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Game of the Day 2019
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

January 1: Old Lang, Resign!
Steinitz vs Lang, 1860 
(C25) Vienna, 29 moves, 1-0

January 2: Keep Calmin' Garry, Jan!
Kasparov vs Timman, 1989 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

January 3: Gore Vidal
R Aloma Vidal vs I Cheparinov, 2005 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 35 moves, 0-1

January 4: The Shoe Doesn't Fit
Wade vs A G Shoebridge, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

January 5: Bloody Marder
J M Bellon Lopez vs S Marder, 2005 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

January 6: Yoo Got That Right
C Woojin Yoo vs L Cernousek, 2018 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 49 moves, 1-0

January 7: A Vlast Right-Wing Conspiracy
Hort vs O Sarapu, 1974 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

January 8: I Solemnly Swear That I'm Up to No Good
W Potter vs Matthews, 1868 
(C21) Center Game, 13 moves, 1-0

January 9: The Sun Always Shines on Tivi
Tiviakov vs Anand, 2012 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

January 10: Rudge Match
Lasker vs M Rudge, 1898 
(C45) Scotch Game, 28 moves,

January 11: And I Thunder, Still I Thunder Who'll stop Therien
J Therien vs E Hoehn, 1949 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1-0

January 12: Happily Ever Lasker
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 1-0

January 13: Yasser, I Can Boogie
Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1986 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 62 moves, 1-0

January 14: Hou Knows Where the Knight Goes
Yifan Hou vs Navara, 2016 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

January 15: Fall of the Ruehmann Empire
J C Meyer vs A Ruehmann, 1967 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

January 16: Korchannoyed"
Korchnoi vs J Silver, 1977 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 21 moves, 0-1

January 17: Ghaem On
E Ghaem Maghami vs B Roselli Mailhe, 2008 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

1/18:Domdaniel: Beloved Writer, Arts Journalist, and Chess Mate
G McCarthy vs M Kennefick, 1977 
(A23) English, Bremen System, Keres Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

January 19: We'll Always Have Paris
Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 85 moves, 1-0

January 20: Doctoral, my dear Watson!
J L Watson vs B Bok, 2015 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 0-1

January 21: Bok Towers
Rozentalis vs B Bok, 2014 
(C48) Four Knights, 55 moves, 0-1

January 22: Whitewash
Sawyer Tom vs K Bateman, 2018 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 40 moves, 1-0

January 23: Roberts Rules of Disorder
Tal vs R Skuja, 1955 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 43 moves, 1-0

January 24: Mazel Tough
I Mazel vs P Dubinin, 1934 
(A13) English, 25 moves, 1-0

January 25: Check, Pliss
Tal vs Pliss, 1950 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 37 moves, 1-0

January 26: The Way You Rook Tonight
S Khademalsharieh vs A Donchenko, 2019 
(A61) Benoni, 46 moves, 1-0

January 27: Saturday Knight Special
Radjabov vs V S Gujrathi, 2019 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

January 28: Master of Nunn
Kramnik vs Nunn, 1992 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

January 29: Deviously Dangerous Diagonal
I A Horowitz vs Denker, 1936 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 37 moves, 0-1

January 30: The Shankland Redemption
S Shankland vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2019 
(B07) Pirc, 35 moves, 1-0

January 31: The Heinrich Maneuver
H Rolletschek vs S Kindermann, 2001 
(C00) French Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

February 1: Miscarriage of Justice
D Justice vs M Sana, 2010 
(C45) Scotch Game, 36 moves, 0-1

February 2: I Know a Little
J Van Zante vs Lasker, 1926 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 48 moves, 0-1

February 3: Buffaloed Bills
W A Bills vs E McCormick, 1955 
(B01) Scandinavian, 19 moves, 0-1

February 4: Cramling for the Final
P Cramling vs V Cmilyte, 2010 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 74 moves, 1-0

February 5: Bob's Your Uncle
Bisguier vs Fischer, 1961 
(E61) King's Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

February 6: Got Carter
Capablanca vs T A Carter, 1909 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

February 7: Wild West
H Westerinen vs A Planinc, 1970 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 0-1

February 8: Kramnik Down Your Throat
Seirawan vs Kramnik, 1992 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 61 moves, 0-1

February 9: "Stretch Armstrong
Keene vs B Armstrong, 1965 
(A74) Benoni, Classical, 9...a6, 10.a4, 32 moves, 1-0

February 10: You Wanna Piece of Me?
Carlsen vs G Jones, 2018 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

February 11: Queen Bee
V Gunina vs B Khotenashvili, 2019 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 1-0

February 12: Where Did That Come From
S From vs T Rosenlund, 1981 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

February 13: Ward Malfunction
C G Ward vs Efimenko, 2007 
(B07) Pirc, 60 moves, 0-1

February 14: You Can't Handle the Ruth
R Sheldon vs G Kacheishvili, 1996 
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 28 moves, 1-0

February 15: That's Gonna End Up Kosteniuk
E Paehtz vs Kosteniuk, 2019 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 36 moves, 0-1

February 16: Orest My Case
Averkin vs Geller, 1969 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 30 moves, 1-0

February 17: Foo Fighter
Yasas Lamawansa vs B Foo, 2016 
(A64) Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8, 36 moves, 0-1

February 18: Umm, Bop?
T Bopp vs Lenderman, 2003 
(A20) English, 42 moves, 0-1

February 19: Berger King
V Berger vs Alekhine, 1937 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1-0

February 20: Levon Nothing To Chance
Aronian vs I Sokolov, 2006 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

Feruary 21: Forcen the Issue
D Forcen Esteban vs M Pena Gomez, 2017 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 69 moves, 1-0

February 22: I Smell A Rat
N Volkov vs Svidler, 1995 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 56 moves, 0-1

February 23: You Rang?
Lerch vs H Niedermayr, 1968 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 31 moves, 1-0

February 24: Let's Dance
Bowie vs Lasker, 1913 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 27 moves, 0-1

February 25: Tata Steal
A Giri vs S Shankland, 2019 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 45 moves, 1-0

February 26: Speck-tacle!
A Stefanova vs N Speck, 2006 
(B06) Robatsch, 66 moves, 0-1

Feburary 27: Four-and-twenty: Black's Bird, Baked on f5
Capablanca vs Blackburne, 1914 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

February 28: Danger, Szoen
D Szoen vs Fedorov, 2005 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 35 moves, 0-1

March 1: My Cup Runneth Overtime
Aronian vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 
(A48) King's Indian, 78 moves, 1-0

March 2: Pound Sand
Ftacnik vs R Sand, 2001 
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 31 moves, 1-0

March 3: State of Shakh
Mamedyarov vs Carlsen, 2018 
(E65) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O, 57 moves, 1-0

March 4: Bird On A Wire
Lipschutz vs Bird, 1889 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 159 moves, 1/2-1/2

March 5: Who Knows Where the Teim Goes?
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2012 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 32 moves, 1-0

March 6: It's Nhat Minh To Be
J P Gomez vs To Nhat Minh, 2017 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

March 7: Capi-Tal Punishment
Tal vs Myagmarsuren, 1974 
(A13) English, 35 moves, 1-0

Marh 8: Grate Lake
K Spraggett vs P Lake, 1982 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 1-0

March 9: Please Don't Squeeze D Sharma
I Nepomniachtchi vs D Sharma, 2006 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 46 moves, 1-0

March 10: "And Then There Was One
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

March 11: "Sad Stoeri
M Lubbe vs L Stoeri, 2015 
(C45) Scotch Game, 56 moves, 1-0

March 12: Hard Copie
M Jelic vs J Copie, 2000 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 59 moves, 0-1

March 13: The Ballad of Capa - Ballou
Capablanca vs S M Ballou, 1915 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 52 moves, 1-0

March 14: Sir Gawain and the Black Knight
J Werle vs G Jones, 2019 
(E97) King's Indian, 49 moves, 0-1

March 15: Missing Persson
T Hillarp Persson vs H Grooten, 2007 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 28 moves, 0-1

March 16: Dog Day Afternoon
L Day vs Benko, 1975 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 58 moves, 0-1

March 17: Rayner Shines
C Brewer vs F Rayner, 2015 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 64 moves, 0-1

March 18: Hey, that was Navara nice
J K Duda vs Navara, 2019 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

March 19: Peelen Good
P Peelen vs J van Foreest, 2011 
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

March 20: Do It Wai Shui Kan
Wai Shui Kan vs A Gomez Abad, 1976 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 54 moves, 1-0

March 21: Pitcher Perfect
J Pitcher vs R Bates, 2012 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 1-0

March 22: Yerbury Welcome
K Hamada vs Paul Yerbury, 1976 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 54 moves, 0-1

March 23: Harvest Moon
B Moon vs D Aaron, 2017 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 0-1

March 24: Wolff Blitzer
Wolff vs I Sokolov, 1987 
(B89) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

March 25: Persson of the Year
T Hillarp Persson vs T Laurusas, 2018 
(A06) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

March 26: That's My Storey and I'm Sticking to It
K Toma vs S Williams, 2017 
(C11) French, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

March 27: Whole Lotta Saccing Goin On
E B Edgar vs T W Lott, 1915 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 23 moves, 1-0

March 28: Gilg A Mess
Gilg vs Opocensky, 1937 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 51 moves, 0-1

March 29: Fail To The Chief
Woodrow Wilson vs S A Langleben, 1898 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 0-1

March 30: Boy Awonder
T Gelashvili vs A Liang, 2017 
(B20) Sicilian, 48 moves, 0-1

March 31: Bier Guts
M Bier vs Blackburne, 1885 
(B01) Scandinavian, 50 moves, 1-0

April 1: Anna - R Yu, OK?
A Zatonskih vs Jennifer Yu, 2019 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 0-1

April 2: Lolli Popped
L Kalvach vs M Drtina, 1986 
(C57) Two Knights, 20 moves, 0-1

April 3: Ledger is Out of Balance
D J Ledger vs T Gavriel, 2009 
(C11) French, 44 moves, 0-1

April 4: The Road Goes Ever On, Anand
Anand vs Mamedyarov, 2019 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 63 moves, 1-0

April 5: Beaned Barreto
C Adkins vs L Gentil Jr, 1983 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 27 moves, 0-1

April 6: Father Knows Best
Benko vs Lombardy, 1969 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 0-1

April 7: It's All Over But the Schouten
Ken Ronny Schouten vs C B Jacobsen, 2017 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 53 moves, 1-0

Apri l8: Stick In The Mudrev
S A Mudrev vs Botvinnik, 1929 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

April 9: Don't Cry For Me Valentina
D Frick vs V Gunina, 2011 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 59 moves, 0-1

April 10: What Could Go Wong?
P Paris vs M Wong, 1977 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

April 11: Biel-eive It or Not
Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2007 
(B07) Pirc, 28 moves, 1-0

April 12: White Out
Capablanca vs J A Blanco, 1901 
(C45) Scotch Game, 49 moves, 1-0

April 13: Bish, You Were Here
Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 56 moves, 1-0

April 14: It]s Time to Go Holm Now
S Agdestein vs K Holm, 2018 
(A06) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

April 15: Good Knight, Irina
I Krush vs Barsov, 1999 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

April 16: One Night in Bangkok
J Gustafsson vs Duong The Anh, 2019 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 25 moves, 1-0

April 17: A Pin, But Not a Safety Pin
Karpov vs Timman, 1988 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 41 moves, 1-0

April 18: Stangl Hold
Blatny vs M Stangl, 1991 
(B06) Robatsch, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

April 19: My Dinner Was Andre
Keres vs Lilienthal, 1955 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 37 moves, 1-0

April 20: Nyysti Shock
Carlsen vs S Nyysti, 2002 
(C46) Three Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

April 21: Choose Your Badals Wisely
Bareev vs J Magem Badals, 1994 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 58 moves, 0-1

April 22: Call Me Mabe
C Mabe vs M Kekelidze, 2010 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 0-1

April 23: All Good Things Come To Anand
Anand vs Kramnik, 2008 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

April 24: Cooking The Rooks
Gelfand vs Karpov, 1994 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 52 moves, 0-1

April 25: Nils in the Coffin
Carlsen vs N Grandelius, 2016 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 38 moves, 1-0

April 26: Now or Neverov
A Neverov vs Kramnik, 1990 
(B07) Pirc, 40 moves, 0-1

April 27: Baby, You Can Drive Mike Carr
M R Carr vs W J Aramil, 2003 
(A16) English, 40 moves, 0-1

April 28: Read Ferrari
P Dittmar vs N Ferrari, 2001 
(D80) Grunfeld, 38 moves, 1-0

April 29: Bumpy Ride
H B Uber vs H G Cole, 1912 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 44 moves, 1-0

April 30: Kill or Be Killed
J Krassowizkij vs M Kill, 2017 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

May 1: License to Kirill
A Korobov vs K Alekseenko, 2014 
(A21) English, 46 moves, 0-1

May 2: Lev's Labor's Lost
Aronian vs Caruana, 2018 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

May 3: Powell Surge
Fischer vs C Powell, 1964 
(C18) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 0-1

May 4: A Fistful of Kollars
G Barrenechea Bahamonde vs D Kollars, 2018 
(C22) Center Game, 44 moves, 0-1

May 5: The Fab and the Furious
Caruana vs Aronian, 2018 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 39 moves, 1-0

May 6: The Scenic Rout
S Matveeva vs Skripchenko, 2003 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 68 moves, 1-0

May 7: Your Chances of Winning Are...
Nunn vs S Bouaziz, 1983 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 24 moves, 1-0

May 8: Tissir, Without Love
Anand vs M Tissir, 2000 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

May 9: Totally Rad
Radjabov vs R Wojtaszek, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 59 moves, 1-0

May 10: No Time to Wallow in the Meier
V Keymer vs G Meier, 2019 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 81 moves, 1-0

May 11: Take It Or Leave It
Petrosian vs Sax, 1979 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 43 moves, 1-0

May 12: Dire Ulf
Short vs Ulf Andersson, 1980 
(B50) Sicilian, 73 moves, 1-0

May 13: "Surely You Jesty
Capablanca vs E T Jesty, 1919 
(C49) Four Knights, 29 moves, 1-0

May 14: Rechlis Endangerment
G Apryshko vs G Rechlis, 2018 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 70 moves, 1-0

May 15: Use the Fork, Loek
Van Wely vs Morozevich, 2004 
(D09) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3, 41 moves, 1-0

May 16: Salt and Battery
G Minchev vs O Santana, 1987 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 76 moves, 1-0

May 17: Arsenic and Old Lask
Lasker vs C H Alexander, 1936  
(A25) English, 34 moves, 1-0

May 18: Frayed So
J K Duda vs W So, 2019 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 25 moves, 1-0

May 19: Frayed Knott
Hebden vs S Knott, 2001 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 45 moves, 1-0

May 20: Death, Starr
Alekhine vs Starr, 1924 
(B30) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1-0

May 21: Chew Baca
Alberto Baca vs I Kanko, 1966 
(A10) English, 28 moves, 0-1

May 22: The Empire Strikes Back
Capablanca vs Empire City Chess Club, 1931 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 0-1

May 23: Stormtrooper
R Storm vs Blatny, 1991 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

May 24: Attack of the Cohns
E Cohn vs W Cohn, 1907 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 48 moves, 1-0

May 25: Light Saber
J Cori vs Y Saber, 2018 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 1-0

May 26: Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a
Ed. Lasker vs Lasker, 1924 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 51 moves, 0-1

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