List of chess games

Jan 29, 2012, 3:54 AM |

This is a list of notable chess games sorted chronologically.






  • 1954: Botvinnik-Smyslov, Moscow An incredibly complex battle from the 1954 World Championship Match.
  • 1956: D. Byrne–Fischer, New York "Game of the Century" Byrne makes a seemingly minor mistake on move 11, losing a tempo by moving the same piece twice. Fischer pounces, with brilliant sacrificial play, culminating in a queen sacrifice. When the smoke has cleared, Fischer has a winning material advantage – a rook and two bishops for a queen, and coordinates them to force checkmate.
  • 1957: Sliwa–Bronstein, Gotha "The Immortal losing game" between Bogdan Sliwa and David Bronstein. Black has a lost game but sets some elegant traps in attempting to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
  • 1959: Tal–Smyslov, Yugoslavia Tal initiates complications early in this game and obtains a strong attack. Smyslov defends well, but eventually stumbles with one erroneous move and Tal delivers the winning tactical blow.
  • 1959: Fischer-Petrosian, Zagreb The only prominent game in which four queens were on board for 7 moves!!Match ends with draw by agreement.
  • 1960: Spassky–Bronstein, Leningrad "The Blue Bird Game" Spassky plays the King's Gambit and wins with a brilliant sacrificial attack.
  • 1963: R. Byrne–Fischer, New York Fischer executes a deep sacrificial attack to win in this miniature. Many of the players in the press room thought Fischer's position was hopeless and were surprised when they heard Byrne had resigned.
  • 1972: Fischer–Spassky, Reykjavik In this, the 6th game of the 1972 World Championship Match, Fischer shows a mastery of queenside play and delivers a crushing attack. Spassky joined the audience in applauding Fischer's win and called it the best game of the match.
  • 1972: Spassky–Fischer, Reykjavik Game 13 of the highly publicized World Championship Match. Fischer comes out on top in this intense, double-edged battle.
  • 1985: Karpov–Kasparov Game 16 of the 1985 World Championship Match. Kasparov obtains a dominating position for his knight (which Raymond Keene referred to as 'The Octopus Knight') and wins in brilliant fashion.
  • 1995: Cifuentes–Zvjaginsev, Wijk aan Zee Black wins with a stunning series of sacrifices that force white's king up to the 6th rank. Known as "The Pearl of Wijk aan Zee".
  • 1996: Deep Blue - Kasparov, 1996, Game 1, the first game in which a chess-playing computer defeated a reigning world champion using normal time controls.
  • 1997: Deep Blue - Kasparov, 1997, Game 6, the last game of the 1997 rematch. Deep Blue won, making it the first computer to defeat a world champion in a match over several games.
  • 1999: Kasparov versus the World, in which Garry Kasparov, the reigning world champion, faced the rest of the world in consultation, with the World Team moves decided by vote. Over 50,000 individuals from more than 75 countries participated in the game.
  • 1999: Kasparov–Topalov, Wijk aan Zee. Rook sacrifice with 15+ moves forced sacrificial combination. One of the most commented chess games ever, with extensive press coverage.