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30 Moves Or Less
Compiled by Rio Mike
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Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

Weak Squares!
Morphy vs H Baucher, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

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

Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858  
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

Kingside Attack
Morphy vs S Lewis, 1859 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Bishop Pair
Lindehn vs Maczuski, 1863 
(C21) Center Game, 16 moves, 1-0

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

Rook vs Two Pieces
Caravage vs Placais, 1870 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 23 moves, 0-1

Hanging Pawns
Steinitz vs Anderssen, 1873 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Blackburne vs Steinitz, 1883 
(C46) Three Knights, 27 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 18 moves, 1-0

Opposite Side Castling
Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894  
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Uncastled King
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Defence
Chigorin vs Lasker, 1895 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 0-1

Charousek vs Lehner, 1897 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 26 moves, 1-0

Defence
Charousek vs Maroczy, 1897 
(C13) French, 26 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury Attack
Pillsbury vs G Marco, 1900 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Burn, 1900  
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

Controlling the Open File
G Marco vs Schlechter, 1904 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 26 moves, 0-1

Przepiorka vs W Cohn, 1907 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 0-1

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

Opposite Side Castling
Rubinstein vs Teichmann, 1908 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

Pawn Chain
L Forgacs vs Tartakower, 1909 
(C13) French, 28 moves, 1-0

B Verlinsky vs Alekhine, 1909 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 28 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Tarrasch, 1910 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1912  
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 27 moves, 0-1

Weak Point: f7
W Von Holzhausen vs Tarrasch, 1912 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

Hanging Pawns
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Back Rank Weakness
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 22 moves, 1-0

Open File
Nimzowitsch vs A Pritzel, 1922 
(B06) Robatsch, 29 moves, 1-0

Open File
Rubinstein vs Bogoljubov, 1922 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Blockade
Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922  
(C02) French, Advance, 28 moves, 1-0

Zugzwang
Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923  
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1

Perpetual Check
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1924 
(D69) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 13.de, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1925 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs R Wahle, 1926 
(C01) French, Exchange, 17 moves, 1-0

Vidmar vs Nimzowitsch, 1927  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

H K Mattison vs Nimzowitsch, 1929  
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 23 moves, 0-1

E Canal vs P F Johner, 1929 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 1-0

Greek Gift
Colle vs J J O'Hanlon, 1930 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs H Steiner, 1933 
(C49) Four Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Pirc, 1935 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 20 moves, 1-0

Seventh Rank
Alatortsev vs Capablanca, 1935 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 0-1

R Domenech vs Flohr, 1935 
(B40) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

IQP
Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1936  
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Hanging Pawns
Euwe vs W Winter, 1936
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs K Junge, 1942  
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs J Podgorny, 1943 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 28 moves, 1-0

Good Knight vs Bad Bishop
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

F Zita vs Bronstein, 1946 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 30 moves, 0-1

King Hunt
Smyslov vs T Florian, 1949 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 25 moves, 1-0

Boleslavsky vs Smyslov, 1950 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

Doubled Pawns
Bronstein vs Najdorf, 1950 
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 21 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Euwe, 1953 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1

Closed Center
Szabo vs Spassky, 1953 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 29 moves, 0-1

Phalanx of Pawns
Petrosian vs H Corral, 1954 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Szabo, 1955 
(A15) English, 28 moves, 1-0

Knight Outpost
Boleslavsky vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Liquidation
R Toran Albero vs J H Donner, 1957
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 30 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

Berliner vs Bisguier, 1960 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 27 moves, 1-0

Unzicker vs Fischer, 1962  
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 26 moves, 0-1

Weak Point: f2
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Benko, 1963 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Trapping The Queen
Keres vs Spassky, 1965 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Portisch, 1965 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 27 moves, 1-0

IQP
Kholmov vs Tal, 1966 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs J Penrose, 1966 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 26 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Gligoric, 1966 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Passed Pawn
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs J H Donner, 1970 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 1-0

Passed Pawn
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 19 moves, 1-0

IQP
Petrosian vs Balashov, 1974 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 28 moves, 1-0

M Dvoretsky vs Smyslov, 1974 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1982  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Najdorf, 1982  
(E12) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

Nunn vs Short, 1986 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 30 moves, 1-0

Huebner vs Korchnoi, 1987 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 19 moves, 1-0

Hedgehog
Kasparov vs Salov, 1989 
(A15) English, 29 moves, 1-0

Exchange Sacrficce
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1990 
(E92) King's Indian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Counterattack
I Sokolov vs P Van der Sterren, 1994
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dautov vs I Nikolaidis, 1998
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 28 moves, 1-0

Alekhine's Gun
I Sokolov vs Kasparov, 1999 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 28 moves, 1-0

Hanging Pawns
Lautier vs Short, 1999 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 30 moves, 0-1

IQP
Kramnik vs Huebner, 2000 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 27 moves, 1-0

Judit Polgar vs F Berkes, 2003 
(C11) French, 24 moves, 1-0

Pawn Ending
Topalov vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

Domination
Navara vs Smirin, 2006 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 27 moves, 1-0

Backward Pawn
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 30 moves, 1-0

Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs Wang Hao, 2011 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Passed Pawn
J Gustafsson vs Kramnik, 2012 
(E92) King's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Carlsen vs Anand, 2012 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Grischuk, 2012 
(E97) King's Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Defence
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 0-1

Heavy Pieces
Bacrot vs A Giri, 2013 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Svidler, 2016 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 24 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs Kramnik, 2018 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

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