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alexrawlings' favorite games
Compiled by alexrawlings

No particular theme to this collection, just games I've enjoyed enough to put them in here having come across them on this website plus some famous games I've heard of or come across in chess books and looked up.

Classy sacrifices, great game.
Granda Zuniga vs Short, 1997 
(B44) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

Nigel Short the prodigy!
Korchnoi vs Short, 1976 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

The famous Nigel Short king march.
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

Perculiar openning, nice finish and commentary.
M Basman vs Keene, 1981  
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

Cool pawn chain and nice tactics at the end.
V Stamenkov vs Kamsky, 2009 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 35 moves, 0-1

Interesting positional/strategic game.
D Berczes vs McShane, 2009 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 47 moves, 0-1

Amazing king hunt in this correspondence game.
P Imbaud vs Strumilo, 1922 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

Nice king march v Kasparov!
Kasparov vs Short, 1987 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 0-1

Nice exchange sac, beautiful finish.
Nakamura vs McShane, 2009 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 55 moves, 0-1

Exciting blitz game.
Tal vs Karpov, 1987 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

End to end game, nice mating attack.
Bacrot vs McShane, 1992 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 39 moves, 0-1

KIA Scicilian and a great mating attack
Fischer vs Panno, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Complex attack, 22 Rxe7!
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

interesting game, endgame beyond me!
Nunn vs H Pfleger, 1989 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 57 moves, 1-0

Nice sac and final position.
Nunn vs Fedorowicz, 1991 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 24 moves, 1-0

topsy turvey game, very exciting!
Adams vs Granda Zuniga, 1991 
(B33) Sicilian, 35 moves, 0-1

The 'Blue Bird' game
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

end to end stuff!
P Charbonneau vs Anand, 2006 
(B44) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1-0

G Kuzmin vs B Alterman, 1989 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

fun closed scilian!
Tiviakov vs Shirov, 2010 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 31 moves, 0-1

nice obscure line of the Winawer
B H Wood vs P N Wallis, 1945 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 36 moves, 1-0

how to make the english fun!
Van Wely vs Shirov, 2010 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 59 moves, 0-1

King's Bishop Gambit
Ivanchuk vs Piket, 1997 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

Vive la France!
Morozevich vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 76 moves, 0-1

Boom! Great sacrificial mating attack.
Tal vs Koblents, 1965 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 22 moves, 1-0

this is how you play the english attack!
Dominguez Perez vs Morozevich, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

positional game with spectacular finale!
J Sloth vs W N Watson, 1991 
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

Nice tarrasching by Adams!
Adams vs D Lemos, 2010 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 1-0

Fire on the board!
Shirov vs M Magomedov, 1989 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

Nice Keres attack, 35 Re7!!
Karpov vs Sax, 1983 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

Kasparov gets taken apart!
Kasparov vs P Wolff, 1988 
(A20) English, 25 moves, 0-1

awesome pawn storm
Yudasin vs D Monokroussos, 2002 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 56 moves, 0-1

2004 WC decider
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

King's Bishop Gambit
Ivanchuk vs P Nikolic, 2004 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

Good game, Black should play 40.. Kg7!
Gelfand vs F Amonatov, 2009 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 41 moves, 1-0

Crazy game, great final tactic!
Polgar vs Gelfand, 2009 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

14 Bd6 the 'pseudo exchange sac' + great endgame
Gelfand vs Polgar, 2009 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 62 moves, 1-0

Nice game, great sacrifice at move 48
S Brzozka vs Bronstein, 1963 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 70 moves, 0-1

Great game by Kramnik. 18.. Bh6!!
M Brodsky vs Kramnik, 1991 
(B33) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

Great English Attack by Morozevich
Morozevich vs Ftacnik, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1-0

An English lesson from Adams
Adams vs Svidler, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 1-0

Beautiful Kasparov attack
Kasparov vs S Palatnik, 1978 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 37 moves, 1-0

"The immortal correspondance game"
A Sundin vs Erik Andersson, 1964 
(C16) French, Winawer, 29 moves, 1-0

Kasparov tames Anand's English attack
Anand vs Kasparov, 1999 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 50 moves, 0-1

Epic! Q v B+N+N ending
A Fuderer vs Najdorf, 1955 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 73 moves, 1-0

Great queenside attack - Levenfish attack, Sicilian Dragon
D Salinnikov vs I Gaponenko, 2000 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 23 moves, 0-1

Awesome queen sac!
Lilienthal vs Capablanca, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 1-0

Inspired KID by Nakamura as black
Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

Great double edged Scilian!
Kudrin vs M Wilder, 1987 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 34 moves, 0-1

phoar... What, a, game!
V Sokolov vs Rusnikov, 1966 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

Beautiful game and by a 13 year old too!
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Mr Fritz has some explaining to do... great game!
Smyslov vs Ribli, 1983 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 41 moves, 1-0

amazing 'sacrifice'
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Nice puzzle game and mate
B Wexler vs J Saadi, 1960 
(A14) English, 34 moves, 1-0

wow, great sacs and puzzle of the day
Najdorf vs Glucksberg, 1929 
(C10) French, 21 moves, 1-0

Nice mating tactics for W&B and final combo
J Klinger vs Glek, 1990 
(C01) French, Exchange, 26 moves, 1-0

nice SMG & links plus interesting player bios
K Smith vs Evans, 1972 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 40 moves, 0-1

Nice positional/tactical game with cool puzzle finish
Ehlvest vs McShane, 2000 
(E92) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

wow, amazing game and beautiful mating combo
Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 32 moves, 0-1

Sunday puzzle/GOTD by Anand - great game!
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

the swindle!
S Bouaziz vs Miles, 1979 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 49 moves, 0-1

2 f4 Sicilian, nice sacs and game!
V Zhuravliov vs Yermolinsky, 1988 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 34 moves, 0-1

Grunfeld, cool game and nice sacrifice!
S Volkov vs Svidler, 2017 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

Just ‘wow!’ What an amazing game!
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

Crazy English Game!
C Ward vs Suba, 1990 
(A16) English, 34 moves, 0-1

Sveshnikov by Kasparov with great final tactic
Kasparov vs Lautier, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

Cool WCC Yugoslav attack!
Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

The immortal sacrifice game!
Serper vs I Nikolaidis, 1993 
(E70) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Amazing Alapin!
D Pavasovic vs I Kurnosov, 2003 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 27 moves, 1-0

QGD isn’t boring anymore!
Van Wely vs D Pavasovic, 2007 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 0-1

Great KGA!
A Planinc vs A Matanovic, 1969 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

A Levenfish in a very good year
Nunn vs Miles, 1982 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 39 moves, 0-1

Nice Levenfish featured in John Emm’s book
N Illijin vs M Cebalo, 1999 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 27 moves, 0-1

Crazy KGA!
J Gallagher vs S Conquest, 1988 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 0-1

The ‘Samish Immortal’ game
Saemisch vs F Herzog, 1924 
(C10) French, 36 moves, 1-0

Amazing queen sacrifice!
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Strange opening, classy sacrifices!
A Phillips vs Golombek, 1961 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Cool French advance!
Romanishin vs Ivanchuk, 1986 
(C02) French, Advance, 19 moves, 1-0

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