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Compiled by Karpova

I tried to create a compendium of interesting, well-played games. Some of them are not widely known but still great chess. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

An example of perfect endgame technique
H Mattison vs Rubinstein, 1929 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 38 moves, 0-1

What else could be said about Rubinstein's immortal game?
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Kramnik as a master of defense
Anand vs Kramnik, 2004 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Blindfolded Capa produces a great combinative masterpiece
Capablanca vs J Baca Arus, 1912 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Black's g-file plays an important role!
J Corzo vs Capablanca, 1913 
(A53) Old Indian, 37 moves, 0-1

Some surprising decisions and deep understanding of chess
Rubinstein vs Gruenfeld, 1929 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 70 moves, 1-0

Kramnik is a real magician
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2001 
(A17) English, 47 moves, 0-1

Godlike endgame play by Karpov!
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

This game shows Kramnik's deep understanding of chess
Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2001 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Stunningly beautiful miniature by Petrosian
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Subtle positional play and a queen sacrifice by Capa!
Capablanca vs B H Villegas, 1914 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

A great endgame and an exciting draw!
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1928 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Watch this if you want to learn how to use knights
Capablanca vs Yates, 1924 
(A48) King's Indian, 77 moves, 1-0

Topalov proves his defensive abilities in this epic struggle
Morozevich vs Topalov, 2001 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

Get inspired by Karpov's prophylactic psychological style
Karpov vs P Ricardi, 2001 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

One of the greatest game ever played!
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

How to cut pieces off the rest of the board
W Winter vs Capablanca, 1919 
(C49) Four Knights, 29 moves, 0-1

Kramnik destroys Kasparov with a brutal attack
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

A surprisingly romantic game by Bareev!
Bareev vs Piket, 2000 
(A25) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Kramnik's makes winning against Moro look easy
Morozevich vs Kramnik, 2001 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 0-1

Polgar plays an interesting line against caro-kann
Polgar vs K Asrian, 2001 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Kramnik reduces Leko to helplessness and finishes him off
Kramnik vs Leko, 2001 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 51 moves, 1-0

A masterly example of how to use pins
B Gamback vs R Nevanlinna, 2001 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein dominates Schlechter - another Masterpiece by Akiba
Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1-0

34.kf1! a perfect example of a calm move during a wild attack
Polgar vs I Sokolov, 2005 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 40 moves, 1-0

Cold blooded masterpiece!
Hodgson vs M Godena, 2000 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 0-1

Capa's fearless king
L Merenyi vs Capablanca, 1928 
(B27) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

"V" for Victory!
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

Exquisite endgame play by Dr. Lasker
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

Capa chokes Vera Menchik
Capablanca vs Menchik, 1935 
(E85) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation, 32 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein outplays Bogo with great tactics
Rubinstein vs Bogoljubov, 1922 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

The outcome of playing for a draw against Capa
Menchik vs Capablanca, 1931 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

korchnoi shows that space advantage doesn't necessarily win
Csom vs Korchnoi, 1965 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 16 moves, 0-1

Petrosian's subtle positional play - found it thanks to darook
Petrosian vs W Schmidt, 1972 
(A16) English, 38 moves, 1-0

An amazing struggle!
Polgar vs Kasparov, 2001 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capa comes up with clever attacking chess!
Tartakower vs Capablanca, 1924 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 0-1

Kramnik crushes Anand!
Kramnik vs Anand, 2001 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

It was his only win in the tournament but a very nice one!
D Marotti vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1922  
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Capa shows great attacking chess once more
Capablanca vs Blackburne, 1914 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Gufeld's immortal game
Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 32 moves, 0-1

Karpov demonstrates flawless endgame technique one more
Karpov vs Polgar, 2001 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 75 moves, 1-0

Karpov traps Milos
G Milos vs Karpov, 2001 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 59 moves, 0-1

Peter Leko - a hardcore tactician!
Leko vs Grischuk, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein plays like a machine.
Rubinstein vs S Takacs, 1926 
(D65) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line, 53 moves, 1-0

Wonderful miniature by Polgar
Polgar vs Shirov, 1995 
(B06) Robatsch, 21 moves, 1-0

karpov demonstrates how to play against an isolated pawn
Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 45 moves, 0-1

an amazing game!
Shirov vs Grischuk, 2000 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 49 moves, 1-0

46.bf6!! an amazing move!
Kramnik vs Bareev, 2003 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

Polgar demonstrates the weakness of black's king's side
Polgar vs G Milos, 2000 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 33 moves, 1-0

Petrosian on rampage - exchange sacrifice of course not missing
Petrosian vs C Guimard, 1955 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 62 moves, 1-0

Wild attacking game with a queen sacrifice involved
Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1993 
(B57) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

Zsofia's immortal
S Polgar vs Chernin, 1989 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

A Fantastic game worth of being studied
V Malakhov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2005 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 50 moves, 1-0

Smashing the king's side
Beliavsky vs Gelfand, 1992 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 35 moves, 1-0

Kramnik sacrifices his queen!
Kramnik vs Anand, 1996 
(A14) English, 41 moves, 1-0

how to play the dutch
Janowski vs Albin, 1895 
(A84) Dutch, 28 moves, 0-1

Castle, uncastle, recastle
Tomashevsky vs Kramnik, 2005 
(A09) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 0-1

an important game
K Georgiev vs Kasparov, 1980 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 63 moves, 1-0

11.Nd5!! a creative game
A Kvon vs G Rohit, 2005 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 31 moves, 1-0

knight manoeuvers
Morozevich vs Shirov, 2001 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 65 moves, 1-0

look at the combination to finish off the game
C Lutz vs Ftacnik, 2001 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1-0

Best game of championship prize
Motylev vs Bareev, 2005 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 68 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Z Zhang, 2004 
(A17) English, 78 moves, 1-0

Simply crushing
Adams vs Topalov, 2006 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 1-0

the Bc6 is a real monster
Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1993 
(A28) English, 40 moves, 0-1

Queenless combination
I Pleci vs L Endzelins, 1939 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 1-0

The Comeback
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2006 
(A15) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Topalov - surely the Greatest ever!
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 0 moves, 0-1

Judit mercilessly crushes Mamedyarov
Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 23 moves, 1-0

Planinc - A tactical Monster!
A Planinc vs Gheorghiu, 1969 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

Amazing attack but white sadly lost on time afterwards
B Ivanovic vs M Cebalo, 1986 
(B89) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

Benko Gambit
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2003 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 57 moves, 1-0

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world...
The World vs A Nickel, 2006 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 41 moves, 1-0

A wonderful game!
Kramnik vs Anand, 2007 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 53 moves, 1-0

Kramnik plays like Capablanca
Kramnik vs Karpov, 1997 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

World of Chesscraft
Shulman vs The World, 2007 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 0-1

Converting minimal advantages
Kramnik vs Gelfand, 2007 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 62 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Adorjan, 1989 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

The power of a passed pawn
Gelfand vs Polgar, 2008 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

How to punish your opponent for playing dirty tricks.
Short vs I Cheparinov, 2008 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 72 moves, 1-0

Gelfand sacrifices both rooks.
Gelfand vs E Alekseev, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 37 moves, 1-0

Spectacular combination!
E Sedina vs S Tkeshelashvili, 2003 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

Reti: "One great homogeneous whole"
Schlechter vs W John, 1905 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

One-sided crush
A Aleksandrov vs Polgar, 2008 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 34 moves, 0-1

Queen endgame with machine-like precision
Karjakin vs Movsesian, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 68 moves, 1-0

Trademark play
McShane vs Polgar, 2012 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 33 moves, 0-1

exchange sacrifices
Kramnik vs McShane, 2012 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 49 moves, 1-0

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