What was the move of 2017?

by André Schulz
12/28/2017 – As 2017 comes to a close, we are once again looking for the chess events and personalities of the year, more precisely here, move of the year, the game of the year, the endgame of the year, and the player of the year. Join in and vote for your favourites. First up: Move of the year!

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Move of the year

In our review of 2017, we begin with the "Move of the Year." Which move was the most amazing, the most fantastic, the best move of 2017?

There are six moves to choose from, presented by IM Oliver Reeh, who oversees tactics for ChessBase Magazine and has seen many great combinations and powerful moves throughout the year. Six moves were such standouts that they earned his nomination for best move of 2017.

It's worth noting that it's not only the best players on the planet who are able to find extraordinary moves and ideas. Players with lower Elo ratings will find beautiful combinations on a good day. We also must remember to applaud not only for the winners of the respective games, but also give the losers their due. Often these gems emerge from games played on equal terms such that the winners are challenged by their opponents resistance to reach their peak performance.

The nominations:

  • Viswanthan Anand's 22.exf6 !! — an introduction to a powerful winning combination against Fabiano Caruana

  • Sabrina Vega Gutierrez's 28...Rxg2 !! — a brilliant rook sacrifice on the long diagonal connecting several tactical motifs

  • The startling pawn sacrifice 33...f6 !! by Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna — a surprise clearance operation, followed by a raid on the antagonistic king

  • Gata Kamsky positional sacrifice 13...c4 !! — by which he achieved a superior position from nothing

  • The magical 'knight dance' by Boris Savchenko, starting with 24...Bxb3 !! — Black sacrifices a queen, but his knight decides the game almost single-handedly with seven powerful moves.

  • Vera Nebolsina's pawn sacrifice 26.c5 !! — an offer that Black could not refuse but entangled her in a deadly net.

All combinations presented on Tune Your Tactics


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André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.
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ketchuplover ketchuplover 12/30/2017 03:29
I agree with Mr.Jones
moderncheckers moderncheckers 12/30/2017 03:01
Three of the six nominations are wins against 2200-rated players. Is chess on the highest level really so dull and uninteresting that in order to find a good move one has no choice but to sift through tens of thousands of half-amateur games? My vote for Anand-Caruana.
Michael Jones Michael Jones 12/29/2017 05:48
You made the selection too soon. In the last few days of the year, Esipenko's stunning 22... Qb3!! against Karjakin trumps any of these.
notyetagm notyetagm 12/29/2017 06:28
I agree with the others: Bc1-g5!! by Alpha Zero.
Ecksdee Ecksdee 12/29/2017 05:49
These are terrible choices. Aside from Anand-Caruana I've absolutely never seen the other games. The move of the year should definitely be Rd4 in Bai Jinshi-Ding Liren
Bertman Bertman 12/29/2017 05:36
Honestly, for me it would be either Sabina Foisor's queen sac to win the US Women's Championship, or Esipenko's queen sac. Ding Liren's 20...Rd4!! against Bai Jinshi stands out too.
TMMM TMMM 12/29/2017 04:52
AlphaZero's Bg5 is definitely the move of the year. For human move of the year, Anand's move/sequence was pretty nice...
Werewolf Werewolf 12/28/2017 06:08
Someone forgot to include Alpha Zero....
drgenial drgenial 12/28/2017 04:58
AlphaZero's Bg5. Hands down.
dysanfel dysanfel 12/28/2017 02:19
The move of the year was AlphaZero's Bg5!
Johannes_Kroschwitz Johannes_Kroschwitz 12/28/2017 01:05
"Ladies' Chess is always Fighting Chess...", huh? It beats a boring draw any time of the day!
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