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Classical Games Everybody Should Know, Part 3

  • GM Gserper
  • | Sep 11, 2011

We continue our exploration of classical chess games with the next immortal gem. It is a truly unique situation when a chess player became famous because of just one ultra short game he played (just 7 moves).  Moreover, as far as I know, it is the only known game of this chess player. And yet, he has his own entry in Wikipedia. Yes, he was the first chess teacher of the great Philidor; but his true fame comes from the next game where he introduced the "Legal's mate".

(Just like in most of my articles I give you a chance to test your chess skills, so the games are given as a Quiz.  Please remember that you can always replay the whole game from the first move if you click "Solution" and then "Move list".)



The final combination and especially the final position of the following game was reprinted countless times and yet whenever I see it I cannot help but smile. The fact that the game was played by two of the strongest players of that time in their unofficial World Championship match only makes it more valuable.  Enjoy it!
The next game by two juniors who later became super-GMs again demonstrates how important it is to know the classical heritage. 
The next game was played by the first Russian world-class player Alexander Petrov (the opening 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 is named after him), and is sometimes called " Petrov's Immortal Game".
Since we mentioned "Petrov's immortal game", we cannot miss the next one.  It is probably the most famous chess game ever played and is rightfully called "the Immortal Game".
to be continued...


  • 3 years ago


    Brilliant everybody should know these games

  • 4 years ago


    <<to end up on an attacked square>> again? take the O-O: the "attacked square" would be f1... so the attack arrived just when the King stops on g1... wow:)

  • 4 years ago


    Nice article!

  • 4 years ago


    good job mr,....

  • 4 years ago


    very nice thank you very much

  • 4 years ago


    solved everything! i like "petrov's immortal game."

  • 4 years ago


    indelibly part of memory,gr8 stuff

  • 4 years ago


    all the games were educative, but the last one was played with so much coolness,despite the material loss.thank you very much.

  • 4 years ago


    great work serper another good article

  • 4 years ago


    Very nice!!

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  • 4 years ago


    the last 3 moves of the last one may be fairly easy to see, but getting to that point-sacrificing so much material- is what makes it interesting

  • 4 years ago


    @pakire wrote: «  It is ok for the rook to start out attacked, or to pass through an attacked square, or to end up on an attacked square.»  

    how could the kind avoid passing through that attacked square?

  • 4 years ago


    Weeeh up to part four :-)

  • 4 years ago


    nice games.  thanks...

  • 4 years ago


    I once did the Legal mate on my older brother, he was so upset, he wanted to fight me. LOL. Laughing

  • 4 years ago


    Smile wow nice games

  • 4 years ago


    grt games

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago


    Tusker -- yes, it is legal, since the king does not pass through an attacked square, and the king does not end up on an attacked square, and the king is not in check.  It is ok for the rook to start out attacked, or to pass through an attacked square, or to end up on an attacked square.

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