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Brilliant games
Compiled by madhatter5
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games that I find instructional, entertaining, or both.

instructive use of creativity and middlegame paralysis
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

instructive attacking prep and initiation
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Of course, I MUST include this game
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

instructive dynamic play
R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Rf6!!
Fischer vs Benko, 1963 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Ba7!! to get the open file
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 32 moves, 0-1

J Salman vs S Agaian, 2003
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 33 moves, 1-0

Nakamura vs B Karen, 1997 
(B06) Robatsch, 52 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Janowski, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Instructive ways to get ahead in development
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

26...Bb1!! is killer
L Aronson vs Tal, 1957 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 36 moves, 0-1

Brilliant defense: 17...c4! and 18...a6!
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Instructive sacrificial onslaught: the power of open lines!
Shirov vs J Lapinski, 1990 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Andersson, 1981 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Development+exposed king=attack!
J C Benjamin vs G Carter, 1982 
(C27) Vienna Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Pachman vs Eckert, 1940 
(C13) French, 24 moves, 1-0

Instructive exchange sac
Reshevsky vs Petrosian, 1953 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

21.Bg6!!
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

Capa was unbeatable in the endgame
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

instructive attack
Van Wely vs Acs, 2002 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 18 moves, 0-1

Van Wely vs K Georgiev, 1997 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Alburt vs N Weinstein, 1984 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 1-0

Piket vs Smirin, 1993 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 36 moves, 1-0

J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 23 moves, 0-1

J Schulten vs Kieseritzky, 1850 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 0-1

Morozevich vs Bologan, 2004 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

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

Nimzowitsch vs Hakansson, 1922  
(C02) French, Advance, 27 moves, 1-0

what NOT to do in the Najdorf
F Zimmermann vs W Huebner, 1977 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 19 moves, 1-0

Great Grunfeld game
Gligoric vs Smyslov, 1959 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 39 moves, 0-1

Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

When you have bishops, open the position!
Petrosian vs Lilienthal, 1949  
(C49) Four Knights, 44 moves, 1-0

don't play on both flanks!
Petrosian vs Bondarevsky, 1950  
(A92) Dutch, 41 moves, 1-0

Keene vs P L Roe, 1967  
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

Dzindzichashvili vs Kalandazichvili, 1967 
(C45) Scotch Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Tal vs NN, 1963 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 19 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs J Arnason, 1987 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 40 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1874 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 0-1

Burn vs Owen, 1874 
(B07) Pirc, 14 moves, 1-0

E Sobernheim vs S A Langleben, 1895 
(C13) French, 25 moves, 0-1

Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

J Agdamus vs J Rubinetti, 1970 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 0-1

Chigorin vs H Caro, 1898 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

Teichmann vs Allies, 1905 
(C56) Two Knights, 35 moves, 1-0

Andersson vs Leko, 1996 
(A15) English, 91 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Capablanca, 1928 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 0-1

Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

Steinitz vs E Pilhal, 1860 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 17 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Karpov, 1979 
(A28) English, 31 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1912  
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 27 moves, 0-1

Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924  
(A13) English, 25 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs Reti, 1920 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 0-1

Euwe vs Fischer, 1957 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Reti vs A Speijer, 1919 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

Gulko vs K Grigorian, 1971 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 40 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs R Loman, 1923 
(A09) Reti Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

E Z Adams vs Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

Brodsky vs Kramnik, 1991 
(B33) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

D Pruess vs W Shipman, 1998 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 40 moves, 1-0

Showalter vs Gossip, 1889  
(C45) Scotch Game, 29 moves, 0-1

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