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MJCB's likes those games 21th century
Compiled by MJCB

These games made me love chess.

A nice final move turns the tables!
Kasparov vs Timman, 2000 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 1-0

When both kings join the battle!
J van Ruitenburg vs S Castellani, 2000 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Knight forks King and Queen, but his king get mated!
Movsesian vs Kasparov, 2000 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 32 moves, 0-1

A nice final penetration combination!
Kasparov vs Bacrot, 2000 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 1-0

White allows exchange material fork to enter superior end game!
Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2001 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Great mating finish!
C Lutz vs Ftacnik, 2001 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1-0

Queen sac for slow burning attack!
de Firmian vs E Tate, 2001 
(B56) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Clean brutal finish !
Bologan vs Bacrot, 2001 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 30 moves, 0-1

Superb attack, queen sacrifice and ... beautiful mate!
A Skripchenko vs Fressinet, 2002 
(B06) Robatsch, 37 moves, 1-0

Pieces sac on castled king, and Queen sac "boom" as a finish!
Sutovsky vs Smirin, 2002 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 24 moves, 1-0

Attack under fire!
F Vallejo Pons vs Romero Holmes, 2002 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 28 moves, 1-0

Attack with very neat last move!
Van Wely vs Acs, 2002 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 18 moves, 0-1

Queen sac for a rook and an irresistible attack!
Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

An improbable attack with a swift conclusion.
Karjakin vs V Malinin, 2002 
(C45) Scotch Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Amazing blindfold attack!
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2003 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 39 moves, 1-0

Fantastic tactics, great attack!
Anand vs Bologan, 2003 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

Great tactics
I Sokolov vs J Polgar, 2003 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Swift brutal attack!
J Arizmendi Martinez vs Yagupov, 2003 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 16 moves, 1-0

Surprise queen sac sets pawn rolling down towards victory!
Anand vs Radjabov, 2003 
(B32) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

Domination on dark squares net the black king!
Svidler vs Topalov, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 46 moves, 1-0

Solid defense followed by nice pawns storm counter-attack!
Z Kozul vs Rublevsky, 2004 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 47 moves, 1-0

Queen sac beautifully countered!
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 32 moves, 0-1

Vivid attack with impressive conclusion!
Carlsen vs A Groenn, 2005 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Crushing attack!
I Sokolov vs Aronian, 2006 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 19 moves, 0-1

Escaping under a violent attack!
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 63 moves, 0-1

Black seeks protection behind white pawns, but white still mate
F Amonatov vs A Timofeev, 2007 
(B89) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

Two kings in jeopardy!
Ivanchuk vs Bacrot, 2007 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 0-1

Strategic exploitation of pawn's structure for pretty finish!
A Adly vs V Laznicka, 2007 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Queen self-liquidates to bring winning ending!
Gelfand vs Shirov, 2007 
(D85) Grunfeld, 54 moves, 0-1

A beautiful last move!
Anand vs Morozevich, 2007 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 56 moves, 1-0

Attack accelerates in "crash-mate" finish!
Ponomariov vs Gelfand, 2008 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Spectacular attack!
Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 1-0

Neat rook interception initiates winning attack.
Anand vs Aronian, 2008 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 34 moves, 0-1

Beautiful final combo!
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 35 moves, 0-1

Unbelievable Queen sac leads to winning endgame!
Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2008 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 49 moves, 1-0

Direct brilliant attack on king leads to won end game
Bacrot vs Aronian, 2009 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Winning duel knight and four pawns vs two rook!
A Timofeev vs Khismatullin, 2009 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 62 moves, 1-0

Early attack and pretty mating conclusion!
J Friedel vs M de Jong, 2009 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 23 moves, 1-0

Black pieces toy with white position
V Laznicka vs Mamedyarov, 2009 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 49 moves, 0-1

Enterprising paws catch enemy's King!
Navara vs Sasikiran, 2009 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 25 moves, 1-0

Amazing tactics in final moves!
Dominguez Perez vs Morozevich, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

Beautiful miniature
V Gashimov vs Gelfand, 2009 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 16 moves, 1-0

Provocative opening, attack, king hunt... mate!
Vocaturo vs T Hillarp Persson, 2009 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

White is about to kill, but black surprise shot turns tables!
M Rubil vs D Feletar, 2010 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 31 moves, 0-1

Neat tactics... from both sides!
Aronian vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 53 moves, 1-0

Inaccuracy in the opening slips into disaster.
D Andreikin vs Karjakin, 2010 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 10 moves, 1-0

Powerful central pawns!
I Sokolov vs Caruana, 2010 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 66 moves, 1-0

Tightrope game!
V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2010 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 0-1

A sparkling last move!
R Mamedov vs U Bajarani, 2010 
(B53) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

A brilliant Bishop obstruction for a mating finish!
B Kovanova vs N Pogonina, 2010 
(B50) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

Powerful central pawn structure and nice final mating attack
Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

The art of combining attack and defense!
Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Knight battle tactically to set winning end game!
McShane vs Carlsen, 2010 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 1-0

Nice attack, open lines and unusual finish!
C Holt vs L Milman, 2011 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Two quality sacs for superior pawn endgame!
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2011 
(A36) English, 85 moves, 0-1

Great end game!
Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2012 
(A05) Reti Opening, 80 moves, 1-0

Neat surprise tactical shots
Giri vs Aronian, 2012 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

Queen sac allows minor pieces activity to decide the game!
S Soors vs A R Saleh Salem, 2012 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 35 moves, 0-1

Tactics and sacrifices in Tal style!
Carlsen vs Topalov, 2012 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 56 moves, 1-0

Sharp tactics!
A Volokitin vs Mamedyarov, 2012 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

En prise pieces festival!
J Gustafsson vs Kramnik, 2012 
(E92) King's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Clinical play.
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2012 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Quality sac twice, for lethal Bishop pair attack!
Karjakin vs Caruana, 2012 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 0-1

Quality sac for initiative and strong attack!
Aronian vs McShane, 2012 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 0-1

Piece sac for wonderful attack!
Caruana vs Giri, 2012 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Tactics feast!
Fridman vs Naiditsch, 2013 
(E97) King's Indian, 45 moves, 0-1

Sacrifice, superb zwischenzug, and nice final move!
Yu Yangyi vs A Zatonskih, 2013 
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 1-0

Pieces offer, queen offer(s), until... Win!
V Gunina vs Ju Wenjun, 2013 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 30 moves, 1-0

A funny finish!
H Hamdouchi vs S Shoker, 2013 
(B07) Pirc, 29 moves, 1-0

A pretty finish
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2013 
(B32) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Great tactics, snowballing into mate!
Wei Yi vs Zhou Jianchao, 2013 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 1-0

Early queen sac, minor pieces activity and... Win!
A R Saleh Salem vs Smeets, 2013 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

A great attack offset by a splendid defense!
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 0-1

Methodical execution of power play!
Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2013 
(B30) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1-0

Sharp attack
Yifan Hou vs N Dzagnidze, 2014 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 24 moves, 1-0

Neat swift conclusion
B Bok vs Rapport, 2014 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

Fantastic rook move saves (and wins) the game!
Svidler vs D Andreikin, 2014 
(B32) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Unexpected exchange sacs develop into superior position and win
Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2014 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 43 moves, 1-0

Precise tactics from light pieces support strategic win!
Gelfand vs Grischuk, 2014 
(D83) Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit, 66 moves, 0-1

Strategic domination ends with superb finesse touch conclusion
Caruana vs Ponomariov, 2014 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

After f7 sac, Queen travels to finish the job with her troops.
M Cebalo vs Vasiukov, 2014 
(A80) Dutch, 13 moves, 1-0

Splendid pieces coordination lead to lethal ending!
Duda vs I Beradze, 2014 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

Nice finish!
M Karthikeyan vs Eljanov, 2014 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 54 moves, 0-1

A great combo with final nice touch!
Eljanov vs Kuzubov, 2014 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

Nice tactics, until the end!
R Mamedov vs A R Saleh Salem, 2014 
(C26) Vienna, 42 moves, 0-1

Risky play and splendid counter attack!
Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

Sharp fight, with beautiful mating net finish!
Carlsen vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 
(A05) Reti Opening, 54 moves, 1-0

Technical skills at work!
Vachier-Lagrave vs Tomashevsky, 2015 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 91 moves, 0-1

Sparkling ongoing tactics and... mate!
Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

Strong attack with neat moves and...mate!
So vs Nakamura, 2015 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 39 moves, 0-1

The art of dominating the field.
Carlsen vs So, 2016 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

Nice tactics from a queen and her two knights!
M Gagunashvili vs Dubov, 2016 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

Surprise Queen sac forces long combination for mate!
Radjabov vs O Bortnyk, 2016 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

Pseudo Queen sac becomes... real Queen sac!
Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0

Brilliant creative play!
Aronian vs Giri, 2016 
(A20) English, 34 moves, 1-0

Fierce swift attack!
So vs V Akobian, 2016 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

A Queen sac for light pieces activities until... mate!
B Ider vs Yifan Hou, 2017 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 0-1

Sharp reciprocal tactics
Xiong vs So, 2017 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 31 moves, 0-1

Rook sac allows pawns rolling to victory!
Kramnik vs Harikrishna, 2017 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1-0

White Queen "en prise", black seems to escape until final blow
P L Basso vs A Korobov, 2017 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 37 moves, 1-0

Queen offer for deviation allowing mating Queen promotion!
Anand vs Caruana, 2017 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 29 moves, 1-0

Beautiful counter attack!
Rapport vs Carlsen, 2017 
(A06) Reti Opening, 33 moves, 1-0

Tactical mêlée followed by superior ending!
Wei Yi vs Yu Yangyi, 2017 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 64 moves, 1-0

An epic finish!
Anand vs Caruana, 2018 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

Objective mate!
Aronian vs Kramnik, 2018 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

Strategic masterpiece
Carlsen vs So, 2018 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 75 moves, 1-0

White pawn stings black position for great tactics and ... win!
Ding Liren vs Duda, 2018 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

Sharp reciprocal agression, and neat finish!
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2018 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 1-0

The art of positional play
Ding Liren vs Giri, 2019 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Rook sac splits board in two, allowing hunting isolated king !
Sasikiran vs V Artemiev, 2019 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

The art of building an attack and concluding it !
Carlsen vs Rapport, 2019 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Endgame masterpiece
F Vallejo Pons vs Carlsen, 2019 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 73 moves, 0-1

Sudden deadly attack!
Koneru vs A Kashlinskaya, 2019 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

Tactics swischenzugs, and mating attack finale!
Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2019 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 0-1

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