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Oginschile's favorite games
Compiled by Oginschile

A few games that did a little more than impress me, these games stitched chess to my soul.

Kramnik seems to play passively, only to knock Kasparov silly
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2001 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Shirov defends proactively, only to pounce on a slip by K
Shirov vs Korchnoi, 2004 
(C02) French, Advance, 25 moves, 1-0

Azmaiparashvili vs Shirov, 1990 
(A16) English, 37 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

Final punch knocks Bacrot out
Kasparov vs Bacrot, 2000 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 1-0

I'd see this move now, but i laughed myself silly the first tim
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Brilliant Queen sac, followed by quiet bishop killer
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

This game is absolute poetry, like many of Kasparov's games
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

I played through every day for weeks when I was young
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

I still can't believe this queen sac was correct! Beyond me
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Morozevich the amazing
Morozevich vs Bologan, 2004 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Morozevich shows his will to win
Morozevich vs E Alekseev, 2004 
(B56) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Morozevich the manipulator
V Yemelin vs Morozevich, 2004 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 52 moves, 0-1

Morozevich the innovator
Morozevich vs Bacrot, 2004 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 31 moves, 1-0

The niftyest Queen dance I've seen in a while
Keene vs S Kerr, 1979  
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

The ending is elegant
J Kaplan vs Bronstein, 1975 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 0-1

An amazing attack. Qe2!! threatens Qe5 as well as Nf7
Krasenkow vs Sveshnikov, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

The depth of some of Ray Keene's attacks is mindboggling
Keene vs V Kovacevic, 1973  
(A06) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

You have got to be kidding me
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

Amazing defense by white after black gains winning position
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(A61) Benoni, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Good refutation of a dangerous sacrifice
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 32 moves, 0-1

Kramnik's fighting spirit shows up in a forced win
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

I love when the best move leaves major pieces en prise
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Excellent tactical ending
Short vs H Stefansson, 2002 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

This must have frustrated Fischer to no end.
Fischer vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 48 moves, 0-1

I love how Smyslov's defensive resources translate to attack
Keres vs Smyslov, 1953 
(A17) English, 28 moves, 0-1

Amazing counterstrike, slow and methodical
Z Kozul vs Rublevsky, 2004 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 47 moves, 1-0

nice flurry from Lautier
Topalov vs Lautier, 1998 
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

11 Nf7!! What a disruptive move.
Aronian vs Navara, 2006 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

Quick kill, Sokolov can't keep up with the complications
I Sokolov vs Aronian, 2006 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 19 moves, 0-1

White appears to almost lose only to win
M Sanon vs M Brumo, 2006 
(C00) French Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

Black is getting killed until he suddenly wins
J Nogueiras vs J Tarjan, 1979 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 35 moves, 0-1

Very fun combination
Hydra vs Adams, 2005 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 28 moves, 1-0

Browne vs Quinteros, 1974 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

Blackburne vs Anderssen, 1862  
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

Stunning sequence leads to forced mate
R Fontaine vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2007 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 39 moves, 0-1

Sweet final move...
Van Wely vs Morozevich, 2001 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

Deep deep ideas from Keene
H Hecht vs Keene, 1966 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

A beautiful mate
A Planinc vs Matulovic, 1965 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1975 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 22 moves, 0-1

Great game from very young spassky
Spassky vs S Avtonomov, 1949 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0

Beautiful final combo
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

Beautiful combination
Showalter vs J L Logan, 1890 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 30 moves, 1-0

Polgar packs a punch
Portisch vs S Polgar, 1991 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

Another Keene performance
R H Watson vs Keene, 1967
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

Very deep final combination
V Smirnov vs V Dydyshko, 1994 
(E97) King's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

Very pretty ending to this game
R Ziatdinov vs D Gurevich, 1995 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 26 moves, 0-1

Great sacrifical attack
J Enevoldsen vs Nimzowitsch, 1933 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Brilliant sacs to open the king to attack
Bologan vs Caruana, 2008 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 34 moves, 1-0

S Sunyasakta vs S Gour, 2008 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 36 moves, 1-0

Young Fabiano looks a good bet be champion
Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Nice wipeout
E Diemer vs A Schuppler, 1937 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Epishin vs Gheorghiu, 1993 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 39 moves, 1-0

P H Nielsen vs Larsen, 1997 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 38 moves, 0-1

Great queen sac
Szabo vs K Honfi, 1950 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Nice combo at 28
X Zhao vs X Bu, 2005 
(C01) French, Exchange, 33 moves, 0-1

Smothered mate is threatened at the end
So vs M Mahjoob, 2007 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

Nice shot by Yasser
Seirawan vs B M Kogan, 1986 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

beautiful play from move 21 on.
Areshchenko vs A Volokitin, 2004 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

Excellent example of handling an inferior player.
N Pert vs S Crockart, 2007 
(E13) Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line, 23 moves, 1-0

Incredible combination, black is destroyed
Sutovsky vs I Sokolov, 2005 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 37 moves, 1-0

Game saving Salvo
Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

The final move is a "Say What?" moment
Tarrasch vs Marotti / Napoli / de Simone / del, 1914  
(A03) Bird's Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Incredible foresight.
A Shashin vs Korchnoi, 1973 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 35 moves, 1-0

V Okhotnik vs V Berezhnoi, 1981 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Incredible hedgehog
Polugaevsky vs Ftacnik, 1982 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 0-1

sweep aside the counter attack and resume the attack!
E Sedina vs S Tkeshelashvili, 2003 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

D S Botto vs L Christiansen, 1975 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 22 moves, 0-1

Stripunsky vs Nakamura, 2010 
(C00) French Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

What a final move!
Bronstein vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 39 moves, 1-0

Great final move, trapping the queen
Z Domnitz vs Pachman, 1973 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

Stockfish vs Rybka, 2009 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 78 moves, 0-1

Very pretty
A Kogan vs W Arencibia Rodriguez, 2002 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Illescas Cordoba vs J Bellon Lopez, 1992 
(B30) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

Pretty final mating combo
A Adly vs V Laznicka, 2007 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

WOW, what a fun game!
Vocaturo vs T Hillarp Persson, 2009 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

Janowski is a new field of study
Janowski vs Tarrasch, 1905 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

The master gets schooled
Kupreichik vs Tal, 1970 
(B57) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

30th move... must have in my collection
Khalifman vs Ehlvest, 1985 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 1-0

Re2, oh my !!!
Kamsky vs Svidler, 2011 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 0-1

Remarkable quandary black is in
Y Gusev vs E Auerbach, 1946 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 37 moves, 1-0

Hodgson vs S Agdestein, 1986 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk's last move is a "Oh?... ooooooooh!" moment
Ivanchuk vs Jobava, 2010 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

I Rogers vs G Milos, 1992 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Helluva final move. Very nice.
Cipev vs Ftacnik, 1973 
(C27) Vienna Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Ftacnik vs O Cvitan, 1997 
(E97) King's Indian, 26 moves, 0-1

12 yo Magnus finishes in style.
Carlsen vs H A Gretarsson, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

J Barle vs I Jelen, 1979 
(C15) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

H Asauskas vs Malisauskas, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

K Akshayraj vs S Safin, 2005 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 0-1

Brilliant trap by black.
J Krzyszton vs Z Necesany, 1972 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 58 moves, 0-1

Beautiful combination in the face of an ominous offensive
P Vorontsov vs K Troff, 2012 
(B50) Sicilian, 33 moves, 0-1

Naka hunts the king
Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

Nice obstruction shot by Liren
Ding Liren vs E Inarkiev, 2015 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi shows his class
N Bakulin vs Korchnoi, 1950 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

Amazing Talness
J Kristinsson vs Tal, 1964 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 37 moves, 0-1

Series of tactical shots bewilder more than his opponent
Kupreichik vs J Sunye Neto, 1989 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

To wade in deep waters, it helps to be Tal
Tal vs R G Wade, 1971 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 41 moves, 1-0

A delicate dance of two weak back ranks
B Martin vs Miles, 1992 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

D Gurevich vs Short, 1983 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

P Lalic vs A Lundback, 2021 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

Gufeld vs Tal, 1959 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 1-0

The smile game.. an end game with mistakes and beauty
Anand vs Carlsen, 2023 
(C18) French, Winawer, 70 moves, 0-1

A well organized attack by white
H Morton vs W Adams, 1937 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 32 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Gelfand, 1993 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 31 moves, 1-0

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