Below are 12 beautiful combinations from games by various players throughout time. I've incorporated the entire games but displayed them from the point where the combination seems to originate.
The first game is between the Kiev champion and future Russian champion (just a few months later) as well as future two-time world championship contender Efim Bogoljubov and the profound Richard Reti who is considered more a strategist than a tactical wizard. However, this game highlights his deep tactical skill.
Samuel or Saloman Lipschütz is considered by most one of the early US champions. Here he loses to the one time British champion, Joseph Blackburne who was no stranger to tactical brilliancies.
Theodore Tylor was a particularly intruiging player. A lawyer and lecturer of law at Balliol College, Tylor, legally blind, had captained the Oxford chess team, finshed 2nd behind Sultan Khan in the British Championship in 1933, was a 3 time British correspondence champion, often while playing on a tactile bopard. His opponent, Willaim Winter was a two-time Bristish champion. Below, Tylor demonstrates the tactical abilitiy for which he was noted.
This next game is from a simul given by Capablanca. The Cuban champion shows his natural, almost casual, style with threats of combinations around every corner.
23 year old Grigory Levenfish would later become a two-time Soviet champion and one of the strongest players in the world. Alekhine, who was only 19 but already a leading Russian player, shows the value of time over material.
From the following game it's hard to believe that Max Euwe would eventually knock Alekhine from his world champion throne, but at the time of this game, Alekhine was already world champion material and Max Euwe was only 20 years old.
The following game between Mikhail Tal and Alexander Tolush is quite famous - rightfully so.
The "BCM," May 1891, published Bauer's obituary in which it claimed:
"In his style of play. Bauer was a true disciple of the modern Vienna school, safe rather than brilliant. His theoretical knowledge was astonishing, and he added to it as 'infinite capacity' for analytical work."
Lasker managed to break through his shield of safety in the sweet little game.
Rashid Nezhmetdinov was one of the greatest attacking players of all time. Although he never gained a grandmaster title, the five-time Russian champion held a plus score against Boris Spassky. Below shows why.
Celso Golmayo Zupide lost 2 out of 5 games to Morphy at Knight-odds after which Morphy deemed him too strong for such odds. Sam Loyd had played and lost one game against Morphy, also at Knight-odds. Here Loyd beats Golmayo on even terms with a combination worthy of a puzzle.
The town of Breslau spawned more than it's share of noted chess players: Adolf Anderssen, Siegbert Tarrasch, Daniel Harrwitz, (Johannes Zukertort attend the University of Breslau) and Jakob Rosanes. Rosanes, who would beome a highly respected mathematician, was 24 years younger than the legendary Anderssen and only 20 years old when the following game was played. Anderssen, an instructor at the Friedrichs-Gymnasium in Breslau schooled his younger opponent in combinatinve chess.
Luis Roux Cabral, 1939
Luis Lisandro Roux Cabral had been the two-time champion of Uruguay. His play sparkled the board like scattering of precious gems.