- 100 Selected Games by Botvinnik
11 games, 1926-1930
- 1983 match:Andersson-Tal
6 games, 1983
Ulf Andersson and Mikhail Tal finished joint-third in the Moscow Interzonal in 1982. Only two players qualified from that interzonal, and this match which was played in Malmo,Sweden was to decide the reserve player for the Candidates matches. This match consisted of six games, and resulted in one win each and four draws.|
- 98_A51 Fajarowicz Gambit (3... Ne4)
44 games, 1929-2015
<1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4 > |
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check out: Game Collection: The Fabulous Budapest Gambit with games from the book <The Fabulous Budapest Gambit>, by <Viktor Moskalenko>, published in 2007.
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<l.d4> players are used to being treated with respect. After the game Levin - Gulman, German Ch 2001, in which I played the Fajarowicz-Richter Gambit, my opponent, a solid GM and well known theoretician, was sufficiently affected by the enormous tension he had to face from the very start that some months later, in the German League 2002, he preferred to play l.Nf3 against me!
"The study of Chess Openings has taught us that Black, being a single-move behind, cannot achieve complete equality. He has a choice: to be content with a passive but sound position, or try early freeing moves.
<1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5!?>
This variation was invented in 1917 by Istvan Abonyi, Zsigmo nd BartiSZ and Gyulll Breyer. Such an aggressive action seems premature; on the other hand the black squares in the centre are a bit weak due to c2-c4", Richard Reti, Die Meister des Schachbretts, 1930.
"The Fajarowicz-knight creates latent threats along the a5-e1 diagonal and, in conjunction with the consequent gambit continuation d7-d6 or d7-d5, may well make White's development more difficult", Max Euwe, Theorie der Schach-Eroeffnungen, 1965.
"The Budapest is really a counter-attack rather then a def ence and it appeals to players who like to challenge White for the initiative from early in the game. This particularly applies to the Fajarowicz Variation, in which (by contrast with the <3 ...Ng4>, the main line of t he Budapest) Black puts more emphasis on fighting for key squares than on seeking the early recapture of the pawn he has given up", Tim Harding, The Fighting Fajarowicz, 1996.
<Every chess opening has its own history, its own destiny>
Soler - Marcoff, Steinitz Chess Club, November 1927, seems to be the very first published game with <3 ... Ne4>, while the British Chess Magazine, 1919, mentions the game Mlotkowski - Barrett, already played in Philadelphia 1904/1905.
However, investigations and examinations began only with the game Steiner - Fajarowicz, Wiesbaden 1928, where Black got a completely winning position, and this was actually the birth of a new Gambit, Stefan Buecker/Alfred Diel, Kaissiber 1/2001.
"In the pantheon of opening theoreticians, one of the most obscure surely has to be S.Fajarowicz. The creator of <3 ... Ne4> in the Budapest Gambit, he is almost unknown outside his variation. The major recent works have little to say about him other than that he was from Leipzig and that he was active during the period
1920-1938 ", John Donaldson, Inside Chess, 1990.
Thanks to Diel we now know a bit more: "on June 5, 1908, Sammi Fajarowicz was born in Mockern near Leipzig. He was one of those comet-like players of chess history, whose active period (1927-1933) was too short owing to persecution of the Jews and fatal illness", Kaissiber 1/2001.
-- Lev Gutman, The Budapest Fajarowicz; The Fajarowicz-Richter Gambit in Action
others: Game Collection: Black B Gambitz by Fredthebear
- Alekhine-Euwe match 1926/7
10 games, 1926-1927
The two world championship matches between Alekhine and Euwe are well known. This match is not as famous. Dutch supporters of Euwe wanted to sponsor a match against a top master to be played in the Netherlands. Lasker declined and Bogoljubov wanted too high a fee. Alekhine, however, was willing, probably as a way to help prepare for his upcoming WC match with Capablanca.|
It was a very even match, with victory in Euwe's hands with a better position in the final game, but he stuffed it up. Euwe's biographer writes that Lasker was one of the few people to shake his head after Euwe's 17th move, with most spectators only noticing the wheels beginning to fall off later in the game. Anyone familiar with this match should not have been surprised that the 1935 WC match was not the rout everyone expected.
- American chess triumphs
73 games, 1895-2001
Back in the early seventies, the Informant published a book called Yugoslav Chess Triumphs. This collection is a modest contribution to a book that might be called "American Chess Triumphs"|
- Art of the Middle Game (Keres/Kotov)
46 games, 1914-1961
'The Art of the Middle Game' by Paul Keres and Alexander Kotov.
Translated and edited by Harry Golombek.|
- Attk Minority attack Compiled by refutor
16 games, 1873-2003
This collection of 15 games was Compiled by refuter. Thank you refuter!|
- AVRO 1938
56 games, 1938
NOTE : This collection has now been superceded by AVRO (1938)|
In November 1938 a Dutch radio company AVRO (Algemeene Vereeniging voor Radio Omroep) organized and sponsored what was up to that time the strongest tournament ever held.
AVRO (literally the General Association for Radio Broadcasting) brought together the World Champion and every one of his major challengers. It ran from the 6th of November to the 27th of November 1938 with the players based in Amsterdam and each successive round played in a different Dutch town.
This tournament schedule proved to be tough for the older competitors and Capablanca and Alyekhin did not fare as well as might have been expected. In the end Keres and Fine finished in joint first place with Keres declared the winner as a result of a better tie-break score.
1. Keres * * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½
2. Fine 0 ½ * * 1 ½ 1 1 1 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½
3. Botvinnik ½ ½ 0 ½ * * 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½
4. Alyekhin ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ * * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
5. Euwe ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ * * 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½
6. Reshevsky 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * * ½ ½ 1 ½
7. Capablanca 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ * * 1 ½
8. Flohr ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * *]table
- Best Games of Chess (Reshevsky)
109 games, 1920-1946
Reshevsky's Best Games of Chess by Samuel Reshevsky.|
- Capablanca's Best Chess Endings
60 games, 1901-1936
Games from Irving Chernev's "Capablanca's Best Chess Endings"|
The opening of a game is important - and hundreds of books are written on the opening. The opening leads to the midgame.
The midgame is important - and hundreds of books are written on the midgame. The midgame leads to the endgame.
The endgame is important - and *no books are written on the endgame*!
Yes, there are books, but they concern themselves with composed endings, or with theoretical (and for the most part artificial) positions.
The composed endings are admittedly beautiful, but they are of limited value, as they have no relationship to practical play.
Of the theoretical positions, many have their uses, but one must sift the wheat from the chaff. TO what use can we put such knowledge as the procedure for mating with a Knight and Bishop, or with the two Bishops, when an opportunity to do so may not occur in a lifetime? And why burden our minds with the manner of forcing mate with three knights (believe-it-or-not) or winning with four minor pieces against a Queen (sans Pans) when such positions as these have never yet been seen on land or sea?
Capablanca himself says : "In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before anything else; for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middlegame and the opening must be studied in relation to the endgame."
There are no books on endings from real life, no books from the practices of masters in actual play, let alone from the practice of a single master.
This fact alone is enough to justify this book of endings, selected from the tournament and match play of the greatest endgame virtuoso the world has ever seen - the immortal Capablanca.
Here are wondrous endings to enchant the reader, endings of breathtaking artistry.
Here are endings of astonishing accuracy, whose relentless logic will inspire the earnest student to emulate a similar technique - the technique of seeking a clear-cut, efficient win, instead of a display of fireworks.
The games are given in full, in order to show how a slight advantage acquired in the early stages, is carried forward and exploited in the endgame.
I have annotated the endings in detail (a consideration they have rarely received before) for the better appreciation of the fine points of Capablanca's play, and have given credit to those who have anticipated my findings.
- Capablanca-Euwe 1931
11 games, 1931
Games from the Capablanca-Euwe match in 1931, plus their game from Hastings 1930/31.|
- Carlsen's Tactical Brilliancies
10 games, 2003-2021
Magnus Carlsen's attacking games with spectacular combinations|
- David Bronstein's Best Games
49 games, 1941-1991
The best games of Bronstein's career.|
- David Bronstein's Best Games
46 games, 1941-1991
The best games of Bronstein's career.|
- Endgame: 50 move rule
5 games, 1966-2019
- Killer Tal games
19 games, 1958-1992
- Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev
51 games, 1855-2002
Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev
This classic chess book of annotated games written by prolific chess author Irving Chernev explains the purpose of each and EVERY move of every game, one move at a time. (This website won't do the book justice; you need to reserve the book and play through the games as Chernev describes the action!) It teaches chess concepts, principles and rules of thumb; the reasons behind the move.
Logical Chess is recommended to intermediate players and mature, advanced beginners with excellent reading comprehension who can follow alternate lines and five-move combinations. However, even the great Mikhail Tal read Logical Chess to brush up on fundamental principles. (Tal surely did not learn anything new; it served as a reminder. Grandmasters like Tal study the games of other strong players everyday. Amateurs should also use this approach.) Even with every move explained step-by-step, Logical Chess is NOT an easy book the first time through! It is not a beginner's book, although most book dealers portray it as such. Logical Chess is 243 pages long with no diagrams -- clearly not a book for beginners.
Logical Chess was originally printed in descriptive notation and reprinted in algebraic notation. It comes highly recommended by chess instructors. It is an excellent book for self-study after one has a solid grasp of the rules, fundamentals and aims of chess.
As usual, I have taken the liberty to list Chernev's games by ECO code instead of the actual numerical order that appears in the book. I have grouped the double king pawn open games first, the single king pawn semi-open games second, the double queen pawn closed games third, and the Indian defenses last. The reader will also note that in some instances I have inserted my own supplemental games by the same player or ECO code... more vegetables in the pot of stew.
Before attempting Logical Chess, I recommend that true beginners read the following books three times each (yes, at least three times because it gets clearer -- easier, smoother with each reading as information is assimilated with prior understanding). Successful chess is PATTERN RECOGNITION. Such books will teach the beginner basic patterns they must consistently recognize to win the game. With each additional reading, the beginner gets better, quicker, smoother at recognizing the reoccurring patterns in chess such as forks, pins, skewers, discovered attacks, batteries and forced checkmate arrangements. One reading will not suffice for mastery!
The point is, if the chess beginner struggles with the book list below, Logical Chess will prove too difficult as well. There's little or no value in reading a chess book that is too difficult to comprehend. One's playing ability and understanding must approach the same level as the book is written for. A grammar school student does not read books written for the senior high school!
1) Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess by Fischer's friends (Various checkmates on the back rank that must not be overlooked)
2) First Book of Chess by I.A. Horowitz and Fred Reinfeld (More comprehensive than Fischer's puzzle book; introduction to openings, tactics, and endgames that promote pawns to queen or knight.)
3) Chess Tactics for Beginners by Fred Reinfeld (Practice basic captures piece by piece; it includes but does not over-emphasize checkmates)
4) How to Force Checkmate by Fred Reinfeld (300 famous checkmates in 1-3 moves; it starts off easy but gets more difficult)
5) An Invitation to Chess by Kenneth Harkness and Irving Chernev
6) Self-Taught Chess by Milton Finkelstein. (This book may be hard to find. Chess in Ten Easy Lessons by Larry Evans is easy to find but the game examples are not easy and the puzzles are too easy.)
7) Win in 20 Moves or Less by Fred Reinfeld (73 short games)
8) Win at Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld (A MUST READ!)
9) The Art of Checkmate by Renaud & Kahn (A delightful classic)
10) Combinations by J. Du Mont. (A forgotten gem that will raise one's level of analysis.)
* I will double check all book titles and authors for correctness shortly (November 2016). Yes, all of these books are still included in my huge chess library.
These chess puzzle books (written in descriptive notation) with diagrams on every page can be solved by starring at the book -- no board is necessary. To solve the puzzles, consider all the possible forcing moves:
1) All possible Checks, Captures, and Pawn Promotions on the next move. Also, "Attack A More Important Piece" such as aiming thy bishop at the opposing queen or pushing the pawn at a knight.
2) Then consider future Threats to Check, Capture or Pawn Promotion in two or three moves. (Sometimes a simple quite move is made first that limits the opponent's response, such as seizing control of an open line or blocking a backward pawn to prevent the opposing king's escape.)
Repeatedly solving puzzle books from the list is how one develops tactical vision of reoccurring patterns. Gaining a material advantage by capturing and removing the opponent's army one unit at a time without losing your own is a huge advantage, often on the path to victory. In most games, a certain number of captures must occur to clear off defenders and make way for invasion before a checkmate can happen. The general with the larger, entirely mobilized army should win if he's careful yet aggressive!
To develop strategical considerations -- a long term plan when forcing tactics are not available -- the learner should play through many annotated games that explain the reasoning behind the moves. Books that have a collection of annotated games from first move to last (like Logical Chess) must be read while seated at a table with a chessboard to play out each move on the board. Just make the move given in the book and continue to follow along move by move. The reader sees what is happening and how the position changes with each turn as the author explains the why.
In fact, many would suggest using two chessboards when conducting a self-study: one board tracks the actual game sequence written in the book, and the second board is for considering alternative moves different from the original game sequence. The units on the second board often get pushed out-of-sorts when a creative mind debates the various possibilities that could have been played instead. Fortunately, it easy to return to the actual printed game sequence because it remains standing in the proper place on the first board. The first board never varies from the actual move order of the game given in the book. The second board serves as the "jumping off" point to look at other possibilities. Many readers prefer to use a standard regulation board as the first board, and a much smaller pocket-sized portable set as the second board.
All 33 games from Logical Chess are included below. My randomly selected supplemental games are marked with the symbol $.
- Magnus Carlsen's Masterpieces
12 games, 2004-2007
- Max Euwe's Best Games
12 games, 1921-1953
- My Great Predecessors: Alexander the Fourth
38 games, 1911-1943
Alekhine's games annotated in Kasparov's book, My Great Predecessors, volume I.|