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Watch and see how strong players put forward their ideas at the board. Be sure to read the commentaries after the games. The power is demonstrated when you find yourself agreeing and disagreeing by seeing the pieces moving in your mind to combat weak analysis or support strong analysis.

Review, review, review.
H Borochow vs Fine, 1932 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 11 moves, 1-0

Up in the air until the end. Both players brought heavy guns.
A Elo vs Fischer, 1957 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 49 moves, 0-1

Did you miss the Wilbert Paige Memorial? Go now!
S Muhammad vs A Simutowe, 2001 
(A48) King's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Play to win, all the time--against great or small. Wrestle!
Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 31 moves, 1-0

Team play can be instructive--see how you think.
Zhao Xue / Short vs Zhu Chen / Seirawan, 2003 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

The advance of the knight brings new opportunities.
Keres vs L Luck, 1935 
(A06) Reti Opening, 49 moves, 1-0

Shaked vs Dzindzichashvili, 1993 
(B01) Scandinavian, 34 moves, 0-1

A miniature to behold. Show this to someone from memory....
Z Lach vs D Brychta, 1994 
(C57) Two Knights, 23 moves, 1-0

Teacher versus teacher! Do your thing--
Ashley vs Weeramantry, 1998 
(B06) Robatsch, 43 moves, 0-1

Karjakin's Art Gallery
Tseshkovsky vs Karjakin, 2003 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 41 moves, 0-1

Come into my queenside castle,...and lose!
Tal vs Gulko, 1969 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 26 moves, 1-0

Watch the assault on space here. This is heavy ground.
N Davies vs I White, 2004 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

The acquisition of space and clearing the lane
N D Bezaleel vs D Vest, 2003 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Hulk Smash!
A Simutowe vs J Alayola Montanez, 2003 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 24 moves, 1-0

Aspire and Acquire
Rubinstein vs Hromadka, 1923 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

Hold 'em and fold 'em
J Mieses vs Euwe, 1921 
(C45) Scotch Game, 12 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Shirov, 2004 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 56 moves, 1-0

Push it good
Karpov vs Bronstein, 1971 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 53 moves, 1-0

J Corzo vs Capablanca, 1901 
(C25) Vienna, 26 moves, 0-1

Polgar vs B Kurajica, 2002 
(B01) Scandinavian, 55 moves, 0-1

Correspondence players test their mettle.
V Palciauskas vs H Berliner, 2001 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 47 moves, 1-0

I have never seen white lose with two queens!
Chigorin vs Blackburne, 1898 
(C00) French Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

Magnus is great. Rule by force, and boldness.
Carlsen vs O Dannevig, 2004 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

Get a pawn up, stay a pawn up! Mr. Mikhail pinches his foe.
Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1-0

See the social building aspects of Correspondence chess.
Gossip vs Birmingham, 1860 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

Bronstein plays without fear. Keres runs out boldly, but...
Keres vs Bronstein, 1946 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

Street's black army lets fly on some long diagonals.
T Weinberger vs F Street, 1976 
(E61) King's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

Watch Black's rooks vanish with 30.Bxf7+. Implications.
Browne vs V Kovacevic, 1970 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

A complete game.
Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910  
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 71 moves, 1-0

Maneuver. Wrestle. Win.
Kasparov vs Adams, 2005 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 54 moves, 1-0

They have eyes, but they cannot see. True vision needs no eye.
Alekhine / Koltanowski vs Antwerp, 1934 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 34 moves, 1-0

Knight-sweep blows holes in white's castle. Pikemen seal fate.
Martinolich vs Tartakower, 1907 
(C11) French, 39 moves, 0-1

Down material, white's forces make a pawn promotion inevitable.
Edinburgh CC vs London, 1826 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs D King, 1990 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Ray fights a GM to K + Ps ending.
Ray Charles vs Evans, 2002 
(C47) Four Knights, 24 moves, 0-1

J Mieses vs Colle, 1925 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 75 moves, 1-0

...And where can my queen go? If the king would just move...
S Polgar vs Z Kiss, 1980 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 36 moves, 1-0

Schlechter vs W John, 1905 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

Yes, but it is my turn to move....
Grischuk vs Lunev, 1999 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 34 moves, 1-0

Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 32 moves, 0-1

Fight! Correspondence Chess at its best!
Estrin vs H Berliner, 1965 
(C57) Two Knights, 42 moves, 0-1

Gheorghiu vs Korchnoi, 1968 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 42 moves, 0-1

Unzicker vs Rossolimo, 1949 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Illescas Cordoba, 1990 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

Tigran throws a mating net out and catches victory.
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Are you bold enough to give "pawn and move" as Black?
H Richardson vs Morphy, 1857 
(000) Chess variants, 35 moves, 0-1

A Solomon vs M A Mohamed, 2006 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 0-1

Leko vs Radjabov, 2006 
(B33) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

Thinking like a human.
Ant vs Rybka, 2006 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 34 moves, 0-1

Breaking thru the ramparts....
Serper vs A Korotylev, 1993 
(E73) King's Indian, 60 moves, 1-0

The power of the pin! Consequences of the take...
Efimenko vs J Arizmendi Martinez, 2006 
(A28) English, 21 moves, 0-1

Beautiful development, clearer ideas, cheers!
Flohr vs O Naegeli, 1933 
(A28) English, 57 moves, 0-1

Activity wins games. White goes for the throat here...
Malinin vs A Andreev, 1989 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

A Ostapenko vs Yartsev, 1969 
(B89) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

A Ostapenko vs S Kurkin, 1970 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 30 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs A Reggio, 1903 
(A23) English, Bremen System, Keres Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

The pressure is unendiing. No escape. Find out why.
Piket vs Kasparov, 1989 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 28 moves, 0-1

G Welling vs P Kok, 1981 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

The King lets everyone know WHY he is king! What a game.
R Steel vs R Macdonald Ross, 1884 
(C25) Vienna, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Knights are used for their shields as well as their power.
T Batchimeg vs A Fishbein, 2006 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 70 moves, 1-0

Now, this game is a Fight! Win with a pin.
Tal vs Bronstein, 1966 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 0-1

Man still outplans his machines when time to think is present.
A Nickel vs Hydra, 2004 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Nakamura vs Ramesh, 2007 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 34 moves, 1-0

I came to fight. Make your move!
E Tate vs K Thomas, 2007
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Pawns make this game worth playing.
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Morphy lives!
Karjakin vs Dubov, 2020
(C41) Philidor Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

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