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  • #241

    Here's one of my favorite games by Fischer. His exchange of the good N for the Bad B shows an incredible understanding of the position!

     

  • #242
    SmyslovFan wrote:

    My problem is I don't have a single favorite game. I may well post several of my favorites later tho.

    I probably should rename this thread Favorite famous games because it's difficult to narrow it down to just one. Most of us have many favorites.

  • #243
    SmyslovFan wrote:

    Here's one of my favorite rook endgames, by Capablanca. It made a deep impression on me when I was learning how to play the endgame. And yes, it's listed in the thread that Shirazi mentioned. Several of my favorite games are included in that list.

     

    Great game. I remember that one.

  • #244
    SmyslovFan wrote:

    One of the reasons that I am a fan of Smyslov's chess is that he was a truly universal player. His endgame technique was the standard for about 20 years, but he also knew how to attack with the best of them, and play subtle positional ideas that confounded even the likes of Petrosian. 

    Here's one game, played almost two decades after he competed for the world title. It was against one of the best positional players of all time, and yet Smyslov made it look easy. 

    I particularly like this game because it's an extreme example of the power of the Isolated Queen Pawn. It actually promotes on d8 in the middle game and is immediately decisive!

     

     

    Another good one.

  • #245
    SmyslovFan wrote:

    Here's one of my favorite games by Fischer. His exchange of the good N for the Bad B shows an incredible understanding of the position!

     

    I remember it. Great game.

  • #246

    By the way, I changed the thread title to Favorite famous games. It's about time considering that I've posted many of my favorites - as well as other games that aren't even among my favorites.

  • #247

    Here's one of Harry's.

     

  • #248

    Ne5 in the Orthodox Queen's Gambit is called the Pillsbury Attack.

  • #249

    @blueemu and @SmyslovFan:  If either of you has a favorite OTB game you've played, feel free to post it. That goes for everyone. I might even post one of mine.

  • #250

    I just posted this in another of my threads. May as well post it here too. The Skewer Lure.

     

  • #251
    Strangemover wrote:

    Polugaevsky vs Torre, Moscow 1981.

     This one was legendary, the rook placement was ingenious

  • #252
    pipxr wrote:
    Strangemover wrote:

    Polugaevsky vs Torre, Moscow 1981.

     This one was legendary, the rook placement was ingenious

    I believe that game was posted. Do you have one you'd like to post?

  • #253
    FBloggs wrote:

    @blueemu and @SmyslovFan:  If either of you has a favorite OTB game you've played, feel free to post it. That goes for everyone. I might even post one of mine.

    Hard to narrow it down to one... I've played several games that seemed exciting to me.

    Here's a last-round must-win game from one of my OTB tournaments in the Canadian Maritimes. It is reminiscent of a duel with rapiers at the edge of a cliff.

     

     

  • #254
    blueemu wrote:
    FBloggs wrote:

    @blueemu and @SmyslovFan:  If either of you has a favorite OTB game you've played, feel free to post it. That goes for everyone. I might even post one of mine.

    Hard to narrow it down to one... I've played several games that seemed exciting to me.

    Here's a last-round must-win game from one of my OTB tournaments in the Canadian Maritimes. It is reminiscent of a duel with rapiers at the edge of a cliff.

     

     

    Nice game! Especially cool to play a game like that in a must-win situation.

  • #255
    HobbyPIayer wrote:

    Most of Morphy's games come to mind. But these two in particular stand out to me—mostly due to Morphy's incredible insight.

    He played the game, self-taught, in the mid-1800s, at a level that's just mind-boggling:

     

     

     

    DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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