Questions tagged [master-games]

Games played by demonstrably skilled players such as FIDE IMs and GMs, or those of similar strength pre-FIDE.

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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

I was watching a video last night by Ben Finegold on Paul Morphy and some of his games. He mentioned that some current GMs would discount Morphy's ability since all of his opponents were "terrible". ...
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What does it mean to ''analyze grandmaster games''?

I am currently rated 1850. My coach tells me that in order to get better at my game, I should ''analyze grandmaster' games''. On the surface, I understand that he wants me to learn from great players' ...
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Has there ever been a grandmaster-level win where a queen did not move nor get taken throughout the game?

Has there ever been a grandmaster-level win where the queen of the side that won did not move nor get taken throughout the game? I feel like this is possible even at such a level as the side whose ...
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Why do titled players always play online (blitz) speed chess?

If you have been to an online chess server, you will notice that almost all titled players always play quick games (3 0) at a max. On the other hand, if you go to tournaments, it needs cool thinking ...
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How does one memorize a chess game?

I study games from books, and would like to retain some of them in my memory, especially the opening part. I also want to remember my own games (I play about 5-10 tournament games - mostly against >...
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Are there any examples of high-level games in which the game was resigned or drawn without any captures?

Are there examples of high-level games which were resigned or drawn before any captures were made? Along similar lines, what game had the most moves before a capture was made? Edit: I'm especially ...
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Games where a pawn checkmates the king

Could you please refer some examples of game where, on the last move, a pawn checkmates the king (preferably from grandmaster's games)?
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Why don't we see more Kings Indian Defenses in top level chess?

One of the most interesting openings, in my opinion, is the Kings Indian Defense (KID). 2-4 decades ago it used to be very popular at the top level with Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov using it ...
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Is this endgame position a theoretical win or draw?

The following tactics problem comes from ChessTempo, and was taken from a game between Anatoly Karpov and Alexey Kuzmin. It's white's move. The idea of the problem is to find white's best move from ...
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Java Library for PGN parser

I would like to find a Java library that will allow me to read a PGN file that could contain several chess games, probably with comments inserted also. But, it won't be used to generate moves or play ...
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How do you analyze master games without annotations?

I am starting to analyze master games more often because I never really do. But I play openings most masters don't and most games with these openings don't have many annotated games. So, how do you ...
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Because of the distortion of the computer era, is it preferable to study mainly old opening lines?

I realize that you get rather a lot of questions from lower-rated players who ask, should I try this? should I play that? how can I improve? Many of you have been extraordinarily patient with these ...
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Annotated games in the Makogonov Grünfeld?

I would appreciate references to sources, be they books or any other sort of media, that contain annotated games in the Makogonov Variation of the Grünfeld Defense (two possible move-orders for which ...
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Why 8...Na6 was played in the immortal draw?

From the other question: Is there a "perfect" game? , an interesting game came up: [fen ""] [title "Hamppe-Meitner, Vienna"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Na4 Bxf2+ 4.Kxf2 Qh4+ 5.Ke3 Qf4+ 6.Kd3 d5 7....
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What serious use of en passant has been made recently?

I'm a (very) amateur player and have seen the use of en-passant only a couple of times in club games. Chess books I've read (Soltis, Weeramantry, Pandolfini,etc.) feature hardly any games having en-...
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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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Did Reinfeld make a mistake?

One of the illustrative games featured in Fred Reinfeld's The Complete Chessplayer is a game between A. Muffang - P. Devos, France-Belgium 1948: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. ...
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Where can I find a free list of a strong GM (2575+) annotated games?

Where can I find a free list of strong GM (2575+) annotated games?
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Why isn't there a big advantage in this position for black?

I was browsing some interesting games, and found this one "Jerzy Lewi vs Jan Adamski" (1969): [fen "r1b2r1k/1pq3bp/8/3Qp2n/1P1n1pp1/2NP2P1/3BPPBP/1R2NRK1 b - - 0 0"] 1... Qxc3 2. Bxc3 Nxe2+ 3. Kh1 ...
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Has the 50 move rule been used in serious games?

There are a lot of questions about the 50-move rule; details on how to claim the draw, why the number 50, etc... But the most interesting question seems to be whether the rule has ever been applied ...
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Why did Black resign this game?

This is a game between Jose Raul Capablanca and Viacheslav Ragozin, Moscow 1935: [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 d6 6.Qc2 O-O 7.e4 e5 8.Bd3 c5 9.Ne2 Nc6 10.d5 Ne7? 11.f3 Nd7 12....
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How do you analyze master games?

One of the pieces of advice (usually from masters) that I see over and over is that I should be analyzing master games. But how do I do that? Most of the tactics are over my head (obviously the ...
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Trying to locate a historical game in which the win involves sacrificing two rooks

I can't remember whether White won or Black won, but I've been wondering for years where I saw this game. I remember toward the end, only heavy pieces and pawns were left, and the winner sacrificed ...
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Indian theme in real life

We all know this beautiful theme of self-interference. [Title "Loveday, mate in 3"] [fen "3R4/5K2/8/4k1P1/4p3/7B/4p3/8 b - - 1 0"] Solutiom: Has such a motive ever occur in an OTB game?
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Two questions about Wesley So vs Varuzhan Akobian (2016)

Here is a link to the game itself. [FEN ""] [White "Wesley So"] [Black "Varuzhan Akobian"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7. c3 c5 8....
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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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Pawn Sacrifice Justification

A few weeks ago, Magnus Carlsen (White) played against Anish Giri (Black), and this position was reached on the board on move 17 after black had played exf4: Here is the full game: [White "Magnus ...
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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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Benefits of studying annotated grandmaster games

I've started reading about the 1960 Tal vs Botvinnik match and I'm planning on studying many annotated games like these. I was curious about what benefits I can get out of doing this. I've already ...
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Examples of hidden gems

For the moment, I have a hard time finding time for chess due to studies, so for the time being, chess has to be a purely recreational activity for me. What I'm looking for are examples of beutiful ...
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Best book with several annotated games by top GMs with the Dutch

I'm looking for annotated games by top GMs featuring the Dutch defense. These could be in a book with lots of other non-Dutch games. Unfortunately Botvinnik's "Botvinnik: One Hundred Selected Games" ...
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Von Popiel - Marco, Monte Carlo 1902, how to win as black?

In the game: Von Popiel - Marco, Monte Carlo 1902: why would Black win with Bg1? Ultimate Blunder Puzzle The white player is about to lose the Queen. Does that alone immediately constitute as a ...
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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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Do sacrifices work mostly for masters?

Many beautiful and celebrated master games feature heavy sacrifices of material that result in checkmate, or at least the regaining of more material than was sacrificed. In most cases, the original ...
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Professional match where neither player castles?

Are there any professional matches from serious players where neither player castles during the course of the game?
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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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Q+N in attacking K

I've always been told that Q and N are very strong in attacking K. Could someone show me some real GM games where Q+N attack decides the game? (where at the end of the aggression, the attacking side ...
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Have any top players intentionally thrown a game for tournament reasons?

I'm thinking something similar to Women's Badminton at the 2012 Olympics. There, some pairs actively attempted to lose their games to gain a more favorable draw in the next round. Has anything like ...
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Moving absolutely pinned piece to give checkmate: has this ever occured in a master game?

We know that a (absolutely) pinned piece can move and give a check, and the check can even be a mate. The following is an example for such a checkmate. [FEN "8/8/2k5/8/4p2b/r7/3RKPBr/q7 w - - 0 1&...
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Is there an analysis of World Champions' games that shows the statistics of their game?

Is there an analysis of World Champion games, with the help of engines, that shows statistics like percentage of best moves played, blunders made, creative moves which computers can only see at high ...
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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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About castling “fights”

Today I played as White in an interesting bullet game in which a strange “fight” occurred. [FEN ""] 1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 b6 3. e4 Bb7 4. Bd3 g6 5. Be3 Bg7 6. Nc3 Qe7 7. Qd2 Nc6 8. a3 a5 9. h3 h5 10. Qe2 ...
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A question about the time to evacuate a queen in a master game

I am studying a book about chess strategy, and in the chapter concerning the d4,e4 center I have this game: (PACHMAN, VESELY, Pragues, 1953) r1b2rk1/pp1nqppp/2pb1n2/4p3/2PP4/2N1PN2/P1Q1BPPP/R1B1R1K1 ...
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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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Searching for players by primary opening choice

My opening repertoire consists mostly of openings that score respectably at the club level but rarely appear in high-level play, and far more rarely as any high-level player's primary choice rather ...
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Why do miniature games happen at the grandmaster level?

It is often said that grandmasters calculate many moves in advance before moving a piece. If this is so, why do miniature game (games less than less than 25 moves long) happen?
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Does anyone have the 1996 correspondence game between De Groot-Simmelink?

As far as I know, here are the first 12.5 moves are as below. Does anyone have the rest of the game? [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. d5 Ne7 5. h4 Neg8 6. a3 a6 7. Nf3 Ng4 8. Ng5 f5 9. Qc2 ...
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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 world ...
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Are there any repeated games between GMs?

I know there are almost an infinite numbers of games in chess, which is actually near 10^40. But had a thought; in the games played between grandmasters, they usually they know what the best move is, ...
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Exchange sacrifice to dominate black squares in Najdorf

My question is a bit ambiguous and not that specific (it wouldn't be if I could remember more details): I'm looking for a Najdorf game played against Lazaro Bruzon (or against Lenier?) probably ...