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  1. Favorite Games by Favorite Players
    A list of my favorite players, and some of their better games.
    43 games, 1895-2017

  2. FP's Yearly Best Games (1950 - present)
    Part 1 of the collection: Game Collection: FP's Yearly Best Games (pre 1950)


    70 games, 1950-2019

  3. FP's Yearly Best Games (pre 1950)
    Intro: My idea for this collection was a derivative of me starting to memorize chess games in order to improve my chess. But just randomly memorizing moves seemed unsatisfying, so I decided to find a top 100 games list, and go beyond memorizing by understanding them and being able to give alternative lines in critical variations. After reading and seeing various rankings for the best games of all time, and not fully agreeing with any (just as no one would probably agree with my eventual list :P) I've decided to make my own list. However once I started ranking, I saw that this was an almost impossible task without some filtering. I decided to sort games by year, for most years create a yearly top 5, then a top 20 for each decade, and finally a top 100. Yearly ranking are relatively easier as the quality gap between the games is larger, and for further steps I'll have a smaller pool of games.

    It is going slower than I thought, mostly because I dedicate only my weekends to this, however I've done some serious work, and decided to share the current version of my yearly best games. Hope some of you will enjoy it!


    <Credits>: I have shamelessly stolen from other people's collections here on chessgames, so if you have a nice collection of yours, let me thank you for your work. However there are 3 members that I'd like to give special thanks:

    1. User: Phony Benoni, for the exceptional work he has done, and keeps on doing, for collecting the games and puzzles of the day. His collections were the first ones I looked at, and were extremely helpful. See: Game Collection: Game of the Day 2004, Game Collection: Sunday Puzzles, 2004-2010, and other relevant collections.

    2. User: koinonia, for creating collections for Chess Informant's Best Games. Found many great games that still haven't made GOTD, or POTD. See: koinonia's Game Collections

    3. User: TheAlchemist, for creating the single most awesome collection I've stumbled upon, Game Collection: 0. Many hidden gems in this collection.


    <Footnote #1>: After I discovered TheAlchemist's collection, I've noticed that he also has a similar collection: Game Collection: The Game Of The Year (1851 - ). His list is a yearly best games one for the second half of the 19th Century, and in order to avoid any plagiarizing, I'll only give best games of the decade for the 19th century, and continue with yearly best games from year 1900 onwards.

    <Footnote #2>: I did a mini cheating for 1928, but it's not completely baseless. According to Kasparov's My Great Predecessors Vol IV, Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929, is given as <I Glinksberg vs M Najdorf, 1928>. Not that I doubt that there are much better historians than Kaspy out there, but I wanted to have both of Najdorf's immortals in my collection, thus I'll use this game for 1928. If I were strictly going with database years, Alekhine vs A Fletcher, 1928 would have been my game of the year for 1928.

    <Footnote #3>: I'm relatively a patzer, thus I'm not claiming that my list is the best one possible. On general I tried to ignore the names of the players, and base my choices solely on the merits of the game itself. The only rule that I had was no computer games, however I also didn't give due consideration to the draws, either. The list is not definitive, and I might make changes in the future.


    Part 2 of the collection: Game Collection: FP's Yearly Best Games (1950 - present)


    60 games, 1801-1949

  4. Greatest Games Never Played (Under Construction)
    A collection of missed opportunities, spoiled brilliancies, and other what ifs. Enjoy! :-)
    39 games, 1863-2018

  5. Insane Games [GotD & PotD]
    A collection of games that have been featured both as <Game of the Day> and <Puzzle of the Day> on a Sunday (Difficulty: Insane). The drawing combinations (on the assumption that the master was outplayed earlier in the game, and had to find a deep combination to save half a point) are discarded, and so are the games where the winning move was not actually played by the master. They are:

    Browne vs Fischer, 1970, Salov vs Korchnoi, 1997, Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000

    Nunn vs Csom, 1977

    The list reached 101 games (collection limit) on Dec-04-16. I won't update this list in the near future. Thanks to all who stopped by. Enjoy!

    101 games, 1844-2015

  6. Missing Immortals
    A list of games that have been "punned" (or not been GOTD yet), which I believe deserve the <Immortal> etiquette. In most cases these games are recognized with given titles, but I'll put in some games (especially recent ones) that I believe are worthy, too. Immortals that are given without the player's name (i.e. "The Polish Immortal," or "The Immortal Zugzwang Game"), the "Pearls" (i.e. "The Pearl of Wijk Aan Zee"), or the games that have a unique name attached to them (i.e. "The Game of the Century," or "The Mona Lisa"), are not included in this list. In fact such games are here, only if they have been GOTD with a different pun, and I would put them here with their commonly recognized names.

    Keep in mind that this is not a best game by said player list. Many greats (Alekhine, Tal, etc.) have played more than one immortal, but there was no consensus on which one should be hailed as their immortal, and I won't take the liberty to claim one was better than the others, even though I might have clear choices to represent them. Same can be said for some active players as well (Topalov, Kamsky, etc).

    Enjoy! :-)

    35 games, 1834-2015

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