Best of 2016: Best Move

1/6/2017 – After votinng for "Best Player", "Best Female Player", "Best Game", and "Best Endgame", it's time to vote for the "Best Move" of 2016. Have a look at the spectacular, surprising, paradoxical or simply beautiful moves Oliver Reeh selected from games played in 2016. Which of these moves, do you think, is the best move of 2016?

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To vote you need to login with your ChessBase Account. The result of the vote will be revealed soon. The games in the list were selected by IM Oliver Reeh and you might miss your favorite. However, all of the following eight moves are remarkable and impressive and certainly belong to the best moves played in 2016.


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Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 1/11/2017 05:06
The Caruana Queen sac against Nakamura may not have been there because it seems to be from home preparation - impressive home preparation, but still home preparation.
islaw islaw 1/10/2017 01:52
This Kramnik guy is scary. Very complex. Several themes at play. It's like he's swinging different weapons with both hands at the same time. And Be7, the move that launched the irresistible attack, was not obvious at all. Frayna in terms of beauty but Kramnik for best.
chuckchess chuckchess 1/8/2017 06:29
Carlsen move was important and dramatic, but the "best", I don't think so. It is a tactic trainer 1700 problem solved in quick time control. Several others listed, all contain deeper calculations.
Attack_the_king Attack_the_king 1/8/2017 05:53
Frayna - Hoang ....Qg1!!!! was the best......
fcolonna fcolonna 1/8/2017 02:43
Woofledust, Bg4 is amazing.
Harry_Flashman Harry_Flashman 1/7/2017 12:37
In my opinion 13 ... c4 !! in Zhao,X Danielian,E is the best move
GregEs GregEs 1/7/2017 11:28
I vote for Carlsen Qh6+!

But the So-Akobian 21.Rxg7+ was not included.

[Event "US Chess Championships"]
[Site "Saint Louis USA"]
[Date "2016.04.18"]
[EventDate "2016.04.13"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Wesley So"]
[Black "Varuzhan Akobian"]
[ECO "C10"]
[WhiteElo "2773"]
[BlackElo "2615"]
[PlyCount "47"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+
Nxf6 7. c3 c5 8. Be3 cxd4 9. Bxd4 Be7 10. Bd3 O-O 11. Qc2 h6
12. O-O-O Qa5 13. Kb1 Rd8 14. Ne5 Bd7 15. Qe2 Bc6 16. Rhe1 Bd5
17. c4 Bxg2 18. Bc3 Qb6 19. Rg1 Bc6 20. Nxf7 Kxf7 21. Rxg7+
Kxg7 22. Qxe6 Qxf2 23. Qxe7+ Kg8 24. Bh7+ 1-0
Karbuncle Karbuncle 1/7/2017 10:54
I'd say objectively Kramnik's game was the most impressive display of calculation.
ashperov ashperov 1/7/2017 08:48
Rapid game? Seriously. Pleasing on the eye. Subjectively the best move yes! But objectively.. But hey maybe chess needs a bit more Hollywood
Liam Neeson Liam Neeson 1/7/2017 07:29
Frayna - Hoang is so beautiful. I love the quiet move giving White all the time of the world in a moment of utmost haste. White would love to give the queen for the rook or to cover the g line Qg3 but Black not even paying attention to it with his gentle Ld5 instead of the brutal move Rook slaying the queen. Beautiful.
MKP1151 MKP1151 1/7/2017 05:21
Without a doubt, Carlsen-Karjakin 50 Qh6. In addition to being a spectacular Queen sacrifice, it was the winning move for Carlsen in the 2016 WCC.
Burgershirt Burgershirt 1/7/2017 01:46
Kramnik's Be7 is absolutely fabulous. Caruana's Nf5 vs Nakamura is another incredible move, reminding me of Ivanchuk's Sicilian Queen sacrifice 14. Qxe6 in the Amber Rapid 2008. Being so excited about Carlsen's Qh6+ has much to do with when he played it. Even if winning a rapid game is a pretty disappointing end to a World Championship cycle, which IMHO tarnishes the pinnacle of the sport.
mistery mistery 1/7/2017 01:43
Carlsen's move was wonderful for the aesthetics the planning that went into it and the fact that it was the last move of the friggin' World Championship. The situation matters. I like Hou Yifan's move for the audacity of it.
Thomas Richter Thomas Richter 1/6/2017 11:47
@BiggusDiqqus: "You dont't see the beauty of the Carlsen's Qh6 if you dont understand that it had to be seen many moves ahead, else he would be lost." One move ahead - Carlsen saw 50.Qh6+ when he played 49.Rc8+, else he would have chosen 49.Qg3 winning prosaically. The other line to see was 49.-Bf8 rather than 49.-Kh7) 50.Rxf8+ - here under the circumstances he didn't have to see the forced mate, as draw by perpetual check was enough.
BiggusDiqqus BiggusDiqqus 1/6/2017 10:37
You dont't see the beauty of the Carlsen's Qh6 if you dont understand that it had to be seen many moves ahead, else he would be lost. He could have chosen a safer road to draw some moves earlier, but with very short time and in a game more important than any you can think of, he still trusted his calculation. Awesome.
Some very strange fellows here are not impressed. They call it a 1600 move etc. Haha. What did the GMs say before the move was made? Look at this funny one:
and look at Svidler when Gustavsson saw the move on the comp: see after 5:02:50
and these masters after 4:46:35 :-)

alucas alucas 1/6/2017 09:44
A vote for Carlsen is due to the occasion, otherwise his queen sac is just the flashy ending of an anyway winning position. I would very much like to understand why the Caruana Nakamura game from the London Classic isn't on the list. Because this was a queen sac with lots of calculation involved and 19.QF6 from that game was for me the year's best move.
dysanfel dysanfel 1/6/2017 09:22
I thought that Nakamura's 18. Nf5 against MVL in the Najdorf was should have been considered as well.
Firsov Firsov 1/6/2017 07:26
Carlsen 50. Qh6. Surely nice move, but not so difficult! I think Gangylu's Qd2!! is best move of this candidates.
calvinamari calvinamari 1/6/2017 07:04
Svidler in his live commentary of Carlsen - Karjakin said the chances of Qh6+ being played in a live game with time pressure was close to zero percent. I think his perspective carries a little more weight.
anamanam anamanam 1/6/2017 06:14
What about Caruana - Nakamura? Why not on the list?
vincero vincero 1/6/2017 05:56
qh6 can be found by a way! is the best move....kramnik...gets my vote
blackdranzer 27 blackdranzer 27 1/6/2017 05:34
Its sad to see people going for carslen - karyakin game....Its not that complicated , it's around 1600 level. Besides it's rapid. I know the tension was great but other games were more complicated....People are easily woowed by Queen sacrifices that even my grandmother would spot
Philip Feeley Philip Feeley 1/6/2017 05:05
Hard to compete with the Carlsen move.
santiagohart santiagohart 1/6/2017 04:52
The game of Caruana - Nakamura is missing, In my opinion that was the greatest move of the century, Nf5!!
moonsorrow55 moonsorrow55 1/6/2017 04:15
Btw why is one of the options for a game between two < 2000 players whose real names we don't even know?
moonsorrow55 moonsorrow55 1/6/2017 04:09
I noticed that every poll so far has Carlsen as the first choice listed, and that choice easily wins the vote every time. Perhaps CB should start mixing up the order of options? Also, these articles look awful on a mobile device, I have trouble just scrolling down the page. Get with the times CB, it's 2017!
calvinamari calvinamari 1/6/2017 03:42
A queen sac on the last move of the last game of a world championship? There is no contest that this is the single most memorable move of the year, with lovely aesthetics to boot.
BeFreeBusy BeFreeBusy 1/6/2017 02:32
Btw. Aronian - Rapport 27...Rh1!! is obviously missing also.
Abhiram Sudheesh Abhiram Sudheesh 1/6/2017 02:14
Carlsen Karjakin game
geraldsky geraldsky 1/6/2017 02:13
Any queen sacrifice is the best move in chess , games won by Carlsen and Hoang.
BeFreeBusy BeFreeBusy 1/6/2017 02:13
Ganguly or Hoang are pretty clearly the best moves. Carlsen`s is of course nice too but far less complicated or freaky.
rstoneking rstoneking 1/6/2017 01:41
Carlsen - Karajkin: 50 Qh6 no question!!
Balthus Balthus 1/6/2017 12:51
Considering all aspects (event, Elo strength, tension, premeditation, immediate counter-threat in the form of a one-move checkmate) minus one (rapid time control), the answer can hardly be anything else than the (by me) expected outcome.