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The Defense and Counter-attack weapon
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This game collection is dedicated to the show the beauty of the defense and the potency of the counter-attack.

Petrosian illustrates the effectiveness of the defence.
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 0-1

Alekhine counter-attacks and sacs 2 (!) Queens
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Vishy is under attack then counter-attacks to draw the game
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

White brings out his king defends well, then finishes black
L Shamkovich vs V Zheliandinov, 1959  
(A66) Benoni, 20 moves, 1-0

White's one move from mate,but creates a vicious counter-attack
B Verlinsky vs I Rabinovich, 1925 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

White attacks but black fires a quick and deadly counter-attack
E Mortensen vs L Karlsson, 1988 
(C18) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 0-1

White's in trouble, but tenaciously attacks the black kings
Bologan vs B Redon, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

"You attack my kingside, I take your king!"
G Feher vs E Bricard, 1995 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

Tal counters a premature attack w/ an attack of his own
Aevski vs Tal, 1952 
(B56) Sicilian, 20 moves, 0-1

Capablanca defends the original Marshal Attack novelty!
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

Rubenstein defends well and produces a beautiful counter-attack
Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1908 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Anand tries to defend then suddenly lauches a counter-attack
Anand vs Ftacnik, 1993 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Karpov defends well, then starts an attack in the endgame!
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 58 moves, 0-1

Fischer defends very accurately but falls to a repetition
Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

White's attack runs out of steam and black makes a mating net
P Mithrakanth vs Anand, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 30 moves, 0-1

White's attack falls to black's counter-attack
Shabalov vs Gelfand, 2004 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 47 moves, 0-1

White attacks using the K-side, but black gets there first
P Rahls vs Bagirov, 1990 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

Akiba exposes his king but defends well then marches his king
Rubinstein vs Marshall, 1908 
(C49) Four Knights, 49 moves, 1-0

Rh1! and Euwe starts a counter-attack
Geller vs Euwe, 1953 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1

The Last Shot of the great Kasparov!
Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 0-1

A great comeback
Burn vs Marshall, 1906 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Possibly the greatest comeback ever
Timman vs Kasparov, 1982 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

The "Master of Attack" only draws w/ the "Master of Defence"
Tal vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B56) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Carlsen defends nicely, then sets up a mating net in the end!
Aronian vs Carlsen, 2008 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Bg4!! and a brilliant attack is spoiled!
Taimanov vs Larsen, 1970 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 34 moves, 0-1

Great tactics and amazing endgame (I thought it was a draw)!
J Piket Sr vs G Welling, 1985 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 0-1

Putting up the tougest defence to draw
D Rubin vs Glek, 1989 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

First, White was winning, then black, then Draw!
J M Bellon Lopez vs R Jamieson, 1977 
(C47) Four Knights, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Don't judge an attack by its cover.
A W Bowen vs J H Beaty, 1962
(E70) King's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

After some attack, Szabo finds a brilliant way to simplify
Szabo vs L Barden, 1961 
(E70) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

Kramnik castles, w/ a compromised cover against Kaspy!
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

Black runs out of steam... twice!
B Kantsler vs A Greenfeld, 2005 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 63 moves, 1-0

How to defend and attack at the same time!
Fischer vs Geller, 1967 
(B89) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

"Get your butt moving" - White Queen
Harikrishna vs Nisipeanu, 2004 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

Geza couldn't just attack......
Charousek vs Maroczy, 1897 
(C13) French, 26 moves, 0-1

Aggression can lead to depression!
Portisch vs Taimanov, 1959 
(A13) English, 25 moves, 0-1

Not your usual boring draw.
J Perlis vs Marshall, 1911 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

18...a5 and Petrosian plays defense and attack!
A Dueckstein vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

Keres vs K Richter, 1942  
(A28) English, 59 moves, 0-1

How to show off while manually castling queenside
Karpov vs A Zaitsev, 1970 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 72 moves, 1-0

You expect for Timman to at least give check other than Qh5+ !
Timman vs Gligoric, 1971 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 31 moves, 0-1

How to provoke your opponent to playing a bad attack! (Kd1!)
Korchnoi vs Plachetka, 1969 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Holding back the great Gazza!
Kasparov vs Deep Junior, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 0-1

White's dead......right?
Oll vs Salov, 1982 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

A draw is better than a loss.
Adams vs Topalov, 2005 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Why Romantics are not around anymore (defense)
Chigorin vs Lasker, 1895 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 0-1

A game which is under the book Art of Attack, chapter: Defense!
Alekhine vs Botvinnik, 1936  
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal sets up cannons towards Petrosian's king but comes out 2nd!
Tal vs Petrosian, 1973 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 27 moves, 0-1

Black castles Q-side and exposes the b-file! But Tal only draws
Tal vs Petrosian, 1961 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Black first defends an attack, then defends an ending vs. 2 Q!
R Franz vs Mayet, 1858 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 69 moves, 0-1

Pawn races usually end w/ the 1st to promote winning...........
A Planinc vs D Baretic, 1968 
(C18) French, Winawer, 45 moves, 0-1

"Slippery as an eel"-Fischer
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Too bad it had to end with Bd3?? (time pressure)
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 41 moves, 0-1

Kasparov wasn't just good at attacking............
Beliavsky vs Kasparov, 1988 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 29 moves, 0-1

Gligoric vs Fischer, 1959 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

A hard to catch king!
Nakamura vs J Fluvia Poyatos, 2007 
(D80) Grunfeld, 43 moves, 1-0

Too much to handle eh?
Kramnik vs Anand, 1997 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 0-1

How to plug up typhoon Tip and unleash all hell
M Rytshagov vs Lanka, 1992 
(B89) Sicilian, 44 moves, 0-1

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