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LIFE Master AJ's "10 Greatest Short Games" ever!
Compiled by LIFE Master AJ

This collection is dedicated to the ten best <short> games of chess ever played, with one honorable mention ... thrown in at the end. (See game number eleven.)

The above page is my old "Geo-Cities" web page on short games. If you scroll down the page - near the bottom - you will see my list of the "10 Greatest Chess Short Games" (of all time).

This game collection reflects that list.

I have annotated ALL of these games, (off-site); check out the links ... they are given below the games. (In the notes/kibitzes.)

I think the games are given in chronological order ... NOT the order of how I might rate them! (PLEASE!!! DON'T ask me to do this!) Created: Thursday / April 14th, 2011.

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#1.) Harry N. Pillsbury - Seymon Winawer; Budapest, 1896.

#2.) Richard Reti - Savielly Tartakower; Vienna, 1910.

#3.) Ed Lasker - George A. Thomas; London, 1912.

#4.) David Janowski - Fritz Samisch; Marienbad, GER. 1925.

#5.) R. Reti - Jose R. Capablanca; Berlin, 1928.

#6.) Alexander A. Alekhine (2815) - Aaron Nimzowitsch (2775) C15 Lake Bled; (Round #6) August 30th, 1931. &

#7.) Glucksberg - M. Najdorf; Warsaw, 1935.

#8.) B. Spassky - A. Aftonomov; USSR Jr. Qualifiers, 1949.

#9.) Robert Byrne - R.J. ("Bobby") Fischer; U.S.A. Championship 1963-64. (New York)

#10.) Bent Larsen - Boris V. Spassky; Super Match, "U.S.S.R. vs. The Rest of the World." Belgrade, Yugoslavia; 1970.

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Friday; April 15th, 2011: I got an e-mail (yesterday) from a young man ... who has been following my websites for a number of years now. He wanted to know about the (following) game:

Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858, also known as "Morphy vs. Two Amateurs, Paris (Opera House); 1858.

I have covered this game on a number of web pages, see: &, (and a few others).

Marshall called this, "the most famous game of chess," and indeed it is well known. It is my personal opinion that this game is simply (maybe) the finest game ever played. (period) It is swift, accurate, and - at the end of this contest - White mates with his last two (active/possible) pieces. (True chess artistry!!!)

However, I will confess that my opinion of this game is NOT shared by the general chess public! Perhaps it has received so much publicity that the general chess-playing audience has simply grown tired of it. Because of this popular sentiment, I did not include it in my collection of "The Ten Best."

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WEDNESDAY / May 4th, 2011.

Another great game is: Kramnik vs Beliavsky, 1995.

This was "The Problem of The Day" around April 30th, 2011.

I thought that I had never really gone over this game before, however, when I took out my Kramnik book, I discovered that it had a few hand-written notes in the margin.

I have already begun my analysis of this unbelievable game, however, this phase can often take weeks - even months. (I am seriously considering making a web page <and possibly a video> for this wonderful chess game.) However, I wanted to add this game to my collection ... so here it is ... without further delay. (See my notes and comments in the "kibitzes" ... below the game.)

The great Pillsbury ... shows his stuff. (Brilliant play!)
Pillsbury vs Winawer, 1896 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 1-0

The hypermodern Reti shows a true flair for tactics. (SUPER!!!)
Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

Ed Lasker could play! (Great notes, check out the kibitzes!)
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

A great brilliancy by a superb tactician!!!!!
Janowski vs Saemisch, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Capablanca produces one of the finest miniatures ever!
Reti vs Capablanca, 1928 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 18 moves, 0-1

One of the greatest attackers of all time provides a fine win!~
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1931 
(C15) French, Winawer, 19 moves, 1-0

Miguel Najdorf's IMMORTAL game ... its a "minnie" too!
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

You can clearly feel BORIS's FORCE ... in this wonderful ...
Spassky vs Avtonomov, 1949 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0

US CH! Fischer wins, 11-0!!!!! The BRILLIANCY PRIZE! Nuff said?
Robert E Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Boris destroys Larsen! (stop) A Brilliancy! (stop) A Miniature!
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

First honorable mention - and one of my favorites.
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

A superb game by Kramnik - and a worthy H.M. to this list.
Kramnik vs Beliavsky, 1995 
(A06) Reti Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

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