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death_by_pawns 7 ( +1 | -1 )
The Greatest Move of All Time Just thought it would be cool to have 3 'Greatest' threads.
brobishkin 32 ( +1 | -1 )
Shock of 1972... Bobby Fischer shocked the world of chess... When in 1972 playing against Spassky... He opened up with c4... He never opened up with c4 (The English Opening) in any championship game... And that move caught the Russians completely off guard... Spassky played e6 against the English opening... The rest is history...

zdrak 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Greatest move The greatest move of all times is the "Polish Immortal" Rxb2. The full story of this move can be seen here:
zdrak 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Another Great move 10...Qe6 in the Kasparov-World game. The game can be seen here:
macheide 19 ( +1 | -1 )
zdrak Dear friend,

If you are thinking in the Rotlewi-Rubinstein game, I agree with you. It is one of the most beautiful moves (beginning a phenomenal combination) that I've ever seen.

Best wishes.
macheide 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Another one... There are so many,..., but this came to my mind: Rf6!!, in Fischer-Benkö. Do you agree?

Best regards.
macheide 2 ( +1 | -1 )
Ah, how could I forget this... Qg3!! in Levitsky-Marshall.
macheide 8 ( +1 | -1 )
And one from a compatriot! Bf6!!, Carlos Torre-Emmanuel Lasker, Moscow 1925.

Best regards to all of you.
zdrak 29 ( +1 | -1 )
macheide Unfortunately, the Rxb2 move I was thinking about is from another game - I think you should click on the link I provided in my 1st post and learn about this game, you will like it!

As for the Rotlewi-Rubinstein game, I agree it's a beautiful one and belongs with the all-time greatest.
macheide 5 ( +1 | -1 )
zdrak Dear friend,

I`m sorry, I`ll see the link. Thanks, let me see...
zdrak 10 ( +1 | -1 )
And who can forget ... Topalov - Shirov, Linares 1998
White: Kg1, Bc3, pawns g2, h4
Black: Ke6, Bf5, pawns a4, d5, f6, g6

Black played: 47...Bh3!!

the_opposition 33 ( +1 | -1 )
Frank Marshall made a move once moving his queen to where it could be taken several ways...all leading to mate or material gain. After making that move the spectators showered the board with gold pieces in admiration. Can't recall when and vs. who but maybe someone else can shed some light...
the_opposition 1 ( +1 | -1 )
... vs whom
tonlesu 7 ( +1 | -1 )
Marshall! It was the game Macheide was refering to---Levitsky-Marshall Breslau 1912
macheide 27 ( +1 | -1 )
tonlesu Dear friend,

That is correct. The "best move" (the one that could had won quickly) in the critical position were prosaic. But, Marshall`s ...Qg3!! was a move of such beauty that, even a minimalist as Karpov couldn`t resist the temptation to make it.

Best wishes.
sr_ajedrez 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Fischer's "1.e4 ... and white wins"

has got to be the greatest ;o).

or was he being conceided ?

cairo 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Marshall actually I believe that Frank Marshall gave the move Qg3 !!! exclamation marks!!!

Best wishes
tonlesu 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Marshall The question is did spectators really shower the board with gold pieces?
cairo 24 ( +1 | -1 )
I don't think they did, in this particulary game btw Levitsky and Marshall. even though it was a funny habit lot of spectators did in those years :-))

Best wishes
tonlesu 65 ( +1 | -1 )
Cairo Kind of makes you wonder what kind of spectators were attending these tournaments and why so many Grandmasters were living in dire poverty. Schlechter starved to death around this time because he was to proud to beg for food.Steinitz didn't have enough money to cover his funeral expenses. In fact he had been living off the dole for the last few years of his life. I don't believe they did toss gold pieces at the chess board. I believe spectators then were pretty much the same as they are now---I've never seen people tossing gold pieces or even copper pennies at a chessboard.
zdrak 45 ( +1 | -1 )
Regarding Marshall's Qg3 My appreciation for this move is somewhat lessened by the fact that it wasn't necessary. As multiple analists of this Lewitzky-Marshall game pointed out (one example is Euwe, "Development of Chess style"), Marshall could easily win by very simple means without resorting to the spectacular Qg3.

In my opinion, for a move or a combination to be called truly great, it must be not only "sufficient" but also "necessary".

Your mileage may of course vary
tonlesu 10 ( +1 | -1 )
zdrak State the page number in the Euwe book. I have the book but am unaware of the analysis you refer to.
zdrak 28 ( +1 | -1 )
oops, my bad Euwe is did analyze the game but didn't offer a simple alternative to Qg3. Some others, whose names currently escape me, pointed out the quite simple Qb2 (Qb2 gxh3?? Nf3+ or Qb2 Rc7 Ne2+ Kh1 Rh6 and there is no mate on g7), after which white simply remains a piece down with no compensation.
tonlesu 20 ( +1 | -1 )
zdrak First you say he did and now you say he didn't. I would suggest you be more careful in your statements. Here is what Euwe really said in his book "The Developement of Chessstyle."
24.... Qg3!! ...and whites game is utterly lost.