Compiled by Irving Chernev in 1954, and a favorite from my young days. Back in the 1960s, I checked it out of the public library and determined to play through all the games by hand during the three week loan period. I did so, but was fortunate that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome had not yet been invented.
But the experience drilled basic mating and tactical patterns into my head, forming the basis of my later chess style. For better or for worse.
The games are arranged by length (from 4 to 24 moves). Chernev does abbreviate a few favorites to squeeze them in within the limit, and there are all the usual apocryphal games. But don't worry about it. This is a collection for fun, and who knows? You might even learn something. I did. For better or for worse.
Not all the games can be found in our database. While I will submit some, Chernev gives so few historical details that it is not possible to submit the games with accurate information. . I'll include missing games in the introduction; if you can identify them, please leave a note in my forum.
Game 2: Kennedy - Amateur, Brighton, 1845 (Odds Ng1): 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 Nxe4 4.dxe5 Nxf2 5.0-0 Nxd1 1-0
<Game 13>: Innsubsh - Goring, Munich, 1899: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nxe4 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe4 Nc6 6.Qf3+ Kg8 7.Ng5! 1-0 Duplictae: Kutjanin vs Jakobjuk, 1940
<Game 55> Hopkins - Amateur, London, 1932: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nge7 5.Nc3 g6 6.Bg5 Bg7 7.Nd5 Bxd4 8.Qxd4! Nxd4 9.Nf6+ Kf8 10.Bh6# Duplicates: B Blumenfeld vs NN, 1903 and M Movsisyan vs T Patton, 2004
<Game 63> Choinowsky - Thibault, Brussels, 1947: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.c3 cxd4 5.cxd4 dxe4 6.Nxe4 Bd7 7.Nf3 Bc6 8.Bd3 Nf6 9.Nxf6+ Qxf6 10.Bg5 Bxf3 11.Qc1 1-0 Duplicated by B Gamback vs D Dochev, 2001