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The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess
Compiled by Susan1975
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By Irving Chernev

Game 1 [What else?]
A Gibaud vs F Lazard, 1924 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 4 moves, 0-1

Game 3
J O H Taylor vs NN, 1862 
(C27) Vienna Game, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 4 [Chernev adds 5...Nxf7 6.Ne6]
Prince Dadian vs Doubrava, 1895 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 5 moves, 1-0

Game 5
W Potter vs NN, 1870 
(000) Chess variants, 15 moves, 1-0

Game 6
NN vs H Bruening, 1907 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 6 moves, 0-1

Game 7
M Warren vs Jan Selman, 1932 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 6 moves, 0-1

Game 8
A Seppelt vs Leganki, 1950 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 6 moves, 0-1

Game 9
E Hamlisch vs NN, 1899 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 6 moves, 1-0

Game 10
De Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 7 moves, 1-0

Game 11
A Meek vs Adbor, 1855 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 8 moves, 1-0

Game 12
Muhlock vs Kostic, 1911 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 7 moves, 0-1

Game 14
F Kraus vs V Costin, 1913 
(A43) Old Benoni, 8 moves, 1-0

Game 15
J H Blake vs G A Hooke, 1891 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 16
Wiede vs A Goetz, 1880 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 7 moves, 0-1

Game 17 [Chernev ends score after 7.c4]
H Borochow vs Fine, 1932 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 18
C A S Damant vs NN, 1932 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 8 moves, 1-0

Game 19
Boruch Israel Dyner vs K Dreyer, 1934 
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 8 moves, 1-0

Game 20
P Frazer vs Taubenhaus, 1888 
(C45) Scotch Game, 8 moves, 1-0

Game 21
F M Teed vs E Delmar, 1896 
(A80) Dutch, 8 moves, 1-0

Game 22
NN vs Leonhardt, 1903 
(C22) Center Game, 8 moves, 0-1

Game 23
Greco vs NN, 1623 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

Game 24 [Chernve gives Charosh vs. L. Jaffe]
Karosz vs C Jaffe, 1936 
(A43) Old Benoni, 8 moves, 1-0

Game 25
NN vs Beis, 1940 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 9 moves, 0-1

Game 26
Barnett vs Eastwood, 1949 
(C21) Center Game, 8 moves, 1-0

Game 27
D Fidlow vs A Maier, 1959 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 8 moves, 1-0

Game 28 [Just in time to be too late]
H Silbermann vs Honich, 1930 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 0-1

Game 29 [Last four moves given as announced mate]
W Cook vs NN, 1906 
(000) Chess variants, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 30
Kaprinay vs H Hubner, 1926 
(A25) English, 8 moves, 1-0

Game 31
A Pearsall vs White, 1935 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 9 moves, 1-0

Game 32
Steinitz vs NN, 1890 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 9 moves, 1-0

Game 33
Pillsbury vs Fernandez, 1900 
(C25) Vienna, 9 moves, 1-0

Game 34
V Manko vs Jankowitz, 1900 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 9 moves, 0-1

Game 35
NN vs E Canal, 1935 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 9 moves, 0-1

Game 36
Dake vs F R DiPaula, 1935 
(C15) French, Winawer, 9 moves, 0-1

Game 37
Bird / Dobell vs Gunsberg / Locock, 1897 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 9 moves, 0-1

Game 38 [Black resins on move 9]
J Mieses vs J W Ohquist, 1895 
(B01) Scandinavian, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 39 [Baruch Harold Wood vs L.D.H, Correspondence
Wood vs Lambert, 1948 
(C10) French, 10 moves, 1-0

Game 40
W Veitch vs J Penrose, 1950 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

Game 41
F M Wren vs W E Mayfield, 1941 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 9 moves, 1-0

Game 42 [Date given as 1935]
A Miller vs Chernev, 1928 
(C45) Scotch Game, 9 moves, 0-1

Game 43 [score ends with 9...Qc1+]
K Regan vs R P Michell, 1905 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 44 [Score ends with 10.Bg5+]
Reti vs Tartakower, 1910 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 45
Wiesel vs Weigel, 1923 
(B01) Scandinavian, 9 moves, 1-0

Game 46 (Book gives 10 moves + announced mate in 2]
S Mlotkowski vs Deacon, 1913 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 47 [Correspondence; 9.Qc3]
Prugel vs E Dyckhoff, 1899 
(C45) Scotch Game, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 48 [Ends with 10.Bb5]
G Oskam vs Euwe, 1919 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 49
H Buckle vs NN, 1840 
(B50) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1-0

Game 50
A Powers vs Dake, 1937 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 10 moves, 1-0

Game 51
A Cheron vs M Polikier, 1927 
(B06) Robatsch, 10 moves, 1-0

Game 52 [Score ends with 10.b6]
R Kujoth vs J Fashingbauer, 1950 
(B20) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

Game 53
Sanders vs NN, 1910 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 10 moves, 1-0

Game 54 [White: Crakanthrop]
S Crakanthorp vs H N Maddox, 1933 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 10 moves, 1-0

Game 56
H Walkerling vs Hanssen, 1928 
(B40) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1-0

Game 57
W Adams vs G Kramer, 1946 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 9 moves, 0-1

Game 58 [White: Schiffer]
Schiffers vs G Janny, 1898 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

Game 59
Rankins vs Papke, 1941 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 10 moves, 1-0

Game 60
Y Rusakov vs B Verlinsky, 1947 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 0-1

Game 61
NN vs Livingstone, 1941 
(C01) French, Exchange, 10 moves, 0-1

Game 62
F S Blackall vs Christian, 1942 
(C10) French, 10 moves, 1-0

Game 63
H Lohmann vs Teschner, 1950 
(C10) French, 10 moves, 0-1

Game 65
Dr. Michaelsen vs Mrs. Michaelsen, 1884 
(000) Chess variants, 10 moves, 1-0

Game 66
F Perrin vs NN, 1883 
(C11) French, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 68
Schuster vs C Carls, 1914 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 69
W A Oudheusden vs L de Vries, 1934 
(C25) Vienna, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 70
NN vs M Bier, 1905 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 71
Hirst vs Smith, 1943 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 72
L Steiner vs Stiassny, 1925 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 73
O Bernstein vs NN, 1932 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 74
G Nagy vs J Balogh, 1932 
(B20) Sicilian, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 75
Bildhauer vs G Janny, 1927 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 76
Smith vs NN, 1852 
(000) Chess variants, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 77
De Con vs NN, 1913 
(C21) Center Game, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 78
Bartsch vs Jennen, 1948 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 1-0

game 79
Blackburne vs J Loye, 1913 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 80
G Schnitzler vs Eberle, 1861 
(B20) Sicilian, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 81
Alekhine vs NN, 1936 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

Game 82
Leonhardt vs Schwarz, 1905 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 83
E Busvine vs J Birnberg, 1924 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 84
K Blom vs Niels Jensen, 1934 
(C10) French, 9 moves, 1-0

Game 85
H Mattison vs Tartakower, 1926 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

Game 86
Luer vs Rattman, 1922 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 87
J N Berger vs Frohlich, 1888 
(C46) Three Knights, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 88
O Bernstein vs NN, 1927 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 89
Mackenzie vs F Hollins, 1893 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 13 moves, 0-1

Game 89
Dokshytsky vs V Sherbakov, 1945 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 91
I Mazel vs Botvinnik, 1938 
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 92
Helbig vs Schroder, 1933 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 94
I Rabinovich vs Levenfish, 1927 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 95
NN vs W Lacey, 1941 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 96
Chulkov vs Gavemann, 1947 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 97
Nimzowitsch vs Ryckhoff, 1910 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 98
F Nuernberg vs L Roedl, 1947 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 99
Zukertort vs Anderssen, 1865 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 100
O Bernstein vs NN, 1927 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 101
Booth vs Fazekas, 1940 
(C18) French, Winawer, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 102
Fine vs M Yudovich Sr., 1937 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 43 moves, 0-1

Game 103
Tarrasch vs Schroder, 1890 
(000) Chess variants, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 104
Keres vs G Menke, 1933 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 0-1

Game 105
C M Saulson vs H M Phillips, 1907 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 106
P Larsson vs Englund, 1942 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 12 moves, 0-1

Game 107
A Ettlinger vs Janowski, 1898 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 12 moves, 0-1

Game 108
Ruy Lopez vs G da Cutri, 1560 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 109
J O H Taylor vs NN, 1874 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 110
Krauthauser vs Herrmann, 1934 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 12 moves, 0-1

Game 111
Francis vs V Hooper, 1916 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 113
J Krejcik vs R Muenz, 1911 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 114
Denker vs Chiera, 1936 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 115
N Rudnev vs N Kopilov, 1939 
(A16) English, 12 moves, 0-1

Game 116
B Koch vs W Kuppe, 1932 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 117
Soyka vs B Tot, 1948 
(C57) Two Knights, 12 moves, 0-1

Game 118
Palau vs Nollman, 1990 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 119
Biegler vs Peperle, 1952 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 11 moves, 0-1

Game 120
Foldesy vs Negyesi, 1928 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 121
A Becker vs H N Hansen, 1936 
(C10) French, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 122
Mayet vs Anderssen, 1851 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 15 moves, 0-1

Game 123
Somers vs NN, 1923 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 124
Heltay vs G Janny, 1916 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 0-1

Game 125 [Game ends at 12.d6+]
Euwe vs G Abrahams, 1939 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 1-0

Game 126
F Englund vs E Cohn, 1905 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 12 moves, 0-1

Game 127
Botvinnik vs Spielmann, 1935 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 128
Morphy vs Maurian, 1855 
(000) Chess variants, 12 moves, 0-1

Game 129
M Henneberger vs Lengacher, 1931
(B40) Sicilian, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 130
T Borges vs A S Rocha, 1933 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 131
Leonhardt vs NN, 1912 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 132
Bernhold vs Kreut-Zahler, 1941 
(C21) Center Game, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 133 [Ends with 12.Ne6+]
Santasiere vs R Byrne, 1946 
(A04) Reti Opening, 14 moves, 1-0

Game 134
Hill vs Janeway, 1946 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 135
F Schubert vs L Tipary, 1938 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 0-1

Game 136
M Kolnik vs Schurr, 1940 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 137
Weigel vs Ebert, 1936 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 12 moves, 0-1

Game 138 [Ends at 12.Bd3+]
Schroder vs H Illgen, 1926 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 139
Shaw vs Whitney, 1949 
(A22) English, 12 moves, 0-1

Game 140
Marshall vs E McCormick, 1938 
(A21) English, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 141
Eliascheff vs NN, 1948 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 142
W Potter vs Matthews, 1868 
(C21) Center Game, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 143
H Helms vs O Tenner, 1942 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 144 [White gaves odds of Ra1]
Teichmann vs NN, 1914 
(000) Chess variants, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 145
O Feuer vs O'Kelly, 1934 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 147
Maczuski vs Kolisch, 1863 
(C45) Scotch Game, 15 moves, 1-0

Game 148
Welch vs NN, 1940 
(B32) Sicilian, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 149 [Ends with 13.Qxe4+]
Anderssen vs E Schallopp, 1864 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 14 moves, 1-0

Game 150
A Foldeak vs F Nagy, 1942 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 152 [continues 12...Nxb2 13.Be3#]
L Bachmann vs J Kunstmann, 1899 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 153 [Bird only playing White]
Bird / Dobell vs NN, 1886 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 154
H Pollmaecher vs A Saalbach, 1861 
(B40) Sicilian, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 155
NN vs M Bier, 1903 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 13 moves, 0-1

Game 156 [Ends with 13.Nxd7]
Bogoljubov vs Erik Andersen, 1931 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 16 moves, 1-0

Game 157
E Zinner vs E Canal, 1933 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 158
J Mason vs Chigorin, 1889 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 161
J Watkinson vs NN, 1863 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 162 [Ends with 13...Bxf2+]
Horwitz vs Bledow, 1837 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 0-1

Game 164
B Altman vs G Katz, 1943 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 13 moves, 0-1

Gane 165
NN vs V Kahn, 1941 
(C47) Four Knights, 13 moves, 0-1

Game 168 [finishes: 11...fxg6 12.Nxe7+ Kh8 13.Nxg6#]
J Mieses vs NN, 1900 
(C27) Vienna Game, 11 moves, 1-0

Game 169
D MacMurray vs A S Kussman, 1937 
(C57) Two Knights, 13 moves, 0-1

Game 172
O Frink vs F J Le Count, 1923 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 0-1

Game 173
I Abonyi vs Hromadka, 1908 
(C48) Four Knights, 13 moves, 0-1

Game 174
N Speijer vs Couvee, 1955 
(C14) French, Classical, 15 moves, 1-0

Game 175 [11...Kxe6 12.Qd5+ Kf6 13.Qf5#]
W Von Holzhausen vs Tarrasch, 1912 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

Game 177
A Rosentreter vs Heinrich Hoefer, 1899 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

Ga,e 180
Schwartz vs C Hartlaub, 1918 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 0-1

Game 181
W Springe vs H Gebhard, 1927 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 13 moves, 1-0

Game 187
Capablanca vs A Kevitz, 1924 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 13 moves, 0-1

Game 190
A Brinckmann vs G Kieninger, 1932  
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 13 moves, 1-0

zGame 191 [Whitr resigns after 13...Bc5+}
Nietsche vs Factor, 1928 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 16 moves, 0-1

Game 194
Radic vs Ivkov, 1948 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 13 moves, 0-1

Game 197 [Score ends with 13.bxc3]
Rossolimo vs V Castaldi, 1947 
(D01) Richter-Veresov Attack, 16 moves, 1-0

Game 198 [Finished 13.Nxe2 Qe1#]
Efimov vs Bronstein, 1941 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 0-1

Game `199. [9...Kg6 10.Qh5+ Kf5 11.Qh7+ g6 12.Qh3+ Ke4 13.Qd3#]
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C01) French, Exchange, 12 moves, 1-0

Game 200 [Source give ambgious 12...Ng3+]
Lewis vs E L Dayton, 1942 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 13 moves, 0-1

Game 207 [Chernev gives 12...Ke7 and Hague, 1948]
O Bernstein vs Tartakower, 1937 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 13 moves, 0-1

Game no. 209
NN vs Blackburne, 1884  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 0-1

Game no. 210
I A Horowitz vs NN, 1940 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 14 moves, 1-0

Game no. 211
F Lazard vs R Crepeaux, 1924 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 14 moves, 0-1

Game no. 212
E Canal vs NN, 1934 
(B01) Scandinavian, 14 moves, 1-0

Gameno. 213
Schwartz vs Samsonov, 1908 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 14 moves, 1-0

Game no. 214
NN vs Teichmann, 1890 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 14 moves, 0-1

Game no. 216
J Shoup vs Marshall, 1906 
(C45) Scotch Game, 14 moves, 1-0

Game no. 217
Andrews vs F G Janssens, 1864 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

Game no. 218 [Ends at move 14 with announced mate in five]
W Pollock vs S Langleben / F Colson, 1893 
(C56) Two Knights, 19 moves, 1-0

Game no. 219
NN vs B Winkelman, 1945 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 14 moves, 0-1

Game no. 220
R Dudek vs Kuhn, 1939 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 14 moves, 0-1

Game no. 222
F Gobl vs Jonas, 1926 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

Game no. 223 [ends with 14...Ke7 and announced mate in two]
W Donisthorpe vs Mundell, 1892 
(C46) Three Knights, 15 moves, 1-0

Game no. 227
Nielsen vs Ottosen, 1941 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

Game no. 228
Fucini vs Olivari, 1895 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 0-1

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