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Daily puzzle: my pick of wonderful moves from 2016

January 2, 2017

I will start the New Year with a fairly random selection of moves seen during 2016: skewed to the last few months, since I only thought of making such a selection in December, and then had to try to recall some of my favourite moments.

White to play and win
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Caruana v Nakamura, London Chess Classic 15/12/16.

Solution

1 Qf6!!

Although maybe the move I should have picked is White’s move after 1…Bf6 2 Nd5 Qd8:
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3 Nf5!! and Black is ham-strung.
For the game continuation, see my Cloud Database. We might never know if 1Qf6!! was engine assisted preparation (I suspect it was) but even if it was, it is a fine example of modern chess.

FEN

r1b1k2r/2q1bp2/p2p1n1p/4p3/1P1NPQBP/2N5/1PP2B2/2KR3R w kq – 0 19

ChessBase Cloud
The annotated game in my Cloud Database is from Chessbase.com.
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