Sunday, August 15, 2010

The 110 most fantastic moves ever played an online collection by the fabulous Tim Krabbé.  (The link goes to fantastic moves 101-110; you'll find links to the rest of the list at the bottom of Krabbé's page.)

He really should have included Frederick Rhine's favorite move.  But all "best" lists are necessarily imperfect.  (Edited in a few hours later: in the comments, Frederick reminds me that Burn's move was only recently rediscovered by his chess biographer, Richard Forster, and that Krabbé himself said that it belonged near the top of his list. Krabbé discusses interference sacrifices similar to Burns's—check out the amazing move that Peoria native, and newly minted Life Master, Pete Karagianis dropped on a Grandmaster!  It's not a Novotny, and it doesn't win by force, but it's mighty purty.)

Karagianis-Anka, 2004 National Open
White to play and astound (though not necessarily win)

John Emms liberally "borrowed" from Krabbé's site for his 2000 book The Most Amazing Chess Moves of All Time.  On Krabbé's home page Chess Curiosities (where you'll find many days of fun reading) he refers to his 110 most fantastic moves collection as "his most frequently emmsed page." If you prefer books that aren't plagiarized, I can heartily recommend  Secrets of Spectacular Chess by Levitt and Friedgood.  (The first edition can be bought used for a pittance.)

1 comment:

Frederick Rhine said...

Don't blame Krabbé. He (and everyone else) didn't know about the move until Richard Forster unearthed it for his magisterial biography of Burn. Upon learning of it, Krabbé acknowledged that it definitely would have made his top 10 - and indeed that it was "more amazing and wonderful" than ...Qg3!!! in Levitsky-Marshall (his No. 3). Krabbé's choice for his No. 1 is very strange IMO - but as you say, these things are very subjective.

Krabbé is a wonderful writer. I fervently wish that he would resume his chess diary. His comments about Macdonald-Burn are at (No. 258).