Black's pawns leave a strong impression in the final position
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1
Very famous classic game with a great mating finish
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0
The first known game with Bxh7+ and Bxg7
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0
d5 is a great pawn sacrifice, and the stairway checks are showy
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0
Strong and direct attacking play by Schlechter
Schlechter vs Gunsberg, 1901
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0
Strong pawn chain play by Maroczy.
Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 48 moves, 1-0
Schlechter dominates the weak dark squares in Black's position
Schlechter vs W John, 1905
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0
White plays the sliding move Rd6! to get a passed pawn.
Janowski vs Alapin, 1905
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 47 moves, 1-0
Alekhine sacrifices with power.
Alekhine vs Breyer, 1914
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 1-0
Impressive outplay by Capablanca
Capablanca vs Kostic, 1919
(C42) Petrov Defense, 86 moves, 1-0
Euwe's attack is very powerful, showing White French play
Euwe vs Maroczy, 1921
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 28 moves, 1-0
Powerful attack by Euwe in the MacCutcheon
Euwe vs Bogoljubov, 1921
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 36 moves, 1-0
White walks the king up with his knight dominating the bishop
Alekhine vs Yates, 1922
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1-0
Great technique by Capablanca.
H E Atkins vs Capablanca, 1922
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 67 moves, 0-1
The first known execution of Reti's main plan with Qa1
Reti vs F Fischer, 1923
(A13) English, 39 moves, 1-0
White took a piece, but could barely move after that
Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1
The plan of d5, Nd4 and Nc6 is worth studying closely
Reti vs Rubinstein, 1923
(A06) Reti Opening, 50 moves, 1-0
Alekhine advances the IQP and presses against a backward pawn
Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1923
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 54 moves, 0-1
White's endgame play is famous
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0
Alekhine's kingside majority advances through Marshall.
Alekhine vs Marshall, 1925
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0
The 33. Ng6+ knight sacrifice is surprisingly strong.
Nimzowitsch vs Alekhine, 1926
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 46 moves, 1-0
Capablanca slowly builds up and wins, preventing counterplay.
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0
20. Qe3 is a studylike move, even though 20. Rd6 is stronger
Botvinnik vs N Sorokin, 1931
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 55 moves, 1-0
This game is a positional masterpiece. Bc5 is a great move
Alekhine vs Flohr, 1931
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0
Euwe sacrifices a pawn and breaks down the QGA
Euwe vs Flohr, 1932
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0
This is a classic queen sacrifice, attacking the exposed king
Lilienthal vs Capablanca, 1935
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 1-0
Alekhine dominates with the bishop pair and e6 square
Alekhine vs C H Alexander, 1936
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 27 moves, 1-0
Capablanca executed Reti's Qa1 plan and played calmly to win
Capablanca vs Lilienthal, 1936
(A12) English with b3, 54 moves, 1-0
Botvinnik defeats Black's hanging pawns.
Botvinnik vs Levenfish, 1937
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 68 moves, 1-0
Alekhine's c2 knight is dominated by Euwe's c3 bishop pre-match
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 37 moves, 1-0
Botvinnik overpowers Reshevsky with his two bishops.
Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1938
(A25) English, 37 moves, 1-0
Classic Alekhine aggressive positional play.
Alekhine vs E E Book, 1938
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 25 moves, 1-0
Botvinnik gives up the exchange in a Winawer and wins.
I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik, 1939
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 67 moves, 0-1
Lilienthal uses far advanced pawns to outpost over Botvinnik
Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1940
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 43 moves, 1-0
Botvinnik blockades, sacrifices the exchange and wins.
Botvinnik vs Boleslavsky, 1940
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 49 moves, 1-0
This is a classic good knight versus bad bishop game.
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0
Probably the deepest queen sacrifice ever played
Y Gusev vs E Auerbach, 1946
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 37 moves, 1-0
Black's sacrifice on a1 and dark square play is studylike
F Zita vs Bronstein, 1946
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 30 moves, 0-1
Petrosian breaks down the Stonewall and maneuvers well.
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1946
(A94) Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3, 23 moves, 1-0
17. Ne5 sacrifices a pawn to open up the bishop pair with power
Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0
Dutch breakdown, strong outposts, and a queen sacrifice.
Taimanov vs Lisitsin, 1949
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0
Spassky wins beautifully with the IQP pawn sacrifice.
Spassky vs S Avtonomov, 1949
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0
14. Be3 damages the structure, but wins the d6 square
Boleslavsky vs Smyslov, 1950
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 1-0
Smyslov temporarily sacrifices his queen
Smyslov vs Tolush, 1951
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 40 moves, 1-0
This is a great example of running away to safety
Geller vs Euwe, 1953
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1
16. Na2, the knight tour, and the sacrifices after are classic
Petrosian vs C Guimard, 1955
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 62 moves, 1-0
This is regarded as the "Game of the Century"
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1
Petrosian sacrifices the exchange and gets it back later.
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1956
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 35 moves, 0-1
This is a backward pawn masterpiece.
Petrosian vs Geller, 1956
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 73 moves, 1-0
A nice queen sacrifice by Larsen wins the game.
Larsen vs B Soderborg, 1957
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 40 moves, 1-0
Rxf4!! was a great queen sacrifice
Polugaevsky vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1958
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1
Petrosian's pieces dominate Pachman's queen.
Pachman vs Petrosian, 1958
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 36 moves, 0-1
Fischer toughs out a Ruy Lopez grind.
Fischer vs Unzicker, 1959
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 65 moves, 1-0
Enticing king walk and breakthrough by Petrosian.
Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0
Same-colored bishop clear win at the end.
Averbakh vs A Matanovic, 1961
(A17) English, 42 moves, 1-0
Korchnoi creates two isolated pawns with c4! and wins.
Korchnoi vs Petrosian, 1961
(C11) French, 68 moves, 1-0
Backward pawn exploitation masterpiece by Fischer
Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1962
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 54 moves, 1-0
This is one of Fischer's nicest wins.
R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1
Rf6!! is a great blocking sacrifice.
Fischer vs Benko, 1963
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0
Thematic KIA play and a nice mate at the end.
Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0
The 19. ...e4! pawn sacrifice ripped the White king open.
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1970
(A14) English, 36 moves, 0-1
Petrosian breaks through the closed position with pawn breaks.
Petrosian vs T Ledic, 1970
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 44 moves, 1-0
Petrosian's king marches through the position.
Petrosian vs Mecking, 1971
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 57 moves, 1-0
Beliavsky's backward pawn costs him a pawn
Petrosian vs Beliavsky, 1973
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 43 moves, 1-0
Shashin's king run is very unique
A Shashin vs Korchnoi, 1973
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 35 moves, 1-0
Ruy Lopez masterpiece with Karpov dominating the bishop pair
Karpov vs Gligoric, 1973
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 63 moves, 1-0
24. Ba7!! is a fantastic blocking idea to dominate the file
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0
Nb1 and the finale Rxd8 are moves every player should see
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974
(B83) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0
Rd5 showed players how to play Rauzer structures with White
Kasparov vs A Sokolov, 1975
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 32 moves, 1-0
Petrosian tried to attack Tal, but his attack was refuted
Petrosian vs Tal, 1976
(A15) English, 28 moves, 0-1
Petrosian's calmness and his king walk make this memorable.
Petrosian vs J Peters, 1976
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 50 moves, 1-0
This game is known as the pearl of Sochi. Superb attack
Gufeld vs B Ivanovic, 1979
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0
Groszpeter sacrifices his queen to mate. Gross White king
J Diaz vs A Groszpeter, 1980
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 22 moves, 0-1
Do not give up when you have a strong passed pawn
L Day vs S Barbeau, 1980
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 52 moves, 0-1
A rook sacrifice for pawns that redefined a variation
Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0
White defends by covering all key focal points near his king
G Kraehenbuehl vs R Akesson, 1981
(A86) Dutch, 38 moves, 1-0
One of the best defensive games, involving a queen sacrifice
H B Pedersen vs C Hansen, 1981
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 42 moves, 0-1
Defensive queen sacrifice, then solid g4 knight blocks checks
Ljubojevic vs J Szmetan, 1981
(E97) King's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0
Larsen covers all of the squares near his king and wins
J Bellon Lopez vs Larsen, 1981
(C47) Four Knights, 39 moves, 0-1
Direct play pushing the queenside majority and queening. Power
Karpov vs Portisch, 1982
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 40 moves, 1-0
A very hard-fought and well-played draw.
Oll vs Salov, 1982
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2
22. Rxb4! is a deep and impressive exchange sacrifice
Andersson vs Seirawan, 1983
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0
Beautiful long-term outplay.
Karpov vs A J Mestel, 1984
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 61 moves, 1-0
Karpov grinds out a nice win against the IQP.
Karpov vs Timman, 1986
(A15) English, 70 moves, 1-0
Dreev wins the quintessential French Defense endgame
Dreev vs Bareev, 1986
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1-0
This is the most famous king walk in chess history
Short vs Timman, 1991
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0
23. c5! steamrolled Kasparov
Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1991
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 38 moves, 1-0
Yusupov's mating idea was very unique
Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 39 moves, 0-1
Classic Ruy Lopez play crowned with a piece sacrifice
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 50 moves, 1-0
Anand brilliantly damages his own pawn structure to advance it.
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 1992
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 45 moves, 0-1
This was a superb case of domination
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1
Serper's piece sacrifices for mobile pawns are amazing
Serper vs I Nikolaidis, 1993
(E70) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0
Karpov sacrificed both of his rooks, creating an immortal game
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0
Zvjaginsev sacs a rook to put the king in a mating net
Cifuentes Parada vs Zvjaginsev, 1995
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1
White's Qg7!! idea is extremely in-your-face
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0
White had two killer outposts
Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1996
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 34 moves, 1-0
This game made Kasparov quit playing the King's Indian.
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1997
(E97) King's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0
Bh3! in the endgame is a stunning sacrifice for time
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1
Rxd4! was a practical sacrifice, confusing Topalov
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0
The most famous exchange sacrifice ever played, shaming a 2700
Movsesian vs Kasparov, 2000
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 32 moves, 0-1