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Positional masterpieces
Compiled by arsen387

Only one word: Karpov!
Uhlmann vs Karpov, 1973 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 45 moves, 0-1

Learning to push pawns (notes by Nimzo)
Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

All tied up, just like in chess composition
G Sargissian vs Grischuk, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 64 moves, 1-0

Karpov rules
J Rukavina vs Karpov, 1973 
(A17) English, 49 moves, 0-1

How to convert the control of an open file into victory
Euwe vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 42 moves, 0-1

Correspondence masterpiece
G Timmerman vs M Umansky, 2005  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 0-1

Winning a pawn and then the game
Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1968 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 51 moves, 1-0

Flawless performance by future champion
Portisch vs Kramnik, 1993 
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 42 moves, 0-1

2 positonal geniuses... and the youth prevails
Kramnik vs Karpov, 1997 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

One of Petrosian's best
Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

How to neutralize the oponent's control of an open file
Karpov vs Andersson, 1969 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 60 moves, 1-0

Simple and nice
Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2008 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

Tal doesn't need a Q to win
Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

Breakthrough in a closed position with a N sac
Kasparov vs E Torre, 1980 
(A43) Old Benoni, 57 moves, 1-0

Don't grab a pawn when you're behind in development
P Lukacs vs Sosonko, 1987 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

Another positional masterpiece by Petrosian
Petrosian vs A Pirtskhalava, 1947  
(A90) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

Petrosian's cool Queen trap
Bobotsov vs Petrosian, 1968 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 0-1

Aronian's positional brillinacy
I Cheparinov vs Aronian, 2008 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 0-1

2Bs and pawns beat 2 Rs
O Ekebjaerg vs G Timmerman, 1991 
(C27) Vienna Game, 36 moves, 0-1

Levon completely outplays Grischuk and makes it look so simple!
Aronian vs Grischuk, 2008 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

3 pawns for a piece? no problem for Kramnik
Kramnik vs Shirov, 2008 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 46 moves, 1-0

Very instructive game by Korchnoi
Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1977 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 48 moves, 1-0

Amazing blindfold masterpiece by Kramnik
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2003 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 39 moves, 1-0

Pushing pass pawns
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Unstoppable Pawn Avalanche
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

Only Kramnik can produce such masterpieces against Kasparov
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2001 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Amazing Zugzwang with 6 pieces on the board!
Bagirov vs K Grigorian, 1976 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Cool temporary N sac which gains a pass pawn and wins the game
Fischer vs Kholmov, 1965 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 46 moves, 0-1

Lonely pawn turns out to be a deadly weapon
L Schulman vs Petrosian, 1967 
(E77) King's Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Aronian employs English and leaves no chances for Blacks
Aronian vs Kamsky, 2008 
(A15) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Knights in closed positions. A strategic masterpiece
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 61 moves, 0-1

Pure Petrosian! Holding the advantage with precise defense
Petrosian vs Stein, 1961  
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 39 moves, 1-0

Kasparov does it in Petrosian style
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1982  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

This is why 3 pieces are better than the Q
B Ivanovic vs Keres, 1972 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 59 moves, 0-1

Punishment for over-extension. Unbelievable 0-1!!!
Karpov vs Larsen, 1979 
(B01) Scandinavian, 55 moves, 0-1

Monster N on d3
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Mate with Q, N and pawn
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

.. and the cool defense prevails
P Charbonneau vs Anand, 2006 
(B44) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1-0

Superior Piece Coordination,Startling shift from Qside to Kside
Taimanov vs Yusupov, 1982 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 42 moves, 0-1

Refuting the minority attack
J Tisdall vs Sveshnikov, 1978 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 0-1

Piece Coordination
Jakovenko vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Giving exchange for strong outposts
Kasimdzhanov vs E Alekseev, 2008 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 34 moves, 0-1

Exchange sac for strong outpost (lot to learn from this game)
E Zemgalis vs W Kuppe, 1949 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 1-0

Leko style
Leko vs V Gashimov, 2008 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

Karpov's just astonishing!
Karpov vs Sax, 1983 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

Leko The Squeezer!
Leko vs Beliavsky, 1998 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

Retreating to advance
Staunton vs Horwitz, 1851  
(A13) English, 46 moves, 1-0

Beating Karpov with Pirc
Karpov vs Azmaiparashvili, 1983 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 0-1

2B+N vs Q
Spassky vs Geller, 1959 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 75 moves, 1-0

Learning to push pawns with Capa
Bogoljubov vs Capablanca, 1928 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Aronian's karpov-esque
Aronian vs Karpov, 2003 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 32 moves, 1-0

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