Best Chess Game Ever Played: Forgotten Masterpiece

Determining the best chess game ever played is a matter of subjective opinion; there can be no unanimous agreement. In this video, we examine a game which FIDE World Champion Alexander Khalifman called one of the best in chess history. This remarkable game was played between the great theoretician Isaac Boleslavsky and the sharp tactician Alexander Tolush, who was Boris Spassky’s coach. The game is notable for its wild tactical battle and Boleslavsky’s deep strategic understanding of chess.
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 c5 3. dxc5 Ne4 4. Bf4 Nc6 5. Qd5 f5 6. Qxf5 d5 7. Qh5+ g6 8. Qh4 Nd4 9. Be5 Nxc2+ 10. Kd1 Nxa1 11. Bxh8 Qa5 12. Nc3 Nxc3+ 13. Bxc3 Qxa2 14. e3 Qb1+ 15. Ke2 d4 16. Qxd4 Bd7 17. Qb4 O-O-O 18. f4 Nc2 19. Qa5 Qc1 20. Bd4 Nxd4+ 21. exd4 Qxb2+ 22. Kf3 Qxd4 23. Ne2 Bc6+ 24. Kg4 h5+ 25. Kh4 Qf6+ 26. Kg3 e5 0-1

26 Comments

  1. The very good choice of variations and also your excellent usage of the english language, even though it is not your native language, allows you to convey a lot of ideas succinctly in a short video.

  2. As an Azerbaijanian chess lover I really find helpful this game.

  3. Definitely a tactic masterpiece. Thank you for sharing.

  4. A jewel 💎. Thanks for this beautiful masterpiece 🔥💎✌️⚡️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  5. I "liked" BUT "best game ever" is absurd. For that try e.g. Karpov vs Korchnoi (Dortmund 1994) in which Vik K allows former world champ Anatoly to have two queens for many moves but after > 70 moves Vik still won. "Best game" purely subjective of course. 'Chacun a son gout'

  6. In my opinion, Boleslavsky is the most underrated chess player ever. His contributions to opening theory in the KID and the Sicilian — the backward d pawn in both openings — helped to revolutionize chess thinking in ways that are still apparent to this day. In OTB play, he came within a whisker of becoming the challenger to Botvinnik for the world championship in 1951, losing in the candidates' round in a playoff against Bronstein. Yet he seems to be forgotten by most players.

  7. The analysis destroyed a good game. The analysis is an annoying distraction. The people who watch chess games knows all these moves. No need to tell them. It makes it confusing because it is difficult to tell which moves belong to the players. 👎👎👎👎👎

  8. Only miniatures are top games that happened long time ago

  9. Brilliant game, lucid commentary. Thanks.

  10. Not that I'm such an expert, but "best game ever" is a little strong. Still, it reminded me that I don't think moves ahead, as we saw here.

  11. I think best chess game is where all moves of both players are top best engine moves, I doubt it has ever happened for any game older than 20 years maybe even 10 years.

  12. Thank you for showing us this game. Boleslavsky played very well, but I have a hard time considering it a candidate for the greatest game ever given that White's play was so poor. If you looked at the game without knowing the names, you'd never guess that White was a GM-level player and that the game was played in the USSR Championship.

  13. I totally agree. One of the nicest chess game ever seen. Spectacular and instructive. Many thanxx🙏🙏🙏

  14. Beautiful presentation to match this beautiful game.

  15. Excellent game and very informative 👍

  16. Fantastic attacking sequence by Boleslavsky. Very reminiscent of Tal, without all the piece sacrifices lol. Thank you kindly for sharing this game and for the analysis breakdowns

  17. 🎉🎉 New video! These are so great. Keep up the good work!

  18. Thank you, may you examine the tiebreaker game 4 from Liren vs Nepo/ that series?!? Very few videos from that wonderful game, Rf6-g6!!!!!!

  19. Beautiful game and amazing analysis and presentation

  20. You should get a suspended microphone, because the constant pounding from your keyboard is vere annoying.

  21. Thanks for the beautiful game with analysis ❤, would have never come across such a quality game.

  22. That game was pretty amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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