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Frank124c's Favorite Games--Themes
Compiled by frank124c
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Learn to play chess thematically. Not only will you be able to play faster, you will win more games as well. The idea is to study positions that frequently come up in play and become skillful at those positions. When playing try to set up one of those positions and you will gain success at chess. Here are a few of such themes. For more interesting chess ideas go to my website at: http://www.webmasterfrank.com

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Bird vs Steinitz, 1867 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

Central Pawn Advance--Attack on the Royal Family
F Deacon vs Steinitz, 1862 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 35 moves, 1-0

Flying Dragons
Bird vs Steinitz, 1866 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 27 moves, 1-0

Kingside attack due to opponent's misplaced N
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Fishing Pole
M Lee vs B Wall, 2007 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 15 moves, 0-1

Attack on uncastled King
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Rook's File Attack
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Attack-Defend-Counterattack
Chigorin vs Lasker, 1895 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 0-1

Underpromotion
H Reinle vs Lange, 1936 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 1-0

Back Rank Mate
Euwe vs Fischer, 1957 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

Threats can be used to gain positional advantage
A Frydman vs S Zawadzki, 1935 
(C48) Four Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Enslavement--In Between Move
Benko vs Sawyer, 1964 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 10 moves, 1-0

Black moves his Queen out of defensive range
Garnik vs J Mieses, 1936 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 20 moves, 1-0

Pawn grab opens up lines of attack
Capablanca vs D W Pomeroy, 1909 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 0-1

Bxf7+ sac declined
Marshall vs R Short, 1894  
(C51) Evans Gambit, 18 moves, 1-0

Rook fork
G Neumann vs Mayet, 1865 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 12 moves, 1-0

Nxd7 Nsac, centermate
H Helms vs O Tenner, 1942 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 13 moves, 1-0

Qsac -- Nxf2
F A Hoffmann vs Alexander Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

Holy cow, the 2 Bishops do it again!
P N Wallis vs NN, 1923 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1-0

Broken Castle
Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs A Sergeiev, 1924 
(C15) French, Winawer, 20 moves, 1-0

King Side Mating Attack
J Johnson vs Kaufman, 1979 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 19 moves, 1-0

Rook File Attack
F Young vs Pillsbury, 1893 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

Attack on f7
Englisch vs H Gifford, 1878 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 17 moves, 1-0

Bxh7 Sac AKA Greek Gift
Pillsbury vs NN, 1899 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

Q & R Sacs--2B+N Mate
NN vs Blackburne, 1884  
(C51) Evans Gambit, 14 moves, 0-1

Kside attack--N&B sacs
F J Perez Perez vs Alekhine, 1943 
(C28) Vienna Game, 12 moves, 1-0

Decoy
Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1948 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 12 moves, 1-0

Bxh7 greek gif t
Koltanowski vs NN, 1946 
(B20) Sicilian, 14 moves, 1-0

Opening ate
D D van Geet vs Versnel, 1950 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 12 moves, 1-0

Opening Qsac--King Hunt
Zukertort vs NN, 1877 
(C28) Vienna Game, 16 moves, 1-0

Flank Attack(h)
Marshall vs Burn, 1900  
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

Bxf7
Sajtar vs Sliwa, 1947 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 1-0

Nf7sac--King Hunt
Alekhine vs Von Feldt, 1916 
(C11) French, 18 moves, 1-0

Bxh7--another greek gift
Marshall vs Stodie, 1920 
(B20) Sicilian, 13 moves, 1-0

Keeping the initiative--p nail--2R sac
Alekhine vs Levenfish, 1912 
(A43) Old Benoni, 19 moves, 1-0

Q sac-K hunt
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

epaulet-entombmevt mate
Maroczy vs Vidmar, 1922 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Q Trapping
Alekhine vs Saemisch, 1923 
(B30) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

Triple Sacrifice--Double B + N
E E Book vs Ingerslev, 1929 
(C00) French Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

Knight vs. Bishop
M Gurevich vs Short, 1990 
(C01) French, Exchange, 42 moves, 0-1

Attack and Counterattack
Van der Wiel vs Korchnoi, 1991 
(C14) French, Classical, 34 moves, 0-1

K Chase Featuring Q's Zig Zag Maneuver
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(C18) French, Winawer, 40 moves, 0-1

K & Q Alignment
Geller vs Petrosian, 1953 
(C15) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 0-1

N vs. R
Hort vs Petrosian, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 48 moves, 0-1

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