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Games with Instructive Themes
Compiled by Mating Net
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These games will highlight various instructive chess themes such as outposts, rooks on the 7th rank, weak squares, files, diagonals, the art of the exchange sac, and others. The lessons taken from these games can certainly be applied in our games.

Dominant White Outpost on d5
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Exchange Sac Dominates the Light Squares
Kasparov vs Shirov, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Rook on the 7th
Karpov vs Geller, 1981 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 33 moves, 1-0

Rook on the 7th
Bronstein vs Geller, 1961 
(E27) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

Rook on the 7th
Portisch vs J Kozma, 1957 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 40 moves, 1-0

Rook on the 7th
Stahlberg vs Szabados, 1950
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 60 moves, 1-0

Rook on the 7th, Exchange Sac, the Works!!
Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Exchange Sac Dominates the Light Squares
Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

Weak Squares on c5&d5
Reti vs R Grau, 1927 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 17 moves, 1-0

Magnificent Outpost on d6
Piket vs Smirin, 1993 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 36 moves, 1-0

Instant Transition from Defense, to Offense
Geller vs Euwe, 1953 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1

Exchange Sac & Dark Square Domination
Smyslov vs P Trifunovic, 1955 
(A17) English, 48 moves, 1-0

Exchange Sac
Stein vs Parma, 1962 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1-0

Exchange Sac
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1983 
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

Exchange Sac
Pachman vs J H Donner, 1955 
(A10) English, 32 moves, 1-0

Inducing a Weak Square
Smyslov vs V Liublinsky, 1949 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 33 moves, 1-0

Queen Exchange Sac
Pachman vs Petrosian, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 36 moves, 0-1

Knight Outpost on D5
Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962  
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1-0

Knight Outpost
Boleslavsky vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Doubled Pawns Exploited All the Way to the End
Capablanca vs Janowski, 1913 
(C48) Four Knights, 54 moves, 1-0

Magnus opens files on the K side
Carlsen vs C Daly, 2003 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 1-0

Magnus plays Ng6! to deliver devasting check on e6.
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Exchange Sac on e6
Topalov vs Kamsky, 2006 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

Open the H file!
Karpov vs E Gik, 1968 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Freeze the opponents f pawn, 26 h5! would have been devastating
Fischer vs J H Donner, 1962 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 45 moves, 0-1

Opening a file to start a mating attack
Morozevich vs Pelletier, 2006 
(C10) French, 34 moves, 1-0

Polgar sacs a piece and plays the killer 14 g4!! to open a file
Judit Polgar vs F Berkes, 2003 
(C11) French, 24 moves, 1-0

Exchange sac.
Taimanov vs Petrosian, 1953 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

Exchange Sac!
Kasimdzhanov vs Sutovsky, 2004 
(B50) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

Petrosian sacs the exchange twice.
Petrosian vs Estrin, 1968 
(A21) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Opening a file with g4!
Spielmann vs L'Hermet, 1927 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

Deep Queen sac by Super Nez
Lilienthal vs Nezhmetdinov, 1954 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 33 moves, 0-1

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