same time frame each year. Global communication and travel is more common place in the "information age." The ease of computer training and opening preparation seems to have a positive impact in regard to playing in tournaments more often. One can "get ready" by playing on-line games and checking data bases. Maybe it's as simple as having more human beings reach the master-level and beyond than ever before, increasing the demand.

Masterful Anand win over Topalov 5th Best Game in Informant 102
Anand vs Topalov, 2008 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 1-0

One of the best games Radjabov has played
Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2008 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

Lubomir Kavalek chess column in the Washington Post
Kaidanov vs Onischuk, 2008 
(C58) Two Knights, 42 moves, 0-1

French Exchange 5.Bb5 (C01) 1-0 Bxf7+ starts Kside attack
Bologan vs A Aleksandrov, 2008 
(C01) French, Exchange, 39 moves, 1-0

French Exchange 5.c4 (C01) 1-0 Rook endgame
Tkachiev vs Morozevich, 2008
(C01) French, Exchange, 57 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 Gain time on the Black Q
Y Kryvoruchko vs Smirin, 2008 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 24 moves, 1-0

Wing Gambit vs Caro-Kann Def (B10) 1-0 Black can't figure out N
M Surtees vs J Houska, 2008 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 23 moves, 1-0

Bilbao Grand Slam Chess Final 2008 Rd.1
Aronian vs Carlsen, 2008 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Spanish Exchange. Normal Var (C69) 0-1, 23 moves, Q blunder
Bacrot vs E Inarkiev, 2008 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4, 23 moves, 0-1

Ivanchuk 100 selected games-Kalinichenko's book
Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2008 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 49 moves, 1-0

Modern Def: Standard (B06) 1-0 Outpost on 6th, Spearhead, Q sac
C van Oosterom vs P Hulshof, 2009 
(B06) Robatsch, 23 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90) 1-0 6.Qf3? works
Short vs N Grandelius, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

10th best game of 2009
Carlsen vs Topalov, 2009 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Russian Game: Three Knights Game (C42) 1-0The way in is not out
F Ercan vs M Gonzalez Amaya, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Paulsen (B46) 1-0 White surges forward
Akopian vs Lautier, 2009 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

Hungarian Opening / Baltic Def (A00) 1-0 Two en prise
Darcy Lima vs E Palacios, 2009
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 29 moves, 1-0

French Winawer. Poisoned Pawn (C18) 0-1 Raid half-open files
F Libiszewski vs Rozentalis, 2010 
(C18) French, Winawer, 23 moves, 0-1

QGD Lasker Defense (D56) 0-1 EG kNight is trapped
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 0-1

Magnus squeezes a rook endgame win from a dead drawn position
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2010 
(C48) Four Knights, 68 moves, 1-0

Great Catalan against Mr. Catalan
Ponomariov vs Kramnik, 2010 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Tartakower Attack (C52)1-0 Original
Hector vs M Antonsen, 2010 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

QGD Vienna Variation (D30) 1-0 Arabian mate threat
Bu Xiangzhi vs S Tologontegin, 2010 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

King's English. 3Knights (A27) 1-0 Standard fianchetto trap
D Andreikin vs Karjakin, 2010 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 10 moves, 1-0

Russian Game: Classical Attk. Jaenisch / FrenchX (C42) 1-0 Pins
Deep Sjeng vs Almond, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf. English Attack (B90) 1-0 Q sac for K hunt
J Zawadzka vs L Schut, 2010 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

Vienna Gambit. Main Line (C29) 1/2-1/2Tried to give away his B
Nakamura vs Onischuk, 2010 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Najdorf (B94) The Black Q pays for snatching b-pawn
Nakamura vs Van Wely, 2010 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 17 moves, 1-0

QGD Chigorin Def. Main Line (D07) 0-1 Exchange sac, K walk
R Bates vs N Pert, 2010 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

Cntr Cntr Qd6 Gubinsky-Melts Def (B01) 1-0 Beautiful pawn sac
R Hess vs Tiviakov, 2011 
(B01) Scandinavian, 44 moves, 1-0

Chess Network Videos
Kramnik vs Nakamura, 2011 
(E97) King's Indian, 50 moves, 0-1

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

Acupuncture, ouch. A nice Black victory!
Kamsky vs Ding Liren, 2011 
(C11) French, 40 moves, 0-1

KID Orthodox. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92) 1-0 Spearhead
Eljanov vs Y Vovk, 2011
(E92) King's Indian, 46 moves, 1-0

King's Gambit: Accepted. Abbazia Defense (C36) 1-0 Busy Rooks!
Nakamura vs Kosteniuk, 2011 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

K's Gambit: Accepted. Abbazia Def (C36) 1-0 See FSR notes
Nakamura vs Adams, 2011 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

King's Indian Attack (A07) 1-0 Sprearhead... seize open lines
R Mamedov vs J Mullon, 2011 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Cntr Cntr 3...Qd6 Schiller-Pytel Var (B01) 1-0 2 pawns thrust
R Edouard vs M Stockmann, 2011 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Pin Def (B21) 0-1 Royal threats
J Stopa vs Kosteniuk, 2011
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 32 moves, 0-1

Dutch Def: Manhattan Gambit. Anti-Stonewall (A80) 0-1 Pins
S Marder vs H Zygouris, 2011 
(A80) Dutch, 33 moves, 0-1

QGD Chigorin Def. Main Line (D07) 0-1 R sac for Q penetration
P Cramling vs Short, 2011 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 44 moves, 0-1

QGD Chigorin Def. Main Line (D07) 0-1 Which Rook? Kill shot
R Shetty vs Short, 2011 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

KID Orthodox Variation (E94) 0-1 B&P traps Rook ending
Gelfand vs Radjabov, 2012
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 56 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Najdorf (B94) 1-0 This game will drive you nuts
A Volokitin vs Mamedyarov, 2012 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

English Symmetrical Botvinnik System (A36) 1-0 Tactics abound
H Gabuzyan vs T Nabaty, 2012
(A36) English, 36 moves, 1-0

Franco-Nimzowitsch 4...b6 (B00) 1-0Black K 0-0-0 stripped of Ps
T Abrahamyan vs W M Duckworth, 2012
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 22 moves, 1-0

Alapin Opening (C20) 1-0 Watch your backdoor!
A Vihmand vs H Haavamae, 2012 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game: Mieses Var (C45) 1-0 Nice shootin' by 9-year old!
A Liang vs Kaufman, 2012  
(C45) Scotch Game, 37 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Chigorin 2.Qe2 (C00)1-0 Q&N work well together
V Sanduleac vs C Paun, 2012 
(C00) French Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch Defense: Classical. Reti Var (D34) 0-1 Nice EG
A Ramirez Alvarez vs Robson, 2012 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 63 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Canal Attack. ML (B52) 1-0 Kside attack heets up 7th
Carlsen vs Anand, 2012 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

London System (D02) 0-1 Daring piece play & pretty promo sac
E Vaarala vs J Herman, 2012 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 63 moves, 0-1

KIA Symmetrical (A05) 1-0 A kNight to remember...underpromotion
Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2012 
(A05) Reti Opening, 80 moves, 1-0

Two Knights Def. Polerio Def B Check line (C58) 1-0Shrewd R Sac
M Kravtsiv vs J Radulski, 2012
(C58) Two Knights, 33 moves, 1-0

French Tarrasch. Closed 8...g5 (C05) 0-1 Nice interference
Joel Benjamin vs G Battaglini, 2012
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

Spanish Berlin Defense (C65) 1-0 Threats; up the exchange
Caruana vs Kramnik, 2012 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 53 moves, 1-0

Modern Defense (B06) 0-1Penetrate, Remove guard, Add attackers
A Barrett vs M Rakic, 2012
(B06) Robatsch, 29 moves, 0-1

l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Def (C67) 1-0 Tactical finish
Kamsky vs Akobian, 2012 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 1-0

Evans Gambit. Tartakower Attack (C52) 1-0 Clearance sac fails
J Mehringer vs K Johannesson, 2012 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 11 moves, 1-0

French Exchange 5.c4 (C01) 0-1 Bishop sac destroys pawn shield
Jakovenko vs Grischuk, 2012 
(C01) French, Exchange, 25 moves, 0-1

Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack; White attacks himself
Stripunsky vs Onischuk, 2012 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 11 moves, 0-1

Sicilian e6, d6, a6. Open (B40) 1-0 R sac maintains d7 pin
Y Zhou vs S Williams, 2012 
(B40) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

Slav Def: Czech. Carlsbad Var (D17) 0-1 Q sac leads to mate
G Milos vs P Carlsson, 2012 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 25 moves, 0-1

Nakamura allows Black to queen with check
Nakamura vs Robson, 2012 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 49 moves, 1-0

Catalan Opening: Open Def (E04) 1-0 Nxf7; the castled K wins
A Giri vs Morozevich, 2012 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 25 moves, 1-0

Old Sicilian (B30) 1-0 Penetration, connected passers
Judit Polgar vs V Ikonnikov, 2012 
(B30) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

Sic 2.c3 Alapin, Stoltz Attack (B22) 1-0 White rook rides high!
Tiviakov vs Lahno, 2012 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 38 moves, 1-0

Sic 2.c3 Alapin, Stoltz Attack (B22) 1-0 Fabulous penetration
Stripunsky vs N Managadze, 2012 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 30 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin. Barmen Def (B22) 1-0 Q vs 3 minor pieces
C Ali Marandi vs Y Sari, 2012 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 54 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann, Accelerated Panov Attack. Modern (B10) 1-0Lawn Mower
D Arutinian vs Q Loiseau, 2013 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 33 moves, 1-0

Grob Opening: Keene Defense (A00) 0-1 Nice Qside attack
S Sloan vs D Gertler, 2013
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

King's Indian Attack vs Sic French (A07) 1-0 P wedge on h-file
Zhou Weiqi vs Yifan Hou, 2013 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 49 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin Barmen Def vs 5.Be3 (B22)0-1 0-0-0 swiss cheese
D Sengupta vs S P Sethuraman, 2013 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 40 moves, 0-1

K pawn Alapin Opening (C20) 1-0 Black made 5 kNight moves!
J Ask vs O Von Bahr, 2013 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Classical. Greco Gambit (C53)1-0 2 Rook lifts w/N
Jobava vs Karjakin, 2013 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 28 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Indian Def. Reshevsky Var (E46) 1-0 " of the worst"
Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin Barmen Def (B22) 1-0Sweet skewer -> Back rank#
W Chen vs K McDonald, 2013 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 22 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Canal Attk. ML (B52) 1-0 Q busts a move - robs the pin
Bacrot vs A Giri, 2013 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

Game 35: Move by Move - Carlsen (Cyrus Lakdawala)
Carlsen vs Kamsky, 2013 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 49 moves, 1-0

Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11) 1/2-1/2 B&N forced mate blunder
A Ushenina vs O Girya, 2013 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 126 moves, 1/2-1/2

Remarkable Forced Stalemate Between Two Computers
Shredder vs Gull, 2013 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Q's Gambit Accepted: Classical Def. ML (D27) 1-0 Dead accuracy
M Dziuba vs J Kleinert, 2013 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 24 moves, 1-0

QGD Tartakower Defense (D58) 1-0 2 Rooks w/2 pawns beat Queen
Kramnik vs D Andreikin, 2013 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 63 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch (E25) 0-1 Contemporary Classic
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 0-1

Cntr Cntr, Bronstein Var (B01) 1-0 Two pins are too much
J Lenier vs R Hughes, 2014 
(B01) Scandinavian, 28 moves, 1-0

QGD Exchange. Positional Variation (D35) 1-0 Connected passers
Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2014 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 72 moves, 1-0

Barry Attack vs Horwitz Defense (A40) 1-0 Unpin issue
Jobava vs M Tissir, 2014 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

World Rapid Championship (2014) Dutch Defense: Hopton Attack
A Moiseenko vs Lu Shanglei, 2014 
(A80) Dutch, 17 moves, 1-0

Dutch Leningrad vs Double Fianchetto (A81) 0-1 Battling B pairs
D Baramidze vs Caruana, 2014 
(A81) Dutch, 75 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Symmetrical. 4Knights (A35) 1-0 Slick finish
Caruana vs H Banikas, 2014 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 37 moves, 1-0

Trompowsky Attack: Edge Variation (A45) 1-0 Stunning Discovery
Mamedyarov vs Judit Polgar, 2014 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 1-0

C-K Accelerated Panov Attack. Modern Var (B10) 1-0 Firepower!
Yifan Hou vs R Dimitrov, 2014
(B10) Caro-Kann, 22 moves, 1-0

C-K Accelerated Panov Attack. Open Var (B10) 1-0 Bf6 wins
T Kantans vs S Prasannaa, 2014
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Var (D37) 1-0 Trendy, tricky
Kasimdzhanov vs Kramnik, 2014 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Norfolk Gambit 2 (A01) 1-0 Discovery!
Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Carlsen's First Game as World Champion
Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2014 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

43rd World Championship Match, Game 11
Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 1-0

Very interesting pawn play all 3 phases; w/immunity
Gelfand vs Grischuk, 2014 
(D83) Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit, 66 moves, 0-1

Caro-Kann Defense (B10) 1-0 Smothered mate in 5 moves
R Rapport vs T Rogers, 2014 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 5 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65) 1-0 Steady Blowout
Yu Yangyi vs Kramnik, 2014 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin Barmen Def (B22) 0-1Rapid: 16...Nxe4! is better
R Mamedov vs Judit Polgar, 2014 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 52 moves, 0-1

King's English. Three Knights System (A27) 1/2-
Svidler vs Carlsen, 2014 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Tarrasch. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07) 1-0 Pin
Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 11 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf (B96) 0-1 Weak back ranks, Spearhead
Yu Yangyi vs Robson, 2014 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 43 moves, 0-1

Q Pawn Game: Sarratt Attack (D00) 1-0 Aimless B, Decoy K
Nakamura vs A Giri, 2014 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 83 moves, 1-0

French Advance Milner-Barry G. (C02) 0-1 OCB ending not drawn
A Melekhina vs A Zatonskih, 2014 
(C02) French, Advance, 72 moves, 0-1

English, Agincourt Def. Neo Catalan Declined (A14) Textbook EG
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2014 
(A14) English, 50 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

Caro-Kann Defense (B10) 0-1 Greco Mate on h-file is coming!
I Berzina vs B I Franco Valencia, 2014 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 16 moves, 0-1

Check out her game, then check out her website.
Zhao Xue vs N Pogonina, 2015 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 46 moves, 0-1

Zhao might have been better to avoid playing 1 d4 a second time
Zhao Xue vs N Pogonina, 2015 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 49 moves, 0-1

KID Immediate Fianchetto (E60) 0-1 Fantastic finish by Giri
Topalov vs A Giri, 2015 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

QGD Exchange. Positional (D35) 1-0Shrewd Interference-Discovery
Ding Liren vs E Inarkiev, 2015 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

Pirc Def. Classical 2 Knights System (B08) 1-0 Crosspin finale
A Rombaldoni vs Z Andriasian, 2015 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 36 moves, 1-0

It gets freaky...Tactics, complications, simplifications, win!
M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ding Liren, 2015 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 45 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Indian Def. Reshevsky Var(E46) 1-0 Both Ks abandon last R
D Khismatullin vs Eljanov, 2015 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 57 moves, 1-0

(A56) Benoni Defense, 24 moves, 1-0
Aronian vs Jobava, 2015 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Morphy Def. Anderssen Var(C77) 0-1Black sacs 3Qs!
V Gunina vs S Sevian, 2015 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 69 moves, 0-1

Sicilian French Variation (B40) 1-0 Rxf7, Qh7+ K walk about
Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015 
(B40) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65) 1-0 The Qs are not exchanged
Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2015 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin Barmen Def vs 4.Na3 (B22) 1-0 See video
Nakamura vs Yu Yangyi, 2015 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 39 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Defense: Classical. Main lines (B18) 1-0 New move
G Guseinov vs Navara, 2015 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 51 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Closed (B23) 0-1 Delicious Q sac, Discovered Double++
Svidler vs D Khismatullin, 2015 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 29 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Najdorf. English Attack (B90) 1-0 Maps come in handy
Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 48 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch Def. Two Knights (D32) 0-1 Score keeping violation
W So vs Akobian, 2015 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 6 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein Opening /Colle-Zukertort (D05) 1-0 Scattered; Pin it
A Stefanova vs Zhonghan Ma, 2015
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Def: Breyer Variation vs Dbl Fio (B10) 1-0 Passer
V Fedoseev vs Eljanov, 2015
(B10) Caro-Kann, 43 moves, 1-0

Initiative against IQP counts in R+N endgames
Karjakin vs Anand, 2016 
(A06) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

QID Fianchetto. Check, Intermezzo (E15) 1/2-1/2 What a battle!
Caruana vs Karjakin, 2016 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Caruana Beats Vishy in WCC Best Game of Tournament
Caruana vs Anand, 2016 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 33 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65) 1-0 Q sac into discovered+
Wei Yi vs Navara, 2016 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Canal Attack (B51) 0-1 Backward pawns are a problem
S Maze vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2016 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

Modern Def. Rossolimo Var (A41) 1-0Blitz; Pin, Remove Defender
W So vs Kasparov, 2016 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 25 moves, 1-0

C-K Advance. Short Variation (B12) 1-0 Exchange sacrifice, pins
Yifan Hou vs Navara, 2016 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Defense: Four Pawns Attack. ML (B03) 1-0 Battery
Stockfish vs Rybka, 2013 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

3..Qd8-Ilundain Variation. Capa's unpin opening trap in action
A Raetsky vs Wolfgang Schmid, 2012 
(B01) Scandinavian, 21 moves, 1-0

Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42) 0-1 Zugzwang Ending
Ivanchuk vs Wang Yue, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

English, Agincourt Def. Wimpy System (A13) 1-0 Galloping Knight
S Cicak vs A Khruschiov, 2008 
(A13) English, 48 moves, 1-0

English Symmetrical. Hedgehog (A30) 0-1 Gradually driven back
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 0-1

How to beat 2670+ player with black being 77+ years old
V Gashimov vs Korchnoi, 2008 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 87 moves, 0-1

Annotated by Timman in the latest New In Chess Magazine, 2008/8
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2008 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 37 moves, 1-0

Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Lundin Var (D47) 1-0 Skewer
V Malakhatko vs K Nemcova, 2008 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Dragon. Yugoslav Attack (B77) 1/2-1/2 A hard fight
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

K's English. 4Knights Fianchetto (A29) 1/2-1/2 Live comments
Carlsen vs I Cheparinov, 2008 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Dragon. Yugoslav Attack (B77) 0-1 Promotion
Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Anglo-Indian Def. K's Knight Var(A15) 1/2-1/2
Carlsen vs V Gashimov, 2008 
(A15) English, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Slav, Quiet Variation. Pin Def (D12) 1-0 Karpov still has it.
Karpov vs Ponomariov, 2008 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 44 moves, 1-0

French Winawer Winckelmann-Riemer Gambit (C15) 0-1 h-file bomb
K O'Brien vs D Salter, 2008 
(C15) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 0-1

English Symmetrical. 4Knights (A35) 0-1 Black's predicament
H Banikas vs D Kosic, 2008 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 61 moves, 0-1

Spanish, Marshall Attack. Modern Var (C89) 0-1 R sac, B pair
Anand vs Aronian, 2008 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 34 moves, 0-1

Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44) 1-0 W sacs abound!
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Open. Bernstein Var (C80) 1-0 Q sac
Z Almasi vs M Marin, 2008 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

Semi-Slav Def. Anti-Moscow Gambit (D44) 1-0 Pinned to mating sq
Aronian vs Caruana, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Two Knights Def. Modern B's Opening(C55) 0-1 Nibbling off pawns
S Jessel vs Hebden, 2008 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 75 moves, 0-1

Benko Gambit: Accepted. Dlugy Var (A57) 1-0Country belt whippin
Nakamura vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2008 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 41 moves, 1-0

Q's Gambit Declined: Baltic Defense (D02) 1-0 Very efficient
T Jugelt vs M Ehrke, 2008 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Benko Gambit: Accepted. Fianchetto (A58) 1-0 Thorny pawn
E Tegshsuren vs T D Andrews, 2008 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 39 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32) 1-0 Beautiful Qh6
D Semcesen vs N Grandelius, 2009 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

Old Korchnoi isn't called "The Terrible" for nothing.
Timman vs Korchnoi, 2009 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 59 moves, 0-1

Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06) 1-0 Sudden B sacrifice
R Hess vs Ehlvest, 2009 
(B06) Robatsch, 38 moves, 1-0

Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04) 0-1 W promotes, B mates
A S Rasmussen vs Robson, 2009 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 43 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Paulsen (B46) 1-0 kNight discovery+ forks B
Bacrot vs Mamedyarov, 2009 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

Scandinavian Defense, Declined 2.e5?! (B01) 0-1 She Danced
J H Rasmussen vs S Salomonsson, 2009 
(B01) Scandinavian, 57 moves, 0-1

English Anglo-Indian Def. Anglo-Grünfeld (A16) 0-1Lateral pins
Nakamura vs Mamedyarov, 2009 
(A16) English, 48 moves, 0-1

Game 10: Fighting Chess with Hikaru Nakamura
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2009 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

38 .. Bc5xf2! destroys White f2-pawn, leaving connected passers
Shirov vs Gelfand, 2009 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

Two Knights Def. Modern Bi's Opening (C55) 0-1 g-file spearhead
Karjakin vs Gelfand, 2009 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Scheveningen. Keres Attk (B81) 1-0Skewer removes guard
Nakamura vs Ponomariov, 2009 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Scheveningen. English Attack (B80) 0-1Chaotic Insanity
Morozevich vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 76 moves, 0-1

Caro-Kann, Two Knights Attack (B10) 1-0 Opposite color Bs EG
R Hess vs K Odeh, 2009 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 48 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin. Barmen Def (B22) 1-0 Trampled by kNights
N Birtwistle vs S Hegarty, 2009
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 24 moves, 1-0

Four pawns harass black like beetles (or beatles)
A Timofeev vs D Khismatullin, 2009 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 62 moves, 1-0

Reti Opening (A09) 0-1 The Black kNight dies a hero!
T Hillarp Persson vs I Sokolov, 2009 
(A09) Reti Opening, 59 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Najdorf. English Attack (B90) 1-0 Discovery
I Cheparinov vs J Cortes Lizano, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 15 moves, 1-0

Russian Game: Modern Attk. Center (C43) 1-0 Blindfold Lolli's #
Anand vs Kramnik, 2009 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

KID Orthodox. Modern System (E97) 0-1 A complete head-spinner
Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

Slav Defense: Chameleon Var (D15) 0-1 Arabian Mate Awaits
D Fridman vs Lenderman, 2010 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 0-1

Slav Defense: Czech. Carlsbad Variation (D17) 0-1 Arabian Mate
P Cramling vs Hector, 2010 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 0-1

Dutch Defense: Semi-Leningrad Variation (A81) ˇ 1/2-1/2
Grischuk vs Nakamura, 2010 
(A81) Dutch, 90 moves, 1/2-1/2

Q Pawn Opening / French Advance (A40) 0-1 Up the exchange
G Yiapanis vs V Sipila, 2010 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 0-1

Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24) 0-1 Pawn roller
Short vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Zugzwang; it's not just a scrabble killer!
Stripunsky vs Nakamura, 2010 
(C00) French Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

B11 Caro-Kann Def. Two Knights Var (B11) 1-0 Q sac of sorts
N Ziaziulkina vs N Paikidze, 2010 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 40 moves, 1-0

KID Fianchetto. Panno Var (E63) 1-0 Chess Network Videos
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 73 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf. Poisoned P (B97) 0-1 "The Tight Rope Game"
V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2010 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov(B33) 1-0Get the Q in close
Nakamura vs Shirov, 2010 
(B33) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf (B96) 1-0 15.Nxd5 thematic sac, exchange sac
Nakamura vs Van Wely, 2010 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 39 moves, 1-0

Catalan Opening (E00) 1-0 Isolani line opener to create R+ fork
Nakamura vs Eljanov, 2010 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42) 1-0 En prise MADNESS
Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04) 0-1 A destroyer of ideas
Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

QID Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Var (E15) 1-0 Ns invade both sides
Nisipeanu vs Pelletier, 2010 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Def. Najdorf. Traditional Line (B98) 1-0 Body-Head!
B Savchenko vs V Nedilko, 2010 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

KIA / Hungarian / Closed Sicilian (A07) 1-0 Bold Arabian Mate
Robson vs A Udeshi, 2011 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

London System vs Tarrasch (D02) 0-1 Unruly play!
F Ghaledar vs J Arun, 2011 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 0-1

Sicilian, Bowlder Attack (B20) 0-1 She got caught pokin' about
M Pesa vs G Jones, 2011 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

Sicilian, Bowlder Attack (B20) 0-1Exchange to win the exchange
C Louw vs A Gupta, 2011 
(B20) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

Game 17 in Fighting Chess with Hikaru Nakamura
Nakamura vs Shirov, 2011 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 93 moves, 1-0

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

Nimzo-Indian Def. Saemisch. O'Kelly Var (E26) 1-0 Amazing game
Zhao Jun vs Xiu Deshun, 2011 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 31 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Dragon. Yugoslav Attk (B78) 0-1 2 Spearheads, 2 R sacs
D Wiebe vs B Sambuev, 2011 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 28 moves, 0-1

QGD Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense (D37) 0-1 Brilliant
A Giri vs Aronian, 2012 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

QGA Central Var. McDonnell Def (D20) 1-0 A Backdoor Arabian #
L Schandorff vs R E Andersen, 2012 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 1-0

A game that takes you back to the Morphy-Anderssen era
Nakamura vs R Hess, 2012 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 33 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Exchange (C01) 1-0 He walked into it
Nakamura vs S Williams, 2012 
(C01) French, Exchange, 37 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical (D32) 1-0 Central piece play
Kramnik vs G Meier, 2012 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

KID Orthodox. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92) 0-1 Pin & Passer
J Gustafsson vs Kramnik, 2012 
(E92) King's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

English 3...e5 (A04) 1-0 Black can't promote 3 connected pawns
Aronian vs Caruana, 2012 
(A04) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 1-0

Game 35: Chess Secrets - Romantics by Craig Pritchett
Morozevich vs Leko, 2012 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 42 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attk. Fichetto (B31) 1-0 R trap
M Arribas vs G Heinatz, 2012 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Canal Attack. ML (B52) 1-0 Remove the Guard/Discovery
M Arribas vs D Citra, 2012 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

Van't Kruijs Opening (A00) 0-1Rapid development but no center P
Turochamp vs Kasparov, 2012 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 16 moves, 0-1

"Turkish Delight". Best game of the Chess Olympiad 2012
S Milliet vs V Gunina, 2012 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 59 moves, 1-0

King's Indian Def. Orthodox. Bayonet Attack (E97) 1-0Model game
Kramnik vs Grischuk, 2012 
(E97) King's Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Def: Advance. Botvinnik-Carls Def (B06) 1-0 Dbl B sac
R Hovhannisyan vs K Kostin, 2013 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Copycat (D32) 0-1 A Classic
Anand vs Kramnik, 2013 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 0-1

KID Immediate Fianchetto (E60) 1-0 Pawn power, Pin power
Kramnik vs Radjabov, 2013 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

Semi-Slav, Meran (D47) 0-1Crossfire, rob the pin, interference
Aronian vs Anand, 2013 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 0-1

"It was probably one of my best games ever" - Magnus Carlsen
Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2013 
(B30) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

KID Orthodox. Aronin-Taimanov Def (E97) 0-1A Viking berserker!
D Fridman vs Naiditsch, 2013 
(E97) King's Indian, 45 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Scheveningen. English Attack (B80) 1-0 Crazy tactics
Wei Yi vs Zhou Jianchao, 2013 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange (D85) 1-0 Barrier limits Black King
Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2013 
(D85) Grunfeld, 52 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf (B90) 0-1 Black has open lines, the safer King
Caruana vs Nakamura, 2013 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 39 moves, 0-1

Vassily Ivanchuk: 100 Selected Games by Nikolay Kalinichenko
Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2013 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 90 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Symmetrical (A30) 0-1 The chink in the armor
Carlsen vs Wang Hao, 2013 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 79 moves, 0-1

Indian Game: Reversed Chigorin Def / Veresov 3.d5 d6(A45) 0-1
V Wettasinha vs J N Sugden, 2014 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Slav Defense: Breyer Variation (D11) 0-1 Harsh words
Nakamura vs Caruana, 2014 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 67 moves, 0-1

Dutch Leningrad Defense (A80) 0-1 h-file attack
Morozevich vs Nakamura, 2014 
(A80) Dutch, 55 moves, 0-1

Trompowsky Attack (A45) 1-0 Pawn grabbing Q gets trapped
Nakamura vs J Hawkins, 2014 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 15 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Canal Attack (B51) 0-1 Get the Q in close
Caruana vs Nakamura, 2014 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 47 moves, 0-1

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

Italian, Classical. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54) 1/2-
Harikrishna vs Aronian, 2014 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzo-Indian Def: Kmoch Var (E20) 0-1 Voted game, video of year
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2014 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 61 moves, 0-1

Elephant Gambit Declined 3.d4 (C40) 1-0 Early Black Q trap
J L Koster vs B Hoareau, 2014 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

Philidor Defense (C41) 1/2-1/2!! Stay calm, and carry on...
Aronian vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27) 1-0 Back rank pin
M Ortiz vs D Chinasamy, 2014 
(B27) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

Dutch Stonewall. Modern vs Dbl Fio (A90) 0-1 Passers
Anand vs Carlsen, 2015 
(A90) Dutch, 36 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Var (C11) 0-1 2Horses
I Khairullin vs S Gagare, 2015
(C11) French, 57 moves, 0-1

QP Game: Sarratt Attack (D00) 0-1 N EG; watch youtube
S Williams vs J Hawkins, 2015 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 0-1

French Winawer. Advance (C18) 0-1 Chewing up White's Kside
Radjabov vs I Kovalenko, 2015 
(C18) French, Winawer, 38 moves, 0-1

Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central. Greco Variation (D20) 0-1Wild
L Javakhishvili vs R Edouard, 2015 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 0-1

Cntr Cntr 3...Qd6 Gubinsky-Melts Def (B01) 1-0 Knights have say
I Nepomniachtchi vs P Potapov, 2015 
(B01) Scandinavian, 56 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game: Potter Var (C45) 1-0 Rob the pin, & back defender
D Howell vs M Roiz, 2015 
(C45) Scotch Game, 38 moves, 1-0

QGD Harrwitz Attack (D37) 0-1 Black double Rs on 2nd rank
Topalov vs Nakamura, 2016 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 0-1

King's English. 4Knights Fianchetto (A29) 1-0 Computer prep
Nakamura vs Anand, 2016 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 26 moves, 1-0

Pirc Def. Austrian Attack. Weiss Var (B09) 0-1 Count accurately
I Gaponenko vs Dreev, 2016
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 26 moves, 0-1

Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Goglidze Attack (D70)1/2-1/2 Q+Bs vs Q+Ns
A Giri vs Caruana, 2016 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 96 moves, 1/2-1/2

King's Indian Attack / Hungarian (A07) 1-0Pin wins; Bb6 is mate
Wen Yang vs V Artemiev, 2016 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin. Smith-Morra Declined (B22) 0-1Counter attacks
Peter Korning vs F M Semprun Martinez, 2016 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 50 moves, 0-1

K's Indian Attack vs French-Sicilian (A07) 1-0Must Know this EG
Zhong Zhang vs D Marciano, 2016 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 68 moves, 1-0

Four Knights Game: Spanish (C48) 1-0 N sac brings quick finish
Anand vs Aronian, 2016 
(C48) Four Knights, 19 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch Def. Declined (B00) 1-0 Pawn grabbing in blitz WC
A Muzychuk vs Zhao Xue, 2016 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

K's Indian Def. Averbakh. Flexible Defense (E73)1-0 Kickin' it!
Tan Zhongyi vs Ying Zhu, 2015 
(E73) King's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

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