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Compiled by Raleigh Naturalist

mirrored openings, strong attack on pawns by W
F Serban vs V Turkov, 2015 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 48 moves, 1-0

Vera Menchik Black
S F Smith vs Menchik, 1927
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 27 moves, 1-0

sacrificial orgy, most aggressive castle ever
C Hartlaub vs W Benary, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

Judit loses quickly to white trade attack
Hort vs Polgar, 1987 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

my most familiar opening
Mephisto vs Gunsberg, 1878 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 38 moves, 1-0

brilliant and entertaining attack! to heck w pawns!
Marshall vs A Haida, 1925 
(B20) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch Defense - fantastic black attack!
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

My king of wear-down with White attacks
J Mishook vs O Tenner, 1923 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

ultr classic beginning
J Penrose vs B Soderborg, 1959 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

a beloved queen's pawn game from 1895
Lasker vs Chigorin, 1895  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 57 moves, 0-1

amazing symmetry til a fatal pawn trap
Ragozin vs V Sozin, 1937 
(A28) English, 23 moves, 0-1

Bobby plays with his king; who is this Mednis?
Fischer vs E Mednis, 1962 
(C18) French, Winawer, 73 moves, 0-1

heavy notes
R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

This is extraordinary not least because you can see it!
Fischer vs D Minic, 1968 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 24 moves, 1-0

end game to the end after symmetrical English
K Alekseenko vs V Fedoseev, 2009 
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 90 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs A Reshko, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 30 moves, 1-0

Black plays for draw w Q trade but King offense wins
Portisch vs A Saidy, 1972 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 43 moves, 1-0

Judit sacrifices TWO knights and gets both back in the end
Polgar vs Anand, 1999 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

bishops for knights - a broken white defense
O Jackson vs Adams, 1991 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 0-1

old-fashioned push and dive, with a timely queen trade
Nunn vs Bronstein, 1975 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 20 moves, 0-1

"normal"player beats magnus w B. screw the haters -its a sporti
Carlsen vs H Strand, 2008 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 0-1

gorgeous sacrifices, one after another, beautiful opening push
Y Zhou vs N Carr, 2013 
(B75) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

behind on pieces - but not pawns!
M Karthikeyan vs M Matlakov, 2019 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 68 moves, 1-0

Knight seems to beat bishop - Q's almost to the end.
C Ross vs C Storey, 2009 
(B27) Sicilian, 60 moves, 0-1

Kasparov anyway with black
Tukmakov vs Kasparov, 1981 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 29 moves, 0-1

the famous triple battery game
Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 30 moves, 1-0

non-ruthless end game - puzzles galore
B Trabert vs T Grabuzova, 2001 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 103 moves, 0-1

A bishop for a round scouring by the Q
J Krzyszton vs J Nielsen, 1972 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

pin to fork - a fun game
D Freeman vs K McDonald, 2011 
(A80) Dutch, 47 moves, 1-0

Alekhine masterpiece, 3 Q sacs!
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Bobby wins Black forcefully with a pawn snake!
E Nikolic vs Fischer, 1968 
(A10) English, 31 moves, 0-1

best kibitzing ever on this schooling w trapped rook
Karpov vs Polgar, 1994 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 33 moves, 1-0

David Bronstein, fascinating figure.
Botvinnik vs Bronstein, 1951 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

young Karpov ferrets out the end
Karpov vs P Markland, 1972 
(C18) French, Winawer, 55 moves, 1-0

attrition done well
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 63 moves, 0-1

Magnus loses to GM at 11, very readable!
O Hole vs Carlsen, 2002 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 60 moves, 1-0

open positions make Bs stronger in adroit trade down
Sax vs Anand, 1986 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 30 moves, 0-1

B beats W's poisoned pawn
Short vs Kasparov, 1993 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1

pull and chase that Black K!
Fine vs M Epstein, 1945 
(C57) Two Knights, 32 moves, 1-0

king on the run wins!
J S Morrison vs Euwe, 1922 
(A48) King's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

Kings walking!
Fischer vs B Zuckerman, 1965 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 56 moves, 1-0

apparently a cliche of a Karpov whopping w/o queen
Karpov vs Timman, 1988 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 41 moves, 1-0

Queen for a queen!! What a W assassination
C Lelievre vs M Francois, 2015 
(B32) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

Q trade leads to Black rook attack
Borisenkov vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1952 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 0-1

sometimes a master takes it step by step...
Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1983 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 46 moves, 1-0

Fried Liver knight sacrifice to move/expose king
Polerio vs Domenico, 1610 
(C57) Two Knights, 21 moves, 1-0

rook for a B skewers a queen
E Sedina vs M Muzychuk, 2006
(B30) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

B winds endgame w King
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 1992 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 45 moves, 0-1

my kind of game, for better or worse
F Jenni vs P Carlsson, 2005 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1956 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 18 moves, 0-1

classic Sicilian win
Sax vs J Gallagher, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 0-1

classic weardown to the slow end
P Popovic vs Gligoric, 1995 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 84 moves, 1-0

wouldn't give an inch but gave a mile
E Ermenkov vs M Marin, 1990
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

real discussion of strategy!
D Bailey vs L Day, 1988 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 0-1

brave w trades away
L Engels vs K Richter, 1935 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 48 moves, 1-0

Young Fischer loses badly
H Avram vs Fischer, 1957 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Romanishin, 1992 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 28 moves, 1-0

methodical attrition
Vachier-Lagrave vs T Abergel, 2000
(B89) Sicilian, 66 moves, 0-1

even pieces, one exposed K
A Dueckstein vs Botvinnik, 1958 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 51 moves, 1-0

Well that was different. With a twist.
Blackburne vs Lush, 1885 
(B01) Scandinavian, 23 moves, 1-0

French to the bitter end
O Horoschavina vs N Studer, 2012
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 75 moves, 0-1

10!Wow this is a Q sacrifice throttling with angular threats
A Kosten vs Chandler, 1991 
(B33) Sicilian, 35 moves, 0-1

methodical Black win with Sicilian
Karjakin vs A Mista, 2007 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 66 moves, 0-1

Gunderam Defense - lovely white offense with no Qs
B Amin vs I H Labib, 2001 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 46 moves, 1-0

Bobby toys with the machine
Mac Hack VI vs Fischer, 1977 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 39 moves, 0-1

now THAT's a draw.
Van Wely vs Carlsen, 2006 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 87 moves, 1/2-1/2

pawn-driven end game w fun K=chasing
S Fazekas vs Pirc, 1936 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 56 moves, 1-0

"great fighting game from GM Gaprindashvili!"
N Gaprindashvili vs M Czerniak, 1971 
(C11) French, 71 moves, 1-0

Queen-fueled chase-down, Capablanca notes
Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910  
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 58 moves, 1-0

classic game
Ljubojevic vs M K Wong, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 59 moves, 1-0

must be record kibtzng
F Vallejo Pons vs Carlsen, 2019 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 73 moves, 0-1

Bobby on tour
Fischer vs J Pascual, 1967 
(B89) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs J Rubens, 1964 
(C15) French, Winawer, 23 moves, 1-0

old fashioned Q push
O Bernstein vs J Mieses, 1904 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 49 moves, 1-0

triple battery and neat end maneuvers
C Crouch vs Z Harari, 2013 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 42 moves, 1-0

polr brstd Magnus's Polish opening
Wojtaszek vs Carlsen, 2023 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

a chess game w a bit of everything
L De Veauce vs Speelman, 1975 
(A04) Reti Opening, 54 moves, 1-0

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