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  1. Anatoly Karpov's Best Games
    The best games of Karpov's career.

    The boy doesn't have a clue about chess, and there's no future at all for him in this profession. – Mikhail Botvinnik (referring to a 12-year-old boy named Anatoly Karpov)

    I like 1.e4 very much but my results with 1.d4 are better. – Anatoly Karpov

    Style? I have no style. – Anatoly Karpov

    Let us say that a game may be continued in two ways: one of them is a beautiful tactical blow that gives rise to variations that don't yield to precise calculations; the other is clear positional pressure that leads to an endgame with microscopic chances of victory. I would choose the latter without thinking twice. If the opponent offers keen play I don't object; but in such cases I get less satisfaction, even if I win, than from a game conducted according to all the rules of strategy with its ruthless logic. – Anatoly Karpov

    Chess is everything: art, science and sport. - Anatoly Karpov

    I simply developed that universal style which dominated with the arrival of Spassky and then Fischer. But all the same we were different chess players, of course. Both Spassky and Fischer were brilliant at developing and sensing the initiative. In that regard I was, perhaps, a little inferior, but on the other hand I stood out by having excellent technique for converting an advantage, positional sense and an ability to maneuver positionally – in that area I was clearly superior to Spassky, and Fischer, and perhaps everyone, except Petrosian. - Anatoly Karpov

    At first I found some of his moves not altogether understandable, and only after careful analysis did I discover their hidden strength. – Ljubomir Ljubojevic (on Karpov)

    When observing Karpov's play or playing against him, one cannot help thinking that all his pieces are linked by invisible threads. This net moves forward unhurriedly, gradually covering the enemy squares, but, amazingly, not relinquishing its own. – Alexander Roshal

    When having an edge, Karpov often marked time and still gained the advantage! I don't know anyone else who could do that, it's incredible. I was always impressed and delighted by this skill. When it looked like it was high time to start a decisive attack, Karpov played a3, h3, and his opponent's position collapsed. - Vladimir Kramnik

    There are very few madmen who risk employing Pirc or King's Indian against Karpov. - Alexsander Shashin

    Many of Karpov's intentions become understandable to his opponents only when salvation is no longer possible. – Mikhail Tal

    Known as a negative player, Karpov sets up deep traps and creates moves that seem to allow his opponent possibilities - but that really don't. He takes no chances, and he gives his opponents nothing. He's a trench-warfare fighter who keeps the game moving just an inch at a time. – Bruce Pandolfini

    Karpov defeated me in Linares-94 where he scored 11 out of 13. I got into an inferior endgame. However, it did not seem awful. Then I made some appropriate moves and could not understand how I had managed to get into a losing position. Although I was already in the world top ten, I failed to understand it even after the game. This was one of the few games after which I felt like a complete idiot with a total lack of chess understanding! Such things happen very rarely to top level players. Usually you realise why you have lost. This moment defies description - there is something almost imperceptible about it and so characteristic of Karpov. - Vladimir Kramnik

    143 games, 1968-2008

  2. Annotated Caro-Kans
    Featuring games with substantial annotations (not merely punctuation, or "white resigned"), starring Keene, Capa, Nimzo, Schiller.
    14 games, 1911-2001

  3. Annotated games by Nimzovitsch
    49 games, 1905-1928

    Games annotated by a human being.
    94 games, 1834-2008

  5. Annotations e4 Various Authorities & Fredthebear
    Let's all learn from the thoughts of others.

    Here's a link to some fabulous chess brilliancies:

    Here's a link to 31 games annotated by Paul Morphy: games annotated by Morphy

    Here's a link to 29 games annotated by Johann Jacob Loewenthal: games annotated by Loewenthal

    Here's a link to 130 games annotated by Wilhelm Steinitz: games annotated by Steinitz

    Here's a link to 139 annotated games from 1889:

    Here's a link to 149 games annotated by Joseph Henry Blackburne: games annotated by Blackburne

    Here's a link to 81 games annotated by Emanuel Lasker: games annotated by Lasker

    Here's a link to 10 games annotated by Frank James Marshall: games annotated by Marshall

    Here's a link to 78 games annotated by Aleksander Alekhine: games annotated by Alekhine

    Here's a link to 68 games annotated by Geza Maroczy: games annotated by Maroczy

    Here's a link to 5 games annotated by Irving Chernev: games annotated by Chernev

    Here's a link to 49 games annotated by Nimzowitsch: games annotated by Nimzowitsch

    Here's a link to 7 games of Petrosian annotated by Peter Clarke: games annotated by P Clarke

    Here's a link to 16 games annotated by Robert James Fischer: games annotated by Fischer

    Here's a link to 11 Heisman games annotated by Heisman: games annotated by D Heisman

    Here's a link to 407 games annotated by Raymond Keene: games annotated by Keene

    Here's a link to 185 games annotated by Eric Schiller: games annotated by E Schiller

    Here's notes by tpstar:
    Game Collection: Instructive Games

    Here's the Evans Gambit:

    This collection was originally compiled by Fredthebear. Links were added later. Thank you to the many sources that contributed!!

    329 games, 1610-2018

  6. Anti-Sicilians

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    1.e4 c5

    Canal Attack

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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7 Qxd7

    Alapin Variation

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    1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6

    Prins Variation

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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3

    Tal Gambit

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    1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6

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    4.d3 Nc6 5.c3 g6 6.Bb3 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nbd2 b6 (...e5) 9.Re1 Ba6 10.Nf1 Ne5 11.Bc2 Qc7 (...Rc8 Benjamin vs Baklan, 2001) Benjamin vs Baklan, 2001 4.Qe2 Nc6 5.h3 (5.c3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.d3 e6) e6 6.Bb3 Be7 7.c3 b6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Rd1 a5 Leko vs Romero Holmes, 1994 4.e5 dxe5 5.Nxe5 e6 6.Qe2 Be7 E Shaposhnikov vs E Najer, 2000

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6

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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.h3 Nbd7 5.Bd3 b6 6.0-0 Bb7 7.Re1 Qc7 8.Bc2 Rc8

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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Bd3 Bg4 5.Bc2 Nc6 6.d3 e6 7.Nbd2 d5 8.h3 Bh5 9.Qe2 Be7 10.Nf1

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    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Be2 Bd7 (...Nbd7 5.d3 b6 6.0-0 Bb7 7.Nbd2 g6)

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    157 games, 1834-2017

  7. Art of Planning (McDonald)
    The Art of Planning in Chess: Move by Move' by Neil McDonald. Compiled by Qindarka. I own this book and find it to be well written.
    31 games, 1945-2006

  8. Attacking chess
    17 games, 1892-2008

  9. Attacking with the French
    11 games, 1982-2013

  10. B40-B59 Sicilian
    41 games, 1943-2009

  11. B41 Sicilian: Kan. Maroczy Bind [Black]
    40 games, 2010-2013

  12. B41 Sicilian: Kan. Maroczy Bind [Black]
    4 games, 2010-2014

  13. Beating the hyperaccelerated dragon
    12 games, 1958-2006

  14. Black - Ruy Lopez: Berlin defense (Re1)
    10 games, 1906-2002

  15. Black - Ruy Lopez: Berlin defense (Re1) - Anders
    13 games, 1851-1868

  16. Black Repertoire 1. e4, Anti- Ruy Lopez's
    18 games, 1899-2007

  17. Black Repertoire 1.e4 e5 Compiled by Chigorin
    This fine collection was developed by Chigorin. Fredthebear copied this collection from Chigorin. Thank you Chigorin!

    This collection outlines a repertoire for Black against 1.e4 based on the Open Defense against the Ruy Lopez, 5...f6 against the Ruy Lopez Exchange, and the Two Knights Defense against 3.Bc4. These defenses are completely sound, but also more based on pure piece activity (and consequently more intuitive for an amateur) than various other replies to 1.e4 (Closed Spanish, Sicilian, French etc.). I based the selection of games on three books:

    -"Open Ruy Lopez" (2000) by Glen Flear

    -"Ruy Lopez Exchange" (2005) by Krzysztof Panczyk and Jacek Ilczuk

    -"Play the Open Games as Black" (2000) by John Emms

    The theory is dated in some spots, but as a starting place for an amateur repertoire these games are still great examples. The most dated theory is probably in the Ruy Lopez mainlines, which in my experience are rarely encountered at amateur level anyway.

    In a couple of spots I chose lines other than those recommended in the above mentioned books, usually because I felt that the lines given in the books were either unnecessarily difficult (3...g5 vs. the King's Gambit as given by Emms, 4...Nf6 vs. the Scotch as given by Emms), or simply sub-optimal (5...Bb4 vs. the Vienna as given by Emms).

    71 games, 1894-2010

  18. Bobby Fischer: My 60 Memorable Games
    These quotes and games are from the book My 60 Memorable Games.

    Author's Preface

    The 60 games annotated in this volume were all played during 1957 through '67 and, with the exception of nos. 44 and 50, under strict tournament conditions. The notes frequently include reference to additional games, occasionally presenting them in full. An interested reader will find 34 of my earlier efforts in Bobby Fischer's Games of Chess (Simon and Schuster, 1959).

    All of the 60 here offered contain, for me, something memorable and exciting---even the 3 losses. I have tried to be both candid and precise in my elucidations in the hope that they would offer insights into chess that wil lead to fuller understanding and better play.

    Finally I wish to express my gratitude to Larry Evans, friend and colleague, for his invaluable aid in preparation of the text as well as for his lucid introductions.

    Robert J. Fischer
    New York City

    On the chessboard lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of a lie; the merciless fact, culmination in checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite.

    --- Emanuel Lasker

    60 games, 1957-1967

  19. BRCC: Strategic Repertoire
    This is a repertoire for beginning players. It emphasizes lines where the number of forcing moves are limited. If you fail to find the best move, often other moves are playable too. The setups are similar in many variations. Even though your chances of winning through an opening surprise are limited, you can still gain an advantage over your opponent. Why? Because you will have more experience with these similar setups.

    These are low risk lines. The time you need to learn them initially is less than what is needed for an attacking repertoire. The advantage: You can spend more time studying important things like tactics by using easy to remember setups like this. The drawback: There is not much tactical fighting in these lines, so you may not gain the practical experience you need with tactics.

    Consider the BRCC Attacking Repertorie if these lines are too quiet for you.

    For White: This repertoire is based on 1. d4. Many of our players will balk at playing anything except 1. e4. If you are that kind of player, check out the Pseudo-Lopez games here:Game Collection: BRCC: 1. e4 Games For White and Black and the Sicilian Alapin games here: Game Collection: BRCC: Against The Sicilian

    Games 1 - 3: Kings Indian Defense, Fianchetto Variation

    Games 4-8 are based on the Catalan Opening. You can find more instructive games here: Game Collection: Chesscake's Catalan Games

    Games 4 - 5: Catalan Openings Starting With 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6: Play 3. g3 right away or you might end up in a Queens Indian Defense. The examples provided are closed Catalans where Black does not play dxc4.

    Game 6: Closed Catalan Openings Starting With 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf6 4. g3

    Games 7 - 8: Open Catalan Openings Starting With 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3. Black will have to work to develop his queen's bishop. Usually, there is a struggle to stop ..c5 by Black. White usually does not have the time to try b3, Bb2.

    Game 9: Slav or Semi-Slav: If you get an early c6, it usually does not pay to fianchetto. Instead try a variation where you play Nc3, Nf3 and cxd5 early.

    Game 10: Queens Gambit Accepted.

    For Black:

    Games 11 - 17: Sicilian Kan/Paulsen. If a Sicilian Defense does not suit you, consider playing the Cara Kann (1..c6); checkout PositionalBomber's Caro-Kann tutorial here: Game Collection: PositionalBomber's Caro-Kann tutorial If you insist on playing 1..e5, consider the example games for the Giuoco Piano and the Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz here: Game Collection: BRCC: 1. e4 Games For White and Black

    Game 18: Grand Prix Antidote.

    Games 19 - 21: Benko Gambit - You can find more details on the Benko Gambit here: Game Collection: BRCC: 1. d4 Games For White and Black

    20 games, 1853-2008

  20. C4 Snore
    Slow maneuvering drives some crazy.

    English Defense (Not included herein.)
    1. d4 e6 2. c4 b6 3. e4 Bb7
    English Opening (This is the main focus.)
    1. c4
    English Opening (Accelerated Fianchetto)
    see English Opening (Carls' Bremen System)
    English Opening (Adorjan Defense)
    1. c4 g6 2. e4 e5
    English Opening (Anglo-Polish Dutch)
    1. c4 f5 2. b4
    English Opening (Anglo-Slav)
    1. c4 c6
    English Opening (Basmaniac Gambit)
    1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 h6
    English Opening (Bellon Gambit)
    1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 e4 4. Ng5 b5
    English Opening (Carls' Bremen System)
    1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3
    English Opening (Closed Variation)
    1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7
    English Opening (Double Fianchetto Defense)
    1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 b6 3. g3 Bb7 4. Bg2 c5 5. O-O g6 English Opening (English Defense)
    1. c4 b6 2. d4 e6
    English Opening (Fischer's Gambit)
    1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 f5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. d3 Bc5 6. e3 f4 English Opening (Four Knights Variation)
    1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6
    English Opening (Great Snake)
    1. c4 g6
    (Disclaimer: This stuff copied from to aid you.) English Opening (Grünfeld)
    1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5
    English Opening (Hedgehog Defense)
    1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 e6 4. g3 b6
    English Opening (Keres Defense)
    1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 e6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 English Opening (King's Indian)
    1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O
    English Opening (Kurajica Defense)
    1. c4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. g3 c6
    English Opening (Nimzo-Indian)
    1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4
    English Opening (Orangutan There's a whole more to 1.b4) 1. c4 Nf6 2. b4 English Opening (Queen's Indian)
    1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 b6
    English Opening (Romanishin Variation)
    1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 a6 4. Bg2 b5
    English Opening (Rubinstein/Botvinnik Variation) 1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Nc7 English Opening (Slav Defense)
    1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c6
    English Opening (Symmetrical Four Knights)
    1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6
    English Opening (Symmetrical Variation)
    1. c4 c5
    English Opening (Ultra-Symmetrical)
    1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7
    Englund Gambit
    see Charlick Englund Gambit

    * Fredthebear liked this collection by Wookash: Game Collection: 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 - play it good!

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    122 games, 1934-2017

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