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  1. 1948 WCC standings by round
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Smyslov ½ ½ 1 2 2- 2½ 2½ 3 4 4- 5 5½ 5½ 5½ 5½-6 7 7½ 8½ 8½-9 9½ 10 11 11- Keres 1 2 2 2- 2 2½ 3½ 4 4- 4 5 5½ 6½ 6½-6½ 7½ 7½ 7½ 7½-7½ 8½ 9 9½ 9½-10½ Euwe 0 0 0- 0 0 ½ 1 1- 1 1½ 1½ 1½ 1½-2½ 3 3 3½ 3½-3½ 3½ 3½ 4 4- 4 4 Reshevsky ½ ½- 1½ 1½ 2½ 3 3- 3½ 4 4½ 4½ 4½-4½ 5½ 6 6½ 6½-7½ 7½ 8½ 9 9- 9½ 9½ 10½ Botvinnik - 1 1½ 2½ 3½ 3½-4 4½ 5 6 6- 7 8 8 9 9- 9½ 10 11 12 12-12½13 14 14]table
    1 game, 1948

  2. 1969 Raach Zonal
    The European Zone 2 tournament of the 1969-1972 world chess championship cycle was played in the Austrian village of Raach am Hochgebirge between October 5 and November 5, 1969, with twenty-two players participating. Wolfgang Uhlmann finished two points ahead of the field and qualified for the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), while Lajos Portisch, Borislav Ivkov, Ulf Andersson and Jan Smejkal shared second place and had to play an additional playoff tournament in the spring of 1970 to decide which two would get the remaining Interzonal spots.

    The organization of the tournament drew much criticism from the participants and media. The tournament officials, and the chief arbiter in particular, were viewed as incompetent and unsuitable for their jobs. The players' living conditions in the Bundesheim Raach were also inadequate, with Heikki Westerinen comparing both the building itself and the discipline maintained there to a military barracks. The discomfort was exacerbated by the small size and remote location of the village, offering the players no opportunity for outside entertainment or relaxation.[1]

    The Austrian ambassador to Sweden eventually intervened after reading negative articles by chess reporter Jan Berglund in the Swedish media.[1] As a result, Austrian FIDE official Dr. Wilfried Dorazil was called home from the FIDE Congress in Puerto Rico to oversee the situation and rectify the problems. Dr. Dorazil admitted there were shortcomings but stated no one else had volunteered to host the tournament; the Raach zonal, while less than perfect, was still better than no zonal.[1]

    Three round 19 games are missing from all databases, but should be present in the tournament book, which I'm thinking of purchasing.


    [(1) Heikki Westerinen: Raachin alueturnauksesta (Suomen Shakki 1/1970, pp. 4-7) - ]

    228 games, 1969

  3. 64+ games I don't want to forget
    ...but which don't fit into any other collection and may not be all that special really.
    94 games, 1908-2012

  4. Acuphile Digest
    That can't be mate!, wait, yes it is, the piece I thought I could capture with is pinned.

    Note this isn't an indiscriminate collection of checkmates involving pins - I prefer ones that a) only resulted from some outrageous Oops! move or b) were particularly artistic :-)

    12 games, 1830-1993

  5. Acuphile Digest II
    Without the checkmate aspect :)
    3 games, 1936-1999

  6. Aronian on the value of queens
    A queen is stronger than a rook and a minor piece together... unless you ask GM Levon Aronian, who seems perfectly confident in taking the latter.

    Below are some examples of this "Aronian exchange" :-)


    <WARNING: just because it works for Aronian doesn't mean it will work for you.>

    12 games, 1999-2012

  7. Castling mishaps
    Sometimes it's surprisingly hard to visualize the position after castling... or then you just fall asleep.

    This collection only showcases players of reasonable strength miscastling; sure, there are many recorded cases of really atrocious castling by weaklings (behold C Dinwoodie vs G Salmon, 1941, G Morrison vs G Chandler, 1978 and P Rossi vs A Guerra, 2005) but they aren't even <supposed> to see it coming.

    (Yes, I know Steinitz vs H Voigt, 1885 isn't in here. I'm not sure why, but I suppose I had some really good reason for excluding it so I'm not changing my mind now :p)

    9 games, 1986-2008

  8. Estonia vs. Finland 1989


    Finland and the Estonian SSR had played matches annually between 1959 and 1969, with Estonia winning every time.[1] The tradition was revived after a nineteen-year break in December 1988, with the Estonians winning 11.5-8.5 in a two-round, ten-board match in the Finnish capital of Helsinki.[1] The same format was used for the 1989 match, played on September 10 and 11 at the Tallinn Chess House ([[Tallinna malemaja]]) in the Estonian capital.[2]

    Estonia's strongest player, Jaan Ehlvest, missed both the 1988 and 1989 matches, and Lembit Oll, who had played first board in 1988, was also absent.[2] By contrast, Finland managed to field most of its top players and came within one game of avoiding defeat for the first time.[2]


    Estonia took a two-game lead on the first day, scoring four wins and two losses. Finland fought back on day two with three wins and two losses, closing the gap to only one game; in the longest game of the round (A Nokso-Koivisto vs J Narva, 1989), Antti Nokso-Koivisto developed a strong attack but missed the win (which would have tied the match) and eventually had to accept a draw in a worse position, conceding the match to Estonia.[2]

    Veingold == / == Yrjölä
    Nei == / == Westerinen
    Rõtšagov 00 / 11 Pyhälä
    Kärner 11 / 00 Välkesalmi
    Kiik == / == Rantanen
    Narva 0= / 1= Nokso-Koivisto
    Raud 11 / 00 Norri
    Lokotar =0 / =1 Raaste
    Remmel 1= / 0= Kekki
    Hermlin 10 / 01 Sorri

    Estonia 10.5 / 9.5 Finland ]table

    Finland's first tie against Estonia had to wait until 1991, when a slightly different format (with eight men's boards, a women's board and a junior board) was used.[3]


    [(1) Eero Raaste: Viro voitti Suomen maaottelussa (Suomen Shakki 4/1989, p. 163) - (2) Eero Raaste: Syksyn maaotteluissa niukat tappiot (Suomen Shakki 11/1989, p. 495) - (3) Tasapeli Viroa vastaan (Suomen Shakki 6/1991, p. 269) - ]

    20 games, 1989

  9. Funny miniatures
    Different sort of miniatures - strange examples of weird things occurring!
    23 games, 1851-2008

  10. Games that shouldn't be in Guess-the-Move
    ...because the final position is drawn/lost or the winner played horribly or didn't actually win at all or the game score is seriously incomplete.
    6 games, 1906-2000

  11. Games to analyse
    57 games, 1883-2016

  12. Gelfand's four queen games
    Looking at a sample of 26000+ GM vs. GM games in this database, I only found nine with four queens on the board in the final position. Incredibly, four of those nine games were played by Boris Gelfand - and he won all of them.
    4 games, 2003-2010

  13. Lékó - Fireless and Boring?
    Of the current crop of grandmasters, Péter Lékó is known as both one of the greatest positional masters and a genius in the endgame; this is not to say he's weak at tactics, quite the opposite! Lékó can be considered a throwback into the era when positional mastery and deep manoeuvering were valued more than the ability to memorize opening lines or blitz out moves, and his style is often compared to that of the late Bobby Fischer. Lékó entered the chess world as a prodigy and came tantalizingly close to making more than good of that promise when leading with one over Kramnik in their 2004 World Championship Match with just one game to go. As a result of his positional style, beyond the grasp of most chess amateurs and a level above even most grandmasters, Lékó is often underestimated as a player or considered to be boring and drawish. The games in this collection feature both positional and tactical masterpieces, as well as some otherwise notable Lékó successes, and prove that he's quite capable of winning as well as drawing!

    "My cousin Sammy told me a true slugger - a Szeged slugger - will always swing for the fences, and that is exactly what I am going to do. I am going to knock Kramnik out of the room with my 'home run punch.' My trainer and I have been developing it in camp. I just hope Vladimir's head is screwed on tight or it may end up on top of the demonstration board!"

    "I will knock Kramnik senseless. He is going down in game five. And he is going down HARD!"

    - Péter Lékó after game 4 of the Kramnik-Lékó World Championship Match (at least according to <offramp>...)

    ♖ Note that several other Lékó game collections exist or have existed, and I have shamelessly stolen from them to make my job of finding notable Lékó games easier :)

    62 games, 1995-2014

  14. Mates we love
    Everyone knows the type of romantic game that makes us excited - lots of pieces are sacrificed, until finally mate results. The more material has gone down the drain, the better - beauty, it would appear, is mathematical. Just witness "The Immortal Game" Anderssen-Kieseritzky, which shares 1st place in the "mate most material down" category!

    H Repp vs F Paschitta, 1993 ends just before mate; 22...d5 23.Bxd5# would follow, with a mate 20 units down.

    54 games, 1765-2015

  15. Missing things
    See also Game Collection: Missed chances by <Honza Cervenka>
    17 games, 1956-2018

  16. Modern overprotection games
    1 game, 2011

  17. More Fawn Pawns
    Behold the deadly power of the <Fawn Pawn>!

    A temporary supplement to Game Collection: Fawn Pawns

    See also Game Collection: 55b_Middlegames_Sargnagel on h6 (or f6) || ...h3

    96 games, 1819-2011

  18. More games I don't want to forget
    8 games, 1943-2000

  19. Neat tactical tricks
    "Well, okay, that was pretty but not all that difficult to spot really." Or maybe it was, if I forgot the above stipulation and just threw a neat tactical trick into this collection.
    50 games, 1844-2016

  20. Openings for White according to brankat
    User: brankat is well known as a frighteningly strong player, particularly famous for his often unorthodox opening play. The central principle of his early moves is that pawns should fearlessly advance to the central squares c4, d4, e4, f4. These, as basic theory tells us, are the most exposed available but with accurate and courageous play this may perhaps be sustained. The games in this collection show brankat's opening principles in action.
    15 games, 1849-2008

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