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Tartakower vs A Holte, 1923 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs C Jaffe, 1910 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 20 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Tartakower, 1907 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Janowski, 1925 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Chigorin vs Rubinstein, 1907 
(C01) French, Exchange, 68 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Z von Balla, 1928 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 38 moves, 1-0

Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1933 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 69 moves, 1-0

See YouTube vide on this game; Google: Salomon Flohr chess
Flohr vs Simagin, 1947
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1928 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 40 moves, 1-0

Fine positional game inc. sacrifice of piece for a passed pawn
Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1932  
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

Nice miniature, with sacrifice of isolani
F Lequoy vs D Julliard, 1982 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 16 moves, 0-1

A fighting defence, incisive play, the isolani is sacrificed!
Alekhine vs Diesel, 1944 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 0-1

How NOT to play this line!
K Nemcova vs S Odinaeva, 2016
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 23 moves, 1-0

And again! In both games, ...c4 is so anti-positional
O Sarapu vs V Secula, 1949
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 25 moves, 1-0

Exchange Sacrifice compromises Queen
Aronian vs Carlsen, 2017 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

A fine Rook and Pawn ending
Flohr vs Vidmar, 1936 
(D62) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 58 moves, 1-0

Interesting Rook and Pawn ending
Marshall vs Janowski, 1908 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

An exchange sacrifice for a won Pawn ending
Vidmar vs Flohr, 1931 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 85 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1911 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 76 moves, 1-0

An historic defeat
Capablanca vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(C49) Four Knights, 83 moves, 0-1

From the same tournament
Tarrasch vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

An interesting find!
Capablanca vs S Prokofiev, 1914 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Queen put en prise for brilliant ending
Anand vs Caruana, 2017 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 29 moves, 1-0

Neat play
Flohr vs Menchik, 1932 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 21 moves, 1-0

How to refute Queenside Castling in Exchange Variation
Sultan Khan vs Menchik, 1932 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 0-1

A fine attack
Tal vs Neibult, 1991 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 24 moves, 1-0

Another stunning attack
Kieseritzky vs C W Vitzthum von Eckstaedt, 1846 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 29 moves, 1-0

Another attacking minature
T Lehtimaki vs R Taher, 2009 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 20 moves, 1-0

A great player humbled
Znosko-Borovsky vs Rubinstein, 1907 
(C48) Four Knights, 27 moves, 1-0

Fine positional play
Burn vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1906 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Euwe, 1931 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Consummate mastery of the closed game
Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1908 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

A sacrificial masterpiece
B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 18 moves, 0-1

Exploitation by positional means of white-square weakness
J Mieses vs Rubinstein, 1905 
(C21) Center Game, 34 moves, 0-1

Beautiful finish: Bishop put en prise
Rubinstein vs J Mieses, 1905 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Maroczy, 1920  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Dus Chotimirsky vs Capablanca, 1913 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1904 
(C25) Vienna, 19 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1904 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 1-0

A fine Rook and Pawn ending
Rubinstein vs A Selezniev, 1920 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 70 moves, 1-0

Bxh7 sacrifice
Rubinstein vs B Kostic, 1920 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Model positional play leading to a won ending
Rubinstein vs J N Berger, 1907 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Tarrasch, 1920 
(A84) Dutch, 37 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Tarrasch, 1922 
(A84) Dutch, 33 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs P P Benko, 1903 
(A84) Dutch, 18 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1918 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Schlechter vs Rubinstein, 1918 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 1-0

A fine Queen sacrifice
M Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Maroczy, 1931 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

A brilliant mating attack
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Chigorin, 1906 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1928 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Yates, 1924 
(A48) King's Indian, 77 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Menchik, 1935 
(E85) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation, 32 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Gligoric, 1959 
(E89) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line, 47 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Carls, 1925 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Reti, 1926 
(D71) Neo-Grunfeld, 38 moves, 1-0

Fearless attack based on positional soundness
Menchik vs G A Thomas, 1932 
(E85) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

L Forgacs vs Rubinstein, 1909  
(C01) French, Exchange, 52 moves, 0-1

A model of endgame technique - worthy of study
G Marco vs Maroczy, 1899 
(C01) French, Exchange, 78 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Duras, 1908  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Janowski, 1911 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 66 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Bogoljubov, 1922 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 82 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Chigorin, 1906 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

Play leading to a won Knight and pawn endgame
T Regedzinski vs Rubinstein, 1917 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

Tactical play par excellence
P F Johner vs Rubinstein, 1926
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

K Joanovic vs Rubinstein, 1929
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

Accurate play by both sides
Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1912
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fine positional play & entry of Queen on weak squares
A G Conde vs P W Sergeant, 1922 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1-0

The consequences of surrendering the centre
Tarrasch vs Jacques Davidson, 1926 
(A48) King's Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs W Michel, 1926 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Fighting play
Lasker vs Alekhine, 1914 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 35 moves, 1-0

A model ending with conversion of a piece advantage
Marshall vs Tarrasch, 1912 
(B20) Sicilian, 90 moves, 0-1

This looks good!
Tarrasch vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C48) Four Knights, 56 moves, 0-1

How to win a Bishops with opposite colours ending
Leonhardt vs Schlechter, 1912
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 43 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch vs K A Walbrodt, 1898 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Alekhine, 1924 
(A48) King's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs J van den Bosch, 1929 
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 31 moves, 1-0

K Havasi vs Rubinstein, 1929 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

Fine defensive play
Prokes vs Rubinstein, 1929 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 0-1

Nice End!
Rubinstein vs Marshall, 1908 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

H Shoosmith vs Rubinstein, 1907 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

Eric Lundgren vs Rubinstein, 1920
(A03) Bird's Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

Maroczy vs Charousek, 1895 
(D66) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 34 moves, 1-0

An attack carried through with small means
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1918 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 39 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1923 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs T G Jeansen, 1920
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

A faulty combination refuted by positional play
Teichmann vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C10) French, 23 moves, 0-1

P F Johner vs Rubinstein, 1912 
(C10) French, 27 moves, 0-1

Incisive Defence
G Prakken vs R Sagit, 2016
(A09) Reti Opening, 63 moves, 0-1

Active defence: the result is a mystery
Geller vs Bronstein, 1971 
(A09) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

A game full of finesse
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2013 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

How to constrict
Korchnoi vs G Barcza, 1966 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Maroczy vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(C10) French, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Wolf vs Rubinstein, 1907 
(C10) French, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game saved by active and excellent endgame play
Tarrasch vs Rubinstein, 1911 
(C10) French, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Simple, direct play leading to a won Pawn ending
Rubinstein vs Flamberg, 1910
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

A model Rook and Pawn endgame. Worthy of study!
Kanep vs D Kolbus, 2011
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 65 moves, 1-0

Play with admirable restraint by my third Cousin
K Millward vs J Altman, 2012
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

Schlechter vs G Marco, 1904 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

This requires another look!
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Masterful exploitation of disruption to castled position
Hort vs Portisch, 1973 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

Play against the fianchettoed Bishop in Orthodox Defence
Maroczy vs Schiffers, 1898 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1906 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 39 moves, 1-0

A brawl!
Fischer vs Geller, 1967 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs T Lovewell, 1923 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs G Goossens, 1933 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

Reshevsky vs Guimard, 1951 
(D36) Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2, 27 moves, 1-0

Delightful positional play
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1960 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 24 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Tal, 1965 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 34 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1981 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

Petit Combinations
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1927 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

A brilliant attacking display
Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Teichmann vs Chigorin, 1905 
(A84) Dutch, 27 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Lasker, 1924 
(A12) English with b3, 45 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Lilienthal, 1936 
(A12) English with b3, 54 moves, 1-0

A fine minature. 8.h4 is noteworthy
Marshall vs Schlechter, 1905 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Model minor piece ending. 83.Bxe6! breaks deadlock.
Maroczy vs Von Gottschall, 1905 
(C14) French, Classical, 96 moves, 1-0

M Basman vs Keene, 1981  
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs Korchnoi, 1987 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 17 moves, 0-1

A positional masterpiece capped by double rook sacrifice
Larsen vs Najdorf, 1968 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 39 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Najdorf, 1939 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs Najdorf, 1939 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Rubinstein, 1923 
(A06) Reti Opening, 50 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1913 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 64 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Lasker, 1924 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 26 moves, 1-0

D G Fridman vs S Maze, 2006 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Queen ending of note - from move 37 [(Date!]
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 58 moves, 0-1

Solid position, delayed castling, then King-side attack
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Classic Rook & Minor piece endind from Move 19
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

A cramped but solid position is springboard for attack
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907  
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

Combination met by combination. A magisterial display.
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 0-1

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