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  1. A A A A KID: Saemisch E87 [Black]
    45 games, 1944-2015

  2. A A A KID. Positional E94 [Black]
    26 games, 2007-2019

  3. Alexander Alekhine Games, 1935-1939
    These are the most important games of Alekhine, as well as some entertaining ones. He is the grandmaster I have decided to study intensely. This collection is from 1935-1939.
    62 games, 1935-1939

  4. Art of the Middle Game (Keres/Kotov)
    'The Art of the Middle Game' by Paul Keres and Alexander Kotov. Translated and edited by Harry Golombek.
    46 games, 1914-1961

    This collection gathers Benko Gambit games played by famous players, Black mostly winning... and also White !
    119 games, 1948-2006

    tactical games
    4 games, 1951-1992

  7. Bobby Fischer Ruy Lopez
    35 games, 1956-1992

  8. chigorins defence games
    25 games, 1897-1994

  9. Deep analysis
    Games I'm doing a deep, no-engine analysis on to learn better calculation, etc.
    3 games, 1930-2015

  10. DrChopper's study games 3
    101 games, 1849-2012

  11. E87 KID: Saemisch [White]
    44 games, 1989-2012

  12. fav Anand & Spassky games
    65 games, 1949-2010

  13. French, King's Indian Attack
    8 games, 1957-1984

  14. Here be dragons
    43 games, 1887-2015

  15. Jose Raul Capablanca's Best Games
    The best games of Capablanca's career.

    As one by one I mowed them down, my superiority soon became apparent. – Jose Raul Capablanca

    Why should I give her publicity? – Jose Raul Capablanca (on being asked to pose for a photo with a famous actress)

    I always play carefully and try to avoid unnecessary risks. I consider my method to be right as any superfluous ‘daring’ runs counter to the essential character of chess, which is not a gamble but a purely intellectual combat conducted in accordance with the exact rules of logic. – Jose Raul Capablanca

    When you sti down to play a game you should think only about the psotion, but not about the opponent. Whether chess is regarded as a science, or an art, or a sport, all the same psychology bears no relation to it and only stands in the way of real chess. Jose Raul Capablanca

    I always use only the openings that bring fruitful results in practice, regardless of the positions arising in the middle-game. – Jose Raul Capablanca

    I thought for a little while before playing this, knowing that I would be subjected thereafter to a terrific attack, all the lines of which would be of necessity familiar to my adversary. The lust of battle, however, had been aroused within me. I felt that my judgment and skill were being challenged. I decided that I was honor bound, so to speak, to take the pawn and accept the challenge, as my judgment told me that my position should then be defensible. – Jose Raul Capablanca (on being confronted by Marshall's new Marshall Attack)

    When a match is over I forget it. You can only remember so many things, so it is better to forget useless things that you can’t use and remember useful things that you can use. For instance, I remember and will always remember that in 1927 Babe Ruth hit sixty home runs. – Jose Raul Capablanca

    I had to keep walking from table to table. I must have walked ten miles. In chess, as in baseball, the legs go first. Chess is not an old man’s game. – Jose Raul Capablanca (on giving a simul)

    Sir, if you could beat me, I would know you. – Jose Raul Capablanca (to an unknown player who had rejected Capablanca's offer of queen odds, on the grounds that Capablanca didn't know him, and might lose)

    Young man, you play remarkable chess! You never make a mistake! – Emanuel Lasker (after losing most of the games in a 10 game rapid transit match against a very young Capablanca)

    He was of medium height, lean, but no padding needed for his shoulders. And such pride in the posture of his head! You would know no one could dingle-dangle that man. I can visualize him so clearly, with his dark hair and large gray-green eyes. Believe me, when he took a stroll, in his black derby hat and carrying a cane, no handsomer young gentleman ever graced Fifth Avenue. – Bernard Epstein (Capa's college roommate)

    Capablanca's planning of the game is so full of that freshness of his genius for position play, that every hypermodern player can only envy him. – Alexander Alekhine

    It is astonishing how carefully Capablanca's combinations are calculated. Turn and twist as you will, search the variations in every way possible, you come to the inevitable conclusion that the moves all fit in with the utmost precision. – Max Euwe

    There is nothing more to fear from the Capablanca technique. – Efim Bogoljubow (shortly after which, Capablanca proceeded to crush him)

    Capablanca didn’t make separate moves - he was creating a chess picture. Nobody could compare with him in this. – Mikhail Botvinnik

    Whether this advantage is theoretically sufficient to win or not does not worry Capablanca. He simply wins the ending. That is why he is Capablanca! – Max Euwe (on a Capablanca game)

    Chess was Capablanca's mother tongue. – Richard Reti

    Learn carefully to work out strategic plans like Capablanca, and you will laugh at the plans told to you in ridiculous stories. – Emanuel Lasker

    Poor Capablanca! Thou wert a brilliant technician, but no philosopher. Thou wert not capable of believing that in chess, another style could be victorious than the absolutely correct one. – Max Euwe

    It’s entirely possible that Capa could not imagine that there could be a better move than one he thought was good and he was usually right. – Mike Franett

    I was surprised to see that Capablanca did not initiate any active maneuvers and instead adopted a waiting game. In the end, his opponent made an imprecise move, the Cuban won a second pawn and soon the game. 'Why didn't you try to convert your material advantage straight away?' I ventured to ask the great chess virtuoso. He smiled indulgently: 'It was more practical to wait'. – Mikhail Botvinnik

    Once in a lobby of the Hall of Columns of the Trade Union Center in Moscow a group of masters were analyzing an ending. They could not find the right way to go about things and there was a lot of arguing about it. Suddenly Capablanca came into the room. He was always find of walking about when it was his opponent's turn to move. Learning the reason for the dispute the Cuban bent down to the position, said 'Si, si,' and suddenly redistributed the pieces all over the board to show what the correct formation was for the side trying to win. I haven't exaggerated. Don Jose literally pushed the pieces around the board without making moves. He just put them in fresh positions where he thought they were needed. Suddenly everything became clear. The correct scheme of things had been set up and now the win was easy. We were delighted by Capablanca's mastery. – Alexander Kotov

    During the last twenty years, Capablanca has contested in successive tournaments, and his games form a series of classics, noted chiefly for their grace and simplicity. This simplicity is, of course, the result of that art which conceals art. – B. Winkleman

    He makes the game look easy. Art lies in the concealment of art. – Philip W. Sergeant (on Capablanca)

    Capablanca had that art which hides art to an overwhelming degree. – Harry Golombek

    I have known many chess players, but only one chess genius, Capablanca. – Emanuel Lasker

    I think Capablanca had the greatest natural talent. – Mikhail Botvinnik

    Capablanca was possibly the greatest player in the entire history of chess. – Bobby Fischer.

    Beautiful, cold, remorseless chess, almost creepy in its silent implacability. – Raymond Chandler (on a Capablanca game)

    What others could not see in a month's study, he saw at a glance. – Reuben Fine (on Capablanca)

    I see only one move ahead, but it is always the correct one. – Jose R. Capablanca

    Capablanca invariably chose the right option, no matter how intricate the position. – Garry Kasparov.

    Capablanca’s games generally take the following course: he begins with a series of extremely fine prophylactic maneuvers, which neutralize his opponent’s attempts to complicate the game; he then proceeds, slowly but surely, to set up an attacking position. This attacking position, after a series of simplifications, is transformed into a favorable endgame, which he conducts with matchless technique. – Aaron Nimzowitsch

    He had the totally undeserved reputation of being the greatest living endgame player. His trick was to keep his openings simple and then play with such brilliance that it was decided in the middle game before reaching the ending - even though his opponent didn't always know it. His almost complete lack of book knowledge forced him to push harder to squeeze the utmost out of every position. – Bobby Fischer (on Capablanca)

    I honestly feel very humble when I study Capablanca's games. – Max Euwe

    You cannot play chess unless you have studied his games. – Mikhail Botvinnik (on Capablanca)

    Capablanca's play produced and still produces an irresistible artistic effect. In his games a tendency towards simplicity predominated, and in this simplicity there was a unique beauty of genuine depth. - Mikhail Botvinnik

    Without technique it is impossible to reach the top in chess, and therefore we all try to borrow from Capablanca his wonderful, subtle technique. - Mikhail Tal

    I was brought up on the games of Capablanca and Nimzowitsch, and they became part of my chess flesh and blood. - Tigran Petrosian

    Capablanca was among the greatest of chess players, but not because of his endgame. His trick was to keep his openings simple, and then play with such brilliance in the middlegame that the game was decided - even though his opponent didn't always know it - before they arrived at the ending. - Robert Fischer

    Capablanca never really devoted himself to chess, seldom made match preperations. His simplicity is a myth. His almost complete lack of book knowledge forced him to push harder to squeeze the utmost out of every position. Every move he made had to be super-sharp so as to make something out of nothing. His play was forced. He had to try harder than anybody else because he had so little to begin with. - Robert Fischer

    The ideal in chess can only be a collective image, but in my opinion it is Capablanca who most closely approaches this... His book was the first chess book that I studied from cover to cover. Of course, his ideas influenced me. - Anatoly Karpov

    I did not believe I was superior to him. Perhaps the chief reason for his defeat was the overestimation of his own powers arising out of his overwhelming victory in New York, 1927, and his underestimation of mine. – Alexander Alekhine (on Capablanca)

    With his death, we have lost a very great chess genius whose like we shall never see again. – Alexander Alekhine (on Capablanca)

    Alekhine was the rock-thrower, Capablanca the man who made it all seem easy. – Hans Ree

    It was impossible to win against Capablanca; against Alekhine it was impossible to play. – Paul Keres

    Against Alekhine you never knew what to expect. Against Capablanca, you knew what to expect, but you couldn't prevent it! – George Thomas

    Capa's games looked as though they were turned out by a lathe, while Alekhine's resembled something produced with a mallet and chisel. – Charles Yaffe

    I have known many chess players, but among them there has been only one genius - Capablanca! His ideal was to win by manoeuvering. Capablanca's genius reveals itself in his probing of the opponent's weak points. The slightest weakness cannot escape from his keene eye. - Emanuel Lasker

    Whereas Anderssen and Chigorin looked for accidental positions, Capablanca is guided by the logicality of strong positions. He values only that which is well-founded: solidity of position, pressure on a weak point, he does not trust the accidental, even if it be a problem-like mate, at the required moment he discovers and carries out subtle and far-sighted combinations... - Emanuel Lasker

    Capablanca possessed an amazing ability to quickly see into a position and intuitively grasp its main features. His style, one of the purest, most crystal-clear in the entire history of chess, astonishes one with it's logic. - Garry Kasparov

    Capablanca was a genius. He was an exception that did not obey any rule. - Vladimir Kramnik

    We can compare Capablanca with Mozart, whose charming music appeared to have been a smooth flow. I get the impression that Capablanca did not even know why he preferred this or that move, he just moved the pieces with his hand. If he had worked a lot on chess, he might have played worse because he would have started to try to comprehend things. But Capablanca did not have to comprehend anything, he just had to move the pieces! - Vladimir Kramnik

    127 games, 1901-1939

  16. Kings Indian Defence, Samisch Variation
    68 games, 1931-2009

  17. Logical Chess: Move By Move (Chernev) - COMPLETE
    All 33 games from Irving Chernev's book Logical Chess: Move By Move (Every Move Explained), Faber & Faber 1957; New Algebraic Edition B.T. Batsford, 1998, reprinted 2000, 2001 (twice), 2002 (twice); ISBN 0 7134 8464 0
    33 games, 1889-1952

  18. Match Karjakin!
    Sergey Karjakin's Match Record (classical):

    < Exhibition Match, Dannemann, 2003: +2 -0 =4 vs 2456 op.[2576 performance] >

    +2 -0 =4 vs. Kosteniuk (2456)

    < 2004 FIDE WCh KO, Tripoli: +0 -1 =1 vs 2630 op.[2439 performance] >

    +0 -1 =1 vs. Kobalia (2630)

    < Dortmund 2004, 7th Place: +0 -1 =1 vs. 2665 op.[2474 performance] >

    +0 -1 =1 vs. Bologan (2665)

    < Exhibition Match, Cuernavaca, 2004: +1 -4 =1 vs 2620 op.[2429 performance] >

    +1 -4 =1 vs. Nakamura (2620)

    < 2005 FIDE World Cup, Khanty-Mansiysk: +0 -0 =2 vs 2567 op.[2567 performance] >

    +0 -0 =2 [+0 -1 =1] vs. Balogh (2567)

    < 2007 World Cup, Khanty-Mansiysk: +4 -0 =8 vs 2662 op.[2783 performance] >

    +2 -0 =0 vs. Matsuura (2511)
    +1 -0 =1 vs. Pengxiang (2644)
    +0 -0 =2 [+2 -0 =0] vs. Bacrot (2695)
    +1 -0 =1 vs. Nisipeanu (2668)
    +0 -0 =2 [+1 -0 =1] vs. Alekseev (2716)
    +0 -0 =2 [+0 -1 =1] vs. Shirov (2739) - semifinal

    < 2009 World Cup, Khanty-Mansiysk: +4 -3 =5 vs 2673 op.[2702 performance] >

    +1 -0 =1 vs. Rodriguez Vila (2508)
    +0 -0 =2 [+1 -0 =3] vs. Timofeev (2651)
    +1 -1 =0 [+3 -0 =0]vs. Navara (2707)
    +1 -0 =1 vs. Vitiugov (2694)
    +1 -0 =1 vs. Mamedyarov (2719)
    +0 -2 =0 vs. Gelfand (2758) - semifinal

    < 2011 World Cup, Khanty-Mansiysk: + - = vs 2 op.[2 performance] >

    +2 -0 =0 vs Kaabi (2344)
    +0 -0 =2 [+1 -0 =1] vs. So (2658)
    +0 -1 =1 vs. Polgar (2699)

    <Overall: +11 -9 =22 [+7 -2 =6] vs 2624 opposition: 2640 performance [2798 in tiebreakers]>

    65 games, 2003-2011

  19. Modern Benoni
    Middlegame themes:

    Pushing Q-side pawns:

    K-side attack:

    Nf6-Ne8-Nc7-Nb5 manoeuvre

    39 games, 1927-2017

  20. My Favorite Games
    36 games, 1834-2016

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