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fiercebadger's favourite middle games
Compiled by fiercebadger

various middle game themes, some more subtle than others. illustrated by key games

Nigel goes for the hack attack with h4 and e6
Short vs Seirawan, 1989 
(B06) Robatsch, 34 moves, 1-0

"as smooth as an otters pocket" good knight V pointless bishop
Alekhine vs Yates, 1922  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Q + B working together create mating net, a pawn helps
Alekhine vs Yates, 1923 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 50 moves, 0-1

KID blow after hammer blow , Naka knows his classics
W So vs Nakamura, 2015 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 39 moves, 0-1

King to b8 plan B c7 dual role
Euwe vs Geller, 1953 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 63 moves, 0-1

great combo then activate rooks super fast
P H Nielsen vs Larsen, 1997 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 38 moves, 0-1

Petrosian the brute uses free tempos and harassment to win
Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1955 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

The Sicilian is all about the counter attack
B Vujacic vs E Turunen, 1969 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 31 moves, 0-1

A passed c pawn hurtles to its doom
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

opening the g file then create weakness and disharmony
Taimanov vs Yusupov, 1982 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 42 moves, 0-1

intuitive f7 sac exploits the distant black queen
Spassky vs Geller, 1968 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 1-0

opening the g file economically note Bg4! & Bh5! not Bg2
Chigorin vs Rubinstein, 1903 
(C00) French Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Ulf gets a piece and pawn for the exchange + better pieces, d5
Ulf Andersson vs Seirawan, 1983 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

pawn structure and rook endings
Kan vs Capablanca, 1936 
(C25) Vienna, 56 moves, 0-1

Karpov improves that White bishop with threats to the king
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

Torture, manoeuvring, swapping key pieces, and pawn breaks
J Sefc vs Petrosian, 1957 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 96 moves, 0-1

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