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best chess games ever
Compiled by benderules
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some believed black had abandoned
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

octopussy
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

time is money
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

best rapid game ever
Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 39 moves, 0-1

ever grin andi
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

minor pieces great mate
J Rosanes vs Anderssen, 1863 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 0-1

strategy+tactics
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

dobell team or the early bird mates with a pawn
Bird / Dobell vs Steinitz, 1866 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 19 moves, 1-0

double exclams party (black moves 13 15 19 20)
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

happy hunting
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

alexander the great once again
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

his name is spassky, boris spassky
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

refuting the cooking
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

best postal game ever (or at least the most famous)
Estrin vs Berliner, 1965 
(C57) Two Knights, 42 moves, 0-1

kings in oposite flanks model
Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1

great king hunt in the queen flank
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

pearl of zandvoort and amsterdam
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935 
(A90) Dutch, 47 moves, 1-0

last gem from the old champion
Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

its raining gold
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

three pieces worth more than a queen
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

its instructive when a pro crushes an am
Morphy vs NN, 1858 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

damsel in distress
Botvinnik vs Spielmann, 1935 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 12 moves, 1-0

petrosian at his best
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

another morphy brilliancy
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

rubinstein ending skills
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

20th century hoax
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

blocking finale
Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924  
(A13) English, 25 moves, 1-0

nez brilliancy
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

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