The game of Chess is all about accurate moves that the player chooses to move forward to checkmate the opponent’s king. Chess requires intellect and strategies. The royal board game is played on national as well as international platforms across the world. The number of Chess moves made in the history of the board game is innumerable. Many chess moves are admirable, but some of the best Chess moves of all time are given below.
Top 10 Best Chess Moves Ever Played
|10.||Kholmov’s Outstanding Combination Against Bronstein||1964|
|9.||Jose Sanz Aguado’s sacrifice against Martin Ortueta Esteban||1933|
|8.||IM Edward Lasker’s game against George Alan Thomas||1912|
|7.||The beautiful Bishop sacrifice||–|
|6.||Bura’s sacrifice against Paric||1982|
|5.||Geller’s move against GM Salo Flohr||1949|
|4.||Vladimirov’s intellectual move against GM Vladimir Epishin||1987|
|3.||Frank Marshall’s best move against Stefan Levitsky||1912|
|2.||Meier’s game against Muller||1994|
|1.||Shirov’s surprising Bishop sacrifice||1998|
Kholmov’s Outstanding Combination against Bronstein
Among the best Chess moves of all time, one was in the 1964 USSR Championship, between GM Ratmir Kholmov and GM David Bronstein. Kholmov had a tough-looking position against the legendary Bronstein. Even Stockfish couldn’t see a move that gave White the advantage after Bronstein’s 17…Qe7. With the knight on c3 attacked and the Black moving away from consolidation with 18…Bb7, Kholmov needed to act quickly. Then he presented an outstanding combination for the world of this royal game.
Jose Sanz Aguado’s sacrifice against Martin Ortueta Esteban
Another notable move on this list is from the game between Martin Ortueta Estaban and Jose Sanz Aguado played at Madrid in 1933. Black was winning in the following position, but the path was unclear. Black’s bishop was a tall pawn, and Black’s pawn structure was more than shattered. In this situation, Sanz uncorked an amazing rook sacrifice with 31…Rxb2. Stockfish took more time to realize that this move will be winning for Black—the passed pawns on the c-file cannot be stopped.
IM Edward Lasker’s game against George Alan Thomas
IM Edward Lasker (a 5-time U.S. Open Champion) played a renowned game against George Alan Thomas in London in 1912. Thomas made a blunder with 10…Qe7. Lasker took a lead in development. His minor pieces dominated the center, and Black’s kingside was weakened. In this situation, Lasker came up with a tactic of sacrificing the queen that enabled checkmate in seven moves.
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The beautiful Bishop sacrifice
At first glance, the bishop’s end looks like any other sacrifice. Black seems to be in the winning position. Even Stockfish would agree and show an evaluation of all zeros (0.00). However, when looked carefully, White is in the winning position. The mind-blowing moves, when discovered, change the game. A truly beautiful endgame idea that displays everything is possible and can even confuse Stockfish.
Bura’s sacrifice against Paric
Bura was playing the white pieces against Paric in a game in Yugoslavia in 1982. Bura was down two pawns, and his queen and rook were both in a hanging situation. It is a rare sight when a reckless sacrifice of the queen could help them win.
Geller’s move against GM Salo Flohr
In the 1949 USSR Championships, GM Efim Geller had Black against GM Salo Flohr, and they reached an amazing rook and pawn endgame. Geller was up a pawn, but his rook was attacked. Geller allowed White to take the e5-pawn with a check, and his extra pawn on a4 was promoted. Look at Geller’s notable move that made him win.
Vladimirov’s intellectual move against GM Vladimir Epishin
GM Evgeny Vladimirov’s move against GM Vladimir Epishin in 1987 reached the following position after Epishin’s 25.Qxb3. Recapturing the queen seemed more viable. Stockfish gives 26.cxb3 as approximately equal, while 26.axb3 gives an advantage to White. However, Vladimirov thought otherwise, and he found the unique move that wins on the spot. It requires intellect, creativity, and vision beyond expectations to come up with such a move.-- Advertisement --
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Frank Marshall’s best move against Stefan Levitsky
Frank Marshall was renowned for his brilliant attacks and tactics. His move in the game against Stefan Levitsky at the 1912 Breslau tournament, is definitely the best move he ever played. Marshall had Black against Stefan Levitsky and the following position was reached after Levitsky’s 23.Rc5.
Black is winning and has several moves that can maintain the advantage—but one move is outstanding in this position for Black. Marshall’s 23…Qg3 is one of those moves that stuns people. A queen is put in a position where it can be captured so many times and still land victorious.
Meier’s game against Muller
Gradually, moving to the top of the list, on number 2 is Meier’s game against Muller in 1994 which achieved the winning position with his stellar move. Meier was playing white and the moves kept White’s advantage here, and more than one increased the advantage. Meier’s move looked like an upgraded version of Marshall’s legendary move as there are more pieces on the board, the forced checkmate required longer calculations and Stockfish doesn’t suggest this move.
Shirov’s surprising Bishop sacrifice
The top-class move on the list is Shirov’s move against GM Veselin Topalov at Linares in 1998. Shirov was playing as black. Black’s path to victory was doubtful. If White could get their king to the center (to e3 or d4), there would have been no way through. This move is spectacular because Shirov found the only way to win this position. The spectacular move by Shirov is still not detected by Stockfish. Here is Shirov’s stellar move.