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Daily puzzle: my pick of wonderful moves from 2016

January 6, 2017
I am starting 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.
Black to play: what would you play?


 Granda-Zuniga v So, IOM 4/10/16




1 …g5!!

This only keeps the position level, but as a way to defend the d4 pawn, wow! Particularly because Wesley had other moves earlier to maintain the balance, and he must clearly have played his recent moves to provoke the opening of the position for the long term favour of his two bishops, at a cost to weakening his king position.
For the game continuation, see my Cloud Database. I give some light annotations.


r1bqrbk1/1pp2ppp/1n6/p7/3p4/1N1P1NP1/PP2PPBP/2RQ1RK1 b – – 0 14

ChessBase Cloud
The game can be found here:

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