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Reisswolf's Favourite Games
Compiled by Reisswolf
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I love games that feature imaginative, sacrificial attacks. It is said that not all of Tal's attacks were sound. I don't care! Just as a great poem need not describe objective reality, so also a conception in chess need not be the purest axiomatic continuation of the position for the imagination of the player to shine through. Tal's dazzling play was a manifestation of his restless spirit, not to be tamed by the requirements of perfect soundness. And therein lies its appeal.

But not all of the games in the collection feature wild sacrifices. I hope you have fun going through these games. I will add more to the collection over time.

Two queens are too much
Shirov vs A Hauchard, 1990 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

Wild combinations by Anand
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

An incredible speculative sacrifice by Tal
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

This game was awarded the brilliancy prize in the tournament
Anand vs Bologan, 2003 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

One of the most gigantic conceptions I am likely to ever see
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

Just another day at the office for Tal
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

A tremendous rook sacrifice by Shirov
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1994 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Another attacking masterpiece from the great Tal
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Only a draw? No! An immortal one!
K Hamppe vs Meitner, 1872 
(C25) Vienna, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

A tremendous queen sacrifice by Sasikiran
Sasikiran vs Krasenkow, 2004 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Tal at his magical best
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1979 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 0-1

Capablanca considered this his greatest artistic achievement
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

A superb attack by the world champion
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1-0

Nezhmetdinov's Immortal
Polugaevsky vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

Two exchange sacrifices. Topalov is never dull
Topalov vs Aronian, 2006 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

Shirov the Flamethrower!
Shirov vs Topalov, 2001 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

Carlsen the Machine!
Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

Perhaps the best game by Kamsky
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994 
(A17) English, 38 moves, 0-1

Taking out the mafia!
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1994 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

A splendid queen sacrifice by Caruana
Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0

Ding Liren's Immortal
J Bai vs Ding Liren, 2017 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 32 moves, 0-1

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