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  1. 100 Selected Games by Botvinnik
    11 games, 1926-1930

  2. 1983 match:Andersson-Tal
    Ulf Andersson and Mikhail Tal finished joint-third in the Moscow Interzonal in 1982. Only two players qualified from that interzonal, and this match which was played in Malmo,Sweden was to decide the reserve player for the Candidates matches. This match consisted of six games, and resulted in one win each and four draws.
    6 games, 1983

  3. 98_A51 Fajarowicz Gambit (3... Ne4)
    <1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4 >

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    <1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 ♘e4> | <1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 ♘e4> | <1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 ♘e4>

    check out: Game Collection: The Fabulous Budapest Gambit with games from the book <The Fabulous Budapest Gambit>, by <Viktor Moskalenko>, published in 2007.

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    <l.d4> players are used to being treated with respect. After the game Levin - Gulman, German Ch 2001, in which I played the Fajarowicz-Richter Gambit, my opponent, a solid GM and well known theoretician, was sufficiently affected by the enormous tension he had to face from the very start that some months later, in the German League 2002, he preferred to play l.Nf3 against me!

    "The study of Chess Openings has taught us that Black, being a single-move behind, cannot achieve complete equality. He has a choice: to be content with a passive but sound position, or try early freeing moves.

    <1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5!?>

    This variation was invented in 1917 by Istvan Abonyi, Zsigmo nd BartiSZ and Gyulll Breyer. Such an aggressive action seems premature; on the other hand the black squares in the centre are a bit weak due to c2-c4", Richard Reti, Die Meister des Schachbretts, 1930.

    <3.dxe5 Ne4!?>

    "The Fajarowicz-knight creates latent threats along the a5-e1 diagonal and, in con­junction with the consequent gambit continuation d7-d6 or d7-d5, may well make White's development more difficult", Max Euwe, Theorie der Schach-Eroeffnun­gen, 1965.

    "The Budapest is really a counter-attack rather then a def ence and it appeals to players who like to challenge White for the initiative from early in the game. This particularly applies to the Fajarowicz Variation, in which (by contrast with the <3 ...Ng4>, the main line of t he Budapest) Black puts more emphasis on fighting for key squares than on seeking the early recapture of the pawn he has given up", Tim Harding, The Fighting Fajarowicz, 1996.

    <Every chess opening has its own history, its own destiny>

    Soler - Marcoff, Steinitz Chess Club, November 1927, seems to be the very first published game with <3 ... Ne4>, while the British Chess Magazine, 1919, mentions the game Mlotkowski - Barrett, already played in Philadelphia 1904/1905.

    However, investigations and examinations began only with the game Steiner­ - Fajarowicz, Wiesbaden 1928, where Black got a completely winning position, and this was actually the birth of a new Gambit, Stefan Buecker/Alfred Diel, Kaissiber 1/2001.

    "In the pantheon of opening theoreticians, one of the most obscure surely has to be S.Fajarowicz. The creator of <3 ... Ne4> in the Budapest Gambit, he is almost unknown outside his variation. The major recent works have little to say about him other than that he was from Leipzig and that he was active during the period 1920-1938 ", John Donaldson, Inside Chess, 1990.

    Thanks to Diel we now know a bit more: "on June 5, 1908, Sammi Fajarowicz was born in Mockern near Leipzig. He was one of those comet-like players of chess history, whose active period (1927-1933) was too short owing to perse­cution of the Jews and fatal illness", Kaissiber 1/2001.

    -- Lev Gutman, The Budapest Fajarowicz; The Fajarowicz-Richter Gambit in Action

    others: Game Collection: Black B Gambitz by Fredthebear

    44 games, 1929-2015

  4. Alekhine-Euwe match 1926/7
    The two world championship matches between Alekhine and Euwe are well known. This match is not as famous. Dutch supporters of Euwe wanted to sponsor a match against a top master to be played in the Netherlands. Lasker declined and Bogoljubov wanted too high a fee. Alekhine, however, was willing, probably as a way to help prepare for his upcoming WC match with Capablanca.

    It was a very even match, with victory in Euwe's hands with a better position in the final game, but he stuffed it up. Euwe's biographer writes that Lasker was one of the few people to shake his head after Euwe's 17th move, with most spectators only noticing the wheels beginning to fall off later in the game. Anyone familiar with this match should not have been surprised that the 1935 WC match was not the rout everyone expected.

    10 games, 1926-1927

  5. American chess triumphs
    Back in the early seventies, the Informant published a book called Yugoslav Chess Triumphs. This collection is a modest contribution to a book that might be called "American Chess Triumphs"
    73 games, 1895-2001

  6. Art of the Middle Game (Keres/Kotov)
    'The Art of the Middle Game' by Paul Keres and Alexander Kotov. Translated and edited by Harry Golombek.
    46 games, 1914-1961

  7. Attk Minority attack Compiled by refutor
    This collection of 15 games was Compiled by refuter. Thank you refuter!
    16 games, 1873-2003

  8. AVRO 1938
    NOTE : This collection has now been superceded by AVRO (1938)

    In November 1938 a Dutch radio company AVRO (Algemeene Vereeniging voor Radio Omroep) organized and sponsored what was up to that time the strongest tournament ever held. AVRO (literally the General Association for Radio Broadcasting) brought together the World Champion and every one of his major challengers. It ran from the 6th of November to the 27th of November 1938 with the players based in Amsterdam and each successive round played in a different Dutch town. This tournament schedule proved to be tough for the older competitors and Capablanca and Alyekhin did not fare as well as might have been expected. In the end Keres and Fine finished in joint first place with Keres declared the winner as a result of a better tie-break score.



    1. Keres * * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 2. Fine 0 ½ * * 1 ½ 1 1 1 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 3. Botvinnik ½ ½ 0 ½ * * 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 4. Alyekhin ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ * * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5. Euwe ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ * * 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 6. Reshevsky 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * * ½ ½ 1 ½ 7. Capablanca 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ * * 1 ½ 8. Flohr ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * *]table


    56 games, 1938

  9. Best Games of Chess (Reshevsky)
    Reshevsky's Best Games of Chess by Samuel Reshevsky.
    109 games, 1920-1946

  10. Capablanca's Best Chess Endings
    Games from Irving Chernev's "Capablanca's Best Chess Endings"

    The opening of a game is important - and hundreds of books are written on the opening. The opening leads to the midgame. The midgame is important - and hundreds of books are written on the midgame. The midgame leads to the endgame. The endgame is important - and *no books are written on the endgame*!

    Yes, there are books, but they concern themselves with composed endings, or with theoretical (and for the most part artificial) positions. The composed endings are admittedly beautiful, but they are of limited value, as they have no relationship to practical play. Of the theoretical positions, many have their uses, but one must sift the wheat from the chaff. TO what use can we put such knowledge as the procedure for mating with a Knight and Bishop, or with the two Bishops, when an opportunity to do so may not occur in a lifetime? And why burden our minds with the manner of forcing mate with three knights (believe-it-or-not) or winning with four minor pieces against a Queen (sans Pans) when such positions as these have never yet been seen on land or sea? Capablanca himself says : "In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before anything else; for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middlegame and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame." There are no books on endings from real life, no books from the practices of masters in actual play, let alone from the practice of a single master. This fact alone is enough to justify this book of endings, selected from the tournament and match play of the greatest endgame virtuoso the world has ever seen - the immortal Capablanca. Here are wondrous endings to enchant the reader, endings of breathtaking artistry. Here are endings of astonishing accuracy, whose relentless logic will inspire the earnest student to emulate a similar technique - the technique of seeking a clear-cut, efficient win, instead of a display of fireworks. The games are given in full, in order to show how a slight advantage acquired in the early stages, is carried forward and exploited in the endgame. I have annotated the endings in detail (a consideration they have rarely received before) for the better appreciation of the fine points of Capablanca's play, and have given credit to those who have anticipated my findings.

    -- Irving Chernev

    60 games, 1901-1936

  11. Capablanca-Euwe 1931
    Games from the Capablanca-Euwe match in 1931, plus their game from Hastings 1930/31.
    11 games, 1931

  12. Carlsen's Tactical Brilliancies
    Magnus Carlsen's attacking games with spectacular combinations
    10 games, 2003-2021

  13. David Bronstein's Best Games
    The best games of Bronstein's career.
    49 games, 1941-1991

  14. David Bronstein's Best Games
    The best games of Bronstein's career.
    46 games, 1941-1991

  15. Endgame: 50 move rule
    5 games, 1966-2019

  16. Killer Tal games
    19 games, 1958-1992

  17. Magnus Carlsen's Masterpieces
    The best of Carlsen.
    12 games, 2004-2007

  18. Max Euwe's Best Games
    12 games, 1921-1953

  19. My Great Predecessors: Alexander the Fourth
    Alekhine's games annotated in Kasparov's book, My Great Predecessors, volume I.
    38 games, 1911-1943

  20. Naroditsky Mastering Complex Endgames
    15 games, 1851-2008

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