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Breakout games of the World Champions
Compiled by rcs784
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Steinitz's earliest recorded game (age 23)
Steinitz vs Lenhof, 1859 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

Lasker's first win against a master (age 21)
J Mieses vs Lasker, 1889 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 0-1

Young Capablanca sacs his queen vs. Cuba's top player (age 13)
Capablanca vs J Corzo, 1901 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

A correspondence immortal from the young Alekhine (age 15)
Viakhirev vs Alekhine, 1906 
(C28) Vienna Game, 36 moves, 0-1

Euwe's convincing attack and endgmae play (age 18)
Euwe vs G Kroone, 1919 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 43 moves, 1-0

Teenage Botvinnik's first brilliancy (age 16)
I Rabinovich vs Botvinnik, 1927 
(A95) Dutch, Stonewall, 42 moves, 0-1

Smyslov's first known game, with a brilliant finish (age 14)
K Gerasimov vs Smyslov, 1935 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

Tal crushes strong Soviet master Kholmov in a simul (age 12)
Kholmov vs Tal, 1949 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

Petrosian convincingly defeats a top player (age 13)
Petrosian vs Flohr, 1942 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 45 moves, 1-0

Spassky arrives on the scene (age 11)
Spassky vs S Avtonomov, 1949 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0

Fischer's Game of the Century (age 13)
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

Karpov already effective at his trademark grind (age 10)
Karpov vs Maksimov, 1961 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 60 moves, 1-0

Kasparov's first win vs. a GM (age 13)
Kasparov vs Lputian, 1976 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 34 moves, 1-0

Kramnik needed a win with Black in the final round (age 8)
A Oganyan vs Kramnik, 1984 
(B89) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

Nice win by teenage Anand vs. a future super-GM (age 14)
Piket vs Anand, 1984 
(A48) King's Indian, 44 moves, 0-1

Magnus Carlsen is the Mozart of chess (age 13)
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

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