Questions tagged [famous-games]

Certain games are famous and well known among chess players, e.g. the Immortal game.

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Who did Nigel Short really play on the ICC in 2001 when he thought he was playing Fischer?

In 2001, Nigel Short went public with the opinion that he had in fact played Bobby Fischer on the Internet Chess Club. This was denied by Fischer himself, and the consensus seems to be that it was not ...
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Where can I find this game with a sacrifice followed by a long series of checks leading to a discovered mate?

I am looking for a chess game and frankly, I really know very little about it. I remember seeing it somewhere on the Internet. The game goes something like this. A player (either White or Black) ...
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Spectacular queen sacrifice game

I once watched a famous chess game that I can't find anymore and maybe someone could help me find it. The game I watched evolved somehow natural until one moment: player1 sacrifices its queen. The ...
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Which notable players in chess history successfully used dubious openings?

I am reminded of a famous game between Karpov and Tony Miles where Miles played 1...a6 against Karpov's 1. e4 and still won the game. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR b KQkq -...
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Has there been any blunders in resignation?

We know that despite what is shown in the movies and such, most chess games don't end by a "checkmate" move and oftentimes one side realizes that they are losing and resigns before the end. ...
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Shortest stalemate in serious tournament game

I am looking for the shortest stalemate that has occurred in a serious chess game (there were no agreements between the players). So far, I have found only compositions, but is there a real game where ...
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The Game of the Century - why didn't Byrne take the rook after he forked Fischer?

I'm guessing that there's a pretty simple explanation for this, but I can't seem to see it. [White "Donald Byrne"] [Black "Robert James Fischer"] [fen ""] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. d4 O-O 5....
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A position with the only legal move resulting in checkmate

Theoretically, is it possible that for some position, the only legal move for a side leads to a checkmate (that is, the opposite king gets checkmated)? If so, has this ever occurred in a real game?
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How is Kasparov vs Shirov 1992 a victory?

There is no check. Was it a victory on time? Or did Shirov resign? In all the discussion over this game it's just accepted that Kasparov won, without anyone mentioning the reason for his victory. And ...
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Kasparov's Immortal Game. Flawed? 24...Kb6! Suggest an improvement for White

Kasparov's immortal game vs Topalov is often regarded as one of the best games in chess history. However, after analyzing it, I find that objectively speaking, Kasparov played some bad moves and got ...
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In Nakamura v. Friedel in 2009, (22. Bc1) why did Friedel resign?

After White's 22. Bc1, it seems like responding with Rd2 would keep the game alive for Black. I assume Friedel's a more insightful player than I am. What am I missing? That is, from an experienced ...
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Harry Potter Chess Analysis

So, I've been reading Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone. If you haven't read the book yet, or watched the movie, and you don't want any spoilers, stop reading this question. Continuing, there ...
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Games that are famous because of their underlying story

I would like this question to be Community Wiki because I hope to collect several answers. Can you name famous games where part of the fame comes from the circumstances surrounding the game? I hope ...
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What are some games I can watch to become better in playing chess?

I have just started learning to play chess and I find it really interesting to learn. I would like to learn as much as possible in order to become a good player. I looked on Youtube, trying to find ...
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Which is the oldest chess game?

Chess has more than 1000 years of existence and the pieces got their modern day movements in 15th century Spain. But which is the oldest chess game of which we know the moves?
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Could you help me to find which game this is?

When I was a kid, I remember reading a newspaper article about a chess game. The article was written as if the writer was one of the players. It was a pretty surprising game and it looked as if it was ...
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Has anyone ever played and recorded a full game of Taikyoku Shogi?

I have googled for a little while and found pages and pages of rules and explanations but no documentation. Are there any documented games where the moves have been recorded? It's so ridiculous, I don'...
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Have there been brilliancy prizes awarded to the losing player?

Have there been brilliancy prizes awarded to the losing player? Preferably, it would be at a grandmaster level.
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Black beginning (specifically, the Immortal)

By CPT (or better: the Chess version thereof) if a game is opened by Black, you can transpose it to the standard version (by swapping board, colors and move rights) and there is no visible difference. ...
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What is the most queens that have been on the board in a grandmaster game?

There are quite a few grandmaster games with 3 queens or 4 queens, but what is the highest number of queens on the board in a game between two GMs? I'd be interested in both the most on the board ...
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Castling during the endgame

Are there any famous games where castling occurred during the endgame?
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What is the longest forced mate optimally played in documented competition?

There are tons of questions about the longest forced mate on here and other chess forums. Usually the answers are the 2 Knights forced mate and another one that evidently takes 549 optimal moves. ...
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Famous pawn promotion matches

Except for a famous match between Tigran Petrosian and Bobby fischer, I don't know of any famous chess match between top notch players which had some climactic pawn promotions . Could anyone here ...
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Has a "resignation blunder" ever been refused?

I was reading the question Has there been any blunders in resignation? and it occurred to me that a particularly good sportsman might refuse to accept an opponent's resignation if they knew the ...
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Is holding the opponent's captured pieces legal or allowed?

There was a controversial finish in a Canadian championship, where an opponent [un]knowingly held the queen of the other player. The [victimised] player wanted to promote his pawn to queen, but couldn'...
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Can watching grandmasters' games improve my chess 'thinking'?

Can my chess "thinking" (positional, tactical, strategic thinking, etc.) improve by watching grandmasters' games regularly? Of course, this is in addition to regular games/tactics solving etc. As an ...
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Is today's World Championship game the first with a symmetrical position and one file completely occupied?

After 8 moves in the 8th game between Carlsen and Nepomniatchi this position was reached. [FEN "r2qk2r/pppb1ppp/3b4/3p4/3P4/3B4/PPPB1PPP/R2QK2R w - - 0 1"] The position is perfectly ...
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A question about piece development

As opening principles say, you shouldn't push too many pawns in the opening. Instead, you should concentrate more on piece development. However, I have good example where it worked the other way ...
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Most beautiful checkmates? [closed]

What is the most beautiful checkmate you've ever seen in high-level play? The beauty might be caused by one of the following: A brilliant setup (the couple moves preceding the mate were brilliant) ...
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What is the longest professional chess game that ended in a checkmate?

Quite simply, what is the longest professional chess game that ended in a checkmate?
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What professional game has the quickest sequence, starting from move one, to quadrupled pawns?

In the blog "AJEDREZ, SIN DUDA", I came across a page that gives a game featuring quadrupled pawns. [Title "Zheliandinov-T. Sereteli, 35th Championship of the USSR, Kharkov, 1967"] ...
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Longest number of moves that have been identical in two independently played games on record

Are there any recorded examples of two chess games that were identical till the end? If the answer is no (which is most likely the case), what is the longest number of moves that have been identical ...
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World championship games where underpromotion was necessary

I have been frequenting tactics puzzles and a few books over the past year. I come across these underpromotion puzzles frequently, however, I never find them in real games. Has there ever been a ...
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What is the legend of Ossip Bernstein, who supposedly played chess to save his life?

Wikipedia article reads as following: A famous story goes that in 1918, after the October Revolution, Bernstein was arrested in Odessa by the Cheka (Bolshevik secret police). He was ordered to be ...
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How long is a miniature?

A miniature is a short game of chess. Depending on the forums you ask in or the blogs you look at, the length of the miniature is always a problem. Is there a standard number of moves under which the ...
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Complete game Troitzky-Vogt?

The Wikipedia on stalemate shows a position where Vogt became victim of a diabolic stalemate trap set by Troitzky. [Title "Troitzky-Vogt"] [FEN "2kr4/1ppb1pp1/1b4r1/pP2p3/P3P3/5qN1/2Q2P1P/2R1B1KR w - ...
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Soltis's best chess game of the 20th century

In Andrew Soltis's book The 100 Best Chess Games of the 20th Century, Ranked, his number 1 game is a correspondence game between Yakov Estrin and Hans Berliner, from the 1965–1968 World ...
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Ancient style chess games?

I know there are some really old games on the internet there , but are there records of any really good/great games played in the ancient style of chess ? This style had rules like pawns could move ...
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Has there been a game which was drawn with three queens?

One of my friends who follows chess told me that there was a player in the past whose defensive game was so good that he drew a game in which the opponent had three queens. I couldn't find a game like ...
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In "The Queen's gambit" were there any famous games played?

Throughout "The Queen's Gambit" (Netflix) we see games at an advanced stage (after the opening). And while the characters are fictitious, the show being set in the 1960s (Beth adult), Benny ...
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Chess games similar to Morphy versus the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard

In college I memorized a few chess games, and the only one that has stayed in my memory is Morphy vs. the Duke. [fen ""] [Event "Paris"] [Site "Paris"] [Date "1858"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Paul ...
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Franci de Castellvi - Narcis Vinyoles 18. ... Qg6??, a blunder by black?

[Site "Valencia"] [Date "1475"] [White "Franci de Castellvi"] [Black "Narcis Vinyoles"] [Result "1-0"] [startply "36"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. h3 ...
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The difficulty of finding the exact losing move

Are there examples of chess games where the exact losing move has been found only with the help of engines? Better still, games where the exact losing move cannot be found even by the best current ...
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Endgames with long king marches

I am doing a study that focuses on endgames which involve well-timed king marches, namely endgames in which the winning idea lies mainly in king positioning rather than the coordination of minor ...
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Reason why Kasparov resigned in the "Enrage the Beast" game

[White "Garry Kasparov"] [Black " Vassily Ivanchuk"] [fen ""] [StartPly "62"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 b6 5. a3 Bf8 6. Nf3 Ne7 7. h4 h6 8. h5 a5 9. Bb5+ c6 10. Ba4 Nd7 11. Ne2 b5 12. ...
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Looking for a Horowitz game

I just remembered a puzzle from a Horowitz game in which he played white against an Italian (I believe) player whose name started with "M". The black queen was defending f6, preventing Bxf6#. There ...
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Looking for a historic chess game

I'm looking for an historic chess game, and I don't remember if Capablanca or Kasparov played it. In it, both queens are face to face and neither let pass the other one, for almost 7 or 10 movements, ...
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Games of Mikhail Tal under the influence of alcohol

It is commonly known that Mikhail Tal was an alcohol addict and also had a morphine addiction for a short time. Are there any games where he played under the influence of drugs that affected his ...
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Famous grandmaster games of "torturous" winning or flaunting out of arrogance?

I was originally wondering why we don't see more torturous type of games among masters. For example, instead of proceeding to checkmate, the player in control methodically takes all pieces of his ...
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Looking for the complete game score of Vlastimil Jansa-Istvan Bilek, Rubinstein Memorial 1968

I am looking for the complete score of the game Vlastimil Jansa versus Istvan Bilek, Polanica-Zdoj, Rubinstein Memorial 1968. Here are the first 20 moves of this Sicilian Dragon-Yugoslav Attack game ...