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Great Players
Compiled by addiction to chess
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There were many great chess players and even more chess brilliancies. Here is a collection of some of the best players and some of their best games. I could have started with the great Lucena or Francois-André Philidor but I decided that it was best to begin in the Nineteenth Century since it was only then that strong players were plentiful enough to allow a self proclaimed genius to test himself against others who wanted to be known as "the best."

de la Bourdonnais was one of the best and this really shows it
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

The great Staunton!
Staunton vs Horwitz, 1851  
(A13) English, 46 moves, 1-0

Staunton makes (dare I say it) mince meat of Anderssen
Anderssen / Horwitz / Kling vs Staunton / Boden / Kipping, 1857 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

Anderssen's attacking and sacrificial style is truly shown here
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Adolf Anderssen and his well known "Immortal Game"
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Moprhy was truly ahead of his time
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

Mophy's Brilliant "Opera Game"
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Morphy dominated everyone
Bird vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

More Morphy Magic!
Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

"The King is a fighting piece!" - Steinitz
Steinitz vs Paulsen, 1870 
(C25) Vienna, 36 moves, 1-0

Steinitz most celebrated brilliancy, "The Battle at Hastings"
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Wilhelm Steinitz, The Father of Modern Chess
Anderssen vs Steinitz, 1873 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 0-1

Zukertort's Immortal
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

The Opening Enthusiast
Chigorin vs H Caro, 1898 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

Chigorin's unique style
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1890 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 38 moves, 1-0

A Brilliant game by Bird
NN vs Bird, 1850 
(C45) Scotch Game, 15 moves, 0-1

Henry Bird's Masterpiece
Bird vs J Mason, 1876 
(C11) French, 50 moves, 1-0

Blackburne's Brilliancy
NN vs Blackburne, 1884  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 0-1

Mate in three?? It looks as if JB mistook the position!
Blackburne vs NN, 1863  
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

"So many Knights jumping everywhere! (Give me room!)"-WhiteKing
NN vs Blackburne, 1871  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 21 moves, 0-1

Crash and Burn
E MacDonald vs Burn, 1910 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 49 moves, 0-1

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