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Mads Andersen vs Pablo Salinas Herrera
World Cup (2021), Krasnaya Polyana (Sochi) RUS, rd 1, Jul-12
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  0-1

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Jul-13-21
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: The best game of 2021? White played just a little too quietly, and 12.Rfe1 invited trouble. Funny detail--with 18...Ne4!? Black set traps to ensnare *both* players. 19.a3? falls into Black's trap, whereas 19.Qxe4! springs the trap Black had set to catch himself. 19...dxe4; 20.Rxd7 and we have complications. The final mating net is both rare and spectacular.
Jul-13-21
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  fabelhaft: <The best game of 2021?>

Well, it?s a pretty mate in 2 in the end, but these guys are in the 2500s and there are mistakes. But not easy to pick the game of the year, I don?t recall anything too memorable from the Candidates, maybe the title match will solve the problem

Jul-13-21
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  0ZeR0: <An Englishman>

I'm not sure if it's the best game of 2021, but it's certainly the prettiest.

Jul-13-21  Mudphudder: This will be Pablo's immortal for sure.
Jul-19-21  Lovuschka: <An Englishman>

As Geoigios Souleidis points out on his Youtube channel "The Big Greek" (in German), 19.Qxe4! dxe4 20.Rxd7 Qe5 21.Rxb7 Bxc3 22.Nxc3 Rxc3 23.Bxc3 Qxc3 24.Rxd1 leads to an endgame where White is a small material disadvantage but has very active pieces.

Jul-20-21  qqdos: <David Howell>has published this spectacular game (London Sunday Times - 18:July:2021). His verdict - "One of the most beautiful checkmates you will ever see". Might I put forward a possible candidate puzzle - the position after Whte's move 24.Rd3? Yes, a #6!

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