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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 believe that the game you speak of is the extremely famous Lasker-Thomas match in which Lasker forces Black to accept his queen "sacrifice" on move 11. It is followed by a king hunt in ...
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Has O-O ever been played without moving the e or g pawns?

This CQL query: cql(input Mega_Database_2022.pgn) flipcolor { { move from K o-o Pg2 Pe2 } or { move from K o-o-o Pb2 Pd2 } } returns 224 (!) games when ...
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Shortest stalemate in serious tournament game

Yes, there has been a stalemate in a serious game that is under 30 moves long. According to Tim Krabbe's "Chess Records," the fastest such game happened in 27 moves. [Title "Sibilio-...
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Spectacular queen sacrifice game

This does sound like the famous game between Edward Lasker (not the world champ) and George Alan Thomas. [FEN ""] [Event "Casual game"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "1912.10.29"] [Result "1-0"] [White "...
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A position with the only legal move resulting in checkmate

I want to offer a semi-realistic example. I think I have seen something like this in a game by masters in some book, but of course I cannot recall where. But this is something that at least can be ...
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Game in James Bond film "From Russia with love"

This game is based on a 1960 game between Boris Spassky and David Bronstein, on the 16th round of the USSR Championship: [FEN ""] [Event "URS-ch27 Final"] [Site "Leningrad&...
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How is Kasparov vs Shirov 1992 a victory?

Shirov resigned: the thinking was that despite both sides left with pawns and a knight, the advantage went to Black. Black has an extra pawn and Black's pawn chain is mutually supporting. White is ...
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In which tournament did Karpov play his first move with white pieces and offer a draw?

Not sure if this is it but this is the shortest Karpov game I found in the database. Anatoly Karpov vs Peter Leko, Groningen 1995 where Karpov played 1.d4 and that's it. The first comment there says ...
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A position with the only legal move resulting in checkmate

Sure it's possible. In fact, it's possible that this kind of "inevitability" happens earlier in the game, with many more moves to go until mate. Here is an example taken from the Wikipedia ...
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Have there been any blunders in resignation?

The official source that people link to when this question comes up is Tim Krabbe's excellent blog post from more than 20 years ago now: The ultimate blunder. He collected every single game in the ...
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Positions where pawn promotion to queen is worse than to other piece

Knight promotion is reasonably common (though not nearly as much so as Queening); Rook and especially Bishop, much less so, because the only motivation is stalemate avoidance(*). Tim Krabbé has a ...
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Famous grandmaster games of "torturous" winning or flaunting out of arrogance?

Are there such examples of torturous winning, where a grandmaster resists his urge to resign and lets the opponent take all of his pieces before he gets checkmated? No, there aren't, for the simple ...
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The Game of the Century - why didn't Byrne take the rook after he forked Fischer?

Short answer: Since after the bishop recapture on f8 (and not the rook recapture!) white is tactically and positionally completely busted, with 5 active black pieces against a completely exposed king ...
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Could you help me to find which game this is?

https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-avoid-blunders-part-two In one of his books GM Alexander Kotov even coined a term "Dizziness due to success" which describes Chigorin's blunder ...
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Has anyone ever played and recorded a full game of Taikyoku Shogi?

The answer is yes. According to jawp article, a game of Taikyoku Shogi was played for Japanese TV show "Tribia-no-Izumi" (=Fountain of trivia), broadcast on 19th May 2004. The game continued 32 hours ...
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A position with the only legal move resulting in checkmate

[FEN "kq6/8/K7/PQ6/8/8/8/8 b - - 0 1"] 1... Qb7+ (1... Qa7#) 2. Qxb7# Black could mate with 1...Qa7# or lose with 1...Qb7#, when White's only legal reply is 2. Qxb7#.
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Have there been brilliancy prizes awarded to the losing player?

Not exactly a prize, but answers your question in spirit: Immortal Losing Game Wikipedia's summary of the game is: The Immortal Losing Game is a chess game between the Soviet grandmaster David ...
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What is the most queens that have been on the board in a grandmaster game?

This sounds like a job for Tim Krabbé, who presents two games with six queens: Szalanczy - Nguyen, Budapest 2009 and Anton - Franco, XXI Elgoibar Magistral 2011. I don't know how many of the ...
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Quintuple pawns / Interesting pawn structures

According to Tim Krabbé, Kovacs - Barth, Balatonbereny 1994 was the game with the longest living quadrupled pawns (23 moves). That would imply that he (an authority when it comes to chess records) ...
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How is Kasparov vs Shirov 1992 a victory?

Black has (almost) three connected passed pawns which will be unstoppable. White is not going to promote his pawn without the king, which is far away and likewise is not going to get a passer on the ...
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Quintuple pawns / Interesting pawn structures

Wikipedia mentions Alekhine-Nenarokov 1907 and van der Wiel-Hort 1981 as two (and by no means the only) games with quadrupled pawns. I can find no mention of quintupled pawns.
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Is today's World Championship game the first with a symmetrical position and one file completely occupied?

Using this CQL query: cql(input all_wcc.pgn) [Aa][a1-8] == 8 or [Aa][b1-8] == 8 or [Aa][c1-8] == 8 or [Aa][d1-8] == 8 or [Aa][e1-8] == 8 or [Aa][f1-8] == 8 or [Aa][g1-8] == 8 or [Aa][h1-8] == 8 ...
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Longest number of moves that have been identical in two independently played games on record

There are Several reasons for identical games: The fact that we databases and computers allows us to find the best move in known positions. (if both players knows the theory in the same level - it ...
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What is the longest forced mate optimally played in documented competition?

I discovered a game from a few weeks ago that features a forced mate in 13 moves that was administered OTB. The game in question is Dubov-Svane, and the claim came from Agadmator’s analysis, for which ...
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Which is the oldest chess game?

The oldest recorded game with the modern rules for moves is this game played in 1475. Although it's not clear if castling and en passant were in force. [FEN ""] [Event "Valencia "] [Date "1475"] [...
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What is the most queens that have been on the board in a grandmaster game?

If you have a PGN file of chess games you can use CQL to search it. Something like: (match :pgn src.pgn :output queens.pgn (position :piececount [Qq] 3 8)) Should return all games with ...
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What are some games I can watch to become better in playing chess?

First, by far the most popular chess YouTuber is Agadmator. His channel does a nice job of going over famous games, and explaining them. Other good videos are what are called "banter blitz". Banter ...
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A position with the only legal move resulting in checkmate

Forced mate positions do occur in real games although it is pretty rare: such a mate is only delivered about once in 68,000 games on lichess.org. One example comes from this game with the penultimate ...
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Could you help me to find which game this is?

Sorry it is not an answer to the original question. It is supposed to be a comment to StudetT's answer - definitely correct one - but is too long to fit the comment format. Just a bit of chess history....
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A question about piece development

Several reasons I can see: In closed positions like you have here, piece development is not as important as in open positions. To me it seems that black played his King's Indian set up, more or less ...
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