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Daily chess puzzle: best of 2017: player of the year

December 30, 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 play: what would you choose?



Levon, my player of the year, played the fantastic 1…Nef6!!. It relies on CJS Purdy’s theme “potassium cyanide”.

Levon 2

The forking of the two pieces on e4 and g4 make the combination work. Fantastic.

I could pick countless of Levon’s games: he has had a fantastic year, including, of course, marrying Arianne Caoili.

Levon wedding

Picture source Chessbase.


The game is on my ChessBase cloud database.


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