The best chess games of all time

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Kasparov's Immortal
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

Fischer's Immortal-The Game Of The Century.
D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956  
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 41 moves, 0-1

Nunn's Immortal
Beliavsky vs Nunn, 1985 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 0-1

Yusupov's Immortal
Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 39 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein's Immortal
Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 0-1

Nezhmetdinov's Immortal
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

Gufeld's Immortal
Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 32 moves, 0-1

Tal's Immortal
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

The Immortal Nakamura!
Krasenkow vs Nakamura, 2007 
(A14) English, 28 moves, 0-1

The Immortal Game.
Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

The Most Famous Game of All Time
Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858  
(C41) Philidor Defense, 17 moves, 1-0

Morphy's Immortal
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

30.Ba3!! Mind boggling game.
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

The Evergreen Game.
Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 24 moves, 1-0

Simply Amazing!
Nakamura vs J W Loyte, 2001 
(B01) Scandinavian, 30 moves, 1-0

36.Rc5!! amazing depth.
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Petrov's Immortal.
F A Hoffmann vs A Petrov, 1844 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 0-1

Zukertort's Immortal
Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Smyslov's Immortal
Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Karpov's Immortal
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Anand's Immortal
Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1

Capablanca's Immortal Zugzwang in the style of "My System"!
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

Double B sac,King hunt and an X-ray mate.
Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

R. Byrne's Knightmare
R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963  
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Attack on the King stuck in the center.
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1-0

Najdorf's Immortal
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

A Brilliancy among Brilliancies.
Hoi vs Gulko, 1988  
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

The Immortal Sacrifice Exchange Game. 6 sacs 4 exchs
Serper vs I Nikolaidis, 1993 
(E70) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Best game of the match 1972.
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov's Gem- his favorite.
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Jaw dropping game.Amazing sacrifices.
Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 
(B35) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4, 33 moves, 1-0

The mighty Ruy Lopez-Kasparov style.
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Nakamura vs Shabalov, 2005 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Another Immortal Sacrifice Game. 6 sacs
L Milman vs J Fang, 2005 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

A bizarre and brilliant game with a Q sac and a windmill.
Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 49 moves, 0-1

Kingside attack World Champion style.
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Strategic R sac and game winning Q sac.Superb game!
G Sagalchik vs Nakamura, 2003 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 37 moves, 0-1

Morphy's famous queen sac.
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

A game we will see in a future tactics book.Brilliant!
Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

R takes N on f6! Brilliant King-side attack.
Ragozin vs P Noskov, 1930 
(B40) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1-0

Amazing King-side attack and Q sac.Very instructive.
Krogius vs Stein, 1960 
(E92) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

The famous double bishop sac.
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

All Lopez players must study is brilliant game.
Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858  
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

It's always better to sacrifice your opponents pieces
Ragozin vs P Romanovsky, 1927 
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

29.Bg2!! The greatest quiet move of all time.
Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967 
(C00) French Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

A real beauty.Square by square control.
P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 40 moves, 0-1

White N outpost at d5 in the sicilian creates huge attack.
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

The Greatest Chess Move Ever Played !!!
S Levitsky vs Marshall, 1912 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 0-1

Rook endgame masterpiece.
Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924  
(A80) Dutch, 52 moves, 1-0

A great attack on f7,and a brutal see-saw check.
A Kupferstich vs J Andreassen, 1953 
(C27) Vienna Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Brilliant game with amazing Q sac
Carlos Torre vs N Banks, 1924 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

A Nimzo style positional brilliancy.
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

Amazing tactics and sacrifices.Fantastic finish.
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

The Immortal Zugzwang
Samisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923  
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 25 moves, 0-1

Pawn Power
Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1926 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

Crushing control of space.
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

Pawn Power
Gufeld vs Kavalek, 1962 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

Tal's brilliant attack.
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Capablanca's favorite game.
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

31.Qf1!! A brilliant anti-sicilian.
Fischer vs J Sherwin, 1957 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

A strategic queenside attack brilliancy.
Rubinstein vs Hromadka, 1923 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

Zwischenzug! and 2 perplexing N sacs.
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

The Rook or (hog) on the 7th rank.
Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

A Strategic Brilliancy! very instructive.
Gufeld vs B Ivanovic, 1979 
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

21.Rxd4!! Fantastic use of the Bishops for mate.
Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Sacs both Rooks .Opens H-file ,then mate.
Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922 
(A84) Dutch, 35 moves, 0-1

Knight torture
Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

Fischer goes hypermodern,sacs his N and B for mate.
Fischer vs Panno, 1970 
(A04) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

Karopov's pieces go back home.Pawn Power Wins.
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

The amazing King march.
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

A Fischer-like N attack and King hunt.
R Cifuentes-Parada vs V Zvjaginsev, 1995 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

A truly artistic game,with an amazing Q sac.
Stoltz vs H Steiner, 1952 
(A21) English, 34 moves, 1-0

The Swindler gets Swindled! A Famous Game.
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 1-0

Positional brilliancy by Kasparov.Amazing Q sac.
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Judit Polgar vs Adams, 1999 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 45 moves, 0-1

Oll vs Ulibin, 1989 
(C18) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 1-0

E Korchmar vs A Poliak, 1931 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Amazing skill with the minor pieces.Great exchange sacs.
Euwe vs Keres, 1940 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 34 moves, 0-1

Lasker calls out the King with R exchange sacs.
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1895 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(C11) French, 50 moves, 1-0

Nakamura vs S Muhammad, 2004 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 28 moves, 1-0

Bird vs Morphy, 1858 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

A dynamic brilliancy by Kramnik.
Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1996 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 32 moves, 0-1

Brilliant Tactical Game and Rook sac
Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs P Romanovsky, 1929 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 26 moves, 1-0

The threat of mate creates deadly tactics.
Kholmov vs Bronstein, 1965 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 34 moves, 1-0

A great minor piece battle.Very instructive.
Fischer vs Stein, 1967 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 56 moves, 1-0

All out attack on the uncastled King with positional sacs.
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

The Q takes the R sac. R goes to the 2nd rank.
Geller vs Euwe, 1953 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 0-1

Classic King side attack.
Fischer vs Benko, 1963 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 21 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Karpov, 1987 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Gelfand, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 66 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Ulf Andersson, 1976 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

Sacs both rooks and Q for a mating net on the uncastled King.
Letelier vs Fischer, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Great N and R sacs crush the Najdorf.
Velimirovic vs Ljubojevic, 1972 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 27 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1996 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Sacs both Rooks for pawn promotion threat.
Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1935 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 47 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld vs Alekhine, 1923 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

M Leon Hoyos vs Nakamura, 2006 
(A04) Reti Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

A brilliant back row mate threat.
Reti vs Bogoljubov, 1924  
(A13) English, 25 moves, 1-0

Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Famous Game.
Cochrane vs Staunton, 1841 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

Famous Game,"Pawns are the Soul of Chess"
Philidor vs NN, 1749 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Charousek vs J Wollner, 1893 
(C21) Center Game, 19 moves, 1-0

The proverbial "Chess Battle".An all time classic.
Bronstein vs Ljubojevic, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Geller tears down the castle.
Geller vs Smyslov, 1965 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

Keres nails the Najdorf with a dynamic attack.
Keres vs Szabo, 1955 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Geller, 1967 
(B89) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Geller, 1967 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 0-1

Kholmov vs Keres, 1959 
(B30) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Nakamura vs I Cheparinov, 2006 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 44 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Udovcic, 1967 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Keres, 1955 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Adams vs Topalov, 2006 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

Nakamura vs Smirin, 2005 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Csom, 1980 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 33 moves, 1-0

K Bischoff vs J Nogueiras, 1998 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 40 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs W Napier, 1904 
(B34) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 35 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 17 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Larsen, 1958 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 56 moves, 1-0

Nakamura vs T Hillarp Persson, 2005 
(C02) French, Advance, 100 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1948 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 12 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 52 moves, 0-1

Portisch vs Pinter, 1984 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 33 moves, 0-1

Ivanchuk vs S Volkov, 2005 
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs J Corzo, 1901 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

Stripunsky vs Nakamura, 2007 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 28 moves, 0-1

Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Smirin, 1988 
(E97) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Tal, 1962 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

F Thorbergsson vs Tal, 1964 
(E77) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Yates, 1923 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 52 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958 
(B32) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

O M Hindle vs G Moehring, 1964 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 77 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4, 21 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Keres, 1973 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs V Liberzon, 1968 
(A25) English, 41 moves, 1-0

THE MOST BRUTAL ATTACK OF ALL TIME
Keene vs Miles, 1975  
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 26 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Aronian, 2006 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

Tal vs NN, 1988 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Tal, 1979 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 0-1

A sneaky double Bishop sac.
Taimanov vs A Shashin, 1978 
(A04) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

Fomenko vs L Radchenko, 1967 
(C59) Two Knights, 25 moves, 0-1

Fischer vs Unzicker, 1970 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4, 42 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

De Ronde vs Kamstra, 1938 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 50 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Tal, 1961 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Short vs Kasparov, 1992 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 0-1

A J Mestel vs Gufeld, 1986 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 27 moves, 0-1

P Romanovsky vs I Rabinovich, 1925 
(C16) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 1-0

M Thinius vs V Beim, 1993 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 35 moves, 0-1

Nakamura vs Karjakin, 2004 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 55 moves, 1-0

Fischer vs Larsen, 1971 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

J Friedel vs Nakamura, 2007 
(C11) French, 51 moves, 0-1

Ed Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Short, 1993 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

J Reinisch vs Traxler, 1890  
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Kamsky, 1993 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Anand, 1991 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

Keene vs V Kovacevic, 1973  
(A06) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Fischer, 1962 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Short vs R Miles, 1976 
(B07) Pirc, 25 moves, 1-0

Zhao Xue vs D Reizniece, 2006 
(E92) King's Indian, 56 moves, 1-0

Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1994 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 72 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 19 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Karpov, 1976 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 1-0

Geller vs B Kogan, 1946  ldpederson

This is a great post, thanks.

siiva

I like Najdorf's:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84ze4r-YkQY

pfren

The game Serper- Nikolaidis is just fantastic: White sacrificed ALL his pieces and queen, and used his pawns to promote to queen twice!

GargleBlaster
Best Rook Lift :)
 
trigs

the opera game of morphy's was always my favourite.

UtkarshA1

good!!

Nine_fires

Super, thanks! :)

SmyslovFan

Wow, there are so many great games in this collection! 

Piperose

Indeed, a truly good collection from chessgames.com