Which is the endgame of the year?

by André Schulz
12/28/2017 – Vote for the best endgame of 2017! As the year 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.

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Endgame of the year, 2017

With Magnus Carlsen, the art of the endgame has renewed importance. Where in the past many endgames might have ended in a draw, the current world champion plays on and shows that you can find ways to win even the most seemingly drawn positions.

The endgame primer of the young Magnus Carlsen was the textbook by Karsten Mueller and Frank Lamprecht. Since then, Mueller has risen to become the world's leading endgame expert with his many publications on the endgame, books and DVDs. Hardly an endgame is played that goes unnoticed by the Hamburg grandmaster.

Every two months, Mueller presented the best endgame in the ChessBase Magazine. Out of all these, he has picked six which he considers to be the best endgames of the year. Choose your favorite:


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André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.
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Classique Classique 12/31/2017 03:19
Nakamura-Giri was an endgame won with strategic thinking and small tactics--not just a great combination like MVL's wins. I don't even like Nakamura, credit belongs where credit is due.
psamant psamant 12/29/2017 07:46
Carlsen - Aronian is the best because:
1. Queen endgames on an open board are very difficult to calculate
2. Material imbalance is huge
3. Carlsen is queen down and is still trying to win, not draw

MVL-So seems more like a middlegame where MVL outplayed So rather that an endgame.

Carlsen-MVL is a worthy second but it also seems more of a misevaluation of the resulting position when Carlsen played 50.Bxb6. He might have thought that he would make a queen on a8 or the resulting position after 56.Bxa8 is atleast a draw. MVL played beautifully from here on to get the win.

Yu Yangyi-Zvjaginsev seems more thematic Sicilian dragon Yugoslav attack response, at least till move 23 or so. Fischer characterised white's play here as sac-sac-mate! I don't know if the game began as a Sicilian Dragon, but the structure looks similar. The final shot 41.Bb7 is beautiful and white would have had to see it long back in order to enter this line.

Great game selection; enjoyed playing through every one of these games. Thanks for this article.
notyetagm notyetagm 12/29/2017 06:30
Carlsen-MVL.
TMMM TMMM 12/29/2017 04:58
Carlsen-MVL was very tense and important for the final results, and illustrated well how Carlsen still has the magic to squeeze something out of a drawish middlegame, but also how MVL is very resilient and is tactically perhaps the strongest player in the world right now.
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 12/29/2017 03:03
MVL deserves it for at least one of those two sparkling endgames.
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