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Daily puzzle: my pick of wonderful moves from 2016

January 7, 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.
White to play and win
 
So v Akobian, US Championships, St Louis 18/4/16
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Solution

1 Nf7!! followed by 2 Rg7!!

akobian2
The class act nature of this combination is seeing that Black is helpless after 3 Qe6.
akobian3
For the game continuation, see my Cloud Database (which I think, but am not sure, was pasted from Chessbase.com, my main source of chess news).

FEN

r2r2k1/pp2bpp1/1qb1pn1p/4N3/2P5/2BB4/PP2QP1P/1K1R2R1 w – – 0 20

ChessBase Cloud
 
The game can be found here:
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