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the most instructive classic games
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The most instructive classics!

How Alekhine plays with a widely open center
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 26 moves, 1-0

Alekhine takes control of the only open file
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

Alekhine's play on the open file and refutation of f5?
Alekhine vs Yates, 1922  
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

alekhine fixating the c-pawn with open file and isolani
Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1923 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 54 moves, 0-1

25.Bg6!!!
Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1923 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

Not the most instructive, of course, but maybe the nicest
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Opening the f-file and increasing the pressure, nice attack!
Stahlberg vs Alekhine, 1930 
(E23) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann, 31 moves, 0-1

Attack on the kingside, just like in the dutch
H Mueller vs Alekhine, 1927 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 0-1

Crushing attack
Alekhine vs Marshall, 1925 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Strong play on open files
G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1925 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

Initiative and space advantage against bishop pair
Alekhine vs L Asztalos, 1927 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

Part of everybody's chess education, they say
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Plan f4-f5 with the isolated pawn
Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1936  
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Another game with f5
Lasker vs Maroczy, 1900 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Another nice and instructive game
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Pawn majority converted into a win
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 55 moves, 1-0

Queenside majority
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

Good endgame
Capablanca vs Janowski, 1913 
(C48) Four Knights, 54 moves, 1-0

the other immortal zugzwang
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

The Last move is similar to Alekhine's h4!!
Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923  
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1

Capablanca shows with class the simplest principles of chess
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A80) Dutch, 52 moves, 1-0

Nice Endgame technique, as usual
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

Master's technique at 12 years old!
Capablanca vs J Corzo, 1901 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 59 moves, 1-0

THE positionnal sacrifice
Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 
(B35) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4, 33 moves, 1-0

Have a little break with this pure diamond
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

This game allowed the benko gambit to be played
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

Nice game with attack on h5-e8 diagonal
Lasker vs Pirc, 1935 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 20 moves, 1-0

Superb positionnal game!
Fischer vs Najdorf, 1962 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

one of Fischer's immortals
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

Don't weaken the castle
Salwe vs Chigorin, 1903 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 18 moves, 0-1

The way to play with the bishop pair
Englisch vs Steinitz, 1883 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 0-1

Pay attention to d5!! and the double bishop sacrifice
Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

...c4! is now a typical plan!
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

A classic of the Russian school
Rauzer vs Riumin, 1936 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 1-0

the "Cold Winter"! (Kasparov found a flaw because of a5)
W Winter vs Capablanca, 1919 
(C49) Four Knights, 29 moves, 0-1

This is a kind of "Cold Winter"
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(A04) Reti Opening, 66 moves, 0-1

Not one of the most famous but very instructive
Kotov vs Kalmanok, 1936 
(C11) French, 22 moves, 1-0

Although it's a draw , Gligoric showed great strategy
Kotov vs Gligoric, 1953 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Another great classic
V Makogonov vs Botvinnik, 1943 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 55 moves, 0-1

Black has favourable pawn structure Whit can't trade queens
Gligoric vs Keres, 1953 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 49 moves, 0-1

Sound and original
Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926  
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 1-0

Endgame with the Bishop pair
Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1933 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 69 moves, 1-0

typical sacrifice
Mayet vs Anderssen, 1855 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 0-1

Fischer's typical ending!
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 71 moves, 1-0

the dragon is killed!
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

The dragon was killed before!
Fischer vs Larsen, 1958 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Great play by Karpov
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

"Karpovian" moves
Karpov vs Gligoric, 1973 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 63 moves, 1-0

Impressive prophylactic play by Tolia Karpov
Karpov vs Timman, 1979 
(B07) Pirc, 38 moves, 1-0

Deep positionnal play
Karpov vs Yusupov, 1983 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 44 moves, 1-0

Karpov diem
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

You understand Karpov's ideas when you are already lost !
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

Karpov slowly moving ahead
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1990 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

Karpov virtuoso!
Karpov vs Anand, 1991 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 43 moves, 1-0

Capa strongly increases the strenght of his attack on kingside
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1909 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

pressure against backward pawn
Capablanca vs Allies, 1913 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 53 moves, 1-0

One of Nimzo's favourites !
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1913 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 64 moves, 0-1

Control of the 7th rank
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Capablanca played so brightly that his opponent was lost
Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1927 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

And a brillancy to finish, enjoy!
Lputian vs Ivanchuk, 2000 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 24 moves, 0-1

White square strategy
Petrosian vs S Schweber, 1962 
(E73) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

A form of White square strategy
Bareev vs Shirov, 1992
(E73) King's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Dark square strategy
Karpov vs Judit Polgar, 1994 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 33 moves, 1-0

White square strategy
Petrosian vs Larsen, 1965 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 40 moves, 1-0

Watch how Bronstein delays axb5 to organize his rooks
Bronstein vs Botvinnik, 1951 
(A91) Dutch Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

The Double Bishop sacrifice!
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

Using the c6 square
Botvinnik vs J H Donner, 1963 
(A14) English, 31 moves, 1-0

A superb attack
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Bf5!; Be4!; etc... excellent play with fixed center
M Stolberg vs Botvinnik, 1940 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 41 moves, 0-1

The pair of bishops is not always a winning factor
Levenfish vs Botvinnik, 1937 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

The queen Knight is driven away from the battle
Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1-0

Wonderful positionnal pawn sacrifice
Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Strokes of genius (....g6!!; ...Rf8!)
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 58 moves, 0-1

The principle of two weaknesses
Botvinnik vs E Zagorjansky, 1943 
(A09) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Introduction of the Botvinnik gambit
Denker vs Botvinnik, 1945 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 0-1

exploiting the weak d5 square
Botvinnik vs Kan, 1939 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 41 moves, 1-0

Great Qe3!!
Botvinnik vs N Sorokin, 1931 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

Bxe6 and Qh4! similar to Qe3!
Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

The sense of harmony!
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Re6!! superb shot
Reshevsky vs Petrosian, 1953 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

a4-a5 plan with pawns on c4 and d4
Korchnoi vs Ivkov, 1967 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 60 moves, 1-0

Qd8-g8-h7! and destroying the pawn center
Bondarevsky vs Botvinnik, 1941 
(C02) French, Advance, 29 moves, 0-1

Philidor playing the pawns
Philidor vs NN, 1749 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Very imaginative prophylaxis
P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 40 moves, 0-1

Smyslov is one of the deepest strategists
Smyslov vs Tal, 1959 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 65 moves, 1-0

Another game featuring far-seeing strategy
Smyslov vs Veresov, 1940 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Another great strategic game
Kotov vs Botvinnik, 1944 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 0-1

Qe3!!
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1943 
(C46) Three Knights, 40 moves, 1-0

Smyslov sees at once the c4 weakness
Portisch vs Smyslov, 1971 
(A81) Dutch, 37 moves, 0-1

A wonderful positionnal game
Morphy vs Harrwitz, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

A well known exchange spanish
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

Taimanov vs Geller, 1953 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 40 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs M Yudovich Sr., 1933 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

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