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Positional and Strategic Brilliancies
Compiled by addiction to chess

These are the seldomly appreciated brilliancies played with tremendous accuracy and skill. Endgame skill and great Positional play are what make these games brilliant. I give you a collection of these "hidden" gems. (Under Construction)

Karpov's Nimzo like chokehold
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

Nimzo outplays White, ties up the Kside then attacks the Qside!
N Mannheimer vs Nimzowitsch, 1930  
(C01) French, Exchange, 44 moves, 0-1

Pawn Avalanche!
Polgar vs Bacrot, 1999 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 75 moves, 0-1

Rubenstein's masterpiece
Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1912 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1-0

Who said positional games had to be boring!
Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922 
(A84) Dutch, 35 moves, 0-1

Notes from Capablanca!
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1913 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 64 moves, 0-1

A positional win, by Bronstein??
Bronstein vs Tartakower, 1948 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 43 moves, 1-0

A positional sac, by Tal!
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

A positional King's gambit game by Capa (w/ tactics, of course)
Capablanca vs Ruiz / Molina, 1914 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

Karpov beats his favorite defence starting w/ an exchange sac
Karpov vs Hort, 1978 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Another positional sac
Kasparov vs R Akesson, 1980 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1961 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 47 moves, 0-1

Fischer outmaneuvers Petrosian!
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(A04) Reti Opening, 66 moves, 0-1

Nezh makes a positional queen sac and starts an attack on black
R Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 
(B32) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Strategic Build-up
Kasparov vs Najdorf, 1982  
(E12) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

Fischer tied down and slowly squeezed
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1959 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 31 moves, 1-0

Petrosian never had a chance
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein's amazing trademark endgame technique
Rubinstein vs Gajdos, 1905 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 50 moves, 1-0

Fantastic Endgame
Alapin vs Rubinstein, 1908 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 78 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein's brilliant positional mastery
Rubinstein vs J Perlis, 1906  
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

Another positional masterpiece by Rubinstein
Salwe vs Rubinstein, 1908 
(C49) Four Knights, 67 moves, 0-1

Marcozy Binds his opponent
Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

A great execution of the positional brilliancy
Portisch vs Kramnik, 1993 
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 42 moves, 0-1

How to Breakt hrough a closed position
Kasparov vs E Torre, 1980 
(A43) Old Benoni, 57 moves, 1-0

Petrosian just squeezes his opponent till he pops!
Petrosian vs A Pirtskhalava, 1947  
(A90) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

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

Petrosian underdevelopes, and wins!
Petrosian vs Aronin, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

White wins with the might of his knight.
Sutovsky vs L Pantsulaia, 2008 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 50 moves, 1-0

Who said opposite colored bishop endings were un-exciting!
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

Brilliant endgame by Karpov
Karpov vs Hort, 1973 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 45 moves, 1-0

A great opposite colored bishop ending
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1928 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 66 moves, 1-0

The extremely bad bishop.
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

Even Tal played positionaly (until the tactics started flowing)
Tal vs V Soloviev, 1955 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 53 moves, 1-0

Wait, how did my king get over there!
D Howell vs J Levitt, 2005 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

"Who said bishops were always better in OPEN positions?"
Nimzowitsch vs Levenfish, 1911  
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 1-0

"When it's too tight for the king in one side, go to the other"
Diez del Corral vs Petrosian, 1969 
(C18) French, Winawer, 54 moves, 0-1

A brilliant endgame by Petrosian ( w/ king walk)
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

A knight on the rim is great !?! (Kaspy wins with one)
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

Steinitz sacrifices king safety for the center against Zuker!
Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886  
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 0-1

Material is even but White is virtually a piece up!
Reshevsky vs G N Treysman, 1938 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

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

K Spraggett vs G Glen, 1975 
(C02) French, Advance, 45 moves, 1-0

Not a single capture or check. 0-1
A Medina Garcia vs Gligoric, 1968 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs A Hakansson, 1922  
(C02) French, Advance, 27 moves, 1-0

Check is met by checkmate?! ( I couldn't believe it either!)
Alekhine vs A Popovic, 1930 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1-0

Coordination and harmony of White's pieces creates a symphony
Shirov vs Jakovenko, 2008 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1-0

The Immortal Zugzwang Game (White has run out of good moves)
Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923  
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1

The "Zugzwanger" is Zugwanged!
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

An excellent game where Kaspy's defensive skills flourish
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

The Brilliance of Petrosian's plan
A Kalantar vs Petrosian, 1948  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

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