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  1. "Mastering Chess Strategy" - Hellsten
    Several games taken in chronological order from Hellsten's book on strategy "Mastering Chess Strategy" (2010).

    The idea here is to offer a potpourri of games from his book to illustrate the strategies he covers in much greater depth in the 489 pages.

    15 games, 1927-1998

  2. 125 Greatest Chess Games
    according to The Mammoth Book of The World's Greatest Chess Games, New Expanded Edition, by Graham Burgess, John Nunn, and John Emms.

    # above the game represents how many votes it gets by these 3 authors.

    In several games here, some opening move orders are slightly different from the book.

    125 games, 1834-2010

  3. 29p_PAWN endgames
    [taht iz whaen noh piezez R laeft]

    Pawn endings do not arise out of nowhere; we know of course that every pawn ending started out as an endgame with more pieces on the board....

    The main concepts of king and pawn endings are well known, and will be summarized only briefly here:

    < 1. King activity. This is frequently critical in all sorts of endings, but never more so than when the kings are the only pieces remaining.

    < 2. Opposition. King opposition, both direct and distant, are key ideas in such endings. Triangulation, to lose a tempo and transfer the move to the opponent, is a standard technique.

    < 3. Outside passed pawns are often decisive, as are protected passed pawns. Such passed pawns often result from combinational breakthroughs.

    < 4. Above all, king and pawn endings are probably the most concrete of all, in that tempi are usually vital, and variations are everything. There is usually little scope for general strengthening moves, of the sort which are common in other endings. In king and pawn endings, it is generally essential to be able to calculate everything in detail. >>>> - Steve Giddins

    Basic pawn endgames:

    Pawn Endgames: Beauty and the Beast:

    reviews of Glenn Fear's book on pawn endgames:

    <"The older I grow, the more I value Pawns."> - Paul Keres

    ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙

    Chess Song from the Internet

    Another interest chess resource on the Internet is the Chess-L mailing list. Here chess enthusiasts are able to send comments to the entire subscription list (about 800 at last count) by sending a single message to the list maintainer. A recent topic for discussion was pawn endings. Here is one of the more delightful replies (reproduced by permission) by Chess-L member David Moody:

    "GM Alexander Baburin provides a list of things you need to know about pawn endings:

    "opposition reserved tempo and triangulation square the pawn outflanking and elbowing locking up more active King pawn race transformation into a Queen ending passed pawn creation:

    "Breakthrough passed pawn creation on opposite flanks: self marching pawns self-supporting pawns stalemate outside passed pawns protected passed pawns better pawn structure corresponding squares.


    The most elementary of chess positions. All things being equal, every position must be judged in relation to the pawn ending. Important concepts in these endgames include <king activity> <opposition> <triangulation> along with <zugzwang> <pawn breaks> <passed pawns> <square of the pawn> and <promotion/under-promotion>.

    Queen endings can also arise from close pawn endings when both sides promote.


    "That's a beautiful list. Some might be moved to poetry. I have no idea what I was moved to, as I couldn't get the Disney song "It's a small world" out of my mind.

    "You may want to sing along. Then again, you may want to delete this immediately and censor me forever."



    It's a pawn game after all!
    It's a pawn game after all!
    It's a pawn game after all!
    It's a pawn end game.
    There is some outflanking and elbowing,
    There is locking up the more active king,
    When you triangulate, be prepared for stalemate, It's a pawn game after all!
    If your opposition should square a pawn,
    Use your reserved tempo and race one down,
    When a breakthrough is seen, they transform into queens, It's a pawn game after all!

    Pawns are self-supporting, self-marching too,
    They're outside, protected, and passed to boot,
    Better structure is theirs, corresponding to squares, It's a pawn game after all!

    --- David Moody

    (It's a small brain after all...) ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙ = ♙

    check also: Game Collection: Pawn Endgames

    146 games, 1858-2018

  4. A course of study
    23 games, 1908-2003

  5. A Players Announced to Fredthebear's Audience
    This is a thinning out of the A B C collection. Adolf Anderssen, Alexander Alekhine and Vishy Anand already have their own separate collections, so most of their games will not be included here unless they played another A player. The same goes for Mickey Adams.

    The games of Levon Aronian, rated as high as 2830 top the list. All other players are mixed in chronological order toward the bottom.

    * Match Aronian! Game Collection: Match Aronian!

    * 200+ games: Game Collection: Aronian's Games 4 Study

    * Adolf Anderssen miniatures:

    Site under construction by Fredthebear.

    464 games, 1801-2018

  6. Accelerated Dragon 2nd collection
    Maroczy Bind Breyer variation
    45 games, 1920-2017

  7. Accelerated Dragons
    This is a collection of Accelerated Dragons, transpositions to the Accelerated Dragon (usually where a Maroczy bind formation comes up after 1 c4 c5), and Sicilians with different classifications featuring an early fianchetto of Black's kingside bishop. Openings with anti-Accelerated Dragon lines by white have also been included, since they will probably still be of interest to Accelerated Dragon players.
    57 games, 1955-2007

  8. An Opium Repertoire for White
    that's what you'd have to be smoking to play it.
    40 games, 1903-2008

  9. Anatoly Karpov's Best Games
    The best games of Karpov's career.

    The boy doesn't have a clue about chess, and there's no future at all for him in this profession. Mikhail Botvinnik (referring to a 12-year-old boy named Anatoly Karpov)

    I like 1.e4 very much but my results with 1.d4 are better. Anatoly Karpov

    Style? I have no style. Anatoly Karpov

    Let us say that a game may be continued in two ways: one of them is a beautiful tactical blow that gives rise to variations that don't yield to precise calculations; the other is clear positional pressure that leads to an endgame with microscopic chances of victory. I would choose the latter without thinking twice. If the opponent offers keen play I don't object; but in such cases I get less satisfaction, even if I win, than from a game conducted according to all the rules of strategy with its ruthless logic. Anatoly Karpov

    Chess is everything: art, science and sport. - Anatoly Karpov

    I simply developed that universal style which dominated with the arrival of Spassky and then Fischer. But all the same we were different chess players, of course. Both Spassky and Fischer were brilliant at developing and sensing the initiative. In that regard I was, perhaps, a little inferior, but on the other hand I stood out by having excellent technique for converting an advantage, positional sense and an ability to maneuver positionally in that area I was clearly superior to Spassky, and Fischer, and perhaps everyone, except Petrosian. - Anatoly Karpov

    At first I found some of his moves not altogether understandable, and only after careful analysis did I discover their hidden strength. Ljubomir Ljubojevic (on Karpov)

    When observing Karpov's play or playing against him, one cannot help thinking that all his pieces are linked by invisible threads. This net moves forward unhurriedly, gradually covering the enemy squares, but, amazingly, not relinquishing its own. Alexander Roshal

    When having an edge, Karpov often marked time and still gained the advantage! I don't know anyone else who could do that, it's incredible. I was always impressed and delighted by this skill. When it looked like it was high time to start a decisive attack, Karpov played a3, h3, and his opponent's position collapsed. - Vladimir Kramnik

    There are very few madmen who risk employing Pirc or King's Indian against Karpov. - Alexsander Shashin

    Many of Karpov's intentions become understandable to his opponents only when salvation is no longer possible. Mikhail Tal

    Known as a negative player, Karpov sets up deep traps and creates moves that seem to allow his opponent possibilities - but that really don't. He takes no chances, and he gives his opponents nothing. He's a trench-warfare fighter who keeps the game moving just an inch at a time. Bruce Pandolfini

    Karpov defeated me in Linares-94 where he scored 11 out of 13. I got into an inferior endgame. However, it did not seem awful. Then I made some appropriate moves and could not understand how I had managed to get into a losing position. Although I was already in the world top ten, I failed to understand it even after the game. This was one of the few games after which I felt like a complete idiot with a total lack of chess understanding! Such things happen very rarely to top level players. Usually you realise why you have lost. This moment defies description - there is something almost imperceptible about it and so characteristic of Karpov. - Vladimir Kramnik

    143 games, 1968-2008

  10. Anti-Sicilians

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    1.e4 c5

    Canal Attack

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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7 Qxd7

    Alapin Variation

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    1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6

    Prins Variation

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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3

    Tal Gambit

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    1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6

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    4.d3 Nc6 5.c3 g6 6.Bb3 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nbd2 b6 (...e5) 9.Re1 Ba6 10.Nf1 Ne5 11.Bc2 Qc7 (...Rc8 Joel Benjamin vs Baklan, 2001) Joel Benjamin vs Baklan, 2001 4.Qe2 Nc6 5.h3 (5.c3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.d3 e6) e6 6.Bb3 Be7 7.c3 b6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Rd1 a5 Leko vs A Romero Holmes, 1994 4.e5 dxe5 5.Nxe5 e6 6.Qe2 Be7 E Shaposhnikov vs E Najer, 2000

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6

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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.h3 Nbd7 5.Bd3 b6 6.0-0 Bb7 7.Re1 Qc7 8.Bc2 Rc8

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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Bd3 Bg4 5.Bc2 Nc6 6.d3 e6 7.Nbd2 d5 8.h3 Bh5 9.Qe2 Be7 10.Nf1

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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Be2 Bd7 (...Nbd7 5.d3 b6 6.0-0 Bb7 7.Nbd2 g6)

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    157 games, 1834-2017

  11. Art of Planning (McDonald)
    The Art of Planning in Chess: Move by Move' by Neil McDonald. Compiled by Qindarka. I own this book and find it to be well written.
    31 games, 1945-2006

  12. Attacking with the French
    11 games, 1982-2013

  13. B41 Sicilian: Kan. Maroczy Bind [Black]
    40 games, 2010-2013

  14. B41 Sicilian: Kan. Maroczy Bind [Black]
    4 games, 2010-2014

  15. Beating the hyperaccelerated dragon
    12 games, 1958-2006

  16. Black Repertoire 1.e4 e5 Compiled by Chigorin
    This fine collection was developed by Chigorin. Fredthebear copied this collection from Chigorin. Thank you Chigorin!

    This collection outlines a repertoire for Black against 1.e4 based on the Open Defense against the Ruy Lopez, 5...f6 against the Ruy Lopez Exchange, and the Two Knights Defense against 3.Bc4. These defenses are completely sound, but also more based on pure piece activity (and consequently more intuitive for an amateur) than various other replies to 1.e4 (Closed Spanish, Sicilian, French etc.). I based the selection of games on three books:

    -"Open Ruy Lopez" (2000) by Glen Flear

    -"Ruy Lopez Exchange" (2005) by Krzysztof Panczyk and Jacek Ilczuk

    -"Play the Open Games as Black" (2000) by John Emms

    The theory is dated in some spots, but as a starting place for an amateur repertoire these games are still great examples. The most dated theory is probably in the Ruy Lopez mainlines, which in my experience are rarely encountered at amateur level anyway.

    In a couple of spots I chose lines other than those recommended in the above mentioned books, usually because I felt that the lines given in the books were either unnecessarily difficult (3...g5 vs. the King's Gambit as given by Emms, 4...Nf6 vs. the Scotch as given by Emms), or simply sub-optimal (5...Bb4 vs. the Vienna as given by Emms).

    71 games, 1894-2010

  17. C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
    4 games, 1904-2009

  18. Capablanca's Best Chess Endings
    10 games, 1901-1927

  19. Chernev's "The Most Instructive Games of Chess"
    30 games, 1873-1960

  20. Chris Ward's Starting out : the Nimzo-Indian
    "Starting out: the Nimzo-Indian", by Chris Ward
    21 games, 1982-2001

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