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

December 31, 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



Let the fireworks begin! Ding Liren played 1…dc, sacrificing his Queen. The rest of the game was a fire storm. I wonder how much Ding Liren saw, and to what extent he counted on intuition. But an amazing game, which other commentators on Twitter showered with praise.


The game is on my Chessbase Cloud database.



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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