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Friday Puzzles, 2018-2021
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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Difficult

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.

NOTE

Puzzles beginning August 3 to August 24 were repeats of puzzles beginning Tuesday, June 12. Since they did not fit the usual pattern of this day's puzzles, they do n ot appear in this collection.. For a list of these, see Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2018.

23.? (January 5, 2018)
Ivanchuk vs Dreev, 1987 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 32 moves, 1-0

29...? (January 12, 2018)
C Van Buskirk vs D Gurevich, 1987 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

20.? (January 19,. 2018)
Sax vs Minic, 1975 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 24 moves, 1-0

31.? (January 26, 2018)
Kovalenko vs Fressinet, 2016 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 35 moves, 1-0

35 ...? (February 2, 2018)
Larsen vs Najdorf, 1968 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 39 moves, 0-1

21.? (February 9, 2018)
Le Quang Liem vs Kazhgaleyev, 2016 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

30 ? (February 16, 2018)
D Yuffa vs Bologan, 2015 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

25...? (February 23. 2018)
Adorjan vs I Polgar, 1972 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 29 moves, 1-0

19...? (March 2, 2018)
P Tregubov vs A Moiseenko, 2016 
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 22 moves, 0-1

29.? (March16, 2018)
Caruana vs Tomashevsky, 2013 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

23...? (March 23, 2018)
J Bai vs Ding Liren, 2017 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 32 moves, 0-1

24...? (March 30, 2018)
Kotov vs Bondarevsky, 1936 
(A90) Dutch, 27 moves, 0-1

21.? (April 6, 2018)
E Inarkiev vs D Temirkanov, 2012 
(B30) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

25.? (April 13, 2018)
J van Foreest vs L'Ami, 2017 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 40 moves, 1-0

30.? (April 20, 2018)
V Chuchelov vs Eljanov, 2008 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

26.? (April 27, 2018)
S Brenjo vs D Bojovic, 2008 
(B57) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

25.? (May 4, 2018)
G Guseinov vs M Ezat, 2008 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

25.? (May 11, 2018)
B Hayden vs W A Winser, 1948 
(A04) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

42...? May 18, 2018)
A E Moussa vs A Nazarov, 2008 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 0-1

31.? (May 25, 2018))
M Antipov vs S Ivanov, 2017 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

19...? (June 1, 2018)
Denker vs Botvinnik, 1945 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 0-1

115.? (June 8, 2018)
S Volkov vs D Anikonov, 2016 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 118 moves, 1-0

18.? (June 15, 2018)
K Rohonyan vs A L'Ami, 2008 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 23 moves, 1-0

19. ..? (June 22, 2018)
Topalov vs W So, 2016 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 27 moves, 0-1

44.? (June 29, 2018)
F Olafsson vs Unzicker, 1970 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 47 moves, 1-0

42 ...? (July 6, 2018)
Portisch vs Kasparov, 1981 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

12.? (July 13, 2018)
V Carneiro vs A H T dos Santos Fier, 2017 
(A20) English, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

38.? (July 20, 2018)
Flohr vs Capablanca, 1936 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 64 moves, 1-0

25...? (July 27, 2018)
Bluebaum vs E Najer, 2017 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 0-1

25.? (August 31, 2018)
S Williams vs D Guthrie, 2017 
(B20) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

17.? (September 7, 2018)
R M McKay vs Hort, 1982 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 46 moves, 1-0

25 ? (September 14, 2018)
I Chirila vs I K Sukandar, 2017 
(A22) English, 30 moves, 1-0

17...? (September 21, 2018)
W Bialas vs Uhlmann, 1951 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 0-1

18...? (September 28, 2018)
Weenink vs Kostic, 1927 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 25 moves, 0-1

44.? (October 12, 2018)
Geller vs H Liebert, 1970 
(B07) Pirc, 47 moves, 1-0

37.? (October 19, 2018)
Zuckerman vs J Kostro, 1972 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 39 moves, 1-0

35...? (October 26, 2018)
Naiditsch vs Caruana, 2017 
(C28) Vienna Game, 40 moves, 0-1

27.? (November 2, 2018)
P Bobras vs P Schreiner, 2017 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 1-0

18.? (November 9, 2018)
Jansa vs T Harestad, 2017 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

30.? (November 16, 2018)
A Dole vs Van Hai Nguyen, 2008 
(B30) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

12.? (November 23, 2018)
Nimzowitsch vs G Marco, 1920 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

27 ...? (November 30, 2018)
Robert Beltz vs Vasiukov, 2017 
(A04) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

19.? (December 7, 2018)
E Korchmar vs E Poliak, 1937 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

19.? (December 14, 2018)
Kasparov vs A Vilaisarn, 2008 
(C11) French, 24 moves, 1-0

20.? (December 21, 2018)
S Knight vs V Georgiev, 2008 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1-0

28.? (December 28, 2018)
M Mihaljcisin vs Benko, 1970 
(B06) Robatsch, 31 moves, 1-0

27...? (January 4, 2019)
Nunn vs A J Mestel, 1978 
(B75) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 0-1

35.? (January 11, 2019)
Yusupov vs Gulko, 1990 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 60 moves, 1-0

27.? (January 18, 2019; Feb-07-20)
A H T dos Santos Fier vs R Aloma Vidal, 2018 
(A09) Reti Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

32.? (January 25, 2019)
Yifan Hou vs Caruana, 2017 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1-0

37...? (February 1, 2019)
E Rotunno vs Alekhine, 1938 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

24.? (February 8, 2019)
Morozevich vs Anand, 1995 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 1-0

18...? (February 15, 2019' February 22, 2019)
Kamsky vs Anand, 1994 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 53 moves, 0-1

16...? (March 1, 2019)
Topalov vs Bareev, 1994 
(C11) French, 23 moves, 0-1

15...? (March 8, 2019)
J Aubel vs J Willemze, 2009 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

23. ? (March 15, 2019)
Fischer vs S Schweber, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 1-0

31.? (March 22, 2019)
Motylev vs A Iljushin, 2000 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

32.? (March 29, 2019)
Fischer vs Mednis, 1957 
(B07) Pirc, 39 moves, 1-0

18 ...? (April 5, 2019)
Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 22 moves, 0-1

36.? (April 12, 2019)
Portisch vs Pachman, 1967 
(A05) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

25.? (April 19, 2019)
Plaskett vs K Bischoff, 2001 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 30 moves, 1-0

51.? (April 26, 2019)
A Maksimenko vs Damljanovic, 2006 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 55 moves, 1-0

22...? (May 3, 2019)
Shimanov vs R Rapport, 2012 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 26 moves, 0-1

21.? (May 10, 2019)
O Brendel vs T Chapman, 2017 
(A13) English, 26 moves, 1-0

24 ? (May 17, 2019)
I Sokolov vs S Bjornsson, 2004 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

18...? (May 24, 2019)
L Milman vs Anatoly Bykhovsky, 2011 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 32 moves, 0-1

28.? (May 31, 2019)
Smyslov vs Ribli, 1983 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 41 moves, 1-0

26...? (June 7, 2019)
Xie Jun vs Portisch, 1995 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 29 moves, 0-1

25.? (June 14, 2019; August 2, 2019; August 9, 2019)
G Quillan vs Dubov, 2018 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

35.? (June 21, 2019)
Jobava vs Kiril D Georgiev, 2009 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1-0

20.? (June 28, 2019,)
Gelfand vs Anand, 1993 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

43...? (July 5, 2019)
L Popov vs I Rogers, 1986 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 47 moves, 0-1

22.? (July 12, 2019)
J Emms vs A Summerscale, 1997 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

18.? (July 19, 2019)
S Atalik vs Sax, 1997 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

24...? (July 26, 2019)
Grischuk vs V Malaniuk, 2001 
(C59) Two Knights, 32 moves, 0-1

26.? (August 16, 2019)
Korchnoi vs Bellon Lopez, 1986 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 36 moves, 1-0

19.? (August 23, 2019)
Kavalek vs Matulovic, 1966 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 32 moves, 1-0

49...? (August 30, 2019)
Egor Filipets vs A Aleksandrov, 2018 
(A13) English, 52 moves, 0-1

18 ? (September 6, 2019)
Smyslov vs C Kottnauer, 1946 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 21 moves, 1-0

36...? (September 13, 2019)
Suetin vs Shcherbakov, 1991 
(B20) Sicilian, 44 moves, 0-1

23.? (September 20, 2019)
Suttles vs Benko, 1974 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 48 moves, 1-0

32...? (September 27, 2019)
V Kovacevic vs Z Kozul, 1993 
(D94) Grunfeld, 34 moves, 0-1

28 ...? (October 4, 2019)
R Loetscher vs Bluebaum, 2016 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 0-1

16.? (October 11, 2019)
Bluebaum vs A Korobov, 2016 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

19.? (October 18, 2019)
V Erdos vs H Steingrimsson, 2017 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

32...? (October 25, 2019)
M van der Werf vs Nijboer, 2001 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 37 moves, 0-1

27...? (November 1, 2019)
J Ferreira vs M Bosiocic, 2017 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

19.? (November 8, 2019)
V Ruban vs A Poluljahov, 1994 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 28 moves, 1-0

33.? (November 15, 2019)
Chandler vs M Gurevich, 1987 
(C11) French, 37 moves, 1-0

26...? (November 22, 2019)
Khismatullin vs Nepomniachtchi, 2010 
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 28 moves, 0-1

25.? (Movember 29, 2019)
Pachman vs J H Donner, 1955 
(A10) English, 32 moves, 1-0

24.? (Friday, December 6)
B D Deac vs N Berry, 2017 
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

33....? (December 13, 2019)
J Klinger vs Arencibia Rodriguez, 1986 
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 0-1

27.? (December 20, 2019)
Panno vs Larsen, 1971 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 1-0

21...? (December 27, 2019)
A Lastin vs Bareev, 2004 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 0-1

41...? (January 3, 2020)
S Muhammad vs L Ross, 2004 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 0-1

30...? (January 10, 2020)
B Kantsler vs V Moskalenko, 1990 
(A90) Dutch, 35 moves, 0-1

19...? (January 17, 2020)
Adams vs Epishin, 1992 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 0-1

51.? (January 24, 2020)
Wojtaszek vs Z Pakleza, 2010 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1-0

11...? (January 31, 2020)
Predojevic vs D Andreikin, 2016 
(B06) Robatsch, 36 moves, 0-1

25.? (February 14, 2020)
V Malaniuk vs Short, 1984 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 31 moves, 1-0

22...? (February 21, 2020)
A Bonte vs Fedorov, 2017 
(E70) King's Indian, 31 moves, 0-1

28.? (Feruary 28, 2020)
Reshevsky vs Polugaevsky, 1970 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

24.? (March 6, 2020)
Smyslov vs C Hansen, 1993 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

21.? (March 13, 2020)
D Myers vs S Gschwendtner, 2015 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 27 moves, 1-0

41 ...? (March 20, 2020)
Ganguly vs Lu Shanglei, 2017 
(A04) Reti Opening, 48 moves, 0-1

38.? (March 27, 2020)
Leko vs Radjabov, 2006 
(B33) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

8...? (April 3, 2020)
Efimov vs Bronstein, 1941 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 0-1

21.? (April 10, 2020)
S P Sethuraman vs Zhou Jianchao, 2017 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 28 moves, 1-0

25.? (April 17, 2020)
Szabo vs N Spiridonov, 1974 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 35 moves, 1-0

36.? (April 24, 2020)
Khismatullin vs S Sjugirov, 2009 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

33 ...? (May 1, 2020)
I Sokolov vs S Williams, 2006 
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

27.? (May 8, 2020)
Harold Morton vs W Adams, 1937 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 32 moves, 1-0

18. ? (May 15, 2020)
Van der Wiel vs Ehlvest, 1989 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 44 moves, 1-0

23.? (May 22, 2020)
Kamsky vs Short, 1994 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 26 moves, 1-0

27 ? (May 29, 2020)
Khismatullin vs M Bosiocic, 2010 
(A25) English, 30 moves, 1-0

18...? (June 5, 2020)
Ragozin vs P Romanovsky, 1927 
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

51.? (June 12, 2020)
F Vallejo Pons vs Knaak, 2003 
(C11) French, 59 moves, 1-0

37.? (June 19, 2020)
Galego vs F Izeta Txabarri, 1999 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

14.? (June 26, 2020)
A Zude vs L Sanchez Botella, 2014 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 23 moves, 1-0

25...? (July 3, 2020)
L Karlsson vs H Olafsson, 1979 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

34.? (July 10, 2020)
Capablanca vs N Zubarev, 1925 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 43 moves, 1-0

28...? (July 17, 2020)
S Nitin vs Robson, 2011 
(C11) French, 31 moves, 0-1

16.? (July 24, 2020)
Knaak vs Uhlmann, 1978 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 24 moves, 1-0

24.? (July 31, 2020)
L Bruzon Batista vs Carlsen, 2005 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

25.? (August 7, 2020)
R Soltanici vs Catalin-Lucian Patrascu, 2017 
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

19 ? (August 14, 2020)
S Shipov vs V I Ivanov, 1995 
(D85) Grunfeld, 23 moves, 1-0

37.? (August 21, 2020)
Yusupov vs K Spraggett, 1989 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1-0

30...? (August 28 2020)
S Chanda vs Nisipeanu, 2004 
(B44) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

24...? (September 4, 2020)
M Levin vs Savon, 1959 
(B06) Robatsch, 39 moves, 0-1

27.? (September 11, 2020)
Mikhalevski vs Azmaiparashvili, 1995 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

34...? (September 18, 2020)
Tolnai vs Klovans, 1991 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 42 moves, 0-1

23.? (September 25, 2020)
Balashov vs Ulf Andersson, 1973 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

22.? (October 2, 2020)
E Gulden vs Andrei Macovei, 2018 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 31 moves, 1-0

20...? (October 9, 2020)
A Minasian vs A Sokolov, 1999 
(B40) Sicilian, 24 moves, 0-1

49.? (October 16, 2020)
Svidler vs Topalov, 2006 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 67 moves, 1-0

17.? (October 23, 2020)
M A Tabatabaei vs J S Thybo, 2018 
(A15) English, 25 moves, 1-0

16.? (October 30, 2020)
Y Neishtadt vs Gipslis, 1955 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

29.? (November 6, 2020)
A Istratescu vs Lazarev, 2011 
(B32) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

14.? (November 13, 2020)
Murey vs Nikitin, 1971 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

22.? (November 20, 2020)
Chiburdanidze vs V Malaniuk, 1982 
(D85) Grunfeld, 26 moves, 1-0

20...? (November 27, 2020)
D Coleman vs Chandler, 1977 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 26 moves, 0-1

11.? (December 4, 2020)
M Kravtsiv vs Y Vovk, 2004 
(B06) Robatsch, 25 moves, 1-0

24.? (December 11, 2020)
A Cramling Bellon vs Esperanca Caxita, 2018 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

26.? (December 18, 2020)
Morozevich vs Tkachiev, 2009 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

24.? (Friday, December 25)
A Hakobyan vs D Gavrilescu, 2018 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

43.? (January 1, 2021)
J M Hodgson vs Adams, 1993 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

18.? (January 8, 2021)
Sherzer vs H Olafsson, 1991 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1-0

34...? (January 15, 2021)
C Coppola vs B Macias Murillo, 2009 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 34 moves, 0-1

20.? January 22, 2021)
L Spassov vs P Popov, 1977 
(A13) English, 23 moves, 1-0

28...? (January 29, 2021)
Ljubojevic vs A Planinc, 1971 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

13 ? (February 5, 2021)
Palatnik vs I Stohl, 1986 
(D90) Grunfeld, 19 moves, 1-0

31...? (February 12, 2021)
J Celis vs F Pancevski, 2012 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 0-1

19...? (February 19, 2021)
S Ionov vs A Yashtylov, 2000 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 26 moves, 0-1

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