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  • 7 years ago · Quote · #1


    The TEN  Most Interesting Games from an Analytical Viewpoint.


    Which games were the greatest challenge to analyze? Which games were the most complicated? Which games required the most time to properly scrutinize? Probably You have asked yourself this question many times. It is possible you have chosen from many games couple of your personal favourites. Now You have a chance to take a closer look! Here it is!

    text and list by A.J. Goldsby                                                      edited by bosco


    *1*. G. Kasparov - V. TopalovWijk aan Zee, 1999
    Maybe the most complicated game ever played. I spent six months analyzing what others had written, before even attempting my own analysis. Then I methodically compared my analysis to what had already been done. I probably spent over a year preparing the game before it actually appeared here on my web pages. A truly Herculean effort. (Analytically) This game features one of the most complicated combinations and "King Hunts" that ever took place in a real, over-the-board game.





























    *2*. R. Fischer - T. Petrosian; Candidates Tournament, (Belgrade/Zagreb, YUG); 1959
    As a young lad I worked passionately for weeks on this game. I came back to it again, and again, and again. I used to have an entire legal notepad, (actually several!); full of writings and variations on this one game. This is the famous,  "FOUR (4) QUEENs Game." It is also analyzed by Fischer in his book: "My Sixty Memorable Games."





























    *3*. S. Reshevsky - H. MeckingSousse (FIDE Interzonal), Tunisia,1967.

    I went over this game with a friend who was a pilot candidate in the Navy when i was just a teenager. (The book, "The Art of Positional Play,"  by GM Samuel Reshevsky just came out.) We spent several days looking at this game, and I analyzed it many times over the years. I just recently concluded nearly four months of computer-assisted analysis. The endgame consists of Black's very active pieces, (King Rook & Knight); plus Black's far advanced and very dangerous (passed) Queen's Rook Pawn. White's forces are a lone Queen, a King - that is stuck on the first row for a very long time. Additionally, White has two connected and passed pawns in the center of the board, but they never look like they are really going anywhere until the end of the game is decided. Even though I have spent over three months - on and off - examining this game, I probably have not fully plumbed the depths of this game! 























    *4*. R. Reti - A. Alekhine; "Roughin' Reti"; Baden-Baden, Germany, 1925.

    This game is in over half a dozen books dedicated to the prettiest and best 
    games of chess ever played. I analyzed this game dozens of times as a kid. It always fascinated me. Every time I looked at this game, I probably saw something new. I worked on this game for close to six months, both analyzing the game and preparing the web page before it was ready to publish. Many writers consider this game one of the finest ever played. It is certainly a lot more complicated than the average, run-of-the-mill game. Both players play this game very creatively. It is a very unusual opening. But the final combination that Alekhine plays is very sharp, VERY interesting and easily one of the best Queenless attacks ever played.































    *5*. Tal - LissitizinUSSR Ch,  Leningrad, 1956


    A famous game, it has appeared in many game collections. This is Game Two in the Chernev book.  ("The Most Instructive Games Of Chess Ever Played.") I recently completed a deep analysis of this game. One of the all-time great games of chess. Tal's use of his King should be a revelation to most players. The manner in which Tal walks his King across the board ... and into the heart of the enemy position, is truly a wondrous thing to behold. This game is also a shocker for many other reasons: 1.A young Tal does not sack any pieces, 2.It could be - easily - in a list of the 25 best endings ever played!






























    *6*. GM V. Kramnik - GM Garry Kasparov, "Brain Games" World Championship Match. Game # 4London, ENG; 2002.


    This is one of the most difficult games I ever had to analyze. It took over two years to to finish properly annotating this game. It is easily one of the longest and most difficult draws ever played at the World Championship level. 





























    *7*. GM David Bronstein - GM Ljubomir Ljubojevic; "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", FIDE Interzonal Tournament; Petropolis, Brazil; 1973.


    This is easily one of the most intriguing games of chess ever played. Dozens of books have picked this game - as one of the best ever. ("The 100 Best,"  (of the 20th Century)  by GM Andy Soltis. "The World's Greatest Chess Games,"  by GM's J. Nunn, J Emms, and FM G. Burgess. "The Art Of Chess Analysis,"  by GM Jan Timman. Just to name a few.)  Definitely one of  the most difficult and complicated sacrifices ever played in a real game of chess.





























    *8*. Emanuel Lasker - William E. Napier;  Cambridge Springs, PA; (USA)  1904.


    This is easily one of the most complicated games ever played. The analysis has befuddled both Masters and computers for many, many years.  I worked on this game ... on-and-off ... for over 15 years. The depth and complexity of this game is almost without peer. (Without computers, it would be almost impossible to determine the real truth about this game.) [July, 2003.] 































    *9*. GM Vicktor Korchnoi - GM Garry Kasparov; World Team Championships / FIDE  Olympiad, Lucerne, (Switzerland); 1982. 


    Two of the world's best players go toe-to-toe and slug it out ... each one was trying to land a knock-out blow with every punch. The chess is not perfect - far from it! But the game is EXTREMELY interesting and difficult, from an analytical perspective.
































    *10*. GM V. Ivanchuk - GM A. Yusupov(Ninth Game) {FIDE} Candidates Match, Bruxlelles, (BEL); 1991.



    No other game is so complicated as this one. About 5 or 6 years ago, I attempted to analyze this game with a computer. It was hopeless. To give you an idea of how complicated this game is, White's 25th move has been given everything from a double-exclam to a double-question mark!! This game is in at least 20 books ... and the authors often give CONFLICTING analysis!






























     Many games have been played that are very complex, and probably just as challenging as the games above. Please always remember that this is MY PERSONAL LIST ... games that affected me the most ... and were EXTREMELY difficult for me to finally fully grasp and comprehend.

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #2


    wow!!! i just bookmarked this and am going to read through it all when i have a few hours! great post!
  • 7 years ago · Quote · #3


    really nice work..............i really impress by kasparov  bt wonder why he did not take any game of alekhine(may be spell mistake)........
  • 4 years ago · Quote · #4


    I realise that this is really old, but thanks for sharing.

    VERY Good thread. I wish more people would have commented on it.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5



    I just played through the Lasker v. Napier game, and it was pretty far out.  I reckon I'm going to have to give some time to studying it for a meaningful understanding.  Is it a game of Chess, or Go?  Every conflict is responded to by the development of another conflict elsewhere, or so it seems.  It's certainly not the sort of game that mechanical players (i.e. playing by rote) could produce!

  • 11 months ago · Quote · #6


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