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OhioChessFan's favorite games of 2019
Compiled by OhioChessFan
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Not always the objectively best games, but games I like for one reason or another.

Giri Calmly Defends a Ferocious Attack and Then Wins
Kramnik vs Giri, 2019 
(A28) English, 42 moves, 0-1

Calm, drawish looking position quickly transitions to fireworks
Duda vs Rapport, 2019 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Ding Goes a Piece Down but Wins With Pawns
Ding Liren vs Grischuk, 2019 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 77 moves, 1-0

Maggie Blasts Karjack Off the Board
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2019 
(B33) Sicilian, 39 moves, 0-1

Vitiguov's Queen Dances Around the Board
Vitiugov vs Harikrishna, 2019 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1-0

Shankland Refuses to Let Giri Draw
Giri vs Shankland, 2019 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 45 moves, 1-0

Gustafsson's Queen Charges Into Battle
J Gustafsson vs T Duong, 2019 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 25 moves, 1-0

Long Castle With No Pawns? Brilliant!
Dubov vs Giri, 2019 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Qxc3+! Move of the Year!
Firouzja vs M Karthikeyan, 2019 
(E71) King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3), 52 moves, 0-1

My Mandatory CK Win For Black. Great Positional Crush
Ehlvest vs L Paichadze, 2019 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 40 moves, 0-1

Black's King Mated on a3 with 17 Pieces on the Board? Awesome!
Dubov vs R Svane, 2019 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

Great Endgame Grind By Grischuk
Grischuk vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2019 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 63 moves, 1-0

Beautiful Use of the Bishop Pair by Alekseenko
K Alekseenko vs Hess, 2019
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 37 moves, 1-0

Nepo Plays a Positional Game and Still Wins in 26
Giri vs Nepomniachtchi, 2019 
(B07) Pirc, 26 moves, 0-1

Final Position is the Most Aestethtic Checkmate You'll Ever See
Zhao Jun vs R Preotu, 2019 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 52 moves, 1-0

McShane Drops 3 Major Pieces on 3rd Rank & Leaves Them There
McShane vs Kuzubov, 2019
(B10) Caro-Kann, 31 moves, 0-1

Radja Shows the Danger of Allowing f6
Radjabov vs Xiong, 2019 
(D85) Grunfeld, 36 moves, 1-0

Ain't It Funny How the Knight Moves?
Goryachkina vs D Harika, 2019
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 62 moves, 1-0

Defensive Masterpiece by Wei Yi
Karjakin vs Wei Yi, 2019 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 58 moves, 0-1

Ding Crushes with a Kingside Attack
Ding Liren vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2019 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 50 moves, 1-0

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