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Daily chess puzzle: best of 2017

December 29, 2017

For the last few years I have, each day, posted a problem from one of a series of chess puzzle books. I have now chosen the next one to use, but before I start that series, I am going to introduce a bit of variety into my daily postings, by picking a pot pourri of chess highlights from 2017.

There is no structure to these selections: the common theme is that they are all positons or games that I have enjoyed, found interesting, or been amazed at during 2017.

I hope my readers find this series enjoyable: either being reminded of moves or games they enjoyed during the year, or by being introduced to interesting, challenging, or fun positions for the first time.

Black to move: what would you play?


So-Rapport, Tata Steel, 16/1/2017


Following yesterday’s puzzle from this game, another startling move: 1….Bc1!!  I watched the game live on Playchess; if I recall correctly, Richard didn’t take long in playing this move: I didn’t have time to choose what I would have played, but I doubt I would have considered it: alas, I self-deselect such amazing moves.


The game is on my Chessbase Cloud.


If any reader spots typos, faults, or (more positively) has comments, please add them. Such comments help the quality of the blog and are always appreciated. Thank you.

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