The Immortal Sacrifice game

GREGORY SERPER vs IOANNIS NIKOLAIDIS – St. Petersburg Open, 1993 This is one of the games that everybody would like to play to have a place in the history of chess. Today we present you the game between Serper and Nikolaidis played at the St. Petersburg Open in 1993. The opening is the King’s IndianContinue reading “The Immortal Sacrifice game”

A game or a puzzle?

DAVID JANOWSKI vs FRIEDRICH SAEMISCH – Marienbad, 1925 One of the greatest games of all time is also this seemingly “normal” game. Today we present you the game between Janowski and Saemisch played at Marienbad in 1925. The opening is the Torre Attack: Classical Defense. This game is a masterful attack by Janowski combined withContinue reading “A game or a puzzle?”

Castling is important!

DRAGOLJUB VELIMIROVIC vs LJUBOMIR LJUBOJEVIC- YUG-ch, 1972 Another gem from the past is given by the so-called “Yugoslav Tal” namely Velimirovic. Today we present you the game between Velimirovic and Ljubojevic played at the YUG-ch in 1972. The opening is the Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Main Line. This game shows why castling is important inContinue reading “Castling is important!”

Prime Fischer

ROBERT JAMES FISCHER vs BORIS SPASSKY- World Championship (round 6), 1972 Today we continue the greatest games ever series with the the best game from the World Chess Championship 1972. This tournament has been the most controversial one as Fischer lost round 1 (the famous bishop trapped) and refused to play round 2 among complaintsContinue reading “Prime Fischer”

The Immortal Zugzwang

FRIEDRICH SAEMISCH vs ARON NIMZOWITSCH – Copenaghen, 1923 Today we continue the greatest games ever series with a game played by another legend of chess: Aron Nimzowitsch. We present you the game between Saemisch and Nimzowitsch played in Copenaghen in 1923. The opening is the Queen’s Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Nimzowitsch Line. This gameContinue reading “The Immortal Zugzwang”

Great double bishop sac!

EMMANUEL LASKER vs JOHANN HERMANN BAUER – Amsterdam, 1889 We should include at least another game from the 27 year World Champion Lasker. We present you the game between Lasker and Bauer played in Amsterdam in 1889. This is a very instructive game on how the bishop pair can cause a lot of a problemsContinue reading “Great double bishop sac!”

Perfect positional queen sac!

RASHID NEZHMETDINOV vs OLEG CHERNIKOV – Chigorin Team Cup, 1962 We should include at least another game from one of the greatest attacking players of all time: Nezh! We present you the game between Nezhmetdinov and Chernikov played at the Chirgorin Team Cup in 1962. The opening is the Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open. TheContinue reading “Perfect positional queen sac!”

Nakamura Style!

BORIS GELFAND vs HIKARU NAKAMURA – World Team Championship, 2010 We continue the greatest chess games series with a recent one played by two living legends. We present you the game between Gelfand and Nakamura played at the World Team Championship in 2010. The opening is the King’s Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Modern System. ThisContinue reading “Nakamura Style!”

Zukertort’s Immortal

JOHANNES ZUKERTORT vs JOSEPH HENRY BLACKBURNE – London, 1893 We continue the greatest chess games series with a game by another great champion, the second best player in the world in 1870’s and 1880’s: Johannes Zukertort. We present you the game between Zukertort and Blackburne played in London in 1893. The opening is the EnglishContinue reading “Zukertort’s Immortal”

Smyslov’s Immortal

MIKHAIL BOTVINNIK vs VASILY SMYSLOV – World Chess Championship, round 14, 1954 Today we show you one of the best game played by a (often) forgotten world champion: Vasily Smyslov. We present you the game between Botvinnik and Smyslov played at the World Chess Championship in 1954. The opening, as the previous game covered, isContinue reading “Smyslov’s Immortal”