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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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