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  1. Garry Kasparov's Revolution in the 70s
    Games from the above book
    40 games, 1923-2005

  2. Gazza's Greats
    These are some games of Kasparov's which I have found particularly enjoyable. At the moment, I have not been particularly systematic in picking them

    The games marked with * are the three that Garry himself considers his 'best' games.

    72 games, 1962-2005

  3. Learn from the Legends (Marin)
    Games from this book.
    8 games, 1907-1922

  4. Najdorf 6. Bg5
    This is a collection of important games in the Najdorf 6. Bg5 variation, with an emphasis on recent games.

    After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4

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    Black's main moves are:-

    A. 7. ...Qb6 (Poisoned Pawn)
    B. 7. ...Be7
    C. 7. ...Nbd7
    D. 7. ...Qc7
    E. 7. ...b5 (Polugaevsky Variation)

    <***** A. 7. ...Qb6 *****>

    The poisoned pawn variation is extremely sharp. It has been exhaustively analysed by both man and machine. 10. f5 was thought to be the critical line and the verdict was that it was a draw with best play. See F Vallejo Pons vs Kasparov, 2004 apparently representing best play by both sides (but NB 20. Bd3!? Grischuk vs Anand, 2009).

    However, the poisoned pawn has attracted renewed attention, with White trying for an advantage in the line 8 Qd2 Qxb2 9 Rb1 Qa3 10 e5!? de 11 fe Nfd7 12 Ne4 h6 13 Bh4 Qxa2 14 Rd1!? Qd5 where White will invest two pawns for a lasting attack:

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    Best play seems to continue:

    15. Qe3 Qxe5 16. Be2 Bc5! 17. Bg3 Bxd4 18. Rxd4 Qa5+ 19. Rd2 O-O 20. Bd6

    Resulting in this position, where ...f5 (!), ... Rd8 (?!), ...Nc6 (!?) are some possible options for Black.

    Black seems to be doing OK now in this line.

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    Some recent games in this critical line:
    Motylev vs Anand, 2007 Anand vs Van Wely, 2007 E Berg vs E Najer, 2007 E Najer vs Nepomniachtchi, 2008

    White can decline to enter into the poisoned pawn variation with 8. Nb3 (a line that Kamsky, in particular, is fond of), but it is not obvious that White can set Black serious problems in that line.

    8. Qd3!? is an interesting sideline.

    <***** B. 7. ...Be7 *****>

    7. ...Be7 is a principled response which has, again, been very heavily analysed and the mainlines are long and well-established with a major branch at White's move 10

    7. ...Be7 8 Qf3 Qc7 9 O-O-O Nbd7

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    B1 10 g4 b5 11 Bxf6 Nxf6 12 g5 Nd7 13 f5 Nc5 (13. ...Bxg5+!?)

    B2 10 Bd3 b5 11 Rhe1 Bb7 12 Qg3 (12 Nd5!?) b4! 13 Nd5 exd5 14 e5!?

    There are many transpositional possibilities in particular between lines B, C and D.

    <***** C. 7. ...Nbd7 *****>

    7. ...Nbd7, is another principled response. Black may want to leave the dark square bishop where it is and not castle. This is the line which Gelfand has always used against 6. Bg5 with very stable results (search "gelfand b96").

    Lots of interesting games in this line, including possibilities for White to sac a piece on b5 or d5, to exploit Black's king position. A good choice if both players want a fight, which is reflected in the large number of decisive games.

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nbd7 8. Qf3 Qc7 9. O-O-O b5 is the main starting tabiya

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    and play can continue 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. Rhe1

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    One critical line where black needs a solution is: 11. ...Be7 12. Qg3 b4 13. Nd5! exd5 14. exd5 Kd8 15. Nc6+! Bxc6 16. dxc6

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    8. Qe2 is now a major line which has taken off in recent years, and may now even be considered the main line

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    <***** E. 7. ...b5 *****>

    This is the Polugaevsky variation which is even more wild than the poisoned pawn. Black temporarily gives up a piece:

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 b5 8. e5 dxe5 9. fxe5 Qc7! 10. exf6 Qe5+ 11. Be2 Qxg5

    reaching this position, which is the first major branch

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    where white can play either 12. O-O or 12. Qd3. White is thought to be doing well here and the Polugaevsky generally has a reputation of not being sound, although it's still occasionally seen at high(ish) levels.

    Anyone interested in these lines, should check out KingG's excellent game collection as well - Game Collection: Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5

    66 games, 1979-2015

  5. Najdorf, English Attack
    A collection of recent games illustrating ideas in the English Attack (ECO B90)- a system in the Najdorf / Scheveningen Sicilian characterised by White developing his dark-squared Bishop to e3.

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    A. 6. ...e5

    7. Nb3 (7. Nf3!?; 7. Nde2!?) Be6 8 f3 [bad FEN: rn1qkb1r/1p3ppp/p2pbn2/4p3/4P3/1NN1BP2/PPP3PP/R2QKB1R 8]. ...Nbd7 (A1)

    (A2: 8. ...Be7; A3: 8. ...h5; A4: 8. ...b5; A5: 8. ...Nc6; A6...d5?!)

    B. 6. ...e6 (includes Perenyi Attack)

    C. 6. ...Ng4

    D. 6. ...b5!?

    Notes on transpositions:-
    6. f3 is often played to prevent 6. ...Ng4 (Line C above). Often, 6. f3 just transposes to the lines with 6. Be3, but Black can try to take advantage of the move order with 6. ...Qb6!?

    The position after 6. ...e6 in the mainline is often reached by a Scheveningen move order. I.e. a number of games which I label 6. ...e6 are, in fact, transpositions - the move actually played will often have been 6. ...a6.

    148 games, 1987-2008

  6. Secrets of Attacking Chess (Marin)
    Games from the above book
    3 games, 1951-1971

  7. Secrets of Practical Chess (Nunn)
    36 games, 1914-1997

  8. Svidler's Best Games
    Svidler is one of my favourite players. He does not have a book collection of best games - maybe this will do until he does. If anyone has any particular games to suggest, please do so...

    2006 interview, here:

    2008 video interview, here:

    2009 video interview, here:

    Svidler's website, here:

    87 games, 1991-2014

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