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The Great Powers Of The King
Compiled by Tigranny

Since the king is my favorite piece, I thought I might make a collection containing outstanding king walks, which in my opinion, are better than tactics like forks, pins, and skewers.

A true classic.
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

Another classic by Short.
Kasparov vs Short, 1987 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 0-1

Forcing mate on his weak counterpart.
Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 1-0

Wait, I thought I was supposed to mate you.
M Kuerschner vs Tarrasch, 1888 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 43 moves, 0-1

Why the king is a great attacking unit.
Alekhine vs Yates, 1922  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Restricting his counterpart to the back rank.
Alekhine vs Yates, 1926 
(C01) French, Exchange, 56 moves, 1-0

A royal stroll in the battlefield.
Steinitz vs Paulsen, 1870 
(C25) Vienna, 36 moves, 1-0

Petrosian's classic king march.
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

Walking from one side to the other.
Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

Why is it always your king on the opposite side Petrosian?
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 68 moves, 0-1

Dark square strangulation - by the king.
Petrosian vs Mecking, 1971 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 57 moves, 1-0

A walk in the heat of the battle even with multiple queens.
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

A walk on the wild side.
Rodolfo Cardoso vs Petrosian, 1975 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 50 moves, 0-1

Another failed king hunt that lets the king into the battle.
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

The perfect way to avoid losing the title.
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

The king as an extra piece when down a bishop.
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2003 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 39 moves, 1-0

Slaying the KID with a king march.
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1998 
(E97) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Capa's immortal.
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Capturing a rook when his counterpart is stuck in a fortress.
J Cukierman vs Capablanca, 1938 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 91 moves, 0-1

The king of sorrow.
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

A walk to attack his coward counterpart after a failed hunt.
A Shashin vs Korchnoi, 1973 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 35 moves, 1-0

A strong piece.
Tal vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Geller's king goes from being hunted to a hunter.
Geller vs Tal, 1975 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

A walk when sacrificing a rook.
I A Nataf vs J L Chabanon, 2005 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 55 moves, 1-0

The losing side is too afraid to attack the king.
Weenink vs L Gans, 1923 
(C25) Vienna, 27 moves, 1-0

A king threatening to gobble up White's queenside pawns.
Browne vs Smyslov, 1982 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

One of Rubinstein's immortals.
Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1-0

Sacrificing a pawn to snatch much more.
Ponomariov vs Morozevich, 2006 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 53 moves, 1-0

The king is too fast for the opponent's counterplay.
S B Berntsen Sahl vs Y Orlova, 2010 
(B32) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

Grischuk's immortal, one of his happiest moments.
V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2010 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 0-1

A failed king hunt that results in a walk.
Euwe vs V Castaldi, 1948 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 48 moves, 0-1

The perfect spot to hide is next to the opponent's king.
Naumkin vs Khalifman, 1982 
(E90) King's Indian, 46 moves, 0-1

Down a queen, but mating with a pawn and rook.
Browne vs Karpov, 1977 
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 38 moves, 0-1

A regal stroll in the heat of battle.
Reshevsky vs Capablanca, 1935 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 1-0

Ruling the board with the help of the bishop pair.
Nakamura vs Kaidanov, 2012 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 70 moves, 1-0

Bye queen, hail to the king.
R Steel vs NN, 1884 
(C25) Vienna, 26 moves, 1-0

Your attacks on the king can't save you queen.
Teichmann vs Allies, 1905 
(C56) Two Knights, 35 moves, 1-0

Dancing around the board while dominating a knight.
H Danielsen vs Pokorna, 2003 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 60 moves, 1-0

First hunted, then the hunter of his counterpart.
Anderssen vs de Riviere, 1859 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Larsen's second immortal.
I Jelen vs Larsen, 1977 
(A04) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

Bronstein's immortal.
Bronstein vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Spassky's immortal king march - against Fischer.
Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 58 moves, 1-0

When a passed pawn isn't enough to beat a king.
Spassky vs Larsen, 1968 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 52 moves, 1-0

Bending Larsen to the brink.
Spassky vs Larsen, 1968 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

The king slays the dragon.
Fischer vs D Byrne, 1963 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

The king and bishop pair beat a queen.
P Ricardi vs N V Pedersen, 2004 
(A13) English, 52 moves, 1-0

Morphy's best king march yet.
Morphy vs G Salmon, 1858  
(C51) Evans Gambit, 49 moves, 1-0

Another great march by Morphy.
Harrwitz vs Morphy, 1858  
(A84) Dutch, 54 moves, 0-1

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

My king in danger? No, I believe it is actually yours.
I Cheparinov vs Sutovsky, 2013 
(D85) Grunfeld, 33 moves, 1-0

An aggressive king beats out an extra bishop.
Van Wely vs S Kindermann, 1994 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

Standing on top of the Berlin Wall.
McShane vs Carlsen, 2012 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 62 moves, 0-1

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