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The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played
Compiled by agb2002
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Irving Chernev

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

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

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

Aggressive Rook in the Ending
Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1-0

The Passed Pawn
Rubinstein vs Duras, 1908  
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Weak Pawns, Weak Squares and Mighty, Mighty Knights
H Mattison vs Nimzowitsch, 1929  
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 23 moves, 0-1

Finesse in the Ending
R Domenech vs Flohr, 1935 
(B40) Sicilian, 30 moves, 0-1

Phalanx of Pawns
Petrosian vs H Corral, 1954 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

Passed Pawn's Lust to Expand
Fischer vs Berliner, 1960 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Rook and Pawn Ending
Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

King in the Center
Tartakower vs R Frentz, 1933 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 35 moves, 1-0

The Shifting Attack
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1957 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 33 moves, 1-0

Every Move a Threat!
M Porges vs Lasker, 1896  
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 0-1

A Touch of Jujitsu
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1946 
(A94) Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3, 23 moves, 1-0

The King Side Attack
Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894  
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Magnificent Outpost
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

The Art of Exchanging Pieces
Menchik vs Capablanca, 1931 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

The Isolated Pawn
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

The See-Saw Check, Zugzwang, and Other Tactical Tricks
M Kupferstich vs H Andreasen, 1953 
(C27) Vienna Game, 34 moves, 1-0

The Two Bishops
S Rosenthal vs Steinitz, 1873 
(C46) Three Knights, 38 moves, 0-1

Variety of Themes
Tartakower vs R Domenech, 1934 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

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

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

Coup de GrĂ¢ce
Alekhine vs Yates, 1922  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

The Powerful Passed Pawns
Aganalian vs Petrosian, 1945 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 34 moves, 0-1

Bishop and a Half
Bondarevsky vs Smyslov, 1946 
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 42 moves, 0-1

Prophetic Strategy
Tarrasch / allies vs Paulsen / allies, 1888 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 49 moves, 1-0

Problem-like Finale
Foltys vs Golombek, 1947 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

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