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MJCB's favorite games 20th century
Compiled by MJCB
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These games made me love chess.

Pawn storm reaching eight's rank
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Castling simply sac the queen for mating attack!
F A Hoffmann vs Alexander Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

Steady pieces positioning until beautiful mating combination!
J Schulten vs Horwitz, 1846 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 17 moves, 0-1

Precise subtle moves play accelerates game into mating attack
Morphy vs E Rousseau, 1849 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

A charming mate!
Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

Immortal game, white sacrificing almost everything to mate!
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Evergreen game. Deep and splendid queen sacrifice!
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Active play and charming finish
N Marache vs Morphy, 1857 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 0-1

Queen sac allows cornering king into lost position
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

Clinical swift demolition
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Ressources constantly renewed during attack until ... mate
Anderssen vs M Lange, 1859 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

Open lines, heavy artillery and... mate!
J Rosanes vs Anderssen, 1862 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 19 moves, 0-1

Steady attack to reach minor pieces mate
A Steinkuehler vs Blackburne, 1863  
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

Better development leading to queen sacrifice and mate
J Rosanes vs Anderssen, 1863 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 0-1

Problemist ending!
C Golmayo vs Loyd, 1867 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 0-1

Trio 8th rank, K-Kt column and K-B6 attack seals beautiful win
G MacDonnell vs S Boden, 1869 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

Attack, sacrifices and charming subtle conclusion
Zukertort vs Count Epoureano, 1872 
(000) Chess variants, 23 moves, 1-0

Cavalry brilliantly dominates superior army!
Bird vs J Mason, 1876 
(C11) French, 50 moves, 1-0

Sacrificing steadily to reach minor pieces mate
NN vs Blackburne, 1884  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 0-1

Qf7+ mates... a few moves later with minor pieces!
Prince Dadian vs Boulitchoff, 1882 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

White seems losing a piece, in reality initiates superb combo!
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Queen sac initiates long king hunt ending with... mate!
Prince Dadian vs Boutourlin, 1883  
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 1-0

Queen suddenly overloaded by two bishops cannot prevent mate!
S M Globus vs R Gross, 1884 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

Hunted king turns hunter for beautiful mating finish
R Steel vs R Ross, 1884 
(C25) Vienna, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Heavy artillery demolition... Brutal yet beautiful
Showalter vs Gossip, 1889  
(C45) Scotch Game, 29 moves, 0-1

Forceful attack, sacrifices and pretty mate with minor pieces!
M Weiss vs W Pollock, 1889 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 0-1

Bishop sac preparing ... queen sac leading to ... pretty mate
H K E Clemenz vs F Eisenschmidt, 1862 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Sacrifices bamboozle king into fatal journey
J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890  
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

Superior development leading to swift demolition
J G Colbourne vs Blackburne, 1892  
(C22) Center Game, 17 moves, 0-1

Powerful attack, neat tactics and... mate!
Prince Dadian vs M Bitcham, 1892 
(C56) Two Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

Attack play by both side, but white is the one killing first!
Charousek vs J Wollner, 1893 
(C21) Center Game, 19 moves, 1-0

Long combination leading to mate while being under mate threat
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

Rook sacrifice on same square twice, leading to mating attack
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

Problem like rook sac seals mate in all variations
E M Jackson vs Marshall, 1899 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

Out of the blue finish, with quiet move before inescapable mate
Schlechter vs Meitner, 1899 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 34 moves, 1-0

Bishop turns from defender to ultimatelly mating opposite king
Vitacek vs Duras, 1900 
(C22) Center Game, 26 moves, 0-1

Fine attack where dancing white pieces deliver pretty mate!
J Caldas Vianna vs A S Paes de Barros, 1900  
(C52) Evans Gambit, 33 moves, 1-0

Knight sac trap allows queen sac(!) mate combination!
A W Fox vs H E Bauer, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

Incredible interception rook sac preparing bishop pin for win!
A Reggio vs J Mieses, 1903 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 39 moves, 0-1

Neat attack and finish!
A Dod vs D Mills, 1903 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Attacking while watching its back.
Maroczy vs Chigorin, 1903 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

An active bishop despite being pinned!
J Mieses vs Von Bardeleben, 1905 
(C13) French, 32 moves, 1-0

Crescendo attack, increasingly beautiful sacrifices and.. mate!
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Combinative play with conclusive finish!
Duras vs H Wolf, 1907 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Awesome tactics, white pieces raiding black king for mate
J Krejcik vs K Krobot, 1908 
(C22) Center Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Edge play by black leads to abrupt early beautiful finish
Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

Nice attack with beautiful forceful mating finish!
C Hartlaub vs V Benary, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1-0

Queen sacrifice, infernal king hunt and mate!
Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Provocative looking queen offer seals the win
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

Getting rid of a pin in astonishing manner (and win)!
Duras vs Spielmann, 1912 
(C11) French, 49 moves, 1-0

After piece sacrifice, white "casually" exchange queens!
Reti vs Flamberg, 1912 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 37 moves, 1-0

Brutal demolition can still be beautiful!
C Hartlaub vs M W Testa, 1912 
(C21) Center Game, 24 moves, 1-0

Thunderbolt neat finish
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Brilliant zwichenzugs, with Queen sac twice!
Capablanca vs B H Villegas, 1914 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Queen sac on empty square lures king into scissors R+B mate
J F Smyth vs H Helms, 1915 
(A80) Dutch, 23 moves, 0-1

Active play, open diagonals ... mate!
V Kahn vs C Hartlaub, 1916 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 16 moves, 0-1

A long beautiful king hunt
J Perrier vs F J Wellmuth, 1917  
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

Logical yet beautiful, simple yet deep, pristine game
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 22 moves, 1-0

Superbe attack, and nice sacrifices... even at the end
H Wagner vs W Schoenmann, 1919  
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

Ongoing queen sacrifice offer, until refusal bows to loss
E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Queen sac for king hunt and ultimately... Mate!
Imbaud vs Strumilo, 1922 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

Sacrifices for winning pawn(s!) promotion(s)
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Positional domination followed by tactics leading to mate!
Gruenfeld vs Alekhine, 1923 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

Queen sac allows slow burning attack to fire-up black king!
Carlos Torre vs N Banks, 1924 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Steady strategic attack, crowned with quiet lethal last move
Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924  
(A13) English, 25 moves, 1-0

Better development, queen sacrifice offer(s!) until mate
Alekhine vs L Kussman, 1924  
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1-0

Both sides almost won!
Janowski vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Virtuose tactical handling of pieces towards won end game
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Pieces develop in coordinating beautiful attack
Alekhine vs Marshall, 1925 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

End game brilliant tactics!
Reti vs P Romanovsky, 1925 
(A15) English, 47 moves, 1-0

Surprise queen sac and nice tactical shots until mate!
Najdorf vs L Frenkel, 1926 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

Brilliant counterattack!
L Carranza vs Alekhine, 1926 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 18 moves, 0-1

Examplary blockade game
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

Beautiful queen then rook sacrifices for mate!
Spielmann vs L'Hermet, 1927 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

"Casual" sac of a piece for breakthrough into won position!
Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1927 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Queen sac, with logical impressive conclusion (wow & ouch)!
Capablanca vs S Campos, 1927 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

White "falls" in skewer trap, allowing beautiful sudden finish
Alekhine vs A Fletcher, 1928 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 32 moves, 1-0

Black is about to kill, when tables turn with beautiful finish!
Vidmar vs Euwe, 1929 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

White king position opened like a can by black pieces
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

The art of attack: better position, sacrifice and... mate
Spielmann vs B Hoenlinger, 1929 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1-0

Nice intrusion, unexpected queen sac and ...beautiful mate!
J Cukierman vs A Voisin, 1929 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Problem-like mating finish
Bogoljubov vs M Monticelli, 1930 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 39 moves, 0-1

Check met with... Checkmate!
Alekhine vs A Popovic, 1930 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1-0

Queen sac and fantastic king hunt!
F Hermann vs H Hussong, 1930 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 32 moves, 0-1

Center pressure sets stage for nice back rank mate theme combo!
E Korchmar vs E Poliak, 1937 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Pieces develop to create irresistible attack and... Mate!
Alekhine vs Maroczy, 1931 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

End game brilliant combination!
Tylkowski vs A Wojciechowski, 1931 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Sacrificing the right piece; attack looks dead but...mate!
Capablanca vs H Steiner, 1933 
(C49) Four Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Aggressive play from both sides, beautiful tactics by winner!
J Gabrovsek vs D Avirovic, 1933 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

In chess, mind triumphs over matter...
E Canal vs NN, 1934 
(B01) Scandinavian, 14 moves, 1-0

Exchange sacrifices release powerful connected pawns for win
Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 47 moves, 0-1

Steady attack, crescendo sacrifices and ... mate!,
Kotov vs Bondarevsky, 1936 
(A90) Dutch, 27 moves, 0-1

Queen sac snowballs into nice mating net attack!
Keres vs P F Schmidt, 1936 
(A25) English, 30 moves, 0-1

Vigorous treatment of opening, attack, king hunt... Mate!
Chekhover vs Kasparian, 1936 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Pressure, and suddenly... queen sac for minor pieces mate!
O'Kelly vs P Devos, 1937 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 0-1

Neat simple compelling last move!
Karstens vs Friesicke, 1937 
(B32) Sicilian, 18 moves, 1-0

Closed position opened by sacrifice for slow burning attack
C de Ronde vs H Kamstra, 1938 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 50 moves, 1-0

Unlimited sacrifices to focus on one weakness to bring mate!
B Kazic vs B Vukovic, 1940 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

Unbelievable KBP move initiates splendid attack!
V Mikenas vs S F Lebedev, 1941 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

Black defends, but white saw the pin/skewer one move further!
Rada vs Kostal, 1942 
(B58) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1-0

Knights attack jumping behind enemy lines!
W A Foldeak vs F Nagy, 1942 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 13 moves, 1-0

Nice strong attack with outstanding finish
B Molinari vs L Roux Cabral, 1943 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 33 moves, 0-1

Surprise Queen sac leaves black locked in helpless position
Y Gusev vs E Auerbach, 1946 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 37 moves, 1-0

Black defense allows sudden mating aggression from white!
Hill vs Janeway, 1946 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

Unbelievable Queen interposition wins the game!
Y Rusakov vs B Verlinsky, 1947 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

Rooks and then queen sacrifice for minor pieces mate
Maczynski vs W Pratten, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 0-1

Splendid king hunt with beautiful finale!
Tartakower vs Euwe, 1948 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

Bishop, then Rook, then Queen sac for nice Knights finish!
B Siff vs Kashdan, 1948 
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 33 moves, 0-1

Great attack, white getting caught by agile adverse pieces!
I Lesnik vs J Siska, 1948 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 0-1

After queen sac, bishop retreats in post for deadly attack!
Alatortsev vs Boleslavsky, 1950 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 27 moves, 0-1

Gambit sets up stage for pieces attack and pretty mate!
E J Diemer vs Schickner, 1950 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Precise attacking moves lead to inescapable mate.
H Lehmann vs Mueller, 1952 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

Precise tactical moves sequence leading to mate!
S Morrison vs T K Hemingway, 1952 
(C57) Two Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

Great attack, and splendid final defense!
Ravinsky vs G Ilivitsky, 1952 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 27 moves, 1-0

Seesaw windmill leading to squeezed black lost position
M Kupferstich vs H Andreasen, 1953 
(C27) Vienna Game, 34 moves, 1-0

White brings complications, a great attack and a neat finish
Saemisch vs O Menzinger, 1953 
(C18) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 1-0

Nice tactics and ... queen sac for win with minor pieces!
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Patience and technique...
Bobotsov vs F Bohatirchuk, 1954 
(A53) Old Indian, 106 moves, 1-0

Bishop sac initiates epic fight ending with mate!
Bronstein vs Keres, 1955 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

The art of the end game, two under-promotions to win!
V Zurakhov vs Koblents, 1956 
(C11) French, 80 moves, 1-0

Deep queen sacrifice
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

Nice attack with knight, pleasant finish with queen...
Chukaev vs Tal, 1956 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 27 moves, 0-1

Vigourous attack, subtle tactics in all directions and ... win!
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Black pieces raid white's position with devastating effect...
Gurgenidze vs Tal, 1957 
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 27 moves, 0-1

Brilliant attack, then queen sac then ... mate!
Polugaevsky vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

Long term queen(!) sacrifice
Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

Spectacular sacrifice to avoid losing a tempo for the win
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Complex attack, Queen sac and demolition ending with... Mate!
Krogius vs Stein, 1960 
(E92) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

Active play, queen offer, open lines, king hunt and mate!
Taimanov vs Polugaevsky, 1960 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

Black attacks, but white suddenly brings great mating combo!
Bronstein vs Geller, 1961 
(E27) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

A simple yet deadly bishop move erects mating net
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Out of the blue strategic queen sac, attack and won end game!
R Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 
(B32) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Attack, playing subtle moves before bringing the storm
Spassky vs Larry Evans, 1962 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

Mysterious sac prepares queen sac for king hunt and mate!
Y Troinov vs L Popov, 1962 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

White wins exchanges, but adverse pawns pack prove too strong
Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

White two central pawns "buldozer" black's position!
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Games ends with beautiful unexpected combination!
Bronstein vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 39 moves, 1-0

Incredible rook (reciprocal sac) end game!
Gligoric vs Stein, 1962 
(E70) King's Indian, 57 moves, 0-1

Clever yet simple combination wraps the game!
Stein vs Portisch, 1962 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 21 moves, 1-0

Simple yet deadly rook blockade move leads to victory
Fischer vs Benko, 1963 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Rook sac ensables mobile pawns' winning invasion!
Brzozka vs Bronstein, 1963 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 70 moves, 0-1

Deep sacrifice open lines for mating attack.
R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Positional sac, ending with pretty tactics
Ivkov vs Ciric, 1963 
(E08) Catalan, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Fantastic bishop sac to allow running paws for winning ending!
O M Hindle vs G Moehring, 1964 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 77 moves, 0-1

Win with pretty neat move!
V Mikenas vs Bronstein, 1965 
(A53) Old Indian, 24 moves, 0-1

Positional piece sacrifice, beautiful tactics, and ... win!
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Surprise beautiful last move!
Averbakh vs Korchnoi, 1965 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 39 moves, 0-1

Attack with subtle queen sac offer(s) and win...
Geller vs Smyslov, 1965 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

The art of penetrating the adverse position!
N Bakulin vs Bronstein, 1965 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

Beautiful attack!
Tal vs Portisch, 1965 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 27 moves, 1-0

Great attack supported by outstanding tactics!
Kholmov vs Bronstein, 1965 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 34 moves, 1-0

Exchange sacrifice sets stage for firework ending!
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Simple move prepares sparkling forceful finish!
Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Pins and other tac-tricks lead attack to... Mate!
Korchnoi vs Udovcic, 1967 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

Brilliant attack!
Spassky vs K Langeweg, 1967 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 27 moves, 1-0

Queen: subtle move, later followed by conclusive mating sac!
Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1968 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 35 moves, 1-0

Nice attack, and fantastic rook zwischenzug leads to win!
Karpov vs E Gik, 1968 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Pieces sacrificed while pawn runs to victory
Tal vs Sviridov, 1969 
(B75) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

Black seems succeeding when surprise mating attack hits back!
Polugaevsky vs I Bilek, 1969 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 1-0

Beautiful interference move seals the win!
V Osnos vs J Yuchtman, 1969 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

Surprise beautiful queen sac decides the game!
Tal vs Suetin, 1969 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 21 moves, 1-0

Clever Queen sac, and win!
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1-0

Beautiful Queen sac, attack, and final move!
J Lewi vs J Adamski, 1969 
(A04) Reti Opening, 29 moves, 0-1

Deviation sacrifice allows lethal pawn intrusion attack
Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

White seems losing until combination from out of space arises
Fischer vs S Schweber, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 1-0

White buried in a tomb!
B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971 
(E97) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Epic battle, unbalanced material endgame... thrilling!
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 74 moves, 0-1

Positional domination, crushing termination!
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

Sacrifice and king attack...with own king(!)... fantastic win!
Bronstein vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Under threat, black produces splendid attacking tactics
Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 32 moves, 0-1

Vigorous attack, with nice queen sac mating finish!
H Ottevaere vs K Falleyn, 1973 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 33 moves, 0-1

Fierce battle, with nice end mating net.
L Perecz vs M Hever, 1974 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

Deviation sacrifices and pins for mate!
Tal vs W R Chandler, 1974 
(B01) Scandinavian, 22 moves, 1-0

Sacs seem to fail until more sacs drive king to mated position
V Tsaturian vs Hodasevich, 1974 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 1-0

Speculative looking move is attack driving to inescapable mate
Vladimirov vs V Vorotnikov, 1974 
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

Neat finish
Vaganian vs A Planinc, 1975 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 22 moves, 0-1

Art of attack by intruding knights and opening lines!
M Sibarevic vs Bukic, 1976 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 20 moves, 1-0

Attack is settled by queen sac for massive pieces clean sweep!
Westerinen vs G Sigurjonsson, 1977 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0

Queen sac realises great light pieces activity!
Hort vs Alburt, 1977 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 37 moves, 0-1

Getting an extra queen and giving it up in order to win!
G Moehring vs J Kaikamdzozov, 1978 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 91 moves, 1-0

Problem like queen offer seals the win
K Panczyk vs M Schurade, 1978 
(D54) Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation, 21 moves, 1-0

Splendid attack, carried by unexpected yet efficient moves!
L Christiansen vs Seirawan, 1978 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Subtle queen retreat is sign of winning attack!
R Filguth vs A De La Garza Madero, 1980 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 19 moves, 1-0

Attacking game in storm demolition style!
Beliavsky vs Larsen, 1981 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

A charming brilliant combinative attack
Stanishevsky vs Nikonov, 1981 
(B30) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Brave pawn advance open lines for victory!
Tisdall vs G Lee, 1981 
(B40) Sicilian, 18 moves, 1-0

A nice position where rook is better than queen!
W Schmidt vs P Enders, 1981  
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 29 moves, 0-1

Crescendo beautiful attacking moves preparing firework finish!
Polugaevsky vs Ftacnik, 1982 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 0-1

Crazy game!
C Van de Loo vs M Hesseling, 1983 
(C57) Two Knights, 48 moves, 1-0

Beautiful sacrifices, crazy tactics!
A N Rubinsztein vs H Winkler, 1983 
(C56) Two Knights, 40 moves, 0-1

Fantastic knight retreat pawn sac move in end game!
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

Sacrifice starts attack where mutual checks come like fencing!
Portisch vs Pinter, 1984 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

Black's attack is beautifully countered!
Zsuzsa Polgar vs P Hardicsay, 1985 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

Pawn sacrifice leading to strategic superiority and mate ending
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

A piece is lost, but a deep beautiful combination emerges!
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Fantastique rook sac offer for intrusion, and beautiful finish!
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Queen seems trapped, in reality sacked for minor pieces win!
P Kral vs Barlov, 1987 
(B32) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

Queen sacrifice, pressure for mate and winning ending
Tal vs J Miller, 1988 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Queen sacrifice and mate with pawns and knight
Tal vs R Forbis, 1988 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Lovely and unexpected final mating combination!
G Andruet vs Spassky, 1988 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

Brilliant attack with beautiful finish
Hoi vs Gulko, 1988  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Spectacular counter attack
Beliavsky vs Kasparov, 1988 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 29 moves, 0-1

Ambitious queen sacrifice ending with picturesque mate
V Malinin vs V Savinov, 1988 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

Queenside is abandoned to start great mating attack on kingside
Kasparov vs Smirin, 1988 
(E97) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

White king forced into the enemy's camp, and ... mated!
Piket vs R Douven, 1988 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 43 moves, 0-1

Crushing attack and splendid finish!
V Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

Piece sac to corner king, and double promotion sac to mate him!
Sznapik vs Balashov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 68 moves, 0-1

Phenomenal attack, brilliant tactics!
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Agile minor pieces find ongoing resourceful play towards win!
Smyslov vs F El Taher, 1990 
(A22) English, 25 moves, 0-1

Back rank sacrifice to avoid losing tempo for the mating attack
Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 39 moves, 0-1

Imaginative play, melee, and mate
Brodsky vs Kramnik, 1991 
(B33) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

Black promotes extra queen, but withe's attack is too strong
G Minchev vs K Kolev, 1991 
(A36) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Queen sac bombs fragile castle, for fatal king hunt journey!
D Norwood vs S Marsh, 1992 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

Dark squares strategic exploitation, smart tactics - nice win!
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Attack with a neat pretty conclusion
Krasenkow vs Sveshnikov, 1992 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

Beautiful defensive sac, followed by nice attack and finish!
Korchnoi vs Romanishin, 1992 
(A20) English, 28 moves, 1-0

Beautiful final mating combination!
Xie Jun vs J Demina, 1992 
(B58) Sicilian, 41 moves, 0-1

Deep pawn sacrifice leading to better play and mate
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

Slow burning attack ends with beautiful neat finish!
S Atalik vs Miles, 1993 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

Minor pieces surround adverse King and find nice way to mate!
G Grigore vs Holzke, 1993 
(D93) Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3, 31 moves, 1-0

Strategic queen sacrifice, better play and win!
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Surprise rook sacrifice offer - twice!
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1994 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Wild wild attack, with both sides' queens "en prise"!
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Sudden attack out of nowhere concludes in winning ending!
Shirov vs J Polgar, 1994 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 29 moves, 0-1

Sac drives game into long beautiful tactics battle!
Kamsky vs Kramnik, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Tight rope active imaginative defense shifts to... mate!
Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994 
(A17) English, 38 moves, 0-1

Sacrifice for steamrolling passed pawn!
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

Splendid deflection seals mating conclusion!
Bellon Lopez vs Antunes, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1-0

Deep preparation sacrifice, leading to winning endgame
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

Sacrifice starts attack, then queen sac, king hunt and... mate!
Cifuentes Parada vs Zvjaginsev, 1995 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Counter attack on opposite castles and... mate!
Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

Superb queen sac drives games into fire play!
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Pressure in the center gets swapped by superb unexpected move
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

Double rook sac, lively attack and won ending!
S Atalik vs Sax, 1997 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

A great finish!
Ftacnik vs O Cvitan, 1997 
(E97) King's Indian, 26 moves, 0-1

Move 47 maybe only move a "normal" player would never envisage
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

Queen sacrifice melee and... nice minor pieces mate!
Navara vs J Helbich, 1998 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 27 moves, 1-0

Attacked rook escapes to... attacked square for... more attack!
Gelfand vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 39 moves, 1-0

Splendid surprise queen sac enables finishing beautiful attack!
K Bischoff vs J Nogueiras, 1998 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 40 moves, 1-0

Stunning rook sac allowing attack to develop and win!
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1998 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Witty finish!
J Echavarria vs J Szmetan, 1999 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 53 moves, 0-1

Masterpiece attack, ongoing spectacular fireworks coups!
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

Black king's defense seem demolished, but counter-attack wins
Anand vs Kasparov, 1999 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 50 moves, 0-1

Pieces sacrifice allow pawn chain avalanche to deliver the win
J Polgar vs Bacrot, 1999 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 75 moves, 0-1

Defensive inaccuracy translates into devastating mating ending!
C Parker vs I Myall, 1999 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 19 moves, 0-1

Attack, counter-attack, and final attack!
Anand vs Svidler, 1999 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 31 moves, 1-0

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