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Most Interesting Games
Compiled by Francis P Monaco
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The games that for whatever reason(s) are the most intriguing for me and this list allows for easy consultation when/if needed.

Kasparov's Immortal
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

Game of the Century
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

The Evergreen Game
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik Wins Insane Game
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Tal's Immortal
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Morphy's Immortal
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Levy Loses Famous Bet by Falling to Computer Opponent
CHESS 4.7 vs D Levy, 1978 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 55 moves, 1-0

17 Pawn Moves... in a Row?
E J Diemer vs T Heiling, 1984 
(B07) Pirc, 45 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik Humiliates Opponent
Kupreichik vs J Sunye Neto, 1989 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

Nice Tactical Game from Carlsen
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2015 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Ponomariov Wins Nutty Game
Ponomariov vs I Sokolov, 2007 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

Black King Ends up on G1
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Tal the Magician
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Tal the Magician, Part 2
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

Fischer the Buzzsaw
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Boris Capitalizes on Opponent's Mistakes
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

Three Connected Passed Pawns on 7th Rank!
K Kokolias vs F Sigalas, 2005 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Amazing Smothered Mate
Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

FOUR Connected Passed Pawns Deep in Enemy Territory
F J Lee vs H Shoosmith, 1904 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 0-1

Kasparov Wins Famous Game vs. Computer
Deep Thought vs Kasparov, 1989 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 52 moves, 0-1

Kasparov Suffers Historic Loss vs. Computer
Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 19 moves, 1-0

Bronstein is a Wizard
Bronstein vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi Captures the Center Brilliantly
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Among the Best Games of 2018
T Hillarp Persson vs T Laurusas, 2018 
(A06) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

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

Incredibly Deep Computer Game
Stockfish vs Jonny, 2014 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 60 moves, 1-0

A Night at the Opera
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Another Weird Diemer Game
E J Diemer vs Portz, 1948 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 1-0

Frankenstein vs. Dracula
J Ost-Hansen vs Nunn, 1974 
(C27) Vienna Game, 38 moves, 0-1

Possibly the Best Game of 2017
J Bai vs Ding Liren, 2017 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 32 moves, 0-1

Another Great 2017 Battle
Aronian vs Carlsen, 2017 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Mirror Image for First Eight Moves
Burn vs Burille, 1889 
(C49) Four Knights, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca Zugswangs His Opponent
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

Outrageous Game Between Two Former Junior World Champions
I Saric vs P Maghsoodloo, 2018 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 63 moves, 1-0

Hungry Hungry Hippo
Nezhmetdinov vs Ujtelky, 1964 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 75 moves, 0-1

A Great Attacking Game
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

A Great Tactical Game
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

A Nice Defensive Game
Korchnoi vs J Ye, 1990 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 52 moves, 0-1

Historic Internet Event
Kasparov vs The World, 1999 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 62 moves, 1-0

Not Trading Queens = Good Idea by Kramnik
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Ernst Shouldn't Have Taken the Knight Sacrifice
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

An Epic Battle
Morozevich vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 76 moves, 0-1

A Great Queen Sacrifice
Stoltz vs H Steiner, 1952 
(A21) English, 34 moves, 1-0

Another Nice Tactical Game
Anand vs Bologan, 2003 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

A Wild Game
Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1999 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

Double Bishop Sack Works Here
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Did Kan Help Smyslov? Dunno, But It's a Good Game
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Only Because it May be the Oldest Recorded Game
Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475 
(B01) Scandinavian, 21 moves, 1-0

A Quality Attacking Game
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

One of the Best Games of 2016
Kramnik vs R Buhmann, 2016 
(C11) French, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Another Great 2016 Game
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 0-1

Likely the Best Game of 2015
Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 48 moves, 1-0

Featured in From Russia With Love
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

A Pawn Steamroll
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Perhaps the Best Draw of All Time
Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910  
(B32) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Wild Battle
V Zvjaginsev vs A Shariyazdanov, 2005 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 31 moves, 1-0

A Rainbow of Knights & Bishops Causes Checkmate
S S Dodge vs J R Houghteling, 1905 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 16 moves, 0-1

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

A Brilliant Game from Reti
Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924  
(A13) English, 25 moves, 1-0

Checkmate via En Passat!
G Gundersen vs A H Faul, 1928 
(C02) French, Advance, 15 moves, 1-0

No Captured Pieces?!
R Nuber vs R Keckeisen, 1994 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

The Tomb Game
B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971 
(E97) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

The First Fried Liver Attack
Polerio vs Domenico, 1610 
(C57) Two Knights, 21 moves, 1-0

One of the Worst Blunders in History
Karpov vs Bareev, 1994 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1-0

Nutty Active King Game
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

A Memorable Attacking Battle
Capablanca vs Janowski, 1911 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 66 moves, 1-0

Quality Attacking Game from an Attacking Master
Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1911  
(C49) Four Knights, 37 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein Has Tremendous Strategy
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1-0

Brilliant Game from Smyslov
Smyslov vs V Liberzon, 1968 
(A25) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Surprisingly Fun Game Considering Their Styles
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1959 
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 0-1

The Iron Tiger Uses Great Tactics
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Original Tal vs. Yugoslav Tal
Tal vs Velimirovic, 1979 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 30 moves, 1-0

Their First Meeting in a Rivalry w/ Protracted Backstory
Capablanca vs Lasker, 1914 
(C49) Four Knights, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anthony Miles Beats World Champion w/ 1 a6!
Karpov vs Miles, 1980  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 46 moves, 0-1

The Brisbane Bombshell
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Finishing a Brilliancy with Style
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

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