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alligator's favorite 'simple' chess games
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Instructive strategic games played by Morphy, Capablanca, Rubinstein, Petrosian, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Anand, Carlsen and other great masters.

Fischer d5 outpost, 2nd weakness + simple tactics
Fischer vs O Gadia, 1960 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 23 moves, 1-0

The power of the d5 Knight Outpost
Fischer vs Julio Bolbochan, 1962  
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1-0

Morphy blindfold uses outpost and brilliant attack
Morphy vs H Baucher, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Nice pawn play leads to Knight outpost that is mate
Petrosian vs H Corral, 1954 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

e5 outpost and domination of board starting w 23Nf2!
Petrosian vs A Pirtskhalava, 1947  
(A90) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

Outposts & 2 weaknesses
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Systematic R+p endgame technique
Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1-0

IQP, Backward Pawn, Open File
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Weak pawns, 2Rooks vs Queen
O Troianescu vs Panno, 1956
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 48 moves, 1-0

Leko uses d5 along w sparkling tactics
Leko vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 
(B56) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

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

Deep Maneuvers in a simple looking position
Kholmov vs Suetin, 1963 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 56 moves, 1-0

Kaspy's endgame technique vs Karpov
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C45) Scotch Game, 102 moves, 1-0

Karpov positional gem
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 41 moves, 0-1

Central Control ---> Tactics!
Petrosian vs Y Kotkov, 1946  
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

19thcentury positional chess
L Hoffer vs Zukertort, 1887
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Gligoric, 1966 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Fischer Spanish xchange
Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 21 moves, 1-0

Fischer bests top international player w exch Spanish
Fischer vs Portisch, 1966 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

Exploiting weak pawns & squares + central control in the KIA
Jansa vs S Bilyap, 1968
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Exploiting weak Kingside pawns in the KIA
M Paragua vs C Liang, 2001
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

Queenside Majority
Pillsbury vs Schlechter, 1895  
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 0-1

Tactics, 2bishops, black square weaknesses, pressure!
Anand vs Beliavsky, 1994
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 39 moves, 1-0

White's better development precedes decisive flank attack g4-6
Polgar vs C Herrera, 1990 
(B01) Scandinavian, 21 moves, 1-0

A Voltschok vs R Kreslavsky, 1970 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 17 moves, 1-0

Simple moves, artful combinations.
Capablanca vs M Fonaroff, 1918 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 22 moves, 1-0

Nice ending to a Queenless attack on the King
T Physick vs S Passmore, 1900 
(C11) French, 29 moves, 1-0

Tactics based on weak squares
Ashley vs A Zelner, 1993 
(B56) Sicilian, 12 moves, 1-0

Excellent defensive play by Black- Kf7! -> c file
A Chmielinska vs P Cagara, 2001
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Carlsen positional win over Nakamura
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2013 
(B32) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

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

Beating Karpov just out of the opening- very rare!
Andersson vs Karpov, 1995 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 18 moves, 1-0

Pawn promo in middle game! IQP
Smyslov vs Karpov, 1971 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

Capa outplays Marshall positionally and tactically
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1927 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

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