The Most Exciting Chess Games Ever - Steve Giddins (K-6188)

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Twenty years ago New in Chess magazine introduced a back page column in which a chess personality is asked to name their favourite items in many areas: food, drink, films, art, music, etc. One of the questions has always been: What is the most exciting game of chess you ever saw?

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Language versionsEnglish
Author / AuthorsSteve Giddins
PublisherNew In Chess
Publication date1st edition 2022
Pages200
ISBN9789493257450
HardcoverNo
PaperbackYes
DownloadableNo
Width17 cm / 6.69 inch
Height23.5 cm / 9.25 inch

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After dozens of such questionnaires, a large body of games was nominated by chess greats such as Anand, Shirov, Short, and Ivanchuk and chess aficionados such as Jeremy Silman, Jennifer Shahade, and Tania Sachdev. This anthology presents the 45 most exciting of these most exciting games.

Naturally, excitement, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. The reader will find some well-known games. Included are the classic tactical slugfest Kasparov-Topalov (Wijk aan Zee 1999) and the immortal game Anderssen - Kieseritzky (London 1851), but also a decisive last-round battles between Karpov and Kasparov (Match/24 1985) and a strategic masterpiece by Botvinnik versus Capablanca.

Even more inspirational are the lesser-known gems. Ding Liren revels in an all-out attack. Ivan Saric juggles a knight and five pawns versus two rooks. And Sergei Radchenko chases the White king all over the board. Every game is a showcase of the richness and resourcefulness of chess.

Steve Giddins edited this book, a job he greatly enjoyed: ‘I hope that every reader will find games here which bring a smile to their face and a lift to their heart’.

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The Most Exciting Chess Games Ever - Steve Giddins (K-6188)

The Most Exciting Chess Games Ever - Steve Giddins (K-6188)

Twenty years ago New in Chess magazine introduced a back page column in which a chess personality is asked to name their favourite items in many areas: food, drink, films, art, music, etc. One of the questions has always been: What is the most exciting game of chess you ever saw?

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008 Explanation of symbols

009 Foreword

011 Introduction

014 Acknowledgements

015 1. Shirov-Polgar 1994, nominated by Sofia Polgar

019 2. Karpov-Yusupov 1983, nominated by Bartolomiej Macieja

023 3. Ivanchuk-Yusupov 1991, nominated by Loek van Wely

027 4. Averbakh-Kotov 1953, nominated by Vladimir Malakhov

031 5. Kramnik-Shirov 1994, nominated by Viorel Bologan

035 6. Capablanca-Alekhine 1927, nominated by Alexandra Kosteniuk

039 7. Karpov-Kortchnoi 1994, nominated by Vasily Ivanchuk 

044 8. Bogoljubow-Alekhine 1922, nominated by Peter Leko

047 9. Anand-Rublevsky 2004, nominated by Alexey Shirov

050 10. Gormally-Sutovsky 2005, nominated by Vishy Anand

053 11. Spielmann-Stotlz 1930, nominated by Ruslan Ponomariov

056 12. Ulibin-Pähtz 2004, nominated by Elizabeth Pähtz

060 13. Kasparov-Topalov 1999, nominated by Jennifer Shahade

064 14. Polgar-Mamedyarov 2002, nominated by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

067 15. Jobava-Bareev 2003, nominated by Evgeny Alekseev

071 16. Zaichik-Gurgenidze 1977, nominated by Levon Aronian

074 17. Karpov-Kasparov 1985, nominated by Vladislav Tkachiev

078 18. Studnicka-Cernousek 2003, nominated by Sergei Movsesian

081 19. Spassky-Bronstein 1960, nominated by Danny Gormally

085 20. Psakhis-Speelman 1987/88, nominated by Fabiano Caruana

089 21. Spassky-Fischer 1972, nominated by Jeremy Silman

093 22. Berg-Bareev 2005, nominated by Tiger Hillarp Persson

096 23. Byrne-Fischer 1956, nominated by Viktorija Cmilyte

099 24. Johner-Nimzowitsch 1926, nominated by Rustam Kasimdzhanov

103 25. Gashimov-Grischuk 2010, nominated by Ben Finegold

108 26. Kortchnoi-Kasparov 1982, nominated by Yasser Seirawan

113 27. Shirov-Dominguez Perez 2010, nominated by Wesley So

116 28. Wohl-Gipslis 1996, nominated by Jacob Aagaard

119 29. Karpov-Kasparov 1985, nominated by Hou Yifan

123 30. Topalov-Kramnik 2006, nominated by Sam Shankland

127 31. Morozevich-Vachier-Lagrave 2009, nominated by Natalia Pogonina

135 32. Topalov-Anand 2010, nominated by Peter Heine Nielsen

141 33. Short-Timman 1991, nominated by Tania Sachdev

144 34. Anderssen-Kieseritzky 1851, nominated by Alexander Khalifman

1448 35. Navara-Wojtaszek 2015, nominated by Yannick Pelletier

154 36. Li Chao-Short 2016, nominated by Jovanka Houska

158 37. Fedorowicz-Shamkovich 1980, nominated by Max Dlugy

161 38. Bai Jinshi-Ding Liren 2017, nominated by Alina Kashlinskaya

167 39. Leela Zero-Stockfish 2020, nominated by Danny Rensch

172 40. Rosanes-Anderssen 1863, nominated by Willy Hendriks

175 41. Dubov-Karjakin 2020, nominated by Jennifer Yu

179 42. Saric-Suleymanli 2019, nominated by Fiona Steil-Antoni

184 43. Botvinnik-Capablanca 1938, nominated by Kamil Miton

188 44. Fomenko-Radchenko 1967, nominated by John Donaldson

193 45. Nunn-Rumens 1977, nominated by... er, the author!

199 Index of names

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