The 10 Best Games Of The 1990s

The 10 Best Games Of The 1990s

NM Sam Copeland has picked the 10 best games of recent decades. Take a look at his picks for the 1990s and learn from the greatest games of an exciting time in chess history!

  • Learn from the play of geniuses like, Anand, Kramnik and Kasparov!
  • Decide if you agree that Kasparov - Topalov is the best game ever played!
  • Check out this top 10 list and let us know of any that Sam missed.

Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: The Greatest Chess Game Of All Time Explained - Kasparov vs. Topalov 1999

Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: The Greatest Chess Game Of All Time Explained - Kasparov vs. Topalov 1999

Is this the greatest chess game of all time? In 1999 Garry Kasparov sacrificed multiple pieces to bring his opponent's king all the way to the first rank. Take a look and let us know what you think.
34 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: Grandmaster Uses King To Deliver Checkmate!–Short vs. Timman 1991

Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: Grandmaster Uses King To Deliver Checkmate!–Short vs. Timman 1991

Against Jan Timman, Nigel Short walked his king up the board and used it to help deliver a spectacular checkmate. Check out the most famous king-walk of all time and Sam Copeland's pick for the number 2 game of the 1990s.
18 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: Yusupov Goes All In For Checkmate!–Ivanchuk vs Yusupov 1991

Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: Yusupov Goes All In For Checkmate!–Ivanchuk vs Yusupov 1991

In 1991 Artur Yusupov upset the number-two ranked player in the world, Vasil Ivanchuk, in a Candidates match. In the first tie-break game, he went all-in for the attack and won a spectacular game, Sam Copeland's pick for the #3 game of the decade.
16 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: Ivanchuk's Golden Queen Sacrifice–Ivanchuk vs. Shirov 1996

Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: Ivanchuk's Golden Queen Sacrifice–Ivanchuk vs. Shirov 1996

Sam Copeland's number four game of the 1990s features maybe the greatest queen sacrifice ever played! Check out Ivanchuk's demolition of Shirov.
13 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: A Human AlphaZero–Isaev vs. Timoshenko 1991

Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: A Human AlphaZero–Isaev vs. Timoshenko 1991

Sam Copeland's pick for the number five game of the 90s is a spectacularly deep correspondence game. It feels like Timoshenko was channeling AlphaZero years before engines were stronger than top players.
15 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: Anand's Positional Chess Masterpiece!–Ivanchuk vs. Anand, 1992

Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: Anand's Positional Chess Masterpiece!–Ivanchuk vs. Anand, 1992

How can a positional game be one of the greatest of the 90s? Sam Copeland explains how each counter-intuitive decision by Vishy Anand built up his position until he crashed through against Vasyl Ivanchuk.
16 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: The Perfect f2 Attack In Chess–Nunn Vs. Nataf, 1999

Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: The Perfect f2 Attack In Chess–Nunn Vs. Nataf, 1999

John Nunn is known as a great attacking player, but in Sam Copeland's number seven game of the 90s Igor Nataf took the initiative with an early sacrifice and never stopped going for Nunn's king!
18 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: Kramnik Crushes Kasparov–Kasparov vs Kramnik 1996

Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: Kramnik Crushes Kasparov–Kasparov vs Kramnik 1996

Garry Kasparov didn't lose many games in the 1990s, but in Dos Hermanas, 1996, Vladimir Kramnik played a daring sacrificial attack and defeated him with the black pieces. Check out Sam Copeland's pick for the number eight game of the 90s!
18 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: Shirov's Miraculous Chess Swindle–Kramnik vs Shirov 1994

Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: Shirov's Miraculous Chess Swindle–Kramnik vs Shirov 1994

Alexey Shirov is a famed attacker and in this game against the great Vladimir Kramnik, Shirov's desperation attack broke through in an amazing fashion. This Tal-like game is Sam Copeland's pick for the number nine game of the 1990s.
19 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: 11-Year-Old Chess Prodigy Wins Brilliancy–Passov vs Sammour-Hasbun 1991

Top 10 Games Of The 1990s: 11-Year-Old Chess Prodigy Wins Brilliancy–Passov vs Sammour-Hasbun 1991

Sam Copeland's pick for the tenth best game of the 1990s was played by an 11-year - old! Was this the greatest game ever played by someone so young? Take a look and decide for yourself.
16 min
5 Challenges

The 10 Best Games Of The 1990s

Master Games
10 Lessons
183 Minutes
50 Challenges
Released June 1, 2021
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