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The Beauty of Chess
Compiled by WickedPawn
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Kasparov vs Ehlvest, 1978 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 38 moves, 1-0

Karpov's Masterpiece in the Best Tournament Performance Ever
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 66 moves, 1-0

S Atalik vs Miles, 1993 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

R A Ziatdinov vs V M Mikhalevski, 2005 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 91 moves, 1/2-1/2

The most amazing under-promotion of all time
D Tomic vs F Winzbeck, 1993 
(B83) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0

One of many Bronstein's brillancies
N Bakulin vs Bronstein, 1965 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

When a Huge Material Advantage is Useless
Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1

Just when you thought the blows were over
Hoi vs Gulko, 1988  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

29. Bg2 and a nasty surprise awaits
Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

I don't like my rooks... let's get rid of them....
Bronstein vs Kotov, 1949 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 24 moves, 1-0

How many queens would have Karpov needed to win?
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1994 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 72 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

The most amazing move in the history of chess
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

Never Resign Until you get Checkmated
G Garcia vs Ivkov, 1965 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

World's Most Annoying Passed Pawn
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

1987 and Tal was Still Producing these Gems
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

It's not the relative value of pieces.. It's their ACTIVITY!
Anand vs Radjabov, 2003 
(B32) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

Probably the best sacrifice combination ever !
R Cifuentes vs V Zvjaginsev, 1995 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Friday, March 16, 2007 Daily Puzzle
J Echavarria vs J Szmetan, 1999 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 53 moves, 0-1

Move 32, Black Resigns. So what? White still has all the pawns!
M Dougherty vs L Day, 1997 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Weenink vs L Gans, 1923 
(C25) Vienna, 27 moves, 1-0

Is this Kamsky's Masterpiece?
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994 
(A17) English, 38 moves, 0-1

Weird Opening, Amazing Combination
Konstantin Chernyshov (elder) vs A Lesiak, 1969 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

Arguably the Most Powerful Rook-Bishop Battery of all Time
Y Gusev vs E Auerbach, 1946 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 37 moves, 1-0

A Dominant Queen
N Michaelsen vs Bacrot, 2000 
(D85) Grunfeld, 42 moves, 0-1

A New Genius in the Making: 17 y/o Bronstein
Bronstein vs V Mikenas, 1941 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Nelson Castaneda who?
N Castaneda vs Y Dembo, 2001 
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 60 moves, 0-1

42. .. Qf3!!. Anand drops a bomb.
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

Two Underpromotions in the same game
V Zurakhov vs Koblents, 1956 
(C11) French, 80 moves, 1-0

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

Another Carlen masterpiece
Carlsen vs H Harestad, 2003 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 38 moves, 1-0

How annoying a knight can be
Speelman vs T K Hemingway, 1972 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

Staving off mate with an amazing combination
E Inarkiev vs M M Kazhgaleyev, 2008 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 50 moves, 1-0

One of the A. Miles' beauties. A knight en-prise for 27 moves
Miles vs Ljubojevic, 1986 
(A04) Reti Opening, 60 moves, 1-0

38... Rg2!! and another bomb drops
J M Bellon Lopez vs G Garcia, 1976 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 0-1

A bishop sacrifice for an extra tempo
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

How many sacs in one game?
Reshevsky vs A Vasconcellos, 1944 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 1-0

An unpredictable battle decided in just one tempo
Kashdan vs Flohr, 1930 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 75 moves, 1-0

A beautiful double sacrifice
Y Troinov vs L Popov, 1962 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

One from the Brazilian Genius (besides Mequinho)
G Vescovi vs R Szuhanek, 1994 
(B53) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

Another Karpov's Masterpiece
Karpov vs Gulko, 1996 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

The zugzwanger gets zugzwanged! (by adiction to chess)
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

A Candidate for Anand's Masterpiece
Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

Black Attack leads to Amazing Miniature
Van Wely vs Acs, 2002 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 18 moves, 0-1

The same knight moves 5 consecutive times to end with a beautif
Huebner vs Korchnoi, 1987 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 19 moves, 1-0

A rook and knight hanging forever
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1994 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Bf5 !! Carlsen on fire at Blitz
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

The Weirdest Game Ever
Morozevich vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 76 moves, 0-1

Amazing resource by black
J Berkvens vs V M Mikhalevski, 2000 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 14 moves, 0-1

One blow after another
A Riazantsev vs Ni Hua, 2010 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Chess' most famous staircase
M Lowcki vs Tartakower, 1937 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

What an under-promotion
R Fontaine vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2007 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 39 moves, 0-1

Top 10 GM falling in ridiculous opening trap
D Andreikin vs Karjakin, 2010 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 10 moves, 1-0

An avalanche of sacrifices. Amazing.
Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Zapata - Game of the Day, Sept. 2-2011
A Zapata vs Darcy Lima, 2001 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 34 moves, 1-0

26. ...,Re2!!. A shot that would have made Marshall jealous.
Kamsky vs Svidler, 2011 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik's gem
Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Amazing paralyzing power of a knight
J M Bellon Lopez vs M Grabarczyk, 2001 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 0-1

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

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