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Compiled by nakul1964
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I've heard all these silly arguments about how it should be "Black to play and win" or "White to play and draw" or "White to play and keep material," but it is all junk to me. I think all that is necessary is "Black to play and make *the best move*." A good player should be able to figure out whether "the best move" leads to keeping material, a mate in X, gaining material, drawing the game, etc. That's how real games are anyway.


Black to Play after 53. Rxe5
Van Wely vs Leko, 1996 
(A48) King's Indian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

White to play after 14... fxe6
A Z Kapengut vs Antoshin, 1965 
(C56) Two Knights, 18 moves, 1-0

White to play after 12... Rac8
P Izmailov vs Botvinnik, 1929 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 14 moves, 1-0

White to play after 31... Kf7
Carlsen vs H A Gretarsson, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 25. Qe3
Uhlmann vs H Liebert, 1976 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 27 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 38. Rb1
Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977 
(B32) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

White to play after 13... Qg4
Maczuski vs Kolisch, 1864 
(C45) Scotch Game, 15 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 9. d3
Adow vs Borissow, 1889 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 9 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 9. b3
Bird / Dobell vs Gunsberg / Locock, 1897 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 9 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 25. Kh1
Polugaevsky vs Ftacnik, 1982 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 0-1

White to play after 20... Qxb3
P J Sowray vs S Depauw, 2001 
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 52. Kxd2
Stoltz vs Nimzowitsch, 1928 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 61 moves, 0-1

White to play after 28... Qb6
I Farago vs K Bjerring, 1989 
(D24) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

White to play after 24... Bd5
Spielmann vs B Hoenlinger, 1929 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1-0

White to play after 34... Qe2
R Hartoch vs Hecht, 1972 
(A14) English, 41 moves, 1-0

White to play after 30...Rb6
P Trifunovic vs M Aaron, 1962 
(A48) King's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

White to play after 24... Qxa2
Schlechter vs Kern, 1893 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 30. Qe1
I Poulsen vs A Christiansen, 1981 
(A22) English, 31 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 26. Rg1
O Rodriguez Vargas vs F Olafsson, 1978 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 26 moves, 0-1

White to play after 32... Bxd3
I Nei vs Petrosian, 1960 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

White to play after 20...Kg7
Timman vs C van Wijgerden, 1977 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

White to play after 12... Nbd7
Anderssen vs E Schallopp, 1864 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 14 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 14. Kf1
Harmonist vs Burn, 1887 
(C14) French, Classical, 18 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 19. Qxh6
S Stefanov vs Zsofia Polgar, 1984 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 21 moves, 0-1

White to play after 16...Kxg7
J Kupper vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 20 moves, 1-0

White to play after 18...Ng8
Sprecher vs Lutz, 1937 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 15. Kxg2
J Schulten vs Kieseritzky, 1850 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 0-1

White to play after 16...exf4
Dake vs J Schmitt, 1949 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

White to play after 6...Be7
Leonhardt vs NN, 1912 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 23. Rh1
P Needham vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1981 
(B33) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 12. o-o
Lvov vs L Radchenko, 1957 
(C57) Two Knights, 12 moves, 0-1

White to play after 24...Kh8
Stein vs V Liberzon, 1965 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

White to play after 12...h6
Perez vs Fernandez, 1947 
(C15) French, Winawer, 15 moves, 1-0

White to play after 19...Nxd5
P Romanovsky vs I Rabinovich, 1935 
(B58) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

White to play after 16...Ba5
J Cervenka vs NN, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

White to play after 16...Nxa1
Steinitz vs A Hodges, 1891 
(C25) Vienna, 17 moves, 1-0

White to play after 9...Nxc3
M Monticelli vs Prokes, 1926 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

White to play after 14...Kxg7
Blackburne vs H Gifford, 1874  
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 13. Qxa8
NN vs Blackburne, 1880  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 17. Nxe4
O Field vs O Tenner, 1923 
(C58) Two Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

White to play after 16...Kg7
Capablanca vs C Jaffe, 1910 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 7. Bg2
Veitch vs J Penrose, 1950 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 10. Qf4
M Corden vs J Moles, 1970 
(C01) French, Exchange, 12 moves, 0-1

White to play after 12...b5
Keres vs Geller, 1956 
(E70) King's Indian, 15 moves, 1-0

White to play after 23...Ba5
Lasker vs Euwe, 1936  
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 17. Re1
J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003 
(A04) Reti Opening, 17 moves, 0-1

White to play after 12...Bf5
H Delaire vs NN, 1901 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

White to play after 19...Rxc3
Bronstein vs Geller, 1961 
(E27) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

White to play after 40...Kh5
G Mohr vs B Bratovic, 2002 
(A48) King's Indian, 46 moves, 1-0

White to play after 12...Nd5
Azmaiparashvili vs R Montecatine Rios, 1994 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 14 moves, 1-0

White to play after 15...Ne8
Owen vs Burn, 1887 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 27. fxe4
Stahlberg vs Keres, 1936 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 0-1

White to play after 15...Kh8
Suba vs O Peters, 1993 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 16 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 11. Rxb7
NN vs G Abrahams, 1929 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 11 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 25. Rxe1
Bagirov vs Kholmov, 1961 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 25 moves, 0-1

White to play after 33...Kh8
Miles vs C W Pritchett, 1982 
(D01) Richter-Veresov Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

White to play after 52...Bxb4
Fischer vs L A Sanchez, 1959 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 53 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 22. Nd2
N Nathan vs Anderssen, 1850 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 11. Nxc6
J Perlis vs Tartakower, 1907 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 11 moves, 0-1

White to play after 22...Qd8
Blackburne vs Lush, 1885 
(B01) Scandinavian, 23 moves, 1-0

White to play after 18...exf5
Botvinnik vs G Stepanov (Schneideman), 1930 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

White to play after 27...Bc5
Smirin vs Pelletier, 2002 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

White to play after 22...Qxf6
Alekhine vs A Frieman, 1924  
(C21) Center Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 23. Rd7
Judit Polgar vs Macieja, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

White to play after 24...f6
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 26 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 28. Kg2
Chandler vs Y Gruenfeld, 1979 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 28 moves, 0-1

White to play after 30...Qd7
Geller vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 22. Rxa7
Seirawan vs E Lobron, 1983 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 24 moves, 0-1

White to play after 44...Qxe5
Pillsbury vs Maroczy, 1900 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 46 moves, 1-0

Black to play and win after 27. Qc3
Ribli vs Adorjan, 1983 
(A04) Reti Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

White to play after 93...Bd6
L Gonda vs C Paci, 2001 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 95 moves, 1-0

White to play after 46...Ke8
Zukertort vs Englisch, 1883 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 68 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 25. Nxc5
Hug vs Spassky, 1973 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

White to play after 34...Bxf6
Short vs A Muir, 2004 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

White to play after 15...fxe6
Fischer vs P Dely, 1967 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 17 moves, 1-0

White to play after 29...N6d7
Keres vs Spassky, 1955 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

White to play after 21...Rc8
F Olafsson vs Tal, 1971 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

White to play after 47...Kh4
Stahlberg vs A Becker, 1944 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 48 moves, 1-0

White to play after 28...Rh6
Capablanca vs Rossolimo, 1938 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

White to play after 24...Qb4
W Watson vs M Stangl, 1998 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

White to play after 36...Qb7
Carlos Torre vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 36. Qxc7
Ulf Andersson vs Hartston, 1973 
(A04) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 0-1

White to play after 18...Rfd8
Schlechter vs K Havasi, 1918 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 19 moves, 1-0

White to play after 26. hxg5
A Hahn vs A Pixton, 2003 
(A81) Dutch, 26 moves, 0-1

White to play after 13...Nc7
Rublevsky vs Z Varga, 2001 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

White to play after 20...Nd7
Rubinstein vs M Hirschbein, 1927 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

White to play after 13...b6
Tseshkovsky vs Savon, 1977 
(A15) English, 53 moves, 1-0

White to play after 29...Rxd6
Mamedyarov vs A Timofeev, 2004 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

White to play after 29...hxg6
Alekhine vs Colle, 1925 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 22. fxg4
N Kosolapov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1936 
(C47) Four Knights, 24 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 12. Bd4
B Andonov vs Lputian, 1987 
(A09) Reti Opening, 12 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 27. Rb1
E Torre vs Timman, 1982 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

White to play after 25...Ba6
Alekhine vs A Fletcher, 1928 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 32 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 21. Qxd6
H Ree vs A J Mestel, 1983 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 27 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 33. Qe2
J D Tisdall vs Judit Polgar, 1988 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 33 moves, 0-1

White to play after 27...Ne5
Kasparov vs Csom, 1980 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 29 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 41. Bxe2
Piket vs R Douven, 1988 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 43 moves, 0-1

Black to play after 37. Qf2
Kotov vs Botvinnik, 1939 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 38 moves, 0-1

White to play after 17...Bc8
Averbakh vs Taimanov, 1953 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Black to play after 30. Qxe5
Przepiorka vs Ahues, 1927 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 31 moves, 0-1

White to play after 22...Rb8
H Danielsen vs C Hansen, 1997 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

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