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Penguincw's Favourite Games
Compiled by Penguincw
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My favourite games. Games are in order by date.

For my favourite games, I tried not to choose games that everyone else would choose (i.e. avoided the 40 most popular games according to ChessGames.com Statistics Page). Instead, I chose games that I like because of what happened in that game. For games that are meaningful to mean in general, see Game Collection: Penguincw Games.

Currently, 5 of these games were played by Topalov, who is, you guessed it, my favourite player.

Kieseritzky is on the wrong side of another brilliant game
Michelet vs Kieseritzky, 1845 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

Cambridge Springs Trap
Mayet vs Harrwitz, 1848 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 8 moves, 0-1

Even though it's not of high quality, it's entertaining
R Franz vs Mayet, 1858 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 69 moves, 0-1

Several repetitions and then a blunder
G Neumann vs Steinitz, 1870 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 124 moves, 0-1

Double promotion before move 20
L Forgacs vs Maroczy, 1902 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

How to play a game in protest
Huebner vs K Rogoff, 1972  
(A15) English, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

White sacrifices a king (as in king safety) and queen to win
C Van de Loo vs M Hesseling, 1983 
(C57) Two Knights, 48 moves, 1-0

21 year old Topalov out-calculates Kasparov
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 66 moves, 1-0

Kasparov loses his final professional game
Topalov vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

23rd century chess
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

A classic from the 2010 Olympiad
Ivanchuk vs Jobava, 2010 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

White leaves a queen "hanging" forces black to resign
Carlsen vs Topalov, 2010 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 1-0

A fighting draw
Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

After move 21, white's entire back rank is cleared
Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2011 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

A nice king walk
J Rousselle vs D Huang, 2012 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

Nakamura does a gutsy king walk
Nakamura vs Robson, 2012 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 49 moves, 1-0

Instructive Endgame
Y Kryvoruchko vs B Esen, 2013 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 65 moves, 1-0

Topalov sacrifices a queen and rook in a positional win
Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2014 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 43 moves, 1-0

Two youngsters play a Fried Liver Attack
Wei Yi vs J K Duda, 2014 
(C57) Two Knights, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

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