2017 was a great year for world chess. The column highlighted whatever was of importance in chess locally and internationally.
But before the column closes the final chapter in the 2017 chess notebook, the editors of the magazine Chess Base had asked its wide readership to name the Players of the Year 2017, Game of the Year, Endgame of the Year and Move of the Year. The nominations were given based on the meritorious aspects of the players’ accomplishments and the results were as follows:
Player of the Year 2017 – Levon Aronian (Armenia) 42% of the votes; Viswanathan Anand placed second with 12%.
Woman Player of the Year 2017 – Hou Yifan (China) ….
Guyana’s chess for 2017 has both been invigorating and disappointing. On the positive side, the Berbice Chess Association was established, an overture was made to the Georgetown Prison, Guyana was represented at an important World Chess Federation (FIDE) overseas meeting, the Berbice Inter-Schools Chess Championship was held and Guyana won the inaugural Caribbean Chess Cup.
The world’s number three chess player, American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, unfastened the deadlock of draws which had been plaguing the London Chess Classic for an interminable three rounds.
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