Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played (UPDATED)

Chess is a game of minds. Players with intelligent minds have clashed on the 8 by 8 board since medieval times. The players use their tricks to outwit their opponents within as less number of moves possible. Through out the years, Chess legends like Garry Kasparov, Vishwanathan Anand, Antony Karpov, Boris Spassky have amazed us with their spell bound moves. Let us take a look our list of Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played.

Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played

Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played

DEEP BLUE vs GARRY KASPAROV:

Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played

The winner in our list of Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played was World Champion Garry Kasparov against a computer Deep Blue. Deep Blue was a mainframe computer, an experimental product of IBM. Kasparov eventually lost to Deep Blue in this landmark clash. Eventually becoming the first world champion to lose to a computer.

ANATOLY KARPOV vs GARRY KASPAROV:

Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played

Featuring two of the greatest players of all time, Karpov and Kasparov, the two modern Russian giants clashed against each other. Karpov needed to win in order to retain his world title while Kasparov was a young talent needed to show his worth. For the first 23 moves, Karpov was the master dominating the halves but the games took an unusual turn when Kasparov putting his rook on a square that on the face of it seemed to offer few prospects. He opened his other pieces with the rock move which turned on to be crucial for the match.

BORIS SPASSKY vs DAVID BRONSTEIN:

Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played

The next game in our list of Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played took place when Russia dominated the game worldwide. I saw two Soviet Grandmasters clashing against each other. Both were creative and used certain flares in their moves. The game was an exciting one with Spassky (white) using the King’s Gambit opening while Bronstein operating from the flanks with the pawns. This game was the model for the chess scene in From Russia With Love.

MAGNUS CARLSEN vs THE WORLD:

Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played

Norwegian Carlsen was the youngest World Champion at the age of 19 and a match was decided for Carlsen against the world. The World comprising of the Hikaru Nakamura (U.S.), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) and Judit Polgar (Hungary).  On pen and paper, they were the better side but it was difficult to coherent three master minds into a single plan. Carlsen finished in striking fashion, passing pawns on the queen side which proved to be unstoppable.

ADOLF ANDERSSEN vs LIONEL KIESERITZKY:

Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played

The next game to come into our list of top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played is the game between Anderssen and Kieseritsky. Known as “The Immortal Game”, this took place at the first international chess tournament. Anderssen, a German master, faced Kieseritzky, the sole French master in the latter part of the 1800s. Anderssen was clearly the superior player  –  but its significance lies in the beauty of its finish. He gave up all his pieces but saved the best for the last while Kieseritzky thought he had won the game. But in an astonishing about turn, Anderssen went onto checkmate Kieseritzky using only a bishop and two knights.

BOBBY FISCHER vs BORIS SPASSKY:

Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played

With the Cold War overtones still lurking in the background,  this game between Fischer and Spassky was a record breaking one. In winning game six and the match against defending world champion Boris Spassky, Bobby Fischer, the maverick’s maverick, broke Russia’s dominance in 1972. Spassky was just unbeatable but the master card of Fischer was the Queen’s gambit, openings of the game that led Spassky on a back foot.

ASTRONAUT FRANK POOLE vs HAL:

Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played

Well, Many of the readers might be wondering, why this virtual game is on the list of Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played. But, Astronaut Frank Poole’s game against his own computer HAL in the 2001 film ‘A Space Odyssey’ was one of the most beautifully created Chess games. The game lasts after only 15 moves with HAL  announcing mate, attacking Poole’s king with a bishop, a queen and two knights, a formidable force. Poole doesn’t survive the onslaught very well.

GARRY KASPAROV vs VESELIN TOPALOV:

GARRY KASPAROV vs VESELIN TOPALOV

Considered as the ‘Match of the Century’, The clash between Gary Kasparov and Veselin Topalov was a worthwhile match for viewers. The two former champions clashed in a game to prove their worth which lasted 44 moves. The game was an attacking one with both players going offensive right from the first move. Kasparov chasing Topalov’s King all over the board and Topalov removing important pieces of Kasparov’s the defense.

STEFAN LEVITSKY vs FRANK MARSHALL:

Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played

The next game to come in our list of Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played was the clash of the titans. The Soviet champion versus the U.S. Champion was a worthwhile watch. Marshall was U.S. chess champion from 1909 to 1936, and one of the strongest players of his era. Stefan Levitsky was an equal competitor to Marshall. In a game of 23 moves, Marshall made a very bold move putting his queen open to capture by two separate pawns which forced Levitsky to resign immediately.

HOWARD STAUNTON vs PIERRE SAINT-AMANT:

Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played

We start our list of Top 10 Best Chess Games Ever Played with this game. Considered as one of the earliest official matches conducted in the 1800s, Howard Staunton put up an exciting clash with Pierre Saint Amant. In a game of 30 moves, Staunton was ahead of his time, with a better understanding of the importance of activating pieces quickly which was revolutionary then. He crushed Amant to pieces still mostly asleep in their bed.

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