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Miniatures--Tasty tidbits!
Compiled by nasmichael

One player pulls ahead of the other, and ends the conflict quickly.

C Scheerer vs F Bindrich, 2004 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 17 moves, 1-0

Anti-Sicilian theme. Strip the opponent as a panda does bamboo
C Landenbergue vs S Jakob, 2001 
(B30) Sicilian, 15 moves, 1-0

Could you control the Black pieces without the queen here?
C Landenbergue vs M Roeder, 1993 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 1-0

Pounce! Ignore the piece count, and win the game!
Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1905 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 19 moves, 1-0

Rain down upon your enemy. Water is wise.
Spielmann vs Tartakower, 1909 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 22 moves, 1-0

Neither king is allowed to castle. White attacks the lines.
Znosko-Borovsky vs Tartakower, 1925 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 22 moves, 1-0

Queen goes where it shouldn't and wins! Support is key.
Spielmann vs B Hoenlinger, 1929 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1-0

"Power Up!" with Reti against his opponent.
Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

Alekhine takes the f-train to Haarlem!
Alekhine vs R Verberne / A Hinlopen, 1933 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 19 moves, 1-0

Not quite a miniature, but a resignation--psyched out by Big Al
Alekhine vs V Nenarokov, 1907 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 10 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Hort, 1978 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

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

b4 takes a master by surprise. Straight to the battle!
Y Lapshun vs M Sinn, 2003 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

Giving up power for speed.
Bronstein vs Geller, 1961 
(E27) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

A precise attack by Mr. Fischer in Decade 7 of 20th C.
Fischer vs J Rubinetti, 1970 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 24 moves, 1-0

Kolti makes short work of opponent with a fork of Q & R.
Koltanowski vs Magmusson, 1960 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 12 moves, 1-0

King hunt --if you looked it up in the dictionary...
Koltanowski vs Day, 1960 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 12 moves, 1-0

Has this ever happened to you? History can repeat itself....
J W te Kolste vs R Loman, 1921 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 18 moves, 0-1

Gambit accepted, and exploited by Master Chigorin!
NN vs Chigorin, 1875 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 0-1

NN vs Greco, 1620 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 10 moves, 0-1

Viktor K lets the Caro-K Cat out of the bag.
Korchnoi vs L Levy, 1974 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

Hilarious tale by Marshall of a pipe, a match, and a mate.
Marshall vs Burn, 1900  
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

Magnus' whirlwind.
Carlsen vs P Nikolic, 2005 
(C08) French, Tarrasch, Open, 4.ed ed, 22 moves, 1-0

Philidor --"Pawns are the soul of the game";--Morphy proves it.
Morphy vs T Knight, 1856 
(000) Chess variants, 17 moves, 1-0

Biegler vs Peperle, 1952 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 11 moves, 0-1

Patricia Peper vs G E Pearce, 1944 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 1-0

Don't dance too much with the knights without purpose.
A Hollis vs N Littlewood, 1967 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

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

Mate in 9--no escape squares after queen exchange.
Abrikossowoski vs Parkow, 1938 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 9 moves, 0-1

Staunton vs A Brodie, 1851 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 15 moves, 1-0

A Soltis vs Browne, 1970 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 15 moves, 1-0

Why activity isn't enough. Develop with purpose.
H Buckle vs NN, 1840 
(B50) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1-0

S Palatnik vs I Stohl, 1986 
(D90) Grunfeld, 19 moves, 1-0

Attacking squares becomes important in smothered mate.
Smith vs F Wenman, 1938 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 0-1

Plachetka vs G Didier, 1999
(A48) King's Indian, 22 moves, 1-0

K Torotoova vs M Jambrich, 1999 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

Pull the king out of the castle, and take away his escape.
S Volkov vs A Galliamova, 1999
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 18 moves, 1-0

Mating in the center--stormed castle!
C Parker vs I Myall, 1999 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 19 moves, 0-1

A focused 13-year-old can do great things.
Illescas Cordoba vs NN, 1978 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 14 moves, 1-0

Got a novice copying your moves? Make him stop.
Alekhine vs Koehnlein, 1908 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

Coordination is superior -- mating with minor pieces.
Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 
(000) Chess variants, 21 moves, 1-0

J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890  
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

How is your center looking?
M Ashley vs A Zelner, 1993 
(B56) Sicilian, 12 moves, 1-0

G Schnitzler vs Eberle, 1861 
(B20) Sicilian, 11 moves, 1-0

long-range vision -- look for holes in position and board
Chulkov vs Gavemann, 1947 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 12 moves, 1-0

relationship between pieces
C M Saulson vs H M Phillips, 1907 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 12 moves, 1-0

O Soyka vs B Tot, 1948 
(C57) Two Knights, 12 moves, 0-1

advanced pawn helps with mate!
Mayet vs Anderssen, 1851 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 15 moves, 0-1

Raking diagonals.
Schroeder vs H Illgen, 1926 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

checkmate the queen
J McConnell vs Morphy, 1850 
(C02) French, Advance, 14 moves, 0-1

Forcing moves at end of game.
Smyslov vs C Kottnauer, 1946 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 21 moves, 1-0

Controlling squares.
Smyslov vs B Ratner, 1945 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

queen and knight team attacking downfield.
Efimov vs Bronstein, 1941 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 0-1

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