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Can someone provide a collection of GM games (I'll define a collection as 5 or more games played by a GM against a GM, to be specific), where the winning side featured, at some point in the game, a knight (of the winning side) on one of the corners (a8, h8, a1, h1).

Weird request? Yes. I've seen all pieces but the knight go to a corner square. But I've heard of top level games where it has happened for some brilliant purpose, and am interested to actually see some examples.

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I think 5 might be a few too many to look for. – Travis J Jan 27 '13 at 22:21
I found 4000+ GM games in my database where White had a knight on a1 and went on to win. There's plenty more such victories when looking at the other corners and for both colors. So if you really do want a collection of such games, there's a long list to be had. Knights don't love corners, but sometimes they have to go there, e.g. it captures something in a corner, or it sits there to block a promotion; and sometimes a player's position is just so cramped that the only way to reroute a knight somewhere useful is to go through the corner. – ETD Jan 28 '13 at 1:02
@EdDean Perhaps I should've specified that I was looking for instances in the opening or the middlegame when this happened, because I've certainly seen it happen in the endgame to block promotion, now that you mention it. – chubbycantorset Jan 28 '13 at 3:45
As @EdDean points out a knight can end up in the corner after capturing something. Here are two opening that lead to this: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.h5 c5 7.Bxe7 Qxe7 8.Nb5 0-0 9.Nc7 cxd4 10.Nxa8 and 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2 6.Ke2 Qe7 7.Nxh8 – Akavall Jan 28 '13 at 4:24
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Here is another famous game: Piket - Kasparov, Tilburg 1989. Kasparov used the exact size of the chess board, combining Qa8-a7 with Ng3-h1 to win.

[FEN ""]
[Event "Tilburg <Treppner>"]
[Site "Tilburg <Treppner>"]
[Date "1989.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Jeroen Piket"]
[Black "Garry Kasparov"]
[ECO "E99"]
[PlyCount "56"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 O-O 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O
Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.b4 Nf6
14.c5 Ng6 15.cxd6 cxd6 16.Rc1 Rf7 17.a4 Bf8 18.a5 Bd7 19.Nb5
g4 20.Nc7 g3 21.Nxa8 Nh5 22.Kh1 gxf2 23.Rxf2 Ng3+ 24.Kg1 Qxa8
25.Bc4 a6 26.Qd3 Qa7 27.b5 axb5 28.Bxb5 Nh1 0-1
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I believe Nh1 is somewhat thematic in these type of positions, important concept to know. Interesting that white also had a knight in the corner in this game! – Akavall Jan 28 '13 at 15:46

Here is a nice one for you actually titled "Knight in the Corner": Magnus Carlsen vs Michael Adams

[FEN ""]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. a3 Bxc3 6. Qxc3 dxc4 7. Qxc4 b6 8. Bf4 Ba6 9. Qxc7 Qxc7 10. Bxc7 O-O 11. Nf3 Rc8 12. Bf4 Nbd7 13. Nd2 Rc2 14. Rb1 Rac8 15. Nb3 Bc4 16. Na1 Ba2 17. Nxc2 Bxb1 18. Na1 Nd5 19. Bd2 e5 20. e3 exd4 21. exd4 Nb8 22. f3 Nc6 23. Bc4 Rd8 24. Kf2 Bf5 25. Nb3 Be6 26. Rc1 f6 27. a4 a5 28. Bc3 Bf7 29. Nd2 Nde7 30. Bf1 Nxd4 31. Re1 Ndc6 32. Nc4 Nd5 33. Rb1 Kf8 34. Be1 Ke7 35. Kg1 Nb8 36. Bf2 Nd7 37. Re1 Kf8 38. Rd1 Ke7 39. Re1 Kf8 40. Nd6 Ne5 41. Nxf7 Kxf7 42. Rd1 Ke7 43. f4 Ng4 44. Re1 Kf8 45. Bd4 Rd6 46. h3 Nh6 47. Rd1 Nf5 48. Bf2 Ke7 49. g4 Nh6 50. f5 Nf7 51. Bg2 Nf4 52. Rxd6 Nxd6 53. Bxb6 Nc4 54. Bc5 Kd7 55. Bf1 Nxb2 56. Bb5 Kd8 57. Bb6 Ke7 58. Kh2 Nd5 59. Bxa5 Kd6 60. Bd2 Kc5 61. Kg3 Nc7 62. Be3 Kb4 63. Bd2 Kc5 64. Bc1 Nc4 65. Bxc4 Kxc4 66. Bd2 Na6 67. a5 Kb5 68. Kf3 Nc5 69. Bc3 h6 70. Ke3 Kc4 71. Bd4 Na6 72. Ke4 Nb4 73. h4 Kb5 74. Bc3 Na6 75. Kd5 Nc5 76. Bd4 Nd3 77. Ke6
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