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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: Crazy Rooks
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
           El Torre Loco!!!
    2. Game Collection: 0
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
           A nice, detailed biography and a very nice list.
           The basis for a superb match page
    3. Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
    4. Game Collection: That's strange
      TOTAL VOTES: 9
           A wonderful collection of unusual themes :)
           And great titles!
           Gude stuf!
    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: Phony Benoni
      TOTAL VOTES: 4
    2. User: Sally Simpson
      TOTAL VOTES: 7
           knows his chess, past and present.
           He has been around the block
    3. User: SwitchingQuylthulg
      TOTAL VOTES: 10
           Obviously ;)
           He somehow knows everything (sometimes even better than the site admins).
    4. User: al wazir
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
    5. User: keypusher
      TOTAL VOTES: 7


  5. BEST HISTORIAN (approx. 32 votes tallied so far)
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    1. User: zanzibar
      TOTAL VOTES: 8
           a master of arcane details.
           It's not just the research, it is the frequent enthusiastic comments that make him great
           Stand on Zanzibar
    2. User: gauer
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
           Very quietly does so much for the site. I think so quietly even the Bistro doesn't notice.
    3. User: hemy
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
           Lots of wonderful options, but hemy is a great new addition from 2016 :)
    4. User: quack
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
    5. 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.
    6. User: MissScarlett
      TOTAL VOTES: 5
           MissAcrlet is by far the most dedicated chess historian on this site, and probably the most famous.
    7. User: jnpope
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
    8. 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. PLAYER OF THE YEAR (approx. 42 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Wesley So
      TOTAL VOTES: 15
           So has climbed every obstacle before him. Does anyone think he can't win a Candidates tournament?
           What a phantastic performance!
    2. Magnus Carlsen
      TOTAL VOTES: 15
           Won the Chess World Championship
           Needs no introduction.
           defended the WC title, won 3 super tournaments, was the most dominant in faster time controls
    3. Jan Timman
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
           A good year, inc beating Karpov in a match
    4. Viktor Korchnoi
      TOTAL VOTES: 6
           In Memoriam
           The live players will have their turn...
    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. Kasparov vs N McDonald, 1986
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 — "It's Pat!"
           NB "Pat" means stalemate in Dutch, Romanian, and several other languages
    2. B Avrukh vs Eljanov, 2012
      TOTAL VOTES: 7 — "Avrukh, Will Travel"
           Great game, great pun.
    3. 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.
    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. Tal vs U Tarve, 1965
      TOTAL VOTES: 2 — "O, Grave! Where Is Thy Victory?"
    6. Milner-Barry vs C H Alexander, 1933
      TOTAL VOTES: 5 — "Spy vs Spy"
           history is fun!


  11. MOVE OF THE YEAR (approx. 39 votes tallied so far)
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    1. S P Sethuraman vs Short, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 — 34.♕f3!
           Tough to find in a time scramble.
    2. Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 4 — 37.♖xd5!
           The move that decided the Candidates Tournament
    3. Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 20 — 50.♕h6+!
           The move that finished the 2016 World Championship
           Shiny!
           Not the deepest, but the most resonant.
           The move that finished the 2016 World Championship
    4. Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 6 — 21.♘f5!
           This move was far more difficult to spot than many of the flashy combinations on the list.
           If there were 8 days a week, this could be a Super-Insane puzzle.
           The move computers don't get at first.
    5. Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 6 — 51...h5!
           defense & attack in one move (see http://www.chessgames.com/perl/kibitzing?kid=G1848549&reply=1231)
           such a beautiful, subtle move.
    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. Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 14 (1-0)
           Daring and beautiful
           This Queen-sac should be shortlisted
    2. Jobava vs Ponomariov, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 8 (1-0)
           Fortune favors the bold.
           One of the most creative attacking ideas Iíve seen
    3. Caruana vs Anand, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 (1/2-1/2)
           Who says draws can't be exciting?
    4. J Duda vs G Gajewski, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 (1-0)
           IMO, a very easy choice. Duda's Immortal!
    5. 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
    6. Shabalov vs Shirov, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 (1/2-1/2)
           Clash of tacticians
    7. Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 8 (1-0)
           The "Notable Game" feature says this one got all the attention.
    8. E Najer vs Caruana, 2016
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 (0-1)
           Caruana's Positional Masterpiece


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