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Memorable games from World Championship qualific
Compiled by CaradhrasAiguo

From the 1951 WCC cycle onwards. Includes Interzonals and Candidates Matches (both of which were last used in the FIDE 1996 cycle), Candidates Tournaments, World Cup, FIDE Grand Prix, and upcoming in late 2019 FIDE Grand Swiss

Berlin Immortal aided by an unsuspecting customer
Aronian vs Kramnik, 2018 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

World champ eliminated in Marshall-style attack
Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2017 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

Subtle closed position manoeuvring ends in crashing attack
Keres vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Karpov slays the Dragon Sicilian
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Epic endgame struggle w/piece sac for 4 connected passers
Kramnik vs Caruana, 2018 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 66 moves, 0-1

d thru h pawn majority bulldozes away a Grünfeld expert
Kramnik vs Svidler, 2013 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

Fischer as black gains early initiative to paralyse Smyslov
Smyslov vs Fischer, 1970 
(A36) English, 44 moves, 0-1

Fischer forced on the defensive just 9 moves in
Fischer vs Matulovic, 1970 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Masterful B vs N endgame strategy by Fischer
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 71 moves, 1-0

Fischer navigates complications to prevail in classical fashion
Taimanov vs Fischer, 1971 
(E97) King's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

Deep exchange sac game resulting in R+Bishop pair vs Q ending
Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

TP punishes Fischer's overpushing for a crushing attack
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 32 moves, 1-0

Truly memorable Four Queens
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Positional masterpiece that could have been...
Petrosian vs Bronstein, 1956 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 36 moves, 0-1

Tal outplays Fischer to threaten a quadruple fork
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

Tal tricks Fischer out of the drawing 22. Rae1 with a smile
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 52 moves, 0-1

Great opposite-side counterattack in greatest tournament ever
Geller vs Euwe, 1953 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1

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