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  1. Bent Larsen's Best Games
    4 games from the introduction
    The rest of the games in this book are from Larsen's own "Larsen's Selected Games" and can be found in this collection: Game Collection: "Larsen's Selected Games" by Bent Larsen
    4 games, 1965-1979

  2. Capablanca: Move by Move - Lakdawala
    'Capablanca: Move by Move' by Cyrus Lakdawala.
    59 games, 1850-2012

  3. Chernev: The Russians Play Chess
    Wonderful collection of 50 Soviet attacking games from the years 1925-45 (in the 2nd edition, Chernev added 6 games from 1951-60). Most of the games are spectacular (with many sacrifices), many of them are short. Lots of them are won by lesser-known masters or even 1st category players, a fact that proves the high standard of Soviet chess from those years. The book itself has a remarkable property: it features a diagram each 2 to 4 moves!! This makes it possible to read it without a board. You can take it anywhere: to the beach, on a train ... etc. ... and enjoy the games. Get this book! Unfortunately, it's out of print and available only used, but not difficult to find at all.

    Funnily, the copy I've got shows clearly that it has been read exactly until Game 6 - and no further! The rest of the book has obviously remained completely unread by the previous owner. But now it's my turn to do what he has missed - and to draw full enjoyment from doing so.

    In a similar manner as Chernev's 'Most instructive games of chess ever played' is as well a textbook on strategy as it is a great game collection, you can use his 'Russians play chess' as an (unsystematic) instructional book on tactics! In my opinion, it's much more fun to learn strategy and tactics from entertaining games than from dry lessons.

    The level of 'The Russians play chess' is a bit more advanced than that of 'The most instructive ... '. While I would recommend 'The most instructive ... ' from about 1200 onwards, 'The Russians ... ' is great from 1400-1500 onwards, perhaps.

    At the moment (April 8, 2012), 2 games from Chernev's book are missing in the database:

    Game 12. Kan - Yudovich (Match 1934)

    [Event "Match"]
    [Site "match"]
    [White "Kan, Ilya"]
    [Black "Yudovich, Mikhail M"]
    [Date "1934.?.?"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "E34"]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.Nf3 c5 7.dxc5 Qxc5 8.Be3 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Qe7 10.g3 Nc6 11.Bg2 O-O 12.O-O e5 13.Rab1 Rd8 14.h3 Be6 15. Bg5 b6 16.Nd2 Rac8 17.Ne4 h6 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.g4 f5 20.gxf5 Bxf5 21.e3 Rd6 22.Kh2 Rg6 23.f4 Kh8 24.Qf2 exf4 25.Qxf4 Rxg2+ 26.Kxg2 Qxe4+ 0-1

    Game 18. Zhukhovitsky - Poliak (Kiev 1936)

    [Event "Kiev UKR"]
    [Site "Kiev UKR"]
    [White "Zhukhovitsky, Samuel"]
    [Black "Poliak, Abram"]
    [Date "1936.?.?"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "D18"]

    1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Nbd7 8.O-O c5 9.Qe2 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Bg4 11.f3 Bh5 12.Rd1 Bc5 13.Bxe6 fxe6 14.Nxe6 Qc8 15. Nxg7+ Kf8 16.Nxh5 Nxh5 17.b4 Bxb4 18.Qb5 Qxc3 19.Bd2 Qxd2 20.Rxd2 Bxd2 21. Qxd7 Bxe3+ 22.Kf1 Ng7 23.Rb1 b6 24.Qd6+ Kf7 25.Qd5+ Kf6 26.Re1 Rae8 27. Rxe3 Rxe3 28.Qd4+ Re5 29.f4 Re8 30.g4 h5 31.h3 hxg4 32.hxg4 Re7 33.Kf2 Ne8 34.Kf3 Nc7 35.g5+ Kg6 36.fxe5 1-0

    They have been submitted to, however (March 12, 2012), and with some luck, they will appear some fine day in the database, and I will be able to add them to my collection then.

    53 games, 1925-1960

  4. Chess by Yourself - Reinfeld
    A book featuring 10 games rather in the style of Solitaire Chess, but requiring the reader to find the moves for both players.
    10 games, 1907-1944

  5. Combinations: The Heart of Chess
    From the book by Irving Chernev.

    Work in progress.

    3 games, 1919-1957

  6. Evans Gambit - Games to Study
    Seminal games for study in the Evans Gambit.
    4 games, 1829-1995

  7. Great Brilliancy Prize Games of the ChessMasters
    From the book by Fred Reinfeld. From the back cover:

    "Brilliancy prizes have been awarded since 1876 for match or tournament games that contain especially original and imaginative combinations. The first brilliancy prize for a tournament game was awarded during a competition in New York in 1876, while the first brilliancy prize for a match game was given to Wilhelm Steinitz for the eighth game of his world championship match against Chigorin in 1889.

    "In this fascinating collection, noted chess writer Fred Reinfeld annotates and analyzes 50 brilliancy prize games from nearly 70 years of chess competition."

    50 games, 1887-1955

  8. Guess the Move
    Guess the Move games that I have played beginning 2/3/2021
    1 game, 1961

  9. How Good Is Your Chess? by Daniel King
    These games were selected and presented 'to show off the styles of the leading players in the world' in a 'Guess the Move' type of format.
    20 games, 1948-1992

  10. Morphy's Games of Chess
    by Philip W. Sergeant

    Under Construction

    1 game, 1857

  11. Random Games from the Pied Chessman
    Games seen in the Random Game features at my blog.

    5 games, 1884-1955

  12. Reti: Move by Move
    by Thomas Engqvist

    Game 2

    [Event "Vienna CC Winter Tourney"]
    [Site "Vienna"]
    [Date "1909.01.??"]
    [Round "2"]
    [White "Albin, Adolf"]
    [Black "Reti, Richard"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "C54"]
    [PlyCount "84"]
    [EventDate "1909.??.??"]
    [EventType "tourn"]
    [EventRounds "10"]
    [EventCountry "AUT"]
    [SourceTitle "EXT 2009"]
    [Source "ChessBase"]
    [SourceDate "2008.11.26"]
    [SourceVersion "1"]
    [SourceVersionDate "2008.11.26"]
    [SourceQuality "1"]

    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. b4 Bb6 7. a4 a5 8. b5 Ne7 9. Be3 Ba7 10. Qb3 O-O 11. Bxa7 Rxa7 12. Nbd2 Ra8 13. d4 Ng6 14. dxe5 dxe5 15. Rd1 Qe7 16. O-O Bg4 17. Rfe1 Nf4 18. Re3 Rad8 19. Rde1 Nd7 20. Nf1 Qf6 21. Ng3 Nc5 22. Qc2 Rd7 23. Rd1 Rxd1+ 24. Qxd1 Rd8 25. Qc2 Bxf3 26. Rxf3 Qd6 27. Nf1 Qd1 28. Qxd1 Rxd1 29. g3 Nfe6 30. Rf5 Nxe4 31. Rxe5 Nd2 32. Rd5 Nf3+ 33. Kg2 Ne1+ 34. Kg1 Rxd5 35. Bxd5 Nc5 36. Ne3 b6 37. Kf1 Ned3 38. Nc4 Nxa4 39. Bc6 Nxc3 40. f4 a4 41. Kg2 Ne1+ 42. Kf2 Nc2 0-1

    5 games, 1907-1912

  13. Richard Réti's Best Games by Golombek
    This is a copy of a collection compiled by suenteus po 147.

    The games and compositions collected here are from Harry Golombek's book "Richard Réti's Best Games." Since the compositions could not be included in order with the games below they follow this tournament introduction:

    See the included problems in the introduction of the original collection here: Game Collection: Richard Réti's Best Games by Golombek

    70 games, 1907-1928

  14. Rudolf Spielmann: Master of Invention
    Under Construction

    From the series The Masters. Written by Neil McDonald, 2006.

    31 games, 1905-1935

  15. Solitaire Chess by Bruce Pandolfini
    50 games selected for 'Guess the Move' style play. The best picks from his Chess Life columns.
    50 games, 1798-1997

  16. Solitaire Chess by I. A. Horowitz
    These game scores were chosen by Horowitz to be played 'Guess the Move' style by readers of the 1962 book. He is probably the innovator of the training technique which later led to the Solitaire Chess series for Chess Life by Bruce Pandolfini. Now you can play these games using 'Guess the Move' here on

    Missing game #53 St. George and Merrie England:

    [Event "Surrey Championship"]
    [Site "?"]
    [Date "1954.??.??"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "Allen, F.W.."]
    [Black "Brown, H.."]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [ECO "B76"]
    [PlyCount "59"]

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. f3 g6 7. Be3 Bg7 8. Qd2 O-O 9. O-O-O Nd7 10. g4 Nde5 11. Be2 Na5 12. b3 Nac6 13. h4 Qa5 14. h5 Bd7 15. hxg6 fxg6 16. f4 Nxg4 17. Bc4+ Kh8 18. Rxh7+ Kxh7 19. Rh1+ Nh6 20. f5 g5 21. Bxg5 Rf6 22. Bxf6 exf6 23. Nxc6 bxc6 24. Qg2 d5 25. Qg6+ Kh8 26. Rxh6+ Bxh6+ 27. Qxh6+ Kg8 28. Nxd5 cxd5 29. Bxd5+ Qxd5 30. exd5 1-0

    61 games, 1867-1962

  17. Solitaire Chess column in Chess Review
    Under Construction!

    These are the games featured in the original Solitaire Chess column published in Chess Review. The column began as 'Play the Masters' in January 1942. These games were specially selected for 'Guess the Move' style play.

    #5 repeat published as #54 January 1948

    Missing game #13 May 1943 column:

    [Event "telegraphic match"]
    [Site "?"]
    [Date "1903.??.??"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "Jelinek"]
    [Black "Libaire"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [PlyCount "51"]
    [WhiteTeam "Chicago"]
    [BlackTeam "Brooklyn"]

    1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. exd5 exd5 5. d4 Nc6 6. Be2 Nf6 7. Bg5 Be6 8. O-O Be7 9. dxc5 O-O 10. a3 a5 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. Na4 Ne5 13. Nxe5 Bxe5 14. f4 Bc7 15. b4 Qf6 16. Qd2 axb4 17. axb4 Bd7 18. b5 Rfe8 19. Qxd5 Rxe2 20. Qxd7 Qg6 21. Qh3 Rae8 22. Nc3 Rxc2 23. Rae1 Rd8 24. Nd5 Kf8 25. Nxc7 Rxc5 26. Qd7 1-0

    Missing game #31 April 1945 column:

    [Event "British Championship"]
    [Site "Glasgow"]
    [Date "1911.??.??"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "Yates, F. B.."]
    [Black "MacDonald, E.."]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [PlyCount "71"]

    1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be3 e6 7. Bd3 c6 8. O-O Bd6 9. Re1 Nbd7 10. Qe2 O-O 11. Bg5 Qc7 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Rfe8 14. Ne4 Be7 15. Bf4 Qb6 16. Be5 Nxe5 17. Nxf6+ Bxf6 18. dxe5 Be7 19. Rab1 g6 20. g3 Rad8 21. h4 Kg7 22. h5 Rd5 23. Kg2 Rf8 24. c4 Rd4 25. Rh1 Qc5 26. hxg6 fxg6 27. Rxh7+ Kg8 28. Qe2 Rxd3 29. Rhh1 Rxf2+ 30. Qxf2 Qxf2+ 31. Kxf2 Bc5+ 32. Kg2 Rd2+ 33. Kf3 Rd3+ 34. Kg4 Rd4+ 35. Kg5 Bf8 36. Kf6 1-0

    78 games, 1843-1948

  18. Tactics in the Opening 2 - Open Games
    3 games, 1969-1999

  19. The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played
    '62 Masterpieces of Chess Strategy' selected by Irving Chernev for their instructive value.
    62 games, 1873-1961

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