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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

close encounters on the first kind
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

tactics in the endgame
Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

lasker comeback
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

spassky rising star
Spassky vs Geller, 1968 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 1-0

masterchef
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

young garry uses and old idea (2 bishop sacrifice)
Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

morphy black miniature
T Lichtenhein vs Morphy, 1857 
(C45) Scotch Game, 19 moves, 0-1

when a drawing master attacks
B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

another ct1959 brilliancy
Fischer vs Benko, 1959 
(B57) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

karpov-5 kasparov-0
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 59 moves, 1-0

little soldiers
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

you give me a pawn, I give you two
Spielmann vs Colle, 1928 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

another nice king hunt
Steinitz vs Rock, 1863 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

Schlechter vs Salwe, 1909 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 1-0

doble bishop sacrifice
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

king in the center+open lines
Ravinsky vs Panov, 1943 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 36 moves, 1-0

young gari and his incredible sacrifices
Kasparov vs Larsen, 1982 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 39 moves, 1-0

brave king
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

highway encounter
Lasker vs W Napier, 1904 
(B34) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 35 moves, 1-0

Last great win by great Tolya
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

wizard vishi
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 41 moves, 0-1

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