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The Greatest Games You've Never Seen

The Greatest Games You've Never Seen

Learn from amazing games that you've probably never seen before!

Join WGM Tatev Abrahamyan as she examines amazing games that many of you have never seen. See if you can calculate your way through these brilliancies and learn from players including past and maybe future World Champions. Check out these great games!

Here is what you will learn:

  • How does a World Champion attack with the King's Gambit?
  • How does Shirov keep fire on the board, even in the endgame!
  • How did GM Judit Polgar defeat one of the best players in the world, even toward the end of her career?
  • Greatest Games You've Never Seen: Game Of The 21st Century

    How many pieces can you sacrifice and still win the game? Enjoy this thriller of a battle with the stunning victory by the chess prodigy Alireza Firouzja in this new series on amazing games.

    • 11 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Greatest Games You've Never Seen: World Junior Championship

    It was a wild game where both sides' kings were under duress, but in the end the rising chess prodigy Jeffery Xiong came out on top in this battle from the 2016 world junior championship. Take a look at this amazing game you might not have seen.

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Greatest Games You've Never Seen: Quadruple Queens!

    Four queens on the board at the same time? It can happen even in a high-level game, like this exciting battle from the Moscow Open. Find out which side used its two queens to beat the other two royal ladies.

    • 14 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Greatest Games You've Never Seen: A World Champion King's Gambit

    The King's Gambit is supposedly a not-so-serious opening. But if it was good enough for the legendary world champion Boris Spassky, perhaps it's worth another look. Find out how Spassky used the King's Gambit to defeat another famous player, David Bronstein.

    • 15 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Greatest Games You've Never Seen: Shirov's 'Fire On Board'

    Alexei Shirov is known as a dangerous attacking player, but you might not have seen this masterpiece. In this game, Shirov takes down the Sicilian defense in under 30 moves, using an aggressively placed king to force checkmate.

    • 11 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Greatest Games You've Never Seen: A Brilliant Miniature

    It's rare in a serious game between two Grandmasters that checkmate is unavoidable after move 16, but that's what happened in this sparkling miniature win as Peter Acs uncorks a sacrificial mate in seven early in the game.

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Greatest Games You've Never Seen: Maia's Masterpiece

    You might have missed this scorching attacking game from the seventh women's world champion, Maia Chiburdanidze, considering it was played 40 years ago. Learn how to destroy a Najdorf Sicilian the Maia way.

    • 12 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Greatest Games: Gaprindashvili's King Hunt

    Nona Gaprindashvili was the first woman to be awarded the Grandmaster title, and her achievement is no surprise after this beautiful game where she demolishes her opponent's kingside.

    • 12 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Greatest Games: Polgar Beats Mamedyarov

    It was a battle between a chess legend and a rising star when Judit Polgar gave the young Shakhriyar Mamedyarov a lesson in an exciting gambit game. Watch how Polgar dismantles the black kingside in a scorching attack nearly two decades ago.

    • 9 min
    • 5 challenges
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