Classical Games Everybody Should Know, Part 2

  • GM Gserper
  • | Sep 4, 2011

Last week we started our little journey into chess history. We want to look at the most important classical games.  The ones that moved chess theory and broadened the general understanding of the game. In my opinion no chess player can call himself really educated (in the chess sense of course) if he doesn't know at least some of these games.

There are not many chess players who could compete with the legendary Gioacchino Greco by their input into the theory of our game. Most of Greco's analysis is valid even today, almost 400 years later.  And the next game is a very convincing refutation of the bad 2...f6? defense, which by the way is very popular on (I judge by the games of my students who play here frequently).

(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 next game features the famous trap in the Queen's Gambit Accepted.  When I was a kid, I was so excited after learning it that I immediately switched to 1.d4 from my usual 1.e4 hoping to trap someone.  Unfortunately I quickly realized that the trap is so well-known that it was very naive on my part even to hope that there are still chess players who are not aware of it.  So after a while I switched back to 1.e4 Smile
Even if you never play this opening, I still recommend you to remember this very important chess pattern that we discussed here:
The next Greco game demonstrates one of the deadliest chess patterns (we discussed it here: )
The following game is probably the earliest example of a very common combination known as "the Greek Gift Sacrifice."
As you can see Greco was a very talented tactician (and the founder of the so-called Italian School of chess). The next cute combination with unexpected 'smoothered' mate is another proof of his combinational gift.
If you are under the impression that all these games have only a historical value, please look at the next game. GM Wolfgang Unzicker convincingly demonstrates why it is very important to know chess classics.
to be continued...


  • 5 years ago


    I always catch someone with the queen´s gambit accepted trap :-)

    Excellent article! Go ahead man!

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  • 5 years ago


    Wow!!! Amazing article, thanx a lot.  Greco rules!!

  • 5 years ago



    11. g6 Ke4

    12. Rh4+ Qxh4

    13. Qxh4+ 

    Loses the Queen indeed but it isn't mate.

  • 5 years ago


    Greco was indeed an impressive player. All this and that wrestling stuff with the Romans!.......I would have liked to see Greco play Frank Marshall!

  • 5 years ago


    all the classics good refresher

  • 5 years ago


    wow nice one , thanks very much

  • 5 years ago


    What if for The Grrek Sacrifice 11. Pg6

  • 5 years ago


    Thanks for the great puzzles, I saw some traps that would've come useful in a few of my games :)

  • 5 years ago


    Thanks. Every thing very useful.

  • 5 years ago


    veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy excellent

  • 5 years ago


    ... and there is a Greco endgame:

  • 5 years ago


    Greco was great! 

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