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When you have to win
Compiled by SetNoEscapeOn
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Games where the competitive aspect of chess took center stage- and one player stepped up and was able to win despite the increased tension.

The inspiration for this collection is the audio annotation to his game against Larry Christiansen by Josh Waitzkin in Chessmaster, similarly titled "When you have to win".

An all time classic
Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910  
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 71 moves, 1-0

Acumen beyond words
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

Iron Will
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

Heartbreaking
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

The Difference
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987  
(A13) English, 64 moves, 1-0

It didn't happen for Karpov
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 0-1

A great mix of prophylaxis and patience
Waitzkin vs L Christiansen, 1998 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

Forcing a struggle- (Shabalov takes the championship)
Shabalov vs V Akobian, 2003 
(C02) French, Advance, 61 moves, 1-0

Timid play gets mercilessly crushed
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

The Russian Plumber
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006  
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

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