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2016

It is an annual tradition of Chessgames to begin the year looking back at the previous. We're celebrating 2017 as we salute 2016, and offer these 7 categories available for awards this week.

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  1. BEST GAME COLLECTION (approx. 17 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Game Collection: That's strange
           A wonderful collection of unusual themes :)
           Gude stuf!
    2. Game Collection: Crazy Rooks
           El Torre Loco!!!
    3. Game Collection: Manchester 1890
           The stone that the builders rejected.
           Couldn't have said it any better....
    4. Game Collection: 26b_Rook vs Pawns
    5. Game Collection: 1892 Lasker - Blackburne
           The basis for a superb match page
    6. Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2016
           If you could keep only one collection of 2016 this would be it.


  3. MOST INFORMED (approx. 19 votes tallied so far)
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    1. User: Phony Benoni
    2. User: keypusher
    3. User: cia
    4. User: Sally Simpson
           knows his chess, past and present.
           He has been around the block
    5. User: cnn
    6. User: SwitchingQuylthulg
           Obviously ;)
    7. User: al wazir


  5. BEST HISTORIAN (approx. 19 votes tallied so far)
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    1. User: hemy
           Lots of wonderful options, but hemy is a great new addition from 2016 :)
    2. User: jnpope
    3. User: quack
    4. User: gauer
           Very quietly does so much for the site. I think so quietly even the Bistro doesn't notice.
    5. User: chessical
           I know it's a bit silly to pick a single contributor, but his work is both steady and superlative.
    6. User: Stonehenge
           Stony- historian and Monty Python fan has my vote
           Incredible unassuming behind-the-scenes work on basic player and game details.
    7. User: zanzibar
           a master of arcane details.
           It's not just the research, it is the frequent enthusiastic comments that make him great
           Stand on Zanzibar
    8. User: MissScarlett


  7. PLAYER OF THE YEAR (approx. 26 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Sergey Karjakin
           He proved himself a worthy challenger and a gentleman.
    2. Wesley So
           So has climbed every obstacle before him. Does anyone think he can't win a Candidates tournament?
           What a phantastic performance!
    3. Magnus Carlsen
           Needs no introduction.
           defended the WC title, won 3 super tournaments, was the most dominant in faster time controls
    4. Jan Timman
           A good year, inc beating Karpov in a match
    5. Viktor Korchnoi
           In Memoriam
           The live players will have their turn...


  9. BEST/WORST PUN (approx. 19 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Rubinstein vs Gruenfeld, 1929 — "The Importance of Beating Ernst"
           A rehash of an old pun but even better than the original.
    2. B Avrukh vs Eljanov, 2012 — "Avrukh, Will Travel"
           Great game, great pun.
    3. Milner-Barry vs C H Alexander, 1933 — "Spy vs Spy"
           history is fun!
    4. Alburt vs M Ruderfer, 1970 — "Pins Alburt in a Kann"
           Great pun, added bonus that it describes the game.
    5. Kasparov vs N McDonald, 1986 — "It's Pat!"


  11. MOVE OF THE YEAR (approx. 26 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016 — 21.♘f5!
           The move computers don't get at first.
    2. Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 — 51...h5!
           such a beautiful, subtle move.
    3. Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 — 50.♕h6+!
           Not the deepest, but the most resonant.
           The move that finished the 2016 World Championship
           The move that finished the 2016 World Championship
    4. S P Sethuraman vs Short, 2016 — 34.♕f3!
           Tough to find in a time scramble.
    5. Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016 — 37.♖xd5!
           The move that decided the Candidates Tournament


  13. GAME OF THE YEAR (approx. 23 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Jobava vs Ponomariov, 2016 (1-0)
           Fortune favors the bold.
           One of the most creative attacking ideas Iíve seen
    2. E Najer vs Caruana, 2016 (0-1)
           Caruana's Positional Masterpiece
    3. Shabalov vs Shirov, 2016 (1/2-1/2)
           Clash of tacticians
    4. Caruana vs Anand, 2016 (1/2-1/2)
           Who says draws can't be exciting?
    5. Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016 (1-0)
           This Q-sac should be shortlisted
    6. Li Chao vs Short, 2016 (0-1)
           A classic fighting game from both players, and Short's great fingerspitzengefuhl won in the end
    7. Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (1-0)
           The "Notable Game" feature says this one got all the attention.


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