Vote! What is the best game of 2018?

12/22/2018 – The year 2018 comes to a close and it was filled with great events, strong tournaments and fantastic games. Now, at the end of the year we invite you to vote for the player of the year (male and female), the newcomer, the game, the combination and the endgame of the year. What do you think: what was the best game of 2018?

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Game of the year 2018

At the end of the year, we again invite our readers to vote — for the player of the year, the women player of the year, the game of the year, the combination of the year, and the endgame of the year. And for the "newcomer" of the year 2018.

For every poll, our editorial team created a shortlist. Which is, of course, subjective though a team selected it. To make things easier we limited the shortlist to five or sometimes ten proposals and some of you might miss their favourites — we know that our shortlist is just one of many possible.

But all the five games selected by the editors of the ChessBase Magazine are good enough to become the "Game of the Year 2018". But which game is your absolute favourite? What game do you think is the "Game of the Year 2018"? Enjoy the games (below) and take your pick!



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The shortlist — five fantastic games played in 2018







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mrstillwater mrstillwater 12/25/2018 11:12
Yep, realised the problem - once you click on the link they are replaced with the results. I must have clicked on one without realising what it did as Hammerchewer says.
Hammerchewer Hammerchewer 12/24/2018 06:02
Having now voted in the "best combination" page, I see what the problem is.
When you first see the list of games, you may click one thinking this is how to see that game. But that is your vote! So you don't get a chance to choose another game.
Fortunately I wanted to vote for Aronian-Kramnik anyway, after reviewing all five, so my vote went to the correct game. But clearly the page should be better designed to avoid this problem: the vote links should be at the end,
Hammerchewer Hammerchewer 12/24/2018 05:54
@Petrarlsen I have the same problem as mrstillwater, I find no links right now in the box you mention at least in the English version). I tried several times. On mouseover none of the five seems to have an active link and I tried clicking the game I want to vote for, but no success. I agree that the shortlist is not great. Aronian v Kramnik is too onesided; Tiger was losing quite near the end and the K march is not hard when you know Short v Timman.
Petrarlsen Petrarlsen 12/24/2018 03:56
@ mrstillwater:

On the page, you have first the title:

"Vote! What is the best game of 2018?".

Then another title:

"Game of the year 2018".

And then a box with the title:


In this box, the five games are listed; to vote, you have simply to click on the game for which you want to vote.

Hope this will help!
mrstillwater mrstillwater 12/24/2018 02:24
Sorry I don't see how to vote either? What game links?
zedsdeadbaby zedsdeadbaby 12/23/2018 08:13
No surprise that Kramnik ver 2.0 features twice.
jonkm jonkm 12/23/2018 04:13
Played thru the Aronian v Kramnik. That's a beautiful game with the theme of the exposed Black Q on the e file; finally White can play Re1 but he gets mated anyway. Nice.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 12/23/2018 12:28

You need to click on the game link to vote.
Havstad Havstad 12/23/2018 12:13
How to vote? I can't find any description how to do this. Email?
Air Bubble Air Bubble 12/22/2018 09:14
Game 12 of the WCC 2018 !
Denix Denix 12/22/2018 08:54
Any profound win by AlphaZero over Stockfish?
Petrarlsen Petrarlsen 12/22/2018 04:22
What I find really quite remarkable is that Ding Liren could play such very tactical and aggressive games as his game against Duda cited on this page or his last year's game against Bai Jinshi ( during his 100-games unbeaten streak. And Bai Jinshi was "only" a 2500+ GM, but Duda is a 2700+ GM, so, in this game, he demonstrated that, even against a very strong player, he could at the same time play very aggressive chess, and stay in complete control (otherwise, he wouldn't have obtained a 100-games unbeaten streak in the same period).

Usually, long unbeaten streaks tend to be associated with a very "solid", positional, and, frequently, rather drawish style, but it seems that such is not necessarily the case for Ding Liren!
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 12/22/2018 03:25
Paravyan-Golubov, Korchnoi Memorial, St. Petersburg, should definitely have been on the shortlist. Far better than the nice but lucky Mamedyarov win and the walkover Aronian-Kramnik.
Stupido Stupido 12/22/2018 03:15
47...Bf6!! ; 22...Be4!! ; 24...Bd5!! - 2018 was the year of black bishop' stunning moves.