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zugzwang greats
Compiled by kevin86

games in which the loser is so tied up in knots that he is forced to make a bad move. In the current position,the loser in not in a losing position-but will soon be.

pinned knight ties up the black king and queen
Torre vs J Araiza Munoz, 1926 
(A48) King's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

among other qualities,this has a zugzwang theme.
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

black has an extra knight-and still gets zugged
Anand vs Van Wely, 1997 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

movebound black leads to el Faldo-lol
Englisch vs J Bauer, 1890 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 53 moves, 1-0

the tomb game-white has ONE legal move at the end
B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971 
(E97) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Smyslov rallies to title
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1957 
(A15) English, 69 moves, 0-1

Capa trapps Nimzo in Zugzwang!!
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

Nimzo's defining moment! Zugzwang!!
Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923  
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1

Tal's zuggy masterpiece
Tal vs F Reinemer, 1991 
(A80) Dutch, 32 moves, 1-0

a knot even Houdini couldn't escape.
Ivanchuk vs Y Wang, 2009 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

white will be forced to cough up a pawn.
Jakovenko vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 63 moves, 0-1

black must:allow pawn to queen,abandon his Ps or B
R Calvo vs D Byrne, 1968 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 70 moves, 1-0

40 Bg6+ leads to quick strangulation of black's forces.
Larsen vs J Penrose, 1969 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 44 moves, 1-0

the Greek Church ending
Michelet vs Kieseritzky, 1843 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

white ends this one in a straitjacket
A S Rasmussen vs Robson, 2009 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 43 moves, 0-1

a combination of zugzwang and tomb games!
Y Gusev vs E Auerbach, 1946 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 37 moves, 1-0

white,like lsu,is fit to be tide
Nakamura vs Giri, 2012 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

zugzwang in a BOOC game.
S Peric vs L Milman, 2006 
(D03) Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation), 50 moves, 0-1

castled king in handcuffs
J Kaplan vs Bronstein, 1975 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 0-1

zugzwang and outside passed pawn wins it.
Alekhine vs K Opocensky, 1943 
(C01) French, Exchange, 48 moves, 1-0

black's pieces are trapped the mice...rats
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

the extremely UGLY bishop!
Radjabov vs X Bu, 2008 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

black must more and then white guards.
Korchnoi vs Petrosian, 1974 
(A17) English, 51 moves, 1-0

knight forced to move from perfect spot.
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 
(B44) Sicilian, 89 moves, 1-0

E Myhre vs G Lorson, 1952 
(E68) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4, 38 moves, 0-1

coroners report:the king is cornered.
J Becerra Rivero vs M Goss, 2012 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 40 moves, 1-0

the zugzwang that isn't
A Petrov vs P Journoud, 1863 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

black's knight can't stay there forever.
H Pusch vs M Fuhrmann, 2001 
(C01) French, Exchange, 51 moves, 1-0

Capa's Zugzwang immortal:iron maiden.
Capablanca vs Ragozin, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 49 moves, 1-0

white must wait for opposing king to come to execute.
V Malakhov vs Ivanchuk, 2014 
(A14) English, 41 moves, 0-1

elementary finish- pin and zugz.
S Baldazzi vs A Holmsten, 2001 
(A16) English, 137 moves, 0-1

knots bury farm
O Ekebjaerg vs G Timmerman, 1991 
(C27) Vienna Game, 36 moves, 0-1

a great finish by Torre!
L Ogaard vs E Torre, 1976 
(A43) Old Benoni, 33 moves, 0-1

rook caught in net.
Tal vs S Saeed, 1985 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

tomb game: "open" variation.
M Podgaets vs M Dvoretzky, 1974 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

Moses: My people have nowhere to go!
G W Moses vs Rubinstein, 1924 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 0-1

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