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Robert Samuels' favorite games
Compiled by Robert Samuels
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V Zagorovsky vs A Bannik, 1955 
(C45) Scotch Game, 30 moves, 1-0

O Bernstein vs Alekhine, 1933 
(C46) Three Knights, 66 moves, 1-0

Play this in the Caro-Kann if at all possible
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Pilnik vs Najdorf, 1942 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 32 moves, 1-0

B Molinari vs L Roux Cabral, 1943 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 33 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Chekhov, 1991 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 41 moves, 0-1

Anand's immortal.
Aronian vs Anand, 2013 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 0-1

D Bergin vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1966 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

How to catch a World Champion
Alekhine vs Yates, 1923 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 50 moves, 0-1

Wonderful interference
Tisdall vs A Ipek, 2003 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 37 moves, 1-0

Hector vs M Antonsen, 2010 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

!!!
I Sokolov vs Dreev, 2001 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

Wonderful pressure in French Sicilian
Vasiukov vs Taimanov, 1965 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 44 moves, 1-0

KIA pressure wins with ending trick.
Benko vs Csom, 1971 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 47 moves, 1-0

Karpov slays the dragon
Karpov vs Sznapik, 1986 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 27 moves, 1-0

Kasparov supreme: 21.e5!!!
Kasparov vs Gelfand, 1993 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 25 moves, 1-0

Positional brilliance by the champ.
Carlsen vs Harikrishna, 2013 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1-0

One of the greatest. White wins in the Nimzo-Indian
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Stunning Kasparov attack
Kasparov vs Vaganian, 1995 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

Classic French Lasker
Maroczy vs Lasker, 1924 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

Aim for f7!
Fischer vs Minic, 1968 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

G Jones vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, 2014 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 0-1

Wonderful destruction of the O'Kelly
Anand vs Morozevich, 2004 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 45 moves, 1-0

Strategic pawn advances set up brilliant finish
Caruana vs Radjabov, 2016 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

Kingside storm beginning 18.h4!!
Taimanov vs V Mikenas, 1965 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 1-0

Astonishing Nezh attack.
Polugaevsky vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

The old lion
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1935 
(C15) French, Winawer, 64 moves, 1-0

Copycatch
Capablanca vs NN, 1918 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 1-0

Brilliant positional play
W Winter vs Capablanca, 1919 
(C49) Four Knights, 29 moves, 0-1

Great hypermodern play by Reti: 17.d4!!
Reti vs Yates, 1924 
(A13) English, 31 moves, 1-0

Brilliant concluding combinations from Vishy
Anand vs Morovic Fernandez, 1990 
(B32) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

Positional masterpiece by Anand.
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 1992 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 45 moves, 0-1

Brilliant Gashimov miniature
V Gashimov vs Gelfand, 2009 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 16 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch plays the Nimzowitsch
Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1920  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

1.b3 wins the day
Keene vs V Kovacevic, 1973  
(A06) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Capablanca's best game of the match
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

Astonishing attack from Najer
E Najer vs Anand, 2019 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Kramnik against ...b6 in the Reti
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2006 
(A15) English, 37 moves, 1-0

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