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  1. Albin Planinc
    Albin Planinc was one of the most daring players of his time and loved by chess fans all over the world because of his play. This is just a small tribute to one of the best Slovenian players ever to engage in this endeavor we call chess.
    35 games, 1965-1979

  2. Anonymous Blunderers Club
    Welcome to the Anonymous Blunderers Club. Here, you can start your journey to a blunderfree life today! We especially recommend the following game collection for you to study, entitled

    Incredible Blunders By Top GMs
    or
    How To Lose In Just One Easy Move

    63 games, 1892-2011

  3. Brilliancies By "Unknowns"
    "Full many a gem of purest ray serene
    The dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bear;
    Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
    And waste its sweetness on the desert air."

    From Elegy in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray

    (Introduction to G Mahia vs Quinteros, 1980 in the Chessmaster series)

    325 games, 1803-2019

  4. Bruno Parma
    Parma was Junior world champion in 1961 and became a GM in 1963. He competed in 8 Olympiads and won 6 medals with the Yugoslav team, and lost only three games altogether (against Kavalek, Smejkal and Spassky). It may seem like a surprise, but he considers his greatest achievement that he played in over 400 games over a period of 20 years for his club in the Yugoslav league, mostly on the first board, and didn't lose a single game. A nice anecdote about him from the 1992 Manila Olympiad, where he was the coach of the Slovenian national team, which competed as a sovereign nation for the first time... at their arrival, Parma quickly seeked the smoker's lounge and began waiting. Soon, everybody was stopping by to greet him, from FIDE officials to players to old Russian players, then coaches already. Until his retirement as national coach in 1997, he was always the star of the team.
    32 games, 1961-1982

  5. Chess Informant: 640 Best Games - Part 1
    This is a series of game collections based on the Chess Informant publication "Chess Informant 640 Best 64 Golden Games" from 1996, celebrating its first 30 years.

    In each volume, a jury of eminent Grandmasters chose the 10 best games. Out of the 64 best games, the readers chose the very best game of them: Ivanchuk - Yussupov, Brussels 1991.

    I have divided the collection in 8 identical parts, each consisting of 80 games from 10 volumes. You're welcome to have a look. Many brilliances still await your discovery! I hope you enjoy it.

    The number in brackets indicates how many times the game has been awarded the maximum of 10 points.

    MISSING GAMES:

    <Volume 7 - 5th Place - 34 pts.>

    Antonio Angel Medina Garcia vs Arturo Pomar Salamanca , Malaga 1969

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Bc4 Qc7 7.Bb3 a6 8.Be3 e6 9.Qe2 Be7 10.O-O-O Na5 11.g4 Nxb3+ 12.axb3 b5 13.g5 Nd7 14.Nf5 b4 15.Nxg7+ Kf8 16.Qh5 Kxg7 17.Bd4+ Ne5 18.f4 bxc3 19.Bxc3 Bb7 20.fxe5 dxe5 21.Rd7 Qxd7 22.Qh6+ Kg8 23.Bxe5 f6 24.gxf6 Bc5 25.Qg7+ Qxg7 26.fxg7 Kf7 27.gxh8=Q Rxh8 28.Bxh8 Bxe4 29.Rf1+ Bf5 30.Be5 Be3+ 31.Kb1 Kg6 32.Bf4 Bd4 33.Re1 Kh5 34.Kc1 Kg4 35.Be5 Bf2 36.Rf1 Be3+ 37.Kd1 Bc5 38.Rf4+ Kh3 39.Rf3+ Kg2 40.Rg3+ Kf2 41.Kd2 h5 42.Rg8 a5 43.c4 h4 44.Rc8 Be3+ 45.Kc3 Ke2 46.b4 Bd2+ 47.Kb3 Bxb4 48.c5 Be4 49.c6 Ke3 50.Ka4 Bd5 51.Kb5 Ke4 52.Bf6 h3 53.Rd8 Ke3 54.Rxd5 1-0

    <Volume 7 - 8th Place - 19 pts.>

    Alexander Zaitsev vs Jozsef Szily , Busum 1969

    1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 c6 5.f4 a6 6.a4 Nd7 7.Nf3 e5 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.d5 Ngf6 10.Be2 O-O 11.Bg5 Qb6 12.Qc2 Ng4 13.Nd1 f6 14.Bd2 cxd5 15.cxd5 f5 16.a5 Qd6 17.Ra4 Re8 18.Rc4 Nf8 19.Bb4 Qd8 20.Nd2 fxe4 21.Bxg4 Bxg4 22.Ne3 Bd7 23.Nxe4 Bb5 24.O-O Bxc4 25.Qxc4 Nd7 26.d6+ Kh8 27.Nd5 Rf8 28.Nc7 Rb8 29.Rd1 Qh4 30.Ne6 Qg4 31.Qd5 Rfe8 32.N6g5 h6 33.h3 Qf4 34.Bd2 Qf8 35.Nf7+ Kh7 36.Rf1 Qg8 37.Qc4 Bf8 38.Qc7 1-0

    78 games, 1966-1969

  6. Chess Informant: 640 Best Games - Part 2
    Volumes 9 - 14

    The number in brackets indicates how many times the game has been awarded the maximum of 10 points.

    MISSING GAMES:

    <Volume 11 - 9th Place - 22 pts.>

    Feldman* vs Mark Danilovich Tseitlin , USSR 1971

    1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d6 5.g3 Bg4 6.Bg2 Qb6 7.d5 Qb4 8.O-O Bxc3 9.bxc3 Qxe4 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Qa4 12.Rb1 Qa6 13.Qd4 Nf6 14.Re1 Nbd7 15.Rxb7 c5 16.Qxf6 O-O-O 17.Rxe7 Qxb7 18.Bg4 Qxd5 19.Rxd7 Rxd7 20.Qxh8+ Kc7 21.Bxd7 Kxd7 22.Bf4 Qd1+ 23.Kg2 Qd5+ 24.Kh2 Qxa2 25.Qb8 Qa6 26.h4 f6 27.Qf8 f5 28.Qf7+ Kc6 29.Qe6 Kb5 30.Bxd6 1-0

    * - if anyone has any information on Feldman's first name, please contact me in my forum. Thanks!

    <Volume 11 - 10th Place - 20 pts.>

    Avery* vs Svetozar Gligoric , USA 1971

    1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.d4 Nf6 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 c6 8.Qd2 cxd5 9.cxd5 Nbd7 10.Nge2 a6 11.g4 h5 12.g5 Nh7 13.h4 f6 14.Bg2 fxg5 15.hxg5 b5 16.Nc1 Nc5 17.b4 Na4 18.Nxa4 bxa4 19.Nd3 Bd7 20.Rc1 Bb5 21.Nb2 Rf4 22.Bxf4 exf4 23.Nd3 Qxg5 24.Rc2 Rf8 25.Kd1 a3 26.Nc1 Ba4 27.Nb3 Bb2 28.Rxb2 axb2 29.Qxb2 Rb8 30.Qd2 Nf6 31.Kc1 Bxb3 32.axb3 Qe5 33.Kb1 g5 34.Rc1 g4 35.Rc7 Nh7 36.Ka2 Ng5 37.Qe2 h4 38.fxg4 Rf8 39.Bf3 Qd4 40.Rc4 Qe3 0-1

    * - if anyone has any information on Avery's first name, please contact me in my forum. Thanks!

    <Volume 13 - 3rd Place - 41 pts. (1)>

    Svetozar Gligoric vs Dragoljub Minic , Yugoslavia 1972

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.Be2 O-O 9.O-O Re8 10.Nd2 Na6 11.f3 Nc7 12.a4 Nd7 13.Kh1 b6 14.Nc4 Ne5 15.Ne3 Rb8 16.Bd2 a6 17.f4 Nd7 18.Nc4 Nf6 19.Bf3 h5 20.Nxd6 Qxd6 21.e5 Qd8 22.d6 Ne6 23.exf6 Bxf6 24.f5 gxf5 25.Bc6 Rf8 26.Rxf5 Nd4 27.Rxh5 Qxd6 28.Bd5 Bf5 29.Rxf5 Nxf5 30.Qg4+ Ng7 31.Ne4 Qd8 32.Rf1 Be5 33.Bc3 1-0

    <Volume 13 - 5th Place - 30 pts.>

    Gyula Sax vs Vavra* , Varna 1972

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Qb6 7.Ndb5 a6 8.Be3 Qd8 9.Nd4 e6 10.Qe2 Be7 11.O-O-O Qc7 12.Rhg1 Na5 13.Bd3 b5 14.g4 Bb7 15.f4 Rc8 16.g5 Nd7 17.g6 hxg6 18.Rxg6 e5 19.Rxg7 exd4 20.Bxd4 Nc4 21.Rdg1 Nf6 22.e5 dxe5 23.fxe5 Nd7 24.e6 Qf4+ 25.Kb1 Qxd4 26.exd7+ Kxd7 27.Bf5+ Kc7 28.Qxe7+ Kb8 29.Bxc8 Rxc8 30.Qxf7 Nd6 31.Qd7 Qc5 32.Rd1 b4 33.Rxd6 1-0

    * - if anyone has any information on Vavra's first name, please contact me in my forum. Thanks!

    <Volume 15 - 10th Place - 17 pts.>

    [bad player ID] vs Stanislaw Szczepaniec, Poland 1973

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Na3 f5 10.Qh5 d5 11.O-O-O Bxa3 12.bxa3 Nd4 13.exf5 Qa5 14.Rxd4 exd4 15.Bb5+ axb5 16.Re1+ Be6 17.Rxe6+ Kd8 18.Qxf7 Kc8 19.Nxd5 Kb8 20.Qg7 Qxa3+ 21.Kd1 Rc8 22.Rb6 Ra7 23.Qe5+ 1-0

    74 games, 1970-1973

  7. Chess Informant: 640 Best Games - Part 3
    Volumes 17 - 24

    The number in brackets indicates how many times the game has been awarded the maximum of 10 points.

    MISSING GAMES:

    <Volume 18 - 5th Place - 35 pts.>

    Efim Geller vs Boris Spassky , USSR 1974

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be2 Be7 7.f4 O-O 8.O-O Nc6 9.Be3 e5 10.Nb3 a5 11.a4 Nb4 12.Kh1 Qc7 13.Rc1 Be6 14.Nd2 exf4 15.Nb5 Qd8 16.Bxf4 Nc6 17.Qe1 d5 18.Rd1 Qb6 19.exd5 Nxd5 20.Nc4 Qc5 21.Bc1 Nf6 22.b3 Rfd8 23.Ba3 Rxd1 24.Bxd1 Qg5 25.Bxe7 Bd5 26.Bf3 Re8 27.h4 Qg6 28.Ne5 Nxe5 29.Qxe5 Bxf3 30.gxf3 1-0

    <Volume 18 - 10th Place - 17 pts.>

    Boris Spassky vs [bad player ID] , USSR 1974

    1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.e5 dxe5 8.fxe5 Ng4 9.h3 Nh6 10.Be3 Nf5 11.Bxf5 Bxf5 12.g4 Bc8 13.Qd2 Nb4 14.O-O-O Nd5 15.Ne4 Nxe3 16.Qxe3 Qd5 17.Nc3 Qa5 18.Kb1 c6 19.Ne1 Be6 20.Nd3 Rad8 21.Rhg1 Bc4 22.h4 f6 23.h5 Bxd3 24.Rxd3 fxe5 25.hxg6 Rd6 26.gxh7+ Kh8 27.Qg5 Rff6 28.Re1 Rfe6 29.Rdd1 Qc7 30.a3 Qc8 31.d5 cxd5 32.Nxd5 Qc5 33.Nf4 1-0

    <Volume 21 - 9th Place - 23 pts.>

    Aleksandar Matanovic vs Milan Matulovic , Yugoslavia 1976

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qc7 5.Be2 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.O-O a6 8.Kh1 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Bc5 10.Qd3 b5 11.f4 h5 12.e5 Ng4 13.Qh3 Nf2+ 14.Rxf2 Bxf2 15.Qf3 Qa7 16.Ne4 Bb6 17.a4 b4 18.a5 Bc7 19.Be3 Qb8 20.Bc5 Bb7 21.Qg3 Bxe4 22.Qxg7 d6 23.Qxh8+ Kd7 24.Qxb8 Rxb8 25.exd6 Rg8 26.Bf3 Bxf3 27.gxf3 Kc6 28.dxc7 Kxc5 29.Rd1 Rc8 30.Rd7 f5 31.Kg2 Kc6 32.Re7 Kd6 33.Rg7 Kd5 34.Kg3 e5 35.fxe5 Kxe5 36.f4+ Kf6 37.Rh7 Kg6 38.Rd7 Kf6 39.Kh4 Ke6 40.Rh7 Kd5 41.Kg5 1-0

    <Volume 22 - 9th Place - 21 pts.>

    Krunoslav Hulak vs Srdjan Cvetkovic , Yugoslavia 1976

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 a6 7.g5 Nfd7 8.Be3 b5 9.a3 Nb6 10.Rg1 N8d7 11.h4 Bb7 12.h5 g6 13.Rh1 Rg8 14.hxg6 hxg6 15.Rh7 e5 16.Qf3 Bg7 17.Ndxb5 axb5 18.Nxb5 Nf8 19.O-O-O Nc8 20.Bc4 Qe7 21.Rxd6 Nxd6 22.Nxd6+ Kd7 23.Rxg7 Rxg7 24.Nxb7 Kc7 25.Bd5 Nd7 26.Qe2 Nb6 27.Qb5 Nxd5 28.exd5 Kc8 29.Qc6+ Kb8 30.Nd6 1-0

    <Volume 24 - 10th Place - 22 pts.>

    Valentin Lukov vs [bad player ID] , Bulgaria (ch) 1977

    1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c3 d6 4.f4 Nf6 5.e5 dxe5 6.fxe5 Nd5 7.Nf3 O-O 8.Bc4 c5 9.O-O cxd4 10.cxd4 Nc6 11.Nc3 Be6 12.Bb3 Na5 13.Ng5 Nxc3 14.bxc3 Bd5 15.e6 Nxb3 16.exf7+ Rxf7 17.Nxf7 Qa5 18.Nh6+ Kh8 19.Rb1 Nxc1 20.Nf7+ Bxf7 21.Qxc1 Bc4 22.Rf2 Qc7 23.Qe3 b5 24.h4 Qd6 25.Rd1 Bf6 26.g3 Rd8 27.Rdd2 a5 28.Kg2 Bd5+ 29.Kg1 Qe6 30.Qf4 Qe4 31.Qxe4 Bxe4 32.Kf1 Rc8 33.Rfe2 Bd5 34.Re3 g5 35.h5 g4 36.Rf2 b4 37.Rc2 Bxd4 38.Rxe7 Rf8+ 0-1

    75 games, 1973-1978

  8. Dusko Pavasovic
    15 games, 2001-2010

  9. Exciting, Original, Unusual And Other Draws
    Draws are usually looked unfavorably upon, but sometimes they can be as exciting as wins. I repeat, SOMETIMES.

    I have also included some unusual quick draws.

    198 games, 1863-2017

  10. Stojan Puc
    11 games, 1945-1960

  11. The Best Of The Worst
    There are infinite collections of the greatest games, so I thought why not make one for the worst too. So, here it is, for you to... well... "enjoy" :-)
    62 games, 1620-2015

  12. The Game Of The Year (1851 - )
    This is a personal selection of the best games of the year from 1851 on. I chose that particular year because of the 1851 London Tournament.

    Because it's a personal selection, I will (of course) be a little biased, particularly towards tactical and sacrificial games, games from important events (the biggest tournaments, World championship matches, etc.) and sometimes players I like. I will try and minimize this.

    This is not a collection of "perfect" or "quasi-perfect" games, in my opinion, a game need not be "perfect" to qualify as great. Intense battles, where both players give their best, show ingenuity and creativity and despite making mistakes (which are an essential part of chess) cooperate to create very exciting games. Oh, and I won't include odds games.

    I'm currently quite busy and won't have much time to research, so the collection will grow very slowly in the beginning.

    All feedback, be it criticism, suggestions, your own opinions, games I might have missed or whatever, is most welcome. You can post it in my forum: User: TheAlchemist.

    Thank you for taking the time to go through my collections and take care!

    TheAlchemist

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    <A Selection Of Great Pre-1851 Games>

    Some great games played before 1851.

    Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475, Busnardo vs NN, 1590, Polerio vs Domenico, 1610, Greco vs NN, 1620, Greco vs NN, 1620, Greco vs NN, 1620, L L'Aisne vs Maubuisson, 1680, Philidor vs NN, 1749, De Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750, J J Rousseau vs D Hume, 1765, Mephisto vs NN, 1883, T Bowdler vs H Conway, 1788, Andrew Smith vs Philidor, 1790, G Atwood vs J Wilson, 1798, J Cazenove vs D Tomalin, 1819, Captain Evans vs McDonnell, 1825, Captain Evans vs McDonnell, 1829, La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834, McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834, Bledow vs Von Der Lasa, 1839, [bad chessgames.com link], Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843, Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843, Michelet vs Kieseritzky, 1845, F A Hoffmann vs Alexander Petrov, 1844, J Schulten vs Kieseritzky, 1850

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    <Honorable Mentions>

    Games that just fell short, but are still worth mentioning.

    Anderssen vs Staunton, 1851, Alexander Petrov vs F A Hoffmann, 1853, R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853, Maximov vs Andreyev, 1854, Loyd vs Charles Caldwell Moore, 1853, J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857, Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858, Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858, Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858, Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858, R Franz vs Mayet, 1858, Duke Karl / Count Casabianca vs Kolisch, 1859, J Smith vs G H Derrickson, 1860, J Rosanes vs Anderssen, 1862, Steinitz vs Anderssen, 1866, Loyd vs S Rosenthal, 1867, K Wheeler vs LeBlanc, 1869, Steinitz vs Anderssen, 1870, G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1872, Steinitz vs Zukertort, 1872, Steinitz vs Anderssen, 1873, Chigorin vs Davydow, 1874, Blackburne vs Steinitz, 1876, Winawer vs Blackburne, 1882, Chigorin vs Zukertort, 1883, Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886, Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886, Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1889, Showalter vs Gossip, 1889, Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889, Chigorin vs Gunsberg, 1890, J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890, H K E Clemenz vs F Eisenschmidt, 1862, Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1890, Charousek vs K Schneider, 1891, A M Levin vs Bilenkin, 1892, F Young vs L Dore, 1892, Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892, Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892, Chigorin vs Tarrasch, 1893, Charousek vs J Wollner, 1893, Steinitz vs Lasker, 1894, Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894, B Fleissig vs Schlechter, 1893, Charousek vs J Wollner, 1895, Albin vs Bird, 1895, Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1895, Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1896, Lasker vs Blackburne, 1895, Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1895, Lasker vs Chigorin, 1895, Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895, Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895, Tarrasch vs K A Walbrodt, 1895, Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1895, Chigorin vs Teichmann, 1895, Janowski vs Albin, 1895, Chigorin vs Charousek, 1896, Charousek vs Lasker, 1896, Janowski vs E Schallopp, 1896, Lasker vs Steinitz, 1896, Lasker vs Steinitz, 1896, Charousek vs Lehner, 1897, Showalter vs Pillsbury, 1897,

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    And finally, some curious statistics:

    <General Stats>

    WHITE WINS: 27

    BLACK WINS: 19

    DRAWS: 1

    <Player Stats>

    MOST WINS:

    8 Steinitz
    5 Anderssen, Zukertort
    3 Bird, Blackburne, Tarrasch
    2 Morphy, Chigorin, E.Lasker

    MOST LOSSES:

    6 Anderssen
    3 Zukertort
    2 L.Paulsen, Mason, Steinitz

    TOTAL NUMBER OF GAMES:

    11 Anderssen
    10 Steinitz
    8 Zukertort
    4 Bird, Blackburne, Tarrasch
    3 L.Paulsen, Mason, Chigorin, E.Lasker

    MOST GAMES BETWEEN THE SAME PLAYERS:

    4 Anderssen-Zukertort (2-2)
    2 Steinitz-Anderssen (2-0)
    2 Steinitz-Zukertort (1-1)
    2 Pillsbury-E.Lasker (1-1)

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    47 games, 1851-1897

  13. Vasja Pirc
    12 games, 1931-1962

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