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games beyond reach!
Compiled by kevin86

These games involve a move or most likely,a series of moves of highest artistic and tactical quality.

a queen/rook sac---and underpromotion!!!
A Cherepkov vs Bronstein, 1961 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 0-1

white missed forced mate,becomes victim of one
M Burkett vs D Fritzinger, 1969 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

Brilliant queen sac-if it is sound?
B Chesney vs Gulko, 1986 
(C16) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 0-1

an ultimate! Black cannot queen,white cannot win!!
Dreev vs Yudasin, 1990 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

sudden death...a la Capa,Morphy,or Marshall
M Richter vs E Berg, 2011 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 0-1

Bronstein leaves the queen for his opponent to take!
Barcza vs Bronstein, 1949 
(A20) English, 36 moves, 0-1

best move in the best tourney!
Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924  
(A13) English, 25 moves, 1-0

white's pieces are all under fire...and he wins!
Karjakin vs Kosteniuk, 2003 
(B32) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

another one for Bronstein-a series of disc ch and cross checks
N Bakulin vs Bronstein, 1965 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

queen sacs save a desperately lost game
E Inarkiev vs Kazhgaleyev, 2008 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 50 moves, 1-0

a queen sac on move 5 is only the beginning
Keene vs E Fielder, 1964  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Bronstein's move turns white's position into a set of dominos
Pachman vs Bronstein, 1946 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 31 moves, 0-1

sacs-followed by unusual epaulette mate
C Hoi vs Gulko, 1988 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

watch the pieces fly in this one
Shirov vs Radjabov, 2007 
(E97) King's Indian, 47 moves, 0-1

a sacrifice or a loan at shark rates!
Anand vs Radjabov, 2003 
(B32) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

immortal game-look alike
G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1872 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

sacrificial rook
Koltanowski vs A Dunkelblum, 1924 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

an offered refused early-but cannot be refused later.
H Ottevaere vs K Falleyn, 1973 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 33 moves, 0-1

the art is beautiful! but the game is not. without flaw
F Young vs L Dore, 1892 
(C21) Center Game, 22 moves, 1-0

declared mate longer than rest of the game
J O H Taylor vs NN, 1862 
(C27) Vienna Game, 13 moves, 1-0

ground flurin-no where to go but up!
Gheorghiu vs Kavalek, 1969 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 25 moves, 0-1

sacs lead to a rabid king chase.
P Littlewood vs D Norwood, 1985 
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 43 moves, 0-1

rooks! I don't need any stinking rooks!!
Khalifman vs Serper, 1994 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

two ladies send Blackburne's king on the run-but he wins
Blackburne vs Grube / Burnett, 1871  
(C27) Vienna Game, 36 moves, 1-0

a problem-like conclusion. Disc ch,dbl ch,and crosscheck
Andersson vs E Jelling, 1994 
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 50 moves, 1-0

Teichmann's first game-a queen sac
NN vs Teichmann, 1890 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 14 moves, 0-1

a Anastasia-like mate from man with similar name
A Anastasian vs Tiviakov, 1999 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

an unusual way to arrive at an unusual mate.
Korchnoi vs A Petersons, 1965 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 1-0

immortal draw-6/23/07! (at least for this week) lol!
L'Ami vs Stellwagen, 2007 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov claimed this as his best game in 1991!!!
Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

We Are The World!!
Shulman vs The World, 2007 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 0-1

Reti vs the MACHINE
Reti vs Capablanca, 1924 
(A15) English, 31 moves, 1-0

white avoids draw by sacrificing his queen-wins later.
A Shariyazdanov vs B Zueger, 1998 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 33 moves, 1-0

king hunted from pillar to post
M Ahn vs T Ruck, 2007 
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 0-1

a brilliant double queen sacrifice ends this one!
I Madl vs Chiburdanidze, 2000 
(B89) Sicilian, 26 moves, 0-1

misdiraction-draw play-to win!
L Ogaard vs J Tisdall, 1987 
(A79) Benoni, Classical, 11.f3, 36 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit-gambit in 2003!!!
C W Kennaugh vs K Shirazi, 2003 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 0-1

Nicholas Nip at Nine!!!
N Nip vs E Schiller, 2007  
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

big sac for a small diversion
A Kovalev vs H Stevic, 2004 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

young Brazilian defeats former WC,
Smyslov vs Mecking, 1973 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 45 moves, 0-1

stalemate trap!!
W E Fuller vs L Basin, 1992 
(A80) Dutch, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

brilliant opus for pawn and rook
T Wiesniak vs Kholmov, 1991 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 0-1

LarsEn's perfect game
Larsen vs Geller, 1960 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

queen and rook conquer whole army-capture KING
L Day vs T Koliada, 1994 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

attack more lethal than it looks-ends in queen sac
Tkachiev vs W N Watson, 1993 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

both players sac queens-but Finch's is the winner!
Anderssen vs J Finch, 1851 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 32 moves, 0-1

queen sac followed by mate from the pretty horses
Sam Loyd vs S Rosenthal, 1867 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 36 moves, 1-0

42...Qf3!!!-queen sac enables lowly pawn to seal white's fate
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

queen sac floors white
E Formanek vs D Oshana, 1970 
(D09) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3, 19 moves, 0-1

a brilliant operetta in three parts
Blackburne vs J Schwarz, 1881 
(C01) French, Exchange, 28 moves, 1-0

black's rook sac dynamites the position
A Soltis vs Z Kozul, 1989 
(B57) Sicilian, 48 moves, 0-1

27...Qxf2+! A startling queen sacrifice
I Cheparinov vs Navara, 2007 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 0-1

a subtle mating net is woven by black
E Epstein vs T Batchimeg, 2008 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

queen sac leads to quick checkmate
H Runde vs Morten Jensen, 2003 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

a sharp series of sacs decide this one:LEIN ON ME...
B Gurgenidze vs A Lein, 1967 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 21 moves, 1-0

two sharp moves end this one
Wojtkiewicz vs R Kuczynski, 1990 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

black's king is smothered by FIVE of his own men.
Morphy vs T J Bryan, 1859 
(000) Chess variants, 23 moves, 1-0

an exclusive Samisch shop
Saemisch vs F Herzog, 1924 
(C10) French, 36 moves, 1-0

brilliant moves build up to final Rg2!!!
J Bellon Lopez vs G Garcia, 1976 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 38 moves, 0-1

A Lombardy trophy
M Gerusel vs Lombardy, 1957 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 18 moves, 0-1

late dazzling fireworks in this one
V Tsarev vs V Malaniuk, 1989 
(A81) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

Chigorin's chain reaction
Gunsberg vs Chigorin, 1890 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 0-1

pin from a7 allows mate on h1!!
Reshevsky vs B Ivanovic, 1976 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

Minic pulls a Marshall-queen into attack by rook and queen
D Minic vs K Honfi, 1966 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

brilliant crossfire mate
P Lyrberg vs R Irzhanov, 1992 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 0-1

queen sac leads to picturesque mate.
A Strikovic vs Suba, 1994 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 27 moves, 0-1

back row kismet-mate for Volt 110 or 220? I'm not sure!
Kraussold vs Volt, 1921 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 34 moves, 0-1

a couple of deep sacs late,decide this one
Nisipeanu vs T Oral, 2004 
(B40) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

on sale! all pieces must go!!
A Romero Holmes vs B Kantsler, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

slow moving-but effective attack floors Karpov
Karpov vs Andersson, 1975 
(B44) Sicilian, 79 moves, 0-1

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

a discovered check/hold theme causes immediate resignation
Schlechter vs Meitner, 1898 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 1-0

play eight moves-then mate in NINE!!!
J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890  
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

a very deep queen sac
C Schultz vs C Carls, 1900 
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 0-1

premature attack leads to quick loss-trips on g file
Edelman vs I Mazel, 1928 
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

Capa Kayoed.
O Chajes vs Capablanca, 1916 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 66 moves, 1-0

Keres counters fork with six on-the-bias checks/mate
Keres vs Verbac, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

blilliant play mixes with blunders
Musaiev vs M Karmov, 1979  
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 28 moves, 0-1

sharp play by both sides!
A Rubezov vs G Borisenko, 1960 
(B89) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

the neverending attack from many directions...
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994 
(A17) English, 38 moves, 0-1

very early queen sac
C Lolli vs D Ercole Del Rio, 1755 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 0-1

a king march beyond any other
E Sobernheim vs S A Langleben, 1895 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 0-1

a very early tactical classic
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C01) French, Exchange, 12 moves, 1-0

an upset,but a brilliant one.
Lasker vs H W Trenchard, 1890 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 39 moves, 0-1

a sac circus-ending in a Philidor's legacy.
H E Atkins vs H Jacobs, 1915 
(C21) Center Game, 21 moves, 1-0

book mate in nine after only eight moves!!!
E E Book vs A Hiidenheimo, 1924 
(C27) Vienna Game, 16 moves, 1-0

how about a queen sac to prevent mate AND set up another!!
A Stefanova vs C Peptan, 1994 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 0-1

a relatively unique game...
Einstein vs Oppenheimer, 1933 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1-0

monster truck
G Kramer vs G Drexel, 1946 
(A09) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

black's pieces surround white's king
S Fulkerson vs J Friedman, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

white mates brilliantly! before black beats him to punch
P Richardson vs E Delmar, 1871 
(C27) Vienna Game, 15 moves, 1-0

great game and great analysis.
Petrosian vs Stein, 1961  
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 39 moves, 1-0

what pipe tobacco did Burn smoke on his 34th move?
E MacDonald vs Burn, 1910 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 49 moves, 0-1

pawn goes for queen...actually no,mate.
Tartakower vs Rubinstein, 1925 
(C28) Vienna Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Y Gusev vs E Auerbach, 1946 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 37 moves, 1-0

great save! stalemate trap!
Beliavsky vs L Christiansen, 1987 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

a passive queen sac-brilliant!
N Maatman vs E Goudriaan, 2011 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 36 moves, 0-1

black got what was cummings to him...
D Cummings vs G Basanta, 1999 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 33 moves, 1-0

black sacs queen-and draws with Kasparov!
Kasparov vs Seirawan, 1989 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

black brilliantly wins this one (with a little help:( )
S Bouaziz vs Miles, 1979 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 49 moves, 0-1

one move threatens mate AND both rooks
V Osnos vs J Yuchtman, 1969 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

Latvian Gambit-king side attack at its best!
A F Ludvigsen vs S Sorensen, 1872 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 22 moves, 0-1

loser offers queen,twice!
Z Peng vs S Plukkel, 2010 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 65 moves, 0-1

great intermezzo!
Aronian vs Van Wely, 2014 
(A80) Dutch, 38 moves, 0-1

a party of sacrifice!
Sax vs Ehlvest, 1988 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

I'll draw you closer.
Keres vs Reshevsky, 1953 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

sacrifice blitz tempo!
Kasimdzhanov vs E Najer, 2014 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 44 moves, 1-0

queen sac, long range double check and knight mate.
A Giusti vs Nutrizio, 1949 
(B58) Sicilian, 24 moves, 0-1

queen sac, ep,double check...mate
S Martinovic vs Marjanovic, 1980 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 33 moves, 0-1

russian brilliancy
V Sozin vs Nekrasov, 1931 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 20 moves, 1-0

a sac of a rook for a tempo!!
A Planinc vs D Minic, 1973 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 54 moves, 0-1

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