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the most instructive games of chess ever played
Compiled by biohaz
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62 masterpieces of chess strategy

rook on the seventh rank
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

the king is a strong peice
Tal vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

knight outpost at q5
Boleslavsky vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

aggressive rook in the ending
Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1-0

the passed pawn
Rubinstein vs Duras, 1908  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

weak pawns,weak squares and mighty,mighty knights
H K Mattison vs Nimzowitsch, 1929  
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 23 moves, 0-1

finesse in the ending
R Domenech vs Flohr, 1935 
(B40) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

phalanx of pawns
Petrosian vs H Corral, 1954 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

passed pawn's lust to expand
Fischer vs Berliner, 1960 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

rook and pawn ending
Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

king in the center
Tartakower vs R Frentz, 1933 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 35 moves, 1-0

the shifting attack
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1957 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 33 moves, 1-0

every move a threat!
M Porges vs Lasker, 1896  
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 0-1

a touch of jujitsu
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1946 
(A90) Dutch, 23 moves, 1-0

the king-side attack
Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894  
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

magnificent outpost
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

the art of exchanging pieces
Menchik vs Capablanca, 1931 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

the isolated pawn
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

the see-saw check,zugzwang,and other tactical tricks
M Kupferstich vs H Andreasen, 1953 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 34 moves, 1-0

the two bishops
S Rosenthal vs Steinitz, 1873 
(C46) Three Knights, 38 moves, 0-1

variety of themes
Tartakower vs R Domenech, 1934 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

systematic strangulation
Tarrasch vs Showalter, 1898 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

good bishop and bad bishop
L Barden vs Rossolimo, 1950 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 38 moves, 0-1

coup de grace
Alekhine vs Yates, 1922  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

the powerful passed pawns
Aganalian vs Petrosian, 1945 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 34 moves, 0-1

bishop and a half
Bondarevsky vs Smyslov, 1946 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 42 moves, 0-1

prophetic strategy
Tarrasch / allies vs Paulsen / allies, 1888 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 49 moves, 1-0

problem-like finale
Foltys vs Golombek, 1947 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

a pawn is a pawn is a pawn
Kashdan vs H Steiner, 1932 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 59 moves, 1-0

board with excitement
Keres vs A Tarnowski, 1952 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

elegant simplification
Botvinnik vs Boleslavsky, 1941 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 65 moves, 1-0

four endings in one
Blackburne vs Max Weiss, 1889 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 70 moves, 0-1

bishop and pawn ending deluxe
Max Weiss vs Blackburne, 1889 
(B01) Scandinavian, 57 moves, 0-1

brilliant career of a pawn
Panov vs Taimanov, 1952 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 55 moves, 1-0

dispatching the king's musketeers
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1961 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

the sheltering pawn
W Schlage vs Reti, 1928 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 47 moves, 0-1

the power of position play
Capablanca vs Allies, 1920 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

that old black magic
O Bernstein vs J Mieses, 1904 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 49 moves, 1-0

the singular strategy of steinitz
Steinitz vs Sellman, 1885 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

odyssey of an isolated pawn
Burn vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1906 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 0-1

zugzwang,the invincible weapon
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

symphony of combinations
E Eliskases vs Gruenfeld, 1933 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 1-0

escorting the potential queen
Schlechter vs J Mason, 1903 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

the pillsbury bind
Chekhover vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

the galloping knight
Tarrasch vs Vogel, 1910 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 1-0

the roving rook
Pillsbury vs Showalter, 1897 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 66 moves, 1-0

web of black squares
Schlechter vs W John, 1905 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

endgame arithmetic
J Mieses vs Reshevsky, 1935 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 0-1

in the grand manner
Janowski vs Capablanca, 1916  
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 46 moves, 0-1

march of the little pawns
Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

irresistible pawn-roller
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 0-1

quiet,like a tiger
Botvinnik vs Kan, 1931 
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

endgame duel-knight against rook
Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1946 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

perennial favorite
Bogoljubov vs Reti, 1923 
(C11) French, 42 moves, 0-1

command of the board
Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1-0

the king takes a walk
Botvinnik vs Kan, 1943 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 44 moves, 1-0

surprise! surprise!
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

bolt from the blue
D Andric vs D Djaja, 1949 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

lured into zugzwang
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1918 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

the flash of a mighty surprise
F Olafsson vs Fischer, 1958 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

symphony of heavenly length
Larry Evans vs H Opsahl, 1950 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 81 moves, 1-0

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