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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. 24 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Game Collection: 0
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
           The basis for a superb match page
           A nice, detailed biography and a very nice list.
    2. Game Collection: Crazy Rooks
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
           El Torre Loco!!!
    3. Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
    4. Game Collection: That's strange
      TOTAL VOTES: 9
           And great titles!
           Gude stuf!
           A wonderful collection of unusual themes :)
    5. Game Collection: Manchester 1890
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
           Couldn't have said it any better....
           The stone that the builders rejected.
    6. Game Collection: 26b_Rook vs Pawns
      TOTAL VOTES: 4


  3. MOST INFORMED (approx. 29 votes tallied so far)
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    1. User: Sally Simpson
      TOTAL VOTES: 7
           He has been around the block
           knows his chess, past and present.
    2. User: keypusher
      TOTAL VOTES: 7
    3. User: Phony Benoni
      TOTAL VOTES: 4
    4. User: SwitchingQuylthulg
      TOTAL VOTES: 10
           He somehow knows everything (sometimes even better than the site admins).
           Obviously ;)
    5. User: al wazir
      TOTAL VOTES: 1


  5. BEST HISTORIAN (approx. 32 votes tallied so far)
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    1. User: chessical
      TOTAL VOTES: 5
           I know it's a bit silly to pick a single contributor, but his work is both steady and superlative.
    2. User: zanzibar
      TOTAL VOTES: 8
           It's not just the research, it is the frequent enthusiastic comments that make him great
           Stand on Zanzibar
           a master of arcane details.
    3. User: gauer
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
           Very quietly does so much for the site. I think so quietly even the Bistro doesn't notice.
    4. User: hemy
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
           Lots of wonderful options, but hemy is a great new addition from 2016 :)
    5. User: jnpope
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
    6. User: Stonehenge
      TOTAL VOTES: 9
           Stony- historian and Monty Python fan has my vote
           Incredible unassuming behind-the-scenes work on basic player and game details.
    7. User: MissScarlett
      TOTAL VOTES: 5
           MissAcrlet is by far the most dedicated chess historian on this site, and probably the most famous.
    8. User: quack
      TOTAL VOTES: 1


  7. PLAYER OF THE YEAR (approx. 42 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Jan Timman
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
           A good year, inc beating Karpov in a match
    2. Magnus Carlsen
      TOTAL VOTES: 15
           Needs no introduction.
           Won the Chess World Championship
           defended the WC title, won 3 super tournaments, was the most dominant in faster time controls
    3. Viktor Korchnoi
      TOTAL VOTES: 6
           In Memoriam
           The live players will have their turn...
    4. Wesley So
      TOTAL VOTES: 15
           What a phantastic performance!
           So has climbed every obstacle before him. Does anyone think he can't win a Candidates tournament?
    5. Sergey Karjakin
      TOTAL VOTES: 5
           Wesley So has won two major tournaments back to back and has finally managed to break 2800.
           He proved himself a worthy challenger and a gentleman.


  9. BEST/WORST PUN (approx. 32 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Alburt vs M Ruderfer, 1970
      TOTAL VOTES: 10 — "Pins Alburt in a Kann"
           As CG says, the best puns are those that represent the game in multiple ways.
           Great pun, added bonus that it describes the game.
    2. Milner-Barry vs C H Alexander, 1933
      TOTAL VOTES: 5 — "Spy vs Spy"
           history is fun!
    3. Tal vs U Tarve, 1965
      TOTAL VOTES: 2 — "O, Grave! Where Is Thy Victory?"
    4. Rubinstein vs Gruenfeld, 1929
      TOTAL VOTES: 7 — "The Importance of Beating Ernst"
           A rehash of an old pun but even better than the original.
    5. Kasparov vs N R McDonald, 1986
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 — "It's Pat!"
           NB "Pat" means stalemate in Dutch, Romanian, and several other languages
    6. B Avrukh vs Eljanov, 2012
      TOTAL VOTES: 7 — "Avrukh, Will Travel"
           Great game, great pun.


  11. MOVE OF THE YEAR (approx. 39 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 6 — 21.♘f5!
           If there were 8 days a week, this could be a Super-Insane puzzle.
           This move was far more difficult to spot than many of the flashy combinations on the list.
           The move computers don't get at first.
    2. Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 6 — 51...h5!
           such a beautiful, subtle move.
           defense & attack in one move (see http://www.chessgames.com/perl/kibitzing?kid=G1848549&reply=1231)
    3. Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 20 — 50.♕h6+!
           The move that finished the 2016 World Championship
           Not the deepest, but the most resonant.
           The move that finished the 2016 World Championship
           Shiny!
    4. Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 4 — 37.♖xd5!
           The move that decided the Candidates Tournament
    5. S P Sethuraman vs Short, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 — 34.♕f3!
           Tough to find in a time scramble.
    6. J Duda vs G Gajewski, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 2 — 28.g6!
           An exceptional queen sac.


  13. GAME OF THE YEAR (approx. 37 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Shabalov vs Shirov, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 (1/2-1/2)
           Clash of tacticians
    2. Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 14 (1-0)
           Daring and beautiful
           This Queen-sac should be shortlisted
    3. Caruana vs Anand, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 (1/2-1/2)
           Who says draws can't be exciting?
    4. Jobava vs Ponomariov, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 8 (1-0)
           Fortune favors the bold.
           One of the most creative attacking ideas Iíve seen
    5. E Najer vs Caruana, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 (0-1)
           Caruana's Positional Masterpiece
    6. J Duda vs G Gajewski, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 (1-0)
           IMO, a very easy choice. Duda's Immortal!
    7. Li Chao vs Short, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 3 (0-1)
           A classic fighting game from both players, and Short's great fingerspitzengefuhl won in the end
    8. Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 8 (1-0)
           The "Notable Game" feature says this one got all the attention.


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