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    The Best Chess of 2017

    January 10, 2018

    The best chess of 2017 has been voted on by Chessbase members and presented today by Macauley Peterson:

    https://en.chessbase.com/post/best-of-2017-poll-results

    The Move of the Year

    The startling pawn sacrifice 33…f6!! by Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna

    Swiercz, D. vs Sunilduth Lyna, Narayan
    Aeroflot Open A 2017
    Rd 4, Feb. 24, 2017

    Position with White to play his 33rd move:



    33.e5 f6 34.exf6 f3+ 35.Kg1 Nxg5 36.Qa2 Qh3 37.Qg8+ Rxg8 38.Re7+ Kh8 0-1


    The Endgame of the Year

    Carlsen, Magnus – MVL
    Sinquefield Cup 2017
    Round 4, Aug. 5, 2017

    Position after Black’s 48th move:



    48...Be2 49.Bxd8 Bxf3 50.Bxb6 axb6 51.Bc6 Be4 52.a7 Rd8 53.Nd6+ Rxd6 54.Bxe4 Rd8 55.a8=Q Rxa8+ 56.Bxa8 Ne5 57.Kb3 f4 58.Kc2 Kg7 59.Kd2 Ng6 60.Kd3 Nxh4 61.Ke4 f3 62.Ke3 Kf6 63.b4 c4 64.Bd5 Kf5 65.Bxc4 Kg4 66.Kf2 Ng6 67.Be6+ Kf4 68.Bf7 Ne5 69.Bxh5 Nd3+ 70.Kf1 Kg3 71.Bf7 Nf2 0-1

    The Game of the Year

    Bai Junshi – Ding Liren
    Chinese Team Championship
    Round 18, Nov. 4, 2017
    E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights variation

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 O-O 5.Bg5 c5 6.e3 cxd4 7.Qxd4 Nc6 8.Qd3 h6 9.Bh4 d5 10.Rd1 g5 11.Bg3 Ne4 12.Nd2 Nc5 13.Qc2 d4 14.Nf3 e5 15.Nxe5 dxc3 16.Rxd8 cxb2+ 17.Ke2 Rxd8 18.Qxb2 Na4 19.Qc2 Nc3+ 20.Kf3 Rd4 21.h3 h5 22.Bh2 g4+ 23.Kg3 Rd2 24.Qb3 Ne4+ 25.Kh4 Be7+ 26.Kxh5 Kg7 27.Bf4 Bf5 28.Bh6+ Kh7 29.Qxb7 Rxf2 30.Bg5 Rh8 31.Nxf7 Bg6+ 32.Kxg4 Ne5+ 0-1

    Final position in Bai Junshi – Ding Liren



    Female Player of the Year

    Hou Yifan with runners-up Anna Muzychuk and Ju Wenjun

    Hou overcame the scandal surrounding her thrown game protest in Gibraltar and won largely due to her standout performance in Biel. Anna Muzychuk was a big vote-getter with some noting her principled standing against the awarding of the Blitz and Rapid Championships to Saudi Arabia


    Player of the Year

    Levon Aronian with runners-up Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand

    Levon won Norway Chess, The Grenke Chess Classic, the World Cup and the Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca. The World Cup win meant that he will also be making a return to the Candidates coming up in March in Berlin.

    See also:

    http://forum.chesstalk.com/showthrea...016#post109978

    ________

    http://forum.chesstalk.com/showthrea...ight=game+2016

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    Last edited by Wayne Komer; Wednesday, 10th January, 2018, 05:29 PM.

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    Re: The Best Chess of 2017

    The Best Chess of 2017

    January 16, 2018

    Peter Svidler has videos out of the best games of 2017 at:

    https://chess24.com/en/learn/advance...vs--ding-liren

    His selection:

    1. Bai Jinshi vs Ding Liren (Chinese League)
    2. Alexander Donchenko vs Anish Giri (Reykjavik Open)
    3. Sergey Volkov vs Peter Svidler (Russian SuperFinal)
    4. Levon Aronian vs David Navara (St. Louis Rapid)
    5. AlphaZero vs Stockfish 8 (Queen's Indian)

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      Re: The Best Chess of 2017

      Originally posted by Wayne Komer View Post
      The Best Chess of 2017

      January 16, 2018

      Peter Svidler has videos out of the best games of 2017 at:

      https://chess24.com/en/learn/advance...vs--ding-liren

      His selection:

      1. Bai Jinshi vs Ding Liren (Chinese League)
      2. Alexander Donchenko vs Anish Giri (Reykjavik Open)
      3. Sergey Volkov vs Peter Svidler (Russian SuperFinal)
      4. Levon Aronian vs David Navara (St. Louis Rapid)
      5. AlphaZero vs Stockfish 8 (Queen's Indian)
      Wayne,

      I am not sure why the link you posted uses https - that causes problems because the chess24.com website does not support https.

      If the link is manually changed to http, all is well.

      (Perhaps you are using some sort of "https anywhere" extension in your browser that shows web pages as https in all cases?
      Anyway, just thought I would put that out there...)

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        Re: The Best Chess of 2017

        Originally posted by Kerry Liles View Post
        Wayne,

        I am not sure why the link you posted uses https - that causes problems because the chess24.com website does not support https.

        If the link is manually changed to http, all is well.

        (Perhaps you are using some sort of "https anywhere" extension in your browser that shows web pages as https in all cases?
        Anyway, just thought I would put that out there...)
        Never mind! :)

        This was purely on MY end - I had enabled Opera Turbo mode and that seems to somehow mess up https access in some cases ...
        Your link was/is perfectly fine. My apologies.

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        • #5
          https - s stands for secure

          Originally posted by Kerry Liles View Post
          Wayne ... I am not sure why the link you posted uses https - that causes problems because the chess24.com website does not support https.
          https is encripted to protect from hacking, to keep private information private, and so on. It's good to have, for example, on a website that takes your credit card data. The "s" stands for secure.
          Dogs will bark, but the caravan of chess moves on.

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            The Best Chess of 2017

            The Best Chess of 2017

            January 17, 2018

            Peter Svidler's Choices

            The games in my last post:

            Chinese Chess League 2017
            Round 18, Nov. 4
            Jinshi Bai - Ding Liren
            E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights variation

            1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 O-O 5.Bg5 c5 6.e3 cxd4 7.Qxd4 Nc6 8.Qd3 h6 9.Bh4 d5 10.Rd1 g5 11.Bg3 Ne4 12.Nd2 Nc5 13.Qc2 d4 14.Nf3 e5 15.Nxe5 dxc3 16.Rxd8 cxb2+ 17.Ke2 Rxd8 18.Qxb2 Na4 19.Qc2 Nc3+ 20.Kf3 Rd4 21.h3 h5 22.Bh2 g4+ 23.Kg3 Rd2 24.Qb3 Ne4+ 25.Kh4 Be7+ 26.Kxh5 Kg7 27.Bf4 Bf5 28.Bh6+ Kh7 29.Qxb7 Rxf2 30.Bg5 Rh8 31.Nxf7 Bg6+ 32.Kxg4 Ne5+ 0-1

            Reykjavik Open 2017
            Round 8, Apr. 25
            Donchenko, Alexander - Giri, Anish
            E09 Catalan, Closed, main line

            1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 e6 3.c4 c6 4.Qc2 Nf6 5.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.g3 Be7 7.Bg2 O-O 8.O-O b6 9.e4 Bb7 10.e5 Ne8 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Re1 Rc8 13.Qa4 Nc7 14.Bf1 Qe8 15.Kg2 Nb8 16.Qxa7 Ba8 17.Qxb6 Nc6 18.Qb3 f6 19.Qe3 Qf7 20.exf6 Bxf6 21.Kg1 Rce8 22.Qf4 g5 23.Nxg5 Qg7 24.Nh3 Nxd4 25.Bd3 e5 26.Qe3 e4 27.Bb1 Nce6 28.Kh1 Kh8 29.a4 Qg4 30.Nf4 Nxf4 31.Qxf4 Qg7 32.Qe3 Bg5 33.f4 Bf6 34.Ra3 Nf5 35.Qb6 Bd4 36.Qb5 Bf2 37.Rf1 Ba7 38.Ba2 d4 39.Bd5 Rb8 40.Qc4 Rfc8 41.Qa2 Ne3 42.Rxe3 dxe3 43.Nxe4 Qf7 0-1

            - 43...Qf7!! is a great geometry to finish White off and 44.Bxf7 Bxe4+ 45.Kg1 e2+ is a dream for the two bishops.
            - That double pawn sacrifice starting with 15...Nb8 astonishes. 14...Qe8 is the first new move in the game, coming in a variation of the Closed Catalan that has proven ridiculously successful for White in the past, so the sacrifices must have been home preparation. It simply seems impossible that Black had sufficient compensation for the pawns. Where did White go wrong?
            - went wrong starting with move 22 according to stockfish..

            Russian SuperFinals 2017
            Round 3, Dec. 5
            Volkov, Sergey - Svidler, Peter
            D96 Grunfeld, Russian variation

            1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 Be6 7.Qa4+ Bd7 8.Qb3 c5 9.d5 b5 10.e4 b4 11.e5 bxc3 12.exf6 Bxf6 13.bxc3 O-O 14.Bh6 Re8 15.Bc4 Bg4 16.Nd2 Nd7 17.h3 Rb8 18.Qa3 Bf5 19.O-O Ne5 20.Bf4 Rb7 21.Bxe5 Bxe5 22.f4 Bd6 23.g4 e6 24.gxf5 exd5 25.Ba6 c4 26.Qa4 Rb2 27.Nf3 Ree2 28.Qc6 Qe7 29.Qa8+ Bb8 30.Qxd5 Bxf4 31.Rfe1 Qe3+ 32.Kh1 Rh2+ 0-1

            - 23...e6!! is a fabulous move

            St. Louis Rapid and Blitz
            Round 1, Aug. 14
            Aronian, Levon - Navara, David
            E15 Queen's Indian, Nimzowitsch variation

            1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Nc3 O-O 8.Bg2 d5 9.cxd5 exd5 10.O-O Re8 11.Ne5 Bb7 12.Qc2 c5 13.dxc5 bxc5 14.Rad1 Qc8 15.e4 Bf8 16.f4 d4 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 f6 19.Rde1 fxe5 20.fxe5 Nd7 21.e6 Nf6 22.Rxf6 gxf6 23.Qf5 Qd8 24.Re4 Re7 25.Rg4+ Kh8 26.Be4 Rc8 27.Rh4 Kg8 28.Rxh7 Bxd5 29.Qg6+ Rg7 30.Qh5 Bxe4 31.Rh8# 1-0

            - 2 great sacs that I never saw coming
            - rapid game of the century?
            - I can understand Qd8, wanting to defend the f Pawn, and keeping an eye on e7, but that was what led to the smashing attack.

            AlphaZero-Stockfish Match
            London, England
            Dec. 4, 2017
            AlphaZero - Stockfish
            E17 Queen's Indian

            1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.c4 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.d5 exd5 8.Nh4 c6 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Nf5 Nc7 11.e4 d5 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Nc3 Nxc3 14.Qg4 g6 15.Nh6+ Kg7 16.bxc3 Bc8 17.Qf4 Qd6 18.Qa4 g5 19.Re1 Kxh6 20.h4 f6 21.Be3 Bf5 22.Rad1 Qa3 23.Qc4 b5 24.hxg5+ fxg5 25.Qh4+ Kg6 26.Qh1 Kg7 27.Be4 Bg6 28.Bxg6 hxg6 29.Qh3 Bf6 30.Kg2 Qxa2 31.Rh1 Qg8 32.c4 Re8 33.Bd4 Bxd4 34.Rxd4 Rd8 35.Rxd8 Qxd8 36.Qe6 Nd7 37.Rd1 Nc5 38.Rxd8 Nxe6 39.Rxa8 Kf6 40.cxb5 cxb5 41.Kf3 Nd4+ 42.Ke4 Nc6 43.Rc8 Ne7 44.Rb8 Nf5 45.g4 Nh6 46.f3 Nf7 47.Ra8 Nd6+ 48.Kd5 Nc4 49.Rxa7 Ne3+ 50.Ke4 Nc4 51.Ra6+ Kg7 52.Rc6 Kf7 53.Rc5 Ke6 54.Rxg5 Kf6 55.Rc5 g5 56.Kd4 1-0

            - For this FM this is the most impressive game by AlphaZero. It is like Tal combined with Karpov.
            - Deluded Stockfish thinks it is up +1/+2 in mid 20s but Black is quite lost at move 34, so Rd8 is not as strange as it seems.
            Last edited by Wayne Komer; Wednesday, 17th January, 2018, 05:14 PM.

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            • #7
              Re: The Best Chess of 2017

              Interesting comments by Peter Svidler.

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