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Positional Masterpieces
Compiled by Chachaman

Utilizing positional themes, i.e. holes, two bishops, pawn weaknesses, etc. and transferring one weakness to another, eventually building up small advantages for the win.

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

play against backward pawn
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Calculations of exchanges
Rubinstein vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1909  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch destroys a pawn center
Alapin vs Nimzowitsch, 1911  
(B10) Caro-Kann, 43 moves, 0-1

Endgame Masterpiece by Capablanca
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1913 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 64 moves, 0-1

play against pawn weaknesses
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

Blockading pawns/occupying center with pieces
Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1911  
(C02) French, Advance, 39 moves, 1-0

Great blockade by Tarrasch
Tarrasch vs Teichmann, 1912 
(C14) French, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Deep queen sacrifice for positional factors. See my comment.
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 0-1

Masterfully holding onto a pawn to a fascinating ending
Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1-0

Great Blockade. See "My System" and "Pawn Play and the Center"
G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1925 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

Prophylaxis and restraint
Schlechter vs Nimzowitsch, 1907  
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 0-1

The immortal zugzwang game
Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923  
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1

Tying up enemy pieces with maneuvering, then shifting wings
Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926  
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 1-0

Brilliant play on both wings/good blockading
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1998 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Building up pieces/coordination/good posts/outpost
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1935 
(C15) French, Winawer, 64 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Systemsson, 1927  
(C00) French Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Central play always beats unjustified flank play
Rubinstein vs Levenfish, 1911  
(C14) French, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Space advantage, positional play, breakthrough
Rubinstein vs Gruenfeld, 1925 
(A10) English, 58 moves, 1-0

Doubled pawns providing great advantage
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1896  
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 41 moves, 1-0

Rook on the 7th
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

The King is a Strong Piece--Irving Chernev
Tal vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Knight outpost at Q5--Irving Chernev
Boleslavsky vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Instructive Rook Ending--Slowly pushing pawn up board
Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1-0

Weak squares, great knights, great blockade. Chernev
H Mattison vs Nimzowitsch, 1929  
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 23 moves, 0-1

Detailed strategic plan from 8th move. Chernev
Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894  
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Play against isolated pawn. Chernev
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

"Systematic Strangulation"--Chernev
Tarrasch vs Showalter, 1898 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 1-0

"Good Bishop and Bad Bishop"--Chernev
L Barden vs Rossolimo, 1950 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 38 moves, 0-1

Great game capped off by combination
Alekhine vs Yates, 1922  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Brilliant combinative play by Alekhine
Alekhine vs C H Alexander, 1936  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

removing blockade of passed pawn
Nimzowitsch vs Von Gottschall, 1925  
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 1-0

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