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  1. 125 Selected Games by Vasily Smyslov
    Smyslov, Vasily. 125 Selected Games. Cadogan Press: 1995.
    127 games, 1935-1982

  2. 50 Ways to Win at Chess
    39 games, 1935-2006

  3. Art of Sacrifice in Chess, R. Spielmann
    Spielmann, Rudolf. The Art of Sacrifice in Chess, New York: Dover, 1995. ISBN 0-486-28449-2.
    37 games, 1903-1934

  4. Immortal Games of Capablanca, F. Reinfeld
    Fred Reinfeld. The Immortal Games of Capablanca. Macmillan Publishing Co., New York, 1973.
    113 games, 1901-1939

  5. A First Book of Morphy
    All the games from the book "A first book of Morphy" in the order presented in the book.

    Games 1 - 30: Opening.
    Games 31 - 52: Middlegame.
    Games 53 - 69: Endgame.

    69 games, 1848-1984

  6. All-time chess classics
    You will often read in chess books that we should study the classics. Outside of World Championship games, it is not entirely clear what authors mean by that. Telling an amateur player to play through every played game by every elite player is neither a fun, nor a realistic plan for a player trying to become acquainted with famous ideas. Improving players have asked me countless times what the classics actually refers to, because there is not an actual list put out by any highly-esteemed chess authors, coaches, or top players. Players are essentially left to their own devices and we know what usually happens then: due to an overload of information and games to study (here, study this 3 book series on one player...), nothing gets studied at all. I put together this compact list of classic games to highlight the most useful ideas to be aware of. Most lists of classics are plagued by featuring too many surprising checkmates (that even modern 2200 players, let alone top Grandmasters, would very rarely fall for) that occur at the end of an otherwise not particularly instructive game. I balanced this list with positional ideas, defensive ideas, and more slow-moving attacks than just the usual double exclamation mark sacrifice and stock mate.

    Useful plans to recall: Qa1 by Reti (game 7), d5 and Nd4-c6 by Reti (game 9), Qe3!! by Botvinnik (game 11), Bc5 by Alekhine (game 12), Be3 by Boleslavsky (game 17), Ba7!! by Karpov (game 29), and the king walk by Short in game 42. Additionally, games 8, 14, and 46 feature tremendous domination.

    Great defensive play can be found in games 18, 19, 35, 37, 38, 39, and 40.

    Lastly, take a look at the famous sacrifices of Qxe5!! by Gusev (14), Rxa1 by Bronstein (game 15), Ne5! by Botvinnik (game 16), Re6!! by Petrosian (game 19), Be6!! by Fischer (game 20), Rxf4!! by Nezhmetdinov (game 22), Nxf2!! (game 24) and Rf6!! (game 25) by Fischer, Rd5!! by Kasparov (game 31), f4! and Rxf5!! by Gufeld (game 32), dxe6!! by Polugaevsky (game 36), Nxf2!! by Zvjaginsev (game 50), Qg7!! by Ivanchuk (game 51), Bh3!! by Shirov (game 52), and Rxd4!! (game 53) and Rxc3 (game 54) by Kasparov.

    Please note that no World Championship games are given on this list intentionally, because every player should have a basic familiarity with World Championship games. I made this list to give helpful direction to players not sure what the chess classics refers to. Nearly every game in this list features a particularly memorable plan or idea beyond the scope of just a stock checkmating pattern.

    If you think any games belong on this list, please let me know which idea from your proposed game was particularly memorable and classic. While making this list, I looked through over 100 lists of games and numerous books, including one by Grandmaster Soltis and the games featured in the five My Great Predecessors books by Garry Kasparov. I have left out repeat ideas as far as possible (with the exception of the Qa1 plan).

    57 games, 1834-2000

  7. Attack The King's Pocket
    Blowing Away The Castled King
    23 games, 1888-2005

  8. Best Lessons of a Chess Coach :Sunil Weeramantry
    Created this to combine main games and supplemental games into a single collection. Reading this late 2010-early 2011. I plan to study this deeply and add comments to the game as I go along.This is an inexpensive book worth owning.
    43 games, 1857-1992

  9. Capablanca
    24 games, 1921-1922

  10. Chess Fundamentals (Capablanca)
    'Chess Fundamentals' by Jose Raul Capablanca.
    Algebraic edition.
    24 games, 1907-1919

  11. CHESS PRINCIPLES
    These games don't have the fancy checkmates, or the brilliant combinations other games are known for. They are, however, bound by timeless chess principles that work effectively!
    29 games, 1858-1997

  12. Decisive Pawn Pushes
    The game hangs in the balance when a simple pawn push turns the tide.
    40 games, 1942-2017

  13. Development of chess understanding
    These games are chosen to highlight the history of chess understanding, beginning with a few games prior to the era of Paul Morphy. Major figures like Steinitz, Tarrasch, Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Reti and Nimzovitch will be represented. Modern super GM's to include sample games of Reshevsky, Botvinnik, Tal, Petrosian, other Russian GM's, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Anand & Carlsen. This is a work in progress.
    30 games, 1620-2012

  14. Evans Gambit
    The Evans Gambit : 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4!?


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    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Be7 6.d4 Na5


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    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bd6


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    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bf8


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    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5


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    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 d6


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    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 Nge7


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    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 d6


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    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 dxc3 8.Qb3


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    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 Nf6


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    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 Bb6 8.cxd4 d6


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    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 Qf6 7.0-0


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    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 Nf6 7.exd5


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    Evans Gambit Declined: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bb6


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    81 games, 1829-2013

  15. Fischer-Spassky '72
    World Championship Games
    20 games, 1972

  16. Good Chess Strategy
    This Game Collection are arranged based on simple chess strategy to be able to win the game as well as intructive game are including on it. Feel free to check it out and hope you enjoyed it.
    21 games, 1889-2019

  17. Grandmaster Chess Move by Move
    author John Nunn
    15 games, 1993-1995

  18. Grandmaster Chess Move by Move
    author John Nunn
    15 games, 1993-1995

  19. Great tactics examples
    61 games, 1889-2009

  20. Instructional Endgames
    Hi! These are collection of Masters' games which are characterized by superb endgames that when analyzed carefully, could give you insights of strategies during the most exciting part of chess- endgame.
    11 games, 1901-1986

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