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  1. Cinderella pawns
    Every pawn is a potential queen, but usually that potential remains unfulfilled well into the endgame. Here I honor the brilliant masters who crowned, or threatened to crown, a "Cinderella pawn" in the opening or middlegame, even if only for a fleeting half-move. Some sacrificed a boatload of material to win, others could not hold the defense despite heavy odds, but all provide everlasting entertainment. Enjoy!
    24 games, 1795-2004

  2. Double Sacrifices 1
    This collection includes games where the winner, with one piece already en prise (exposed to capture), leaves it alone AND sacrifices a second piece! Enjoy these double sacrifices, which stand among the most brilliant moves the chessboard has ever seen. (For another example, see Edward Winter's Chess Notes 3332 on
    21 games, 1882-1996

  3. Family check!
    In the following games, both players have the same family name, and probably belonged to the same family. Before Paul Morphy conquered the world, he played against his father and his uncle.
    15 games, 1848-2000

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