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Aritra Chatterjee's favorite games-II
Compiled by Aritra Chatterjee

Damn, not nearly able to include all faves in the first collection. Here are some more...

25...Nh5!!, 28...Qxg2+!!: spectacular...
Polugaevsky vs Ftacnik, 1982 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 0-1

Another brilliant modern king hunt!
Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015 
(B40) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Great display of courage by white and dazzling sacrifices!
T L Petrosian vs A Minasian, 2006 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1-0

Bolt from the blue!!!
J Vetemaa vs Shabalov, 1986 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

That, kids, is how you exploit back rank weaknesses.
V Mikenas vs Bronstein, 1965 
(A53) Old Indian, 24 moves, 0-1

Tal. Enough said.
J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 20 moves, 0-1

Great game, great annotations!
B Melvin vs R Cunningham, 1994  
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 25 moves, 1-0

Brilliant sacrifice on h2 and follow-up!
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

Lovely attack and great finish!
Hoi vs Gulko, 1988  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

RJF is just never done, is he?
Fischer vs S Purevzhav, 1962 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

14. Rxe4!! leads to crushing attack.
Fischer vs Najdorf, 1962 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

RJF makes it look too easy!!
Fischer vs S Reuben, 1963 
(B32) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

Great imagination... dazzling attack.
B Mikyska vs Traxler, 1896 
(C57) Two Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

Great defence + counterattack by Naka...
Nepomniachtchi vs Nakamura, 2014 
(C11) French, 40 moves, 0-1

What this game lacks in vowels, it makes up for in sacrifices!
Ftacnik vs O Cvitan, 1997 
(E97) King's Indian, 26 moves, 0-1

Absolute genius. Words fail to describe Tal.
Tal vs Jack Miller, 1988 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Talk about an all-out attack!!
N Kosolapov vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1936 
(C46) Three Knights, 24 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Suetin, 1969 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 21 moves, 1-0

That was artistry and butchery in perfect harmony!
Zhao Jun vs Xiu Deshun, 2011 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 31 moves, 1-0

Najdorf simply annihilated in the Najdorf!!
Keres vs Najdorf, 1955 
(B98) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1-0

Wooooah! MVL The Beast is in the house!!!
Anand vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 34 moves, 0-1

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

Wow, some fascinating complications!
Short vs A Giri, 2010 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

Short and sweet demolition of the Berlin!
Short vs A A Lopez, 2008 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

Fire on board using very little fuel!
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

Typical Shirov madness!!
Shirov vs J Lapinski, 1990 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

Shirov just goes completely off the hook, what's new in that?
Gelfand vs Shirov, 2007 
(D85) Grunfeld, 54 moves, 0-1

What's it with Shirov and exchange sacs?
J Elbilia vs Shirov, 1993 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 22 moves, 0-1

"The explosive human calculator"... that's Shirov!
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1994 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Grischuk vs Aronian, 2010 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 53 moves, 0-1

Harry the h-pawn!
S Williams vs R Palliser, 2000
(E73) King's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

Sergey smashes through in high-pressure game!
Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 42 moves, 1-0

Pretty neat little mate!
N Fercec vs B Medak, 2000 
(B07) Pirc, 20 moves, 1-0

Picture-perfect Alekhine attack!
Alekhine vs V Ostrogsky, 1910 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1-0

The Dark Knights: the Heroes black needed AND deserved!
P Potemkin vs Alekhine, 1912 
(B20) Sicilian, 19 moves, 0-1

Wei Yi vs T Dao, 2016 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1-0

And THAT'S how you play the Velimirovic... Or not!
Velimirovic vs J Sofrevski, 1965 
(B89) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

Forceful play at its best!
Alekhine vs Fahrni, 1914  
(C13) French, 23 moves, 1-0

I'd be VERY scared if I were white here!
Gheorghiu vs Shirov, 1989 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 0-1

Brutal swindle... Marshall must have been devastated!
Marshall vs Alekhine, 1914 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 24 moves, 0-1

Somewhere up there, Tal is smiling...
W So vs V Akobian, 2016 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

Impressive preparation...
Caruana vs Robson, 2016 
(C11) French, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Now THAT'S a comeback!
Ganguly vs Shirov, 2009 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 54 moves, 0-1

Averbakh vs Spassky, 1956 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

MVL channels Fischer to blow Giri away in the Najdorf!
A Giri vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2016 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 0-1

Vishy shows he is still Vishy with an Alekhine-like demolition
Anand vs Svidler, 2016 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 24 moves, 1-0

One does not simply mess with MVL's Najdorf!
Caruana vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 0-1

Friggin' awesome by 15-year old Radjabov!!
Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 0-1

10/10 on crazy!!
R Steel vs NN, 1884 
(C25) Vienna, 26 moves, 1-0

Simon's trademark French attack!
Y Afek vs S Williams, 2008
(C02) French, Advance, 23 moves, 0-1

Overdose of "spicy chess" by the Ginger GM!
S Bekker-Jensen vs S Williams, 2013 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 26 moves, 0-1

That was sneaky as sneaky gets!
S Williams vs Hebden, 2006 
(E77) King's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Ouch!!! That was sharp play!
I Sokolov vs S Williams, 2006 
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

The young MVL hands out a spectacular thrashing!!
R Fontaine vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2007 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 39 moves, 0-1

Tactics! O.O
A David vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 0-1

Meier would probably take this memory to the grave!
G Meier vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2012 
(A04) Reti Opening, 27 moves, 0-1

Mathematician MVL and Magnus prove that draw NOT = boring!
Vachier-Lagrave vs Carlsen, 2014 
(C45) Scotch Game, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

"Heard of your positional mastery. I. SIMPLY. DON'T CARE."
Tal vs Karpov, 1987 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

Typical Tal craziness, but nicely converted in an endgame!
Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

The KID Saemisch ripped apart by the magician!
Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

That fell apart quickly... why so? Ahhh... right.
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

Smyslov hoped to reach an endgame... nada.
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

Okay... just... brutal.
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Inviting a Tal attack in the Modern Benoni... NOT wise.
Gurgenidze vs Tal, 1957 
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 27 moves, 0-1

Absolute Killer KID by Naka...
W So vs Nakamura, 2015 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 39 moves, 0-1

M Aaron vs Fischer, 1962 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 29 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs Fischer, 1971 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

KID lovers will enjoy this one!
G Vescovi vs Radjabov, 2010 
(E90) King's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

Keeping cool against a Shirov attack... NOT easy!
Shirov vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2011 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 32 moves, 0-1

Smasher Q-sac!
Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

Amazing stuff... lot of fun!
Beliavsky vs Nakamura, 2009 
(E97) King's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

Misha's last bow
Tal vs Kasparov, 1992 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 17 moves, 1-0

Epic queen-sac by Maxime in the Najdorf!
Kosteniuk vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2008 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 48 moves, 0-1

Brutal hammering by the magician!
Tukmakov vs Tal, 1969 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 28 moves, 0-1

Wow, that was an entertaining slugfest!
Anand vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2016 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 1-0

Queen-sac town America!
Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0

Yeowch! That must have stung REAL bad!
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 25 moves, 1-0

Xerxes-style invasion...
Brzozka vs Bronstein, 1963 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 70 moves, 0-1

Evans gambit inaugurated by the man himself!
Captain Evans vs McDonnell, 1825 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

And another for good measure!
Captain Evans vs McDonnell, 1829 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

Cute little tactic to finish off!
Chigorin vs Janowski, 1900 
(C56) Two Knights, 27 moves, 1-0

One of the KID entrepreneurs at his finest!
Pachman vs Bronstein, 1946 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 31 moves, 0-1

Short and sweet!
Efimov vs Bronstein, 1941 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 0-1

Quiet opening to explosive finish!
N Bakulin vs Bronstein, 1965 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

Should've swapped queens sooner!!
J Kaplan vs Bronstein, 1975 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 0-1

Shirov loves his rooks enough to give them away!
Lautier vs Shirov, 1990 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

Dominating with the KID...
Vaganian vs Shirov, 1990 
(E97) King's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Pinned and spinned!
I Sokolov vs Shirov, 1999 
(E97) King's Indian, 24 moves, 0-1

Double rooks on the 7th incoming!
Van der Sterren vs Shirov, 1995 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 28 moves, 0-1

Lovely queen sac to finish!!
Radjabov vs O Bortnyk, 2016 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Another cute one!
D Howell vs D Debashis, 2016 
(A14) English, 35 moves, 1-0

The Lightning Kid! Take a bow Vishy!
Anand vs A Dreev, 1995 
(C00) French Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

Nice queen sac to liquidate into a winning position!
Short vs Watson, 1986 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Nice queen sac for a ton of compensation.
Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1933 
(A95) Dutch, Stonewall, 30 moves, 0-1

Great defensive queen-sac to turn the position on its head!
E Fakhiridou vs O Gutmakher, 2007 
(B32) Sicilian, 54 moves, 1-0

27...Qxh2+!! initiates lethal counterattack.
I Cheparinov vs Navara, 2007 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 0-1

Brilliant attack!
Aronian vs R Rapport, 2016 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

Mamedyarov vs Lu Shanglei, 2016 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 24 moves, 1-0

Classic game with pretty final position!
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Finish this with a couple of miniatures: a nice Traxler...
S Morrison vs T K Hemingway, 1952 
(C57) Two Knights, 18 moves, 0-1

And a lightning-fast smashing of the Scandi!
J Mieses vs J W Ohquist, 1895 
(B01) Scandinavian, 11 moves, 1-0

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