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Games to make you smile.
Compiled by SufferingBruin

I tell my students all the time, chess is a fun game. The best games can't help but make you smile.

We've all seen this one, right? It's still great.
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

History's best player at his best
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

History's second best player at his best.
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Just beautifully played by Akiba
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Where is that white monarch off to?
Cifuentes Parada vs Zvjaginsev, 1995 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Who doesn't have this in their collection?
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

The white monarch attacks.
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

Vishy sacs a boxful of pieces
Anand vs I Sokolov, 1992 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 26 moves, 1-0

"V" for victory is taken literally (move 39).
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

Black is down two rooks, all pieces en prise... 0-1!
B Molinari vs L Roux Cabral, 1943 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 33 moves, 0-1

25. c5!! A fantastic finish!
I Ivanov vs Kudrin, 1989 
(A15) English, 30 moves, 1-0

This game is so pretty, it'll make you cry (moves 24 or so...)
G Agzamov vs Tringov, 1983 
(E73) King's Indian, 34 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk makes the chessboard sing.
Ivanchuk vs Morozevich, 1996 
(C11) French, 34 moves, 1-0

Who says chess isn't a great specator sport?
Dgebuadze vs D Svetushkin, 2008 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 67 moves, 1-0

Anand! My son's name! This is a work of art.
Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1

Karpov takes out a whole army with a bishop move.
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

Nakamura's best to date
Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A14) English, 28 moves, 0-1

Man, that 19th move was stunning.
S Sunyasakta vs S Gour, 2008 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 36 moves, 1-0

Take the queen, I said... take the queen!
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

I don't know how Marshall won this game.
Marshall vs G Marco, 1904 
(C45) Scotch Game, 76 moves, 1-0

Having two rooks is highly overrated.
Pachman vs Eckert, 1940 
(C13) French, 24 moves, 1-0

Having two rooks and a queen is highly overrated.
Maczynski vs W Pratten, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

If we had to pick just one game by Tal...
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

You have to check out white's 30th move.
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Kramnik shows us all how to play an endgame
Kramnik vs Ponomariov, 2009 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 81 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik shows us all how to play an endgame
Kotov vs Botvinnik, 1955 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 65 moves, 0-1

Did you know Geller had a plus score against Bobby? I didn't.
Fischer vs Geller, 1967 
(B89) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

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

Painful to be on the other end of zugzwang.
Ivanchuk vs Wang Yue, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

An outrageous king walk
H Geiger vs W Wurm, 1930 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 39 moves, 0-1

Lev goes deep
Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

King... 8th rank... middle game... mindboggling...
V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2010 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 0-1

Unreal game. Just unreal.
Sadvakasov vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2006 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 38 moves, 0-1

57. black to play and win. Paoli got it.
B Pantebre Martinez vs E Paoli, 1976 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 72 moves, 0-1

Sick combo. That's what kids call it. So do I.
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

Marshall's gambit. One of my favorites.
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

The chess equivalent of Joyce's Ulysses (complex)
Anand vs Kramnik, 2008 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

22. Bd5 is not a move but a brush stroke
B Kovanova vs N Pogonina, 2010 
(B50) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

Anand hits the bigtime
Kasparov vs Anand, 1991 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

Great combination starting at move 16
Kaidanov vs W J Donaldson, 1992 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Josh Waitzkin's best game of chess
M Zlotnikov vs Waitzkin, 1998 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 48 moves, 0-1

The ultimate forced mate
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Pretty Combo by Mecking
Mecking vs A C Rocha, 1969 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs M Prat, 1913 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi faces mate in a move.... for a lot of moves.
Ivkov vs Korchnoi, 1957 
(C16) French, Winawer, 94 moves, 0-1

Skip to move 37. If you don't smile, you're not human.
Bronstein vs K Darga, 1964 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 1-0

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