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Evolution of Chess games
Compiled by wvkevin

I will attempt to pick out the most important games ever played in chronological order.

First game ever played
F de Castellvi vs N Vinyoles, 1475 
(B01) Scandinavian, 21 moves, 1-0

Ruy Lopez strikes quickly
Ruy Lopez vs G da Cutri, 1560 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 9 moves, 1-0

First Victory earned during the Middle Game
Polerio vs Lorenzo, 1580 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 32 moves, 1-0

Knight and Bishop sacs lead to smothered mate
Busnardo vs NN, 1590 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 1-0

Fried Liver attack succeeds
Polerio vs Domenico, 1610 
(C57) Two Knights, 21 moves, 1-0

Greco's Greatest?
Greco vs NN, 1623 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

White King flees across the board and still wins!
L L'Aisne vs Maubuisson, 1680 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

Philidor's 1st game
Philidor vs NN, 1749 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

1st recorded Blindfold game, nice endgame win
J Bruehl vs Philidor, 1783 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

1st legit draw of all time?
J Bruehl vs Philidor, 1787 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Little General is mated by a "Machine"
Napoleon Bonaparte vs The Turk, 1809 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 0-1

How to play the Evans Gambit by its originator
Captain Evans vs McDonnell, 1827 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

1st Clash of Titans (the first world championship game?)
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834  
(C21) Center Game, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Queen sac for two minor pieces prevails! (1st QP game here)
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 0-1

1st International Group correspondence game
London vs Paris, 1834 
(C01) French, Exchange, 27 moves, 0-1

Corner Pocket! (pawn grab by rook seals white's fate)
Cochrane vs Staunton, 1841 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

Black castles (to hell with the Queen) and wins!
F A Hoffmann vs A Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

The first true genius of chess beats his dad at 10 years of age
Morphy vs A Morphy, 1848 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 1-0

Morphy at 12 already the best player in the world?
Morphy vs Loewenthal, 1850 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 49 moves, 1-0

Or is Anderssen the best player in the world?
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Anderssen stakes his claim again (mates in one less move!)
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Morphy wins the 1st American Chess Congress (Queen sac!)
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

An American (in Paris) is the world's best player!
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858  
(B44) Sicilian, 17 moves, 1-0

Corner Pocket II (very close to the Staunton as black game)
A Steinkuehler vs Blackburne, 1863  
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

A new Champion emerges (great double edged game!)
Steinitz vs Anderssen, 1866 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

Steinitz official world champ-baits his King for black's Queen!
Steinitz vs Zukertort, 1886 
(C25) Vienna, 19 moves, 1-0

32. Bb4-Worst blunder in World Championship history?
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 0-1

Gratuitous Pawn Pushing pays the price!
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Experience wins over Youth (Sammy was just 9!)
Reshevsky vs Ed. Lasker, 1921 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 29 moves, 0-1

A woman beats an upcoming world champ for the first time!
Euwe vs Menchik, 1930 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 61 moves, 0-1

The new American Genius emerges! (best tactical game ever?)
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

From Russia with Love-Spassky plays beautifully!
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Tal's knight sac shocker, 6th game of the World Championship
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

Worst defeat of a Candidates qualifier by a World Champ?
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

4 losses, no wins vs Spassky lifetime-Bobby breaks through!
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(A61) Benoni, 41 moves, 0-1

Fischer plays a QP game for the first time in his life and wins
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

e5 blunder costs Karpov his world title, Kasparov is new King!
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 0-1

Karpov only needs a draw to win the title but Kasparov wins!
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987  
(A13) English, 64 moves, 1-0

A near 50 year old still the world's best player? Maybe...
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 50 moves, 1-0

A woman beats a current world champion for the 1st time!
Polgar vs Karpov, 1993 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 32 moves, 1-0

A non-human becomes the best chess player in the world?!
Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 19 moves, 1-0

Black is forced to promote to a knight which gets rook trapped!
Kamsky vs Bacrot, 2006 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 103 moves, 1-0

Karpov Mates Kasparov in less than 40 moves
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 32 moves, 0-1

One bad move by Black and it's over
Karpov vs Hort, 1978 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Tal sacs his Queen for bishop diagonal
Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

Marshall attack!
Marshall vs Von Scheve, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

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

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