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These games are chosen to highlight the history of chess understanding, beginning with a few games prior to the era of Paul Morphy. Major figures like Steinitz, Tarrasch, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Reti and Nimzovitch will be represented. Modern super GM's to include sample games of Reshevsky, Botvinnik, Tal, Petrosian, other Russian GM's, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Anand & Carlsen. This is a work in progress.

Early Attack of King in the middle.
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Pawn storm on castled King-back rank mate
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

Rapid development, central control, King in center.
Morphy vs J Schulten, 1857 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 12 moves, 1-0

Early Morphy game
Morphy vs E Morphy, 1856 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

Better Development--> Initiative --> Winning Attack
Morphy vs Hart, 1854 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

Better development trumps premature attack
A Meek vs Morphy, 1855 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 0-1

Total Initiative, piece coordination, tactics & central control
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Morphy Demo of opposite side castling
Morphy vs Loewenthal, 1858 
(C01) French, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

Initiative, central control vs lost time, weak sqr =Quick Win
Spielmann vs R Wahle, 1926 
(C01) French, Exchange, 17 moves, 1-0

Black punished elegantly for neglecting development
Nimzowitsch vs Alapin, 1914  
(C11) French, 18 moves, 1-0

Technique, Struggle, and chess psychology all in one came
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

Great strategical masterpiece
Schlechter vs Janowski, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 1-0

White square domination, subtle strangulation
N Mannheimer vs Nimzowitsch, 1930  
(C01) French, Exchange, 44 moves, 0-1

Positional game where tactics is key
H Kestler vs Keres, 1973
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 35 moves, 0-1

Instructive Russian game analyzed by Pandolfini
Dolmatov vs I Rogers, 1985 
(B01) Scandinavian, 34 moves, 1-0

Pandolfini Russian Chess #1 Practical Strategy & Tactics
Chernin vs Miles, 1985 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

"Tough uncompromising game" Yusopov notes
Miles vs Yusupov, 1985 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 24 moves, 0-1

Famous Spanish Game Fischer
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 21 moves, 1-0

Initiaitive/domination from early middle game
Polgar vs Dominguez Perez, 2011 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

Where Advance Preparation Rules
Anand vs Kasparov, 1991 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 29 moves, 1-0

Carlsen Deconstructs Benko Gambit
Carlsen vs Bologan, 2012 
(A59) Benko Gambit, 40 moves, 1-0

Game4 Dynamic Chess RN Coles
L Asztalos vs Breyer, 1913 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 26 moves, 0-1

Breyer vs J Esser, 1917  
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 47 moves, 1-0

Breyer win annotated by Reti in Modern Ideas in Chess
Breyer vs K Havasi, 1918  
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch combines strategy and tactics to win
Tarrasch vs Pillsbury, 1898 
(C49) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1-0

Simple minority attack win. Capa makes it look easy!
Capablanca vs Golombek, 1939 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

Minority attack--> winning endgame
Rubinstein vs S Takacs, 1926 
(D65) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line, 53 moves, 1-0

Queen is better than 3 pieces in a Pirc
Short vs R J Miles, 1976 
(B07) Pirc, 25 moves, 1-0

Topping Topalov w Tactics
Rublevsky vs Topalov, 2004 
(B40) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

Caro exchange- Black eliminates bad bishop
E Perelshteyn vs Yudasin, 2001
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 36 moves, 0-1

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