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Games where a pawn checkmates the king

One amazing game I know that ends in a pawn mate in one called The Polish Immortal in which Black sacrifices all four minor pieces to win the game! The pawn does a double-step to give the mate. [Title ...
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Has there ever been a grandmaster-level win where a queen did not move nor get taken throughout the game?

As noted in the first comment to your question, there are certainly a lot of draws. To narrow it down to reasonable games that were wins, I searched the Mega 2019 Database for games with both players ...
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What does it mean to ''analyze grandmaster games''?

I agree with you, more than your coach. Just analyzing a GM game, even with a computer, is not helpful just by itself if you have no idea what is going on. For example, just earlier today, I answered ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

The answer from SmallChess is good. There's also an illustrative tweet from Garry Kasparov on the subject: For beginning chess players, studying a Carlsen game is like wanting to be an electrical ...
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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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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

Paul Morphy's games are better resources for learning at your level. There's no use for you to get into deep positional understanding typically in modern GM games. You should get a book on Amazon. ...
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Has there ever been a grandmaster-level win where a queen did not move nor get taken throughout the game?

Here is another decisive game where neither queen moved: [FEN ""] [Event "36th Olympiad"] [Site "Calvia ESP"] [Date "2004.10.17"] [EventDate "2004.10.15"] [Round "2"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Alexander ...
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Has there ever been a grandmaster-level win where a queen did not move nor get taken throughout the game?

I just happened to be reviewing the 2013 World Championship match a few days ago and asked myself a similar question because in round 9 Carlsen won without moving his queen or bishop. Anand vs Carlsen ...
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Why do miniature games happen at the grandmaster level?

Your statement, Grandmasters think of next many moves ... is a bit misleading for your question. Grandmaster are able to calculate many moves ahead, but this is not something they do at each and ...
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Why do miniature games happen at the grandmaster level?

This question can be answered from the angle of computer chess as well, when it might actually be more illustrative. The shortest decisive game ever played in the unofficial World Computer Chess ...
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Professional match where neither player castles?

It won't be terribly common, but it's not unheard of either. Here are a few examples involving well-known grandmasters: Ivanchuk-Csom (1989): [fen ""] [Event "Yerevan"] [Site "Yerevan"] [Date "1989.?...
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Has there ever been a grandmaster-level win where a queen did not move nor get taken throughout the game?

This is a relatively long one (37 moves) with the white queen keeping on d1 during the whole game. [FEN ""] [Event "Belgrade Invest"] [Site "Belgrade"] [Date "1991.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "...
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What does it mean to ''analyze grandmaster games''?

So forget about Stockfish, forget about Kasparov, forget about GMs. You are 1850. You understand something about the game. Not everything will be correct, some of it will be. Start analyzing. It can ...
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Java Library for PGN parser

After reading a bunch of open source code, I just found out that most of them are relying on Chesspresso which is a solid Java Chess library that can handle move validation, PGN parser (what I was ...
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Von Popiel - Marco, Monte Carlo 1902, how to win as black?

The white player is about to lose the Queen. Does that alone immediately constitute as a loss in that level of Chess play? Well, no. The problem with White position is that he lacks any real ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

If you're a beginner then studying games from the old masters does more good, especially players like Morphy who emphasized the basics (quick development, attacking an uncastled king, etc). Once you ...
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Pawn Sacrifice Justification

As was stated in the answer to this post made by D M, one idea of capturing in this manner is to open up the g-file for white's rooks to attack black's king. In the game this proved to be a very ...
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Why don't we see more Kings Indian Defenses in top level chess?

It is simply not as solid as other openings, mostly because it cedes too much space, and especially with the advent of computers: White has simply found more ways to press black. In a 2017 interview,...
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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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Two questions about Wesley So vs Varuzhan Akobian (2016)

But at what point was game not saveable, at what point did Akobian make a (big) mistake? Qxf2 is a big mistake as after that it is forced mate in 7 moves. If So had played 24. Bxf6 there is no ...
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What is the longest professional chess game that ended in a checkmate?

The game Dann-Kovchan ended with 217...Nc2#. [Title "Matthias Dann-Alexander Kovchan, Dresden Open, Dredsen Germany, 4/8/17"] [FEN ""] [startply "433"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 ...
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Games where a pawn checkmates the king

A beautiful, more recent, game between Svilder and Carlsen: [Title "Svidler - Carlsen, GRENKE Chess Classic, 2019"] [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Bc4 Be7 5.d3 d6 6.Nd2 Nf6 7.Nf1 Nd7 8.Nd5 ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

Pretty much all great players studied the games of the best players of the past, and it is repeatedly recommended that studying them is a great way to improve. Marin's book Learn from the Legends is ...
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How do you analyze master games without annotations?

How? Yourself :-) This should not discourage you from getting the help of an engine - afterwards §. Also, to me it seems critical to what end you are analyzing master games. There are many answers to ...
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Do sacrifices work mostly for masters?

This happened once, I was white and had misplayed the opening: [FEN "r1bq1rk1/ppp2p1p/3p2p1/2nPp2n/1PP1P3/2N1bP2/P2NB1PP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 1 12"] I thought that Kh1 would lead to a deadly black attack, ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

Definitely study classic Morphy's games. The fact that Morphy was so far ahead of his peers is a good thing. His opponents often missed Morphy's plan and the plan came out clearly, and it shows you ...
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World championship games where underpromotion was necessary

Found a Rubinstein game! [fen ""] [Date "1908.??.??"] [White "Alapin, Simon"] [Black "Rubinstein, Akiba"] [WhiteElo "2500"] [BlackElo "2640"]...
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Indian theme in real life

The Indian theme appeared in a game between Rudolf Spielmann and Siegbert Tarrasch (San Sebastián, 1912): [FEN "..."] [Event "San Sebastian"] [Site "San Sebastian ESP"] [Date "1912.03.12"] [EventDate ...
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Does anyone have the 1996 correspondence game between De Groot-Simmelink?

This question seems to have been answered by TD in ChessPub Forum. I post the answer below: [fen ""] [Date "1996"] [Round "?"] [White "De Groot, Adrianus Dingeman"] [Black "Simmelink, Joop Theo"] [...
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Why do miniature games happen at the grandmaster level?

It is true a GM can think of many moves ahead but sometimes only in particular positions. They also have a vast knowledge of the opening theory like some specific lines in Sicilian or Kings Indian ...
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