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2017

It is an annual tradition of Chessgames to begin the year looking back at the previous. We're celebrating 2018 as we salute 2017, and offer these 14 categories available for awards this week.

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  1. BEST AVATAR (approx. 33 votes tallied so far)
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    1. User: Telemus
      TOTAL VOTES: 2

           I love the greenery--where is the photo taken?
    2. User: WorstPlayerEver
      TOTAL VOTES: 4

    3. User: MissScarlett
      TOTAL VOTES: 1

    4. User: hemy
      TOTAL VOTES: 1

    5. User: trulssk
      TOTAL VOTES: 3

    6. User: technical draw
      TOTAL VOTES: 4

    7. User: brankat
      TOTAL VOTES: 4

    8. User: marpole
      TOTAL VOTES: 4

    9. User: Phony Benoni
      TOTAL VOTES: 9

    10. User: hemateme
      TOTAL VOTES: 1



  3. BEST USERNAME (approx. 24 votes tallied so far)
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    1. User: checkmateyourmove
      TOTAL VOTES: 4
           I agree, it's playing back-to-back games, and very witty
           I interpret this as starting a new game as soon as the previous one is finished: chain-playing
    2. User: Retireborn
      TOTAL VOTES: 5
           Retiring at the moment one is born
    3. User: yesnomaybeidontknow
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
           The story of my life
    4. User: WorstPlayerEver
      TOTAL VOTES: 8
    5. User: Everyone
      TOTAL VOTES: 4


  5. MOST HELPFUL (approx. 30 votes tallied so far)
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    1. User: retireborn
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
           Always at the ready.
    2. User: MissScarlett
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
    3. User: OhioChessFan
      TOTAL VOTES: 5
           Some very useful games collections.
    4. User: Annie K.
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
           selflessly volunteers for the chessbookie when nobody else steps up
    5. User: Phony Benoni
      TOTAL VOTES: 16
    6. User: AylerKupp
      TOTAL VOTES: 2


  7. BEST POST (approx. 21 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2017 (kibitz #30)
      TOTAL VOTES: 9"visayanbraindoctor: <Jonathan Sarfati: Score one against what Visayanbraindoctor calls "Narcissistic Generation Syndrome"? Capablanca vs Mars..."
    2. Marshall vs Chigorin, 1900 (kibitz #6)
      TOTAL VOTES: 5"KEG: Post IV Please note. I omitted two moves in my last post. The game actually concluded with:46. g4 Ka7 47. Ka3 Bc8 48. Bd..."
    3. Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972) (kibitz #547)
      TOTAL VOTES: 7"AylerKupp: <todicav23> It's understandable to be sensitive to noise, and some people are extremely sensitive. But Fischer's main objectio..."
           I would have loved to have seen this interaction with fischer.
           A memorable memory...


  9. BEST OFFTOPIC POST (approx. 23 votes tallied so far)
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    1. jessicafischerqueen chessforum (kibitz #33411)
      TOTAL VOTES: 8"Boomie: -> *Chessgames Premium Memberships cost only 8 hours a day.*..."
    2. Robert James Fischer (kibitz #56735)
      TOTAL VOTES: 8"DarthStapler: I was bored so I wrote this for fun. I might as well post it here:EPIC RAP BATTLES OF CHESS HISTORY! PAUL MORPHY VERSUS BOBBY FISC..."
           "You ducked a match with Karpov like declining the King's Gambit"
           Inspired work!
    3. chessgames.com chessforum (kibitz #28644)
      TOTAL VOTES: 2"Boomie: <CG.Com> I've thought of a way you can save a few bucks. Clean up the cesspool on the Rogoff page.Just a handful of posters accou..."
    4. OhioChessFan chessforum (kibitz #15255)
      TOTAL VOTES: 5"OhioChessFan: <Agreed. When you win funniest poster on ceegee for 5 years straight without actually being funny then I think one of you fella..."
           A withering criticism


  11. FUNNIEST POSTER (approx. 29 votes tallied so far)
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    1. User: diceman
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
    2. User: WannaBe
      TOTAL VOTES: 5
    3. User: harrylime
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
           A veritable lol-generator.
    4. User: Bureaucrat
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
    5. User: ChessHigherCat
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
           Erudite, playful, really funny. :)
    6. User: offramp
      TOTAL VOTES: 10
           His wit is drier than a Bond martini
    7. User: visayanbraindoctor
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
    8. User: Phony Benoni
      TOTAL VOTES: 7


  13. MOST CONSTRUCTIVE (approx. 23 votes tallied so far)
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    1. User: Sularus
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
    2. User: YouRang
      TOTAL VOTES: 7
           They don't make'em any more constructive!
    3. User: WinKing
      TOTAL VOTES: 7
    4. User: Golden Executive
      TOTAL VOTES: 5
    5. User: Chessical
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
           Very chessy
    6. User: You
      TOTAL VOTES: 1


  15. BEST GAME COLLECTION (approx. 25 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections
      TOTAL VOTES: 7
           What a labor of love by Phony Benoni!
    2. Game Collection: Bogoljubov - Eliskases 1939
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
           Brings back to life an almost forgotten match between two very strong players.
    3. Game Collection: DIRP!
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
    4. Game Collection: 0: Table of Contents
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
           A lot of work went into this collection by Penguincw.
    5. Game Collection: Crazy Rooks
      TOTAL VOTES: 9
    6. Game Collection: Killer Rubbish Fredthebear Won't Eat
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
           Games from around the world!


  17. MOST INFORMED (approx. 23 votes tallied so far)
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    1. User: sally simpson
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
           Geoff has his own take on chess history
    2. User: Perfidious
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
    3. User: SwitchingQuylthulg
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
    4. User: cro777
      TOTAL VOTES: 5
           cro777
    5. User: Tabanus
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
    6. User: diagonal
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
    7. User: Phony Benoni
      TOTAL VOTES: 7


  19. BEST HISTORIAN (approx. 24 votes tallied so far)
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    1. User: gauer
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
           Not a winner yet, but deserving
    2. User: MissScarlett
      TOTAL VOTES: 6
           Awesome work on historical facts, corrections and additions.
           I have a theory "she" is actually Winter in disguise ... infiltrating the ranks!
    3. User: zanzibar
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
    4. User: Chessical
      TOTAL VOTES: 6
           Also yet to be voted in (afaik), has almost singlehandedly produced most/best matches this year
    5. User: Tabanus
      TOTAL VOTES: 8
           He has put in a huge amount of work on historic events.


  21. PLAYER OF THE YEAR (approx. 38 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Wesley So
      TOTAL VOTES: 4
           A man on the horizon
    2. Viswanathan Anand
      TOTAL VOTES: 4
    3. Zhansaya Abdumalik
      TOTAL VOTES: 2
    4. Nigel Short
      TOTAL VOTES: 1
           A very funny and erudite member of chessgames.com. He has travelled this flat earth of ours in 2017.
    5. Anna Muzychuk
      TOTAL VOTES: 3
           Her refusal to participate in the World Championship this year was very brave and inspiring.
    6. Magnus Carlsen
      TOTAL VOTES: 4
    7. Levon Aronian
      TOTAL VOTES: 11
           Won the World Cup + Norway (strongest tournament of the year) + Grenke + St Louis Rapid & Blitz
    8. AlphaZero (Computer)
      TOTAL VOTES: 9
           I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.


  23. BEST/WORST PUN (approx. 31 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Hoang Nam Nguyen vs Duc Hoa Nguyen, 2012
      TOTAL VOTES: 6 — "Nguyen-Nguyen Situation"
    2. B Ider vs Yifan Hou, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 2 — "This Won't Borya"
           It really won't!
    3. Karpov vs Kramnik, 1996
      TOTAL VOTES: 2 — "Not the Meran Type"
           I know, they both actually are married, but it's still funny.
           GROAN!
    4. Gulko vs Chiburdanidze, 1978
      TOTAL VOTES: 6 — "Sinko de Maia"
           Fitting game and pun on May 5th
    5. R Rapport vs Fressinet, 2015
      TOTAL VOTES: 2 — "Rapport's Delight"
           Bubba to the bang bang boogie, boobie to the boogie
    6. Olland vs J Esser, 1901
      TOTAL VOTES: 6 — "Spanish Haarlem"
           Spanish Haarlem is a happy coincidence of site and opening
    7. Yifan Hou vs Li Ruofan, 2008
      TOTAL VOTES: 4 — "Hou-Li Knight"
           ...but certainly not a silent knight!
    8. Ni Hua vs Nakamura, 2001
      TOTAL VOTES: 3 — "Ni Hua to a Grasshopper"


  25. MOVE OF THE YEAR (approx. 28 votes tallied so far)
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    1. AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 9 — 30.♗xg6!
    2. A Volokitin vs O Bortnyk, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 — 23...exf3!
           It looks like it gives up the house
    3. Carlsen vs E Inarkiev, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 10 — 27...Ne3+(!)
            Inarkiev's shocking illegal move against the World Champ.
    4. Kevin A Burke vs H Laakso, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 2 — 23...♖gd2!
    5. Aronian vs A Giri, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 6 — 27.d6!
           I disqualify the 'bots. You can't program imagination and intuition. Sorry.


  27. GAME OF THE YEAR (approx. 33 votes tallied so far)
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    1. Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 4 (0-1)
    2. B Ider vs Yifan Hou, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 2 (0-1)
    3. AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 3 (1-0)
           22nd century chess
    4. Aronian vs Carlsen, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 4 (1-0)
    5. J Bai vs Ding Liren, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 7 (0-1)
    6. Nakamura vs Grischuk, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 2 (1/2-1/2)
           A Game Doesn't Need to Be Decisive to Be Great
    7. AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 7 (1-0)
           Meet the new boss
    8. Carlsen vs R Wojtaszek, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 1 (1-0)
    9. D Khismatullin vs R Rapport, 2017
      TOTAL VOTES: 3 (0-1)
           Superb game. It shows the great drama of chess.


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