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picturesque finishes
Compiled by kevin86
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Here are a series of beautiful position-at the end of a game.

white's king on a cross-followed by bias epaulette mate
Kamsky vs Gelfand, 2007 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 53 moves, 0-1

merry-go-round mate in the offing
Judit Polgar vs E G F Hellers, 1993 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 39 moves, 1-0

white makes BU BU-misses merry-go-round mate threat
V Milov vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2007 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 43 moves, 0-1

great stalemate trap,alas,missed by black
Klinova vs D Spence, 2006 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

a game on a divided board
W Schmidt vs P Enders, 1981  
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 29 moves, 0-1

brillqueen sac-long distant attack
Podgaets vs G Zaichik, 1986 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 25 moves, 1-0

better than Marshall's gold piece game!!!
Maric vs Gligoric, 1962 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 20 moves, 0-1

rainbow of knights and bishops---added to queen sac!
V Malinin vs V Savinov, 1988 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

yet another rainbow of knights and bishops
V Sultanov vs S Kamaletdinov, 2011 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

the original "rainbow"
S S Dodge vs J R Houghteling, 1905 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 16 moves, 0-1

The Greek Church
Michelet vs Kieseritzky, 1845 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

mortar and bricks-
Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 2008 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 43 moves, 1-0

Cavaliers occupy king and queen's thrones
W A Foldeak vs F Nagy, 1942 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 13 moves, 1-0

only two conected passed pawns vs queen-but a winner!
K Bischoff vs J Nogueiras, 1998 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 40 moves, 1-0

the four paired castles make a pretty picture
Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1929 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

mate by pawn and knight-aided by a long-distance bishop
Bird vs Pinkerley, 1850 
(000) Chess variants, 24 moves, 1-0

a crazy conclusion-looks like a helper
D Norwood vs Gelfand, 1987 
(A36) English, 41 moves, 0-1

queen sac leads to neat mate in two
G Minchev vs D Miraschiev, 1986 
(C46) Three Knights, 11 moves, 1-0

rook sac leads to fine finish
J Smeets vs Le Quang Liem, 2008 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 47 moves, 0-1

five pawns-and a rook (as sentry) mate the king
P Morten vs B Rider, 2003 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 1-0

elementary stalemate trap
Matulovic vs Suttles, 1970 
(B06) Robatsch, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

mass suicide by black's major pieces
A Romero Holmes vs B Kantsler, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

either the queen must block her king...or abandon him
L Schandorff vs W Zili, 1995 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 27 moves, 0-1

advanced pawn,rooks together,and strong bishop
Ragozin vs Bondarevsky, 1946 
(A15) English, 30 moves, 1-0

a "Coy" queen sac 9/7/09
H Mueller vs O Bernstein, 1934 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 0-1

king driven to rival's home
E Formanek vs Bradford, 1979 
(C02) French, Advance, 34 moves, 0-1

five checks in six turns/rook interposed in cross check.
Portisch vs Pinter, 1984 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

the perfect square-4 pawns on the floor.
D Howell vs P H Nielsen, 2010 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

queen sac to a corridor mate.
M W Haug vs Robson, 2009 
(B83) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

smothered mate----anastasia's mate.
C Golmayo vs Loyd, 1867 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 0-1

R-T mate vs a castled king
K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 28 moves, 0-1

rook sac,dbl ch,and epaulette mate!
Nenarokov vs P Romanovsky, 1927 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 0-1

an ingenius way to save the draw!
M Czerniak vs K Langeweg, 1966 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

queen and bishop dance.
W Schmidt vs J Lewi, 1968 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 42 moves, 1-0

Anastasia's mate with a twist.
Casas vs L Piazzini, 1952 
(D62) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 14 moves, 1-0

white's king is "mated" by black's king on last row.
B Kurz vs K Treybal, 1904 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

a zebra sixth row:bwbwbwb
D Shevelev vs Bagirov, 1997 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1-0

black can mate with queen sac or more coyly
T Coleman vs P H Fields, 2011 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

the Great Leningrad Pyramid!
Petrosian vs Petrovsky, 1946 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

reverse pyramid...or V...at move 39!
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

there are about three lines that lead to pieces' mate.
NN vs W Curran, 1876 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 18 moves, 0-1

love the collection of pawns at the end.
Svidler vs R Mamedov, 2010 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 60 moves, 1-0

Five discovered mates to come!
Nguyen Hoang Tuan vs Nguyen Xuan Quang, 2005 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

triple pawns AND a queen sac.
Rohde vs B M Kogan, 1986 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

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