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I need to show this to a chessfrlend!
Compiled by nasmichael
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Some games are simply fun to watch, precise or not. Some games showcase interesting ideas, or are just instructive for what to do (or not do) when it is your turn). These are some of those games.

Geometry is beautiful.
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Nezhmetdinov vs L Shamkovich, 1954 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

R A Ziatdinov vs Savon, 1985
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

M Porges vs Lasker, 1896  
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 0-1

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

The final position is so telling--Lasker's strength is amazing!
Maroczy vs Lasker, 1924 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

S Simic vs P Nikolic, 1981 
(C27) Vienna Game, 47 moves, 1-0

Fight!
M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch, 1889 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 37 moves, 0-1

M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch, 1888
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 0-1

E Tate vs M Bengtson, 1998 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Continuous pressure on back-rank mate.
C F Castellano vs M Szymanska, 2001 
(C02) French, Advance, 34 moves, 1-0

Calm pressure, quiet deliberation.
Svidler vs Yifan Hou, 2009 
(C11) French, 64 moves, 1-0

WK goes walking, finds safety, then victory.
G den Broeder vs T de Veij, 1980 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Long on Short! Coordination of pieces.
Short vs R J Miles, 1976 
(B07) Pirc, 25 moves, 1-0

Teamwork of pieces, foresight. Seeking opportunity, each move.
Liu Wenzhe vs J H Donner, 1978 
(B07) Pirc, 20 moves, 1-0

...and this against the World Champion
Anand vs Ivanchuk, 2011 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 69 moves, 0-1

Whether contrived or not, it is lovely.
A W Fox vs H E Bauer, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

Forcing moves.
Schwartz vs Hartlaub, 1918 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 0-1

Kieseritzky vs H Buckle, 1846 
(B20) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Knight-promotion.
Crafty vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 155 moves, 0-1

Control of squares around king - masterful!
Tal vs Jack Miller, 1988 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

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