Welcome to << The Caissars >>
It is an annual tradition of Chessgames to begin the year looking back at the previous. We're celebrating 2015 as we salute 2014, and offer these 14 categories available for awards:
1. Best Avatar
2. Best Username
3. Most Helpful
4. Best Post
5. Funniest Poster
6. Most Constructive
7. Best Profile
8. Best Analysis
9. Best Game Collection
10. Most Informed
11. Best Historian
12. Best/Worst Pun of the Year
13. Player of the Year
14. Game of the Year
♖ SCHEDULE ♖
January 2nd: Announcement
January 2-8: Nominations
January 9: Rest day
January 10: Voting for 1 & 2
January 11: Voting for 3 & 4
January 12: Voting for 5 & 6
January 13: Rest day
January 14: Voting for 7 & 8
January 15: Voting for 9 & 10
January 16: Voting for 11 & 12
January 17: Voting for 13 & 14
January 18: Closing ceremony
<1. BEST AVATAR>
Nominees: Catfriend, ketchuplover, lost in space, sevenseaman, Sneaky, technical draw, trulssk, YouRang
And the winner is: User: YouRang
<2. BEST USERNAME>
Nominees: Cheapo by the Dozen, checkmateyourmove, diagonalley, Mating Net, notyetagm, Phony Benoni, thegoodanarchist
And the winner is: User: Cheapo by the Dozen
<3. MOST HELPFUL>
Nominees: Annie K., chancho, FSR, hms123, morfishine, Phony Benoni, SwitchingQuylthulg, WannaBe, YouRang, zanzibar
And the winner is ... User: WannaBe
<4. BEST POST>
Shirov vs S Sulskis, 2014 by Phony Benoni
Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) by visayanbraindoctor
And the winner is ... User: Phony Benoni
<5. FUNNIEST POSTER>
Nominees: Annie K., dakgootje, diceman, OhioChessFan, Once, Phony Benoni, technical draw, tpstar, WannaBe, YouRang
And the winner is ... User: technical draw
<6. MOST CONSTRUCTIVE>
Nominees: Annie K., cro777, jepflast, jessicafischerqueen, RandomVisitor, SwitchingQuylthulg, wordfunph, zanzibar
And the winner is ... User: wordfunph
<7. BEST PROFILE>
Nominees: Domdaniel, notyetagm, Once, Phony Benoni, sevenseaman, YouRang
And the winner is ... User: Domdaniel
<8. BEST ANALYSIS>
Nominees: cro777, csmath, DaringSpeculator, kingscrusher, kwid, Once, patzer2, Phony Benoni
And the winner is ... a tie between <DaringSpeculator> and <csmath>.
<9. BEST GAME COLLECTION>
Game Collection: best of 2014 by Chnebelgrind
Game Collection: *FORCE* your opponent to line up his pieces! by notyetagm
Game Collection: Game of the Day 2014 by Phony Benoni
And the winner is ... <notyetagm>
<10. MOST INFORMED>
Nominees: AylerKupp, keypusher, jessicafischerqueen, notyetagm, RandomVisitor, SwitchingQuylthulg
And the winner is ... < SwitchingQuylthulg>
<11. BEST HISTORIAN>
Nominees: alexmagnus, jessicafischerqueen, Karpova, keypusher, Phony Benoni, SetNoEscapeOn, SwitchingQuylthulg, Tabanus, zanzibar
And the winner is ... <Tabanus>
<12. BEST (WORST) PUN OF THE YEAR>
"Ain't it Funny How the Knight Moves" (Mieses vs Seger, 1890)
"Cebalo 13" (M Cebalo vs Vasiukov, 2014)
"g2, Joy of Man's Desiring" (Boleslavsky vs Ufimtsev, 1944)
"Suffering from c6-ness" (The World vs Naiditsch, 2014)
"The Lion, the Vish, and the Ward Robbed" (C Ward vs Anand, 1990)
"Vladislav (Baby Don't Hurt Me)" (Tkachiev vs Ivanchuk, 2009)
And the winner is ... <Suffering from c6-ness>
<13. PLAYER OF THE YEAR>
Nominees: Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, Richard Rapport, Veselin Topalov
And the winner is ... <Magnus Carlsen> !
<14. GAME OF THE YEAR>
A David vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014
The World vs Naiditsch, 2014
Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2014
Caruana vs Aronian, 2014
Arasan vs Critter, 2014
Carlsen vs Anand, 2014
And the winner is ... Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2014
THANK YOU ALL for participating in the annual Caissars celebration at Chessgames.com. We'll see you all in early 2016 to do it again!
♘ NOMINATION RULES ♘
From January 2-8 we receive nominations for all categories. You may nominate up to 3 users (games, etc.) for any single category. To qualify for the main voting phase, a user (game, etc.) must have at least two nominations. You may not nominate yourself.
♘ VOTING RULES ♘
All votes must be time-stamped with the correct date to be counted. Early and late votes will be ignored and/or deleted.
Two awards are voted for every day as per the schedule above. You may vote for both awards in one post; in fact you are encouraged.
When you vote, please use the word "vote" or "voting", the category you are voting for, and also enclose the name of the candidate in <gold text>. For example: "I vote for <Chess Player> for best username."
You may not vote for yourself.
In previous years you were allowed to vote for two candidates in each category. That practice is no longer allowed: you must choose one and only one candidate when you vote.
♕ OTHER RULES ♕
Please don't argue who should or should not win any of the various awards on this forum, although while you actually cast your nomination/vote you are encouraged to say a few words about their merits.
If you have more than one Chessgames account you are welcome to participate in this process but you must choose *ONE* account to use only. Sockpuppetry shan't be tolerated.
See the chessforum below for more information; if you have any questions just ask. And thanks for participating!