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The Top 10 Games Of The 1950s

The Top 10 Games Of The 1950s

What were the ten best games played in the 1950s?

NM Sam Copeland brings you the greatest games of an exciting decade in chess.

  • Check out Rashid Nezhmetdinov's greatest brilliancy.
  • Learn from Bobby Fischer's Game Of The Century!
  • See amazing performances by Botvinnik, Euwe, Bronstein and more!
Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov: Games Of The 1950s

Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov: Games Of The 1950s

Rashid Nezhmetdinov played many brilliant and beautiful chess games, but in his own estimation, his victory with the black pieces against Lev Polugaevsky is the most beautiful of them all. Check out NM Sam Copeland's pick for the best game of the 1950s.
19 min
5 Challenges
The Game Of The Century: Games Of The 1950s

The Game Of The Century: Games Of The 1950s

Bobby Fischer's Game of the Century is widely considered one of the greatest chess games of all time. The 13-year-old Bobby had recently, in his own words, "got good," and with this game he announced his talent to the world. The game was publicized in every corner of the chess world and has ever since been a classic.
17 min
5 Challenges
Geller vs Euwe: Games Of The 1950s

Geller vs Euwe: Games Of The 1950s

Possibly the most famous game from the 1953 Zurich candidates tournament was Efim Geller vs. Max Euwe. Euwe had lost the world championship title 16 years prior, but he still showed he was capable of amazing chess, producing his finest game and arguably the finest defensive brilliancy ever in this tournament.
13 min
5 Challenges
Bernstein vs Najdorf: Games Of The 1950s

Bernstein vs Najdorf: Games Of The 1950s

Chess legend Ossip Bernstein had his greatest chess successes in the early 1900s, but 50 years later he had an incredible cherry on top of a great career with a second-place finish in Montevideo, 1954, and a tremendous triumph against Miguel Najdorf in this game.
13 min
5 Challenges
Bronstein vs Rojahn: Games Of The 1950s

Bronstein vs Rojahn: Games Of The 1950s

David Bronstein is one of the greatest and most innovative chess grandmasters in the last century. Against the top Norwegian player, Ernst Rojahn, Bronstein comes up with an amazing idea, giving up a piece for just two pawns in the beginning of the game!
19 min
5 Challenges
Stoltz vs. Steiner: Games Of The 1950s

Stoltz vs. Steiner: Games Of The 1950s

Soon-to-be grandmaster Gosta Stoltz offered an incredible queen sacrifice in his masterful game against Herman Steiner. Don't miss this incredible chess gem!
13 min
5 Challenges
Botvinnik vs Smyslov: Games Of The 1950s

Botvinnik vs Smyslov: Games Of The 1950s

World Chess Champions Mikhail Botvinnik and Vasily Smyslov competed in three world championship matches! Here is probably the most famous game from any of those matches. Watch Smyslov's incredible minor pieces battle Botvinnik's queen!
10 min
5 Challenges
Beylin vs. Lipnitsky: Games Of The 1950s

Beylin vs. Lipnitsky: Games Of The 1950s

Isaac Lipnitsky wrote the classic chess book, "Questions of Modern Chess Theory." In his beautiful game against Beylin, he put his moves where his pen was and demonstrated perfectly how to punish a chess opening error!
12 min
5 Challenges
Keres vs. Szabo: Games Of The 1950s

Keres vs. Szabo: Games Of The 1950s

The brilliant attacking player, Paul Keres, is one of the greatest chess players never to have become world champion. We dive into his short, sweet win in the Sicilian Defense against Laszlo Szabo.
17 min
5 Challenges
Moran's Once-In-A-Lifetime Chess Masterpiece!

Moran's Once-In-A-Lifetime Chess Masterpiece!

To paraphrase Anton Ego, not everyone can become a great chess artist; but anyone can create great chess art! Pablo Moran stepped out from behind the written page and into the chess limelight with this beautiful game against a fellow Spaniard from 1955!
11 min
5 Challenges

The Top 10 Games Of The 1950s

Master Games
10 Lessons
144 Minutes
50 Challenges
Released July 26, 2022
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