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  1. Santasiere's Follies
    In 1966, Anthony Santasiere published <THE FUTURISTIC CHESS OPENING> featuring his games starting with 1.Nf3 d5 (or 1...Nf6) 2.b4. It was edited by James R. Schroeder and reprinted (and updated) in 1973. Here are the featured games from this book, as played by Santasiere himself.
    23 games, 1937-1969

  2. Semyon Furman: The Walking ECO
    Grandmaster Semyon Furman is best known today as being Anatoly Karpov's trainer. He was a formidable opponent in his own right, especially with the White pieces. His great knowledge of the openings earned him the nickname "The Walking ECO".
    54 games, 1947-1977

  3. Smyslov's Selected Games 1942-1951
    In 1952, Vasily Smyslov published his book "Izbrannie Partii" ("Selected Games"), which included 60 of his best games up to that point. In 1958, Peter Clarke translated and published this book into English, adding 18 new games under the title "V.V. Smyslov, My Best Games of Chess 1935-1957", most of which can be found in Game Collection: Smyslov's Best Games of chess 1935-1957 . Clarke deleted eleven games from the original collection, while User: kashparov72c5 overlooked one game. Here are twelve games not in that collection.
    12 games, 1942-1951

  4. Sousse Interzonal, 1967
    241 games, 1967

  5. The Art of Bisguier
    A book of Arthur Bisguier's games from 1945 to 1960, <The Art of Bisguier>, was published by 3rd Millennium Press in 2003. It was written by Bisguier himself with Newton Berry.

    Here are the games from that book, with their punny subtitles.

    39 games, 1946-1960

  6. The Chess Career of Richard Teichmann
    In late 1970, Jack Spence of Omaha edited a book titled "The Chess Career of Richard Teichmann, which was published by The Chess Player. Here are the primary games from that book.
    91 games, 1892-1924

  7. The Chess Heritage of Anatoly Lutikov
    These are the selected games and fragments from "Shakhmatnoye Naslediye A. S. Lutikova" by A. A. Alexandrov and O. A. Lutikov. Published by "Nauka", Novosibirsk 1993.

    There are 50 complete games in this book, arranged by openings, followed by 25 game fragments.

    53 games, 1950-1982

  8. The Princess of Chess - Judit Polgar
    79 games, 1984-2003

  9. The Two Chess Careers of Geza Maroczy
    100 games, 1895-1936

  10. Third L. J. Rosenwald Trophy Tournament, 1956
    This was the third tournament of a series which was made possible through a philanthropic contribution by Lessing Julius Rosenwald.

    Rosenwald was Chairman of Sears from 1932-1939 and later became a collector of rare books and art. . Rosenwald's father, Julius Rosenwald, was instrumental in the education and chess career of Samuel Reshevsky.

    The Rosenwald Trophy tournaments later officially became the U.S. Championship events.

    Despite a first-round loss to Donald Byrne, Reshevsky clinched first place with one round to spare. This tournament was also the first true test of skill for the 13-year old U.S. Junior Champion, Bobby Fischer.

    63 games, 1956

  11. Tigran V. Petrosian - A Stupendous Tactician
    Shortly after Tigran Petrosian defeated Mikhail Botvinnik in the 1963 World Championship Match, Alberic O'Kelly de Galway published a book of the new champion's games. O'Kelly's selection of 30 games revealed Petrosian to be a unique, multi-faceted player and not merely the technical Grandmaster of Prophylaxis.

    After losing to Petrosian in the 1966 World Championship Match, Boris V Spassky described Petrosian as "first and foremost a stupendous tactician".

    Here are the games from O'Kelly's book, complete with subtitles.

    29 games, 1946-1963

  12. Two Knights versus Pawn
    One of the very first facts that every chess player learns is that two lone Knights can not force mate. This stems from the fact that, while maneuvering the defending King into a corner, the Knights must stalemate the opponent in the process.

    However, one of the ironies which makes Chess so addictive, is that the addition of an extra Pawn by the defending side often (not always) permits the Knights to win by eliminating the stalemate possibilities.

    I first decided to undertake study of this endgame in 1980, while reviewing Botvinnik's analysis to the game Smyslov vs Lilienthal, 1941 . Lilienthal failed to find the path to victory, but, remarkably, he had this endgame several years earlier and also failed to win: G Norman vs Lilienthal, 1934 .

    The usual strategy is this: one Knight blockades the Pawn, while the King and the free Knight force the defending King into an unfavorable corner. The blockading Knight moves only when delivering the final execution, often allowing the Pawn to Queen.

    A typical winning position is the following:

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    White to play. The only choice for him to make is whether he wants to get mated on h1 or h8.

    The h1 option: 1.Kg1 Kg3 2.Kf1 Kf3 3.Kg1 Nf4 4.Kh2 Kf2 5.Kh1 Kg3 6.Kg1 Ng2 7.Kf1 Kf3 8.Kg1 Ne3 9.Kh2 Kg4 10.Kg1 Kg3 11.Kh1 Kf2 12.Kh2 Ng5! 13.h7 Ng4+ 14.Kh1 Ne4 (No stalemate!) 15.h8=Q Ng3#

    The h8 option: 1.Kh3 Kf3 2.Kh4 Ne5 3.Kh3 Kf2 4.Kh4 Kg2 5.Kh5 Kf3 6.Kh4 Nf7 7.Kh3 Nfg5+ 8.Kh4 Kf4 9.Kh5 Kg3 10.Kg6 Kg4 11.Kg7 Kf5 12.Kg8 Kf6 13.Kh8 Ne6! 14.Kg8 Ke7! 15.Kh8 Kf8! 16.Kxh7 Kf7 17.Kh8 Nf8 18.h7 Ng6#

    There is no win if the pawn is too far advanced, obviously. Furthermore, there are also positions which require over 50 moves for mate to be forced.

    For those who want to explore this endgame in more depth, I recommend Shredder Tablebase: .


    28 games, 1854-2007

  13. Uncompromising Chess by Alexander Beliavsky
    These 71 games are the ones which Beliavsky included in his book "Uncompromising Chess". Most of the games feature the latest (at that time) opening theory and are played against top-notch opponents.
    71 games, 1972-1997

  14. Viktor Goglidze - Selected Games
    In 1949, Viktor Goglidze published a book "Selected Games (1926-1941)", featuring 35 complete games and an three additional game fragments. Goglidze was one of the best players in the USSR during the 1930's, although he played very little competitive chess during World War II or beyond.
    11 games, 1928-1939

  15. Viktor Kupreichik - The Marvel from Minsk
    In 1986, Gene McCormick published the book "Uncompromising Chess: The Games of Viktor Kupreichik". Since Alexander Beliavsky also released HIS book "Uncompromising Chess", I have decided to refer to this Kupreichik collection as "The Marvel from Minsk".

    Andrew Soltis called him "The caveman of the new generation, a purely tactical player who occasionally even makes the young Tal look tepid by comparison."

    76 games, 1966-1984

  16. Vladas Mikenas - Lithuanian Legend
    Vladas Mikenas (1910-1992) was one of the most outstanding players from the Baltics prior to World War II. After Lithuania was annexed by the USSR in 1940, he continued to play in many Soviet Championships as well. His final appearance in a USSR Championship final came in Riga in 1970. The was chief arbiter in many outstanding events in his later years.
    44 games, 1931-1978

  17. Volodya versus Vesko
    Now that Veselin Topalov has won the FIDE World Championship in San Luis, Argentina, many chess enthusiasts are excited about a possible match between him and Vladimir Kramnik.

    They have played each other many times since 1993 with classical time controls, as well as with Rapid time controls, blitz games and blindfold games.

    In the decisive encounters between these two Grandmasters, Kramnik holds the lead by approximately a 2:1 ratio.

    59 games, 1993-2008

  18. WCC Index [Candidates Tournament 1959]
    The 1959 Candidates Tournament was held in three cities of Yugoslavia. The first 14 rounds were played in Bled, rounds 15-21 in Zagreb, and rounds 22-28 in Belgrade.

    This was a marathon event and it developed into a heated race for first between Mikhail Tal and Paul Keres. In the end, youth triumphed, and Tal became Botvinnik's next challenger.

    112 games, 1959

  19. WCC Index [Candidates Tournament, 1956]
    The Dutch were the hosts for the 1956 Candidates Tournament, with rounds ten and eleven in Leeuwarden, and the rest in Amsterdam.

    Smyslov had won the 1953 Candidates Tournament, and he held the lead in eleven of the 18 rounds in this event also. With his victory here, Smyslov again earned the right to face Botvinnik in 1957 for the World Championship. This time Smyslov was successful by winning the match 12.5 - 9.5.

    89 games, 1956

  20. WCC Index [Karpov-Kasparov 1984/5]
    48 games, 1984-1985

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