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The Best Games You've Never Heard Of
Compiled by newzild

A collection of little-known fantastic games.

Pin versus pin
V Bergraser vs M Weiner, 1973 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 40 moves, 1-0

Sacrificial fireworks spark an endgame finish for the ages
C de Ronde vs H Kamstra, 1938 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 50 moves, 1-0

An amazing 'perpetual rook' endgame.
L'Ami vs Van Wely, 2010 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

A wild ride from the opening to the endgame.
A Timofeev vs D Frolyanov, 2011 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

The first Game of the Century - a year before Fischer was born.
H W Russner vs C Walcker, 1942 
(D85) Grunfeld, 30 moves, 0-1

The greatest minute in chess history (bullet game)
R Schmaltz vs R Har-Zvi, 2001 
(C25) Vienna, 24 moves, 0-1

Black's pawn snatch sparks a series of sizzling sacs
D Paravyan vs S Golubov, 2018 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Two stunning sacs from a suicidal rook
A C Martin vs E Wolk, 1947 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 0-1

A spectacular sacrificial attack in the Morra Gambit
L Dubeck vs R Weinstein, 1958 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 18 moves, 1-0

The Berlin Spanish is drawish? Three astonishing sacs say no.
A W Fox vs H E Bauer, 1900 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

A tremendous sacrificial attack ends with a startling checkmate
R Runau vs Schmidt, 1972 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 16 moves, 1-0

White unleashes a dazzling back-rank combination
E Korchmar vs Y Polyak, 1937 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

A superb king march, reminiscent of Short-Timman (1991)
T Hillarp Persson vs T Laurusas, 2018 
(A06) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

White's stunning sacrificial idea occurs not once, but twice.
Stanishevsky vs Nikonov, 1981 
(B30) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

A pretty mate with two discovered checks by Blacks' king.
Dorfman vs Tseshkovsky, 1978 
(A04) Reti Opening, 55 moves, 0-1

White sacs four pawns, forcing a Black retreat to his back rank
Kalegin vs S Yuferov, 1990 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

A stunning sacrificial attack leads to an ending where two bish
D Svetushkin vs Landa, 2010 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 32 moves, 1-0

Black's stunning central reaction 'burns' White's flank attack.
Alapin vs Burn, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Parr's clever mate threats finally break through
F Parr vs G Wheatcroft, 1938 
(D71) Neo-Grunfeld, 30 moves, 1-0

A minor-piece sacrificial onslaught from White.
P Poobalasingam vs J Radovanovic, 2008 
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves, 1-0

A queenless middlegame full of tactical fireworks
B Amin vs I H Labib, 2001 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 46 moves, 1-0

G Kantor vs M Warmerdam, 2022 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 0-1

Black sacs 2 pieces in this magical ending.
M Ortueta Esteban vs J Sanz Aguado, 1933 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

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