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Game of the Day 2021
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 Inner Beauty
Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1956 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 18 moves, 0-1

anuary 2: Hawaiian Punch
Joel Benjamin vs Gufeld, 1998 
(B53) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

January 3: Leggo My Leko
Anand vs Leko, 1996 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

January 4 Slipped Him a Mickey
Tal vs Tolush, 1958 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 28 moves, 1-0

January 5: Welcome to the Rohde-o
Rohde vs Dlugy, 1990 
(A28) English, 36 moves, 1-0

January 6: Vitaly Impotent
Chekhover vs Lasker, 1935 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

January 7: Let Amon Tear A Sondre
A Simutowe vs S Tofte, 2009 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 47 moves, 1-0

January 8: The Hat Trick
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1986 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 41 moves, 1-0

January 9: Outranked
A Elo vs Fine, 1940 
(B20) Sicilian, 35 moves, 0-1

January 10: Spring Training
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

January 11: Pained By Numbers
J Rezek vs P Kipasso, 2001 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 18 moves, 1-0

January 12: While My Gutierrez Gently Weeps
S Vega Gutierrez vs A Muzychuk, 2014 
(B32) Sicilian, 29 moves, 0-1

January 13: The Lost Opposition
Firouzja vs Carlsen, 2020 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 69 moves, 0-1

January 14: Welcome to the Bungle
D Donchev vs Topalov, 1989 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 19 moves, 1-0

January 15: Road To Viktory
Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 33 moves, 0-1

January 16: Checkmate in Prague
Opocensky vs Pachman, 1945 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

January 17: Peasants vs. Castle
Arencibia Rodriguez vs S Kamuhangire, 1990 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 68 moves, 0-1

January 18: Orested Development
Popovych vs E Formanek, 1969 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1-0

January 19 Chain Of Command
Botvinnik vs Levenfish, 1935 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 1-0

January 20: I Will Watch Your Back
Carlsen vs Fressinet, 2006 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 27 moves, 1-0

January 21: Rad Maks
M Atabayev vs Wojtaszek, 2019 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

January 22: The Mad Vatter
H Vatter vs S Berry, 1980 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

anuary 23: All Fed Up!
L Christiansen vs Fedorowicz, 1984 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 0-1

January 24: The Maltese Falcon
J F Malta vs Bird, 1880 
(A80) Dutch, 28 moves, 0-1

January 25: "Vlad the Improver
Kramnik vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1994 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 115 moves, 1-0

January 26: The Rout of Ole Evill
Euwe vs W E Evill, 1921 
(C47) Four Knights, 26 moves, 1-0

January 27: Jang Unchained
L Jiang vs P Cramling, 2004 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

January 28; Torren Apart
E Korchmar vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1931 
(D03) Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation), 22 moves, 0-1

January 29: Total Nihalation
Sarin Nihal vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2020 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 1-0

January 30 Allan A Day's Work
D Allan vs L Day, 1980 
(B06) Robatsch, 34 moves, 0-1

February 1: That's Why the Lady Is a Champ
Ju Wenjun vs Goryachkina, 2020 
(A06) Reti Opening, 45 moves, 1-0

February 2: The Fellowship of the Ding
Ding Liren vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2009 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 133 moves, 1-0

February 3 Who's The Bosch?
Spielmann vs J van den Bosch, 1935 
(C13) French, 22 moves, 0-1

February 4: Demolition of Hastings
D Gurevich vs Short, 1983 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

February 6: Run, Foreest, Run
Vitiugov vs J van Foreest, 2020 
(C11) French, 62 moves, 0-1

February 7: Medical Klinic
M Medic vs M Klinova, 2005 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 52 moves, 1-0

February 8: Super Bol
Bologan vs Caruana, 2008 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 34 moves, 1-0

February 9: Can You Top This?
Gelfand vs Topalov, 1997 
(E92) King's Indian, 32 moves, 0-1

February 10: Lock-Down
Cherniaev vs G Lock, 2008 
(B40) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

February 11: Struk Down
J Parker vs J Struk, 2006 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 39 moves, 1-0

February 12: Pap Smear
Kosanovic vs M Pap, 2001 
(A04) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

February 13: Enders' Game
P Enders vs V Gashimov, 1998 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 22 moves, 1-0

February 14: Super Dario
D Alzate vs C Samuelsen, 2004 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

February 15: Gosta Win the Machine
Stoltz vs Capablanca, 1928 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

February 16: "Thi For Two
T Do vs T Nguyen, 2005 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 0-1

February 17: Thump A Nickel
M Homuth vs A Nickel, 1988 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

February 18: Bring On the Dancing Girls
E Rosen vs S Lang, 2019 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

February 19: Vishy's Worst Knightmare
Kasparov vs Anand, 1991 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

February 20: Tough to Desai
Alekhine vs R E Desai, 1933 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 44 moves, 1-0

February 21: Yin and Yang
D Yang vs E Perelshteyn, 2008 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 31 moves, 0-1

February 22: Dancing Queens
D Rovner vs L Guldin, 1939 
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

February 23: "For Whom The Bellon Tolls
Bellon Lopez vs R Byrne, 1975 
(A06) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

February 24: Beat A Hasty Retreat
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1-0

February 25: Pet Food
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1961 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

February 26: Splitting Adams
A Horvath vs A Tukhaev, 2017 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 21 moves, 0-1

February 27 May You Build a Ladder to the Stars
P Hogarty vs A Krishnan, 2006 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 66 moves, 1-0

February 28 Be My Valentine
V Green vs Steinitz, 1862 
(B40) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

March 1: March Madness
Granda Zuniga vs P Mascaro March, 2004 
(B57) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

March 2: The XYZ Affair
Zeyu Xiang vs Yibo Zhou, 2019 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 55 moves, 1-0

March 3 One Ring To Bind Them
Loop vs Deep Gandalf, 2006 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 50 moves, 1-0

March 4: Goliath and David
M David vs Botvinnik, 1938 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 59 moves, 0-1

March 5: In Trouble With the Lau
R Lau vs A Bastian, 1983 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

March 6, March 8: Dutch Oven
Van Wely vs D Kontic, 1988 
(A80) Dutch, 37 moves, 1-0

March 7: In a New York Minute
I A Horowitz vs A Kevitz, 1931 
(A15) English, 22 moves, 1-0

March 8: Curt on a Hurting Rolf
R Knobel vs C Hansen, 1998
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 0-1

March 9: The Fiery Angel
M Delage vs S Prokofiev, 1937 
(C18) French, Winawer, 25 moves, 0-1

March 10: Zinn Master
D Neukirch vs L Zinn, 1974 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 40 moves, 0-1

March 11 Shootout at the O.K. Corral
Korneev vs Suba, 1995 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

March 12: Riga Tony
Ljubojevic vs Miles, 1979 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 60 moves, 0-1

March 13: Bent Out of Shape
Timman vs Larsen, 1980 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 19 moves, 1-0

March 14: Jabez the Hurt
Morphy vs J Carr, 1858  
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 23 moves, 1-0

March 15: So Unexpected
Carlsen vs W So, 2020 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 61 moves, 0-1

March 16: Girls Knight Out
Yifan Hou vs Short, 2016 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 39 moves, 1-0

March 17 Mac the Knife
S K Rozental vs V Makogonov, 1936 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 19 moves, 0-1

arch 18: Thoren in the Side
P Thoren vs P Lacko, 1987 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

March 19: Call My Theraptis
J Sinanan vs N Raptis, 2006 
(A25) English, 42 moves, 1-0

March 20: Sword to Sword
G Machate vs Saemisch, 1927 
(A04) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

March 21 Kalashnikov Outguns Colts
V Kalashnikov vs Koltsov, 1929 
(A04) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

March 22: A Whiter Shade of Pal
Benko vs Petrosian, 1952 
(A04) Reti Opening, 62 moves, 1-0

March 23: It Wasn't in the Cards
Fischer vs R Cardoso, 1957 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

March 24 Saxy Thang
Sax vs Tseshkovsky, 1975 
(B06) Robatsch, 91 moves, 1-0

March 25 The Hand that Rocks the Radul
Smyslov vs I Radulov, 1977 
(B83) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

March 26: Look e4 You Leap!
Anderssen vs Mayet, 1855 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 18 moves, 0-1

March 27: Goodbye, Clarice
G Stalda vs C Benini, 1948 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

March 28: All Rohdes Lead to Rome
Dzindzichashvili vs Rohde, 1992 
(A10) English, 33 moves, 1-0

March 29: I've got thiS-pass-key
Shamkovich vs Spassky, 1961 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 62 moves, 1-0

March 30: Scotch—Make It a Double
K Isgandarova vs Kosteniuk, 2012 
(C45) Scotch Game, 52 moves, 0-1

March 31 Two Kar Collision
H Karner vs Karpov, 1972 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

April 1 Arab Spring
Beliavsky vs A Arab, 2006 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 55 moves, 0-1

April 2: Flaying Fossum
O Boyum Fossum vs Carlsen, 2003 
(A10) English, 50 moves, 0-1

April 3: Ain't Patrick's Day
D Edelman vs Wolff, 1988 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

April 4 Dom KO Tay
D Miller vs A A Taylor, 2016 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 38 moves, 1-0

April 5 Carva Roast
Steinitz vs V Martinez de Carvajal, 1889 
(C25) Vienna, 25 moves, 0-1

April 6: My One Memorable Game
J Sherwin vs Fischer, 1957 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 41 moves, 1-0

April 7: My 60 Memorable Moves
Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1961 
(E97) King's Indian, 60 moves, 1-0

April 8: Rohde's Scholar
Joel Benjamin vs Rohde, 1988 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 51 moves, 1-0

April 9: Jersey Sure
Kupchik vs Capablanca, 1926 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 0-1

April 10: The Hunter Becomes the Hunted
Filip vs K Darga, 1961 
(A14) English, 33 moves, 0-1

April 11: The Guns of Navaro
Aronian vs Navara, 2012 
(D85) Grunfeld, 60 moves, 0-1

April 12 Then I Took an Aron in the Ni
Ni Hua vs Aronian, 2001 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 0-1

April 13: Forked Tung
Nguyen Hoang Tuan vs That Nhu Tung Ton, 2005 
(C11) French, 55 moves, 1-0

April 14: And the Lion Loared
G Loar vs B Men, 1992 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

April 15: April 15th e-file
B Yildiz vs J Gokbulut, 2019 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 67 moves, 1-0

April 16: Take a Turn for the Worse
J Turn vs Petrov, 1929 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 0-1

April 17: The Pawn Island of Doctor Moreau
Moreau vs Schlechter, 1903 
(C00) French Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

April 18: Barbecued Rib
Kamsky vs Ribli, 1991 
(B44) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1-0

April 19 Rook File of a Prodigy
Kasparov vs B Kantsler, 1975 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 32 moves, 1-0

April 20: Polgarheist
Zsofia Polgar vs A Rabczewski, 1989 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

April 21: The Pen is Mightier than the Sod
J Penrose vs B Soderborg, 1959 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

April 22: On the Burdge of Extinction
H Burdge vs Fine, 1940 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 79 moves, 0-1

April 23: Runde Peg in a Square Hole
H Runde vs Morten Jensen, 2003 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

April 24: Short Hits Yifan
Short vs Yifan Hou, 2016 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 50 moves, 1-0

April 25: Yakety Sax
Sax vs Tukmakov, 1972 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 26 moves, 1-0

April 26: Lastin Impression
A Lastin vs D Bocharov, 2008 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

April 27: Help Me Make It Through the Knight
H C Christoffersen vs S Erdelyi, 1931 
(B83) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

April 28: Headliner and Seidman
Seidman vs Reshevsky, 1942 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

April 29: The Metamorphosis
Mikhalevski vs G Kafka, 2003 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

April 30: When The Stars A Lein
Ujtumen vs A Lein, 1965 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

May 1: Do You Know the Way to Smash Jose?
W Kluxen vs Capablanca, 1911 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 20 moves, 1-0

May 2: The Jimmy Hendricks Experience
J Buff vs Hendricks, 1978 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 26 moves, 1-0

ay 3: Dr. Wurm
A E Blackmar vs A F Wurm, 1882 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 0-1

May 4: Heinemann Trophy
T Heinemann vs G Meins, 2004 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

May 5: Opposites Distract
A Gara vs N Lakos, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 53 moves, 1-0

May 6: Greene to Play and Win
W Adams vs L S Greene, 1941 
(C10) French, 28 moves, 0-1

May 7: You, R Eggmann!
Keene vs R Eggmann, 1965 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

May 8: We Will Fight Them On The D File
Koltanowski vs W C Doby, 1966 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

May 9: King Crusher
E Alekseev vs I Krush, 2013 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

May 10: Problem Loginov
Carlsen vs V A Loginov, 2001 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 42 moves, 0-1

May 11: Smooth Operator
Kasparov vs F Sideif-Sade, 1978 
(A15) English, 28 moves, 0-1

May 12 Kellogg's Hoorn Flakes
B Beffie vs P F van Hoorn, 1923 
(A15) English, 35 moves, 1-0

May 13 Standard Deviation
A Deviatkin vs J P Wallace, 2012 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 85 moves, 1-0

May 14 Pasiev Resistance
S Golikov vs R Pasiev, 2008 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 29 moves, 0-1

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