Closing the 2017 notebook on chess

Chinese chess grandmaster Ding Liren, 25, who captured the Best Game Award for 2017 for his fiery encounter against Bai Jinshi in Round 18 of the Chinese Team Champ-ionship. Ding, renowned as a solid positional player, engaged his opponent in a particularly spectacular combination to win the thrilling encounter. A former World Under-10 and a World Under-12  champion and also the winner of the Olympiad gold medal in 2014, Ding will play in the Candidates Tournament in March in Berlin. (Photo: Amruta Mokal)

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) ….


Anand, Wenjun, Carlsen and Dzagnidze ended 2017 on top of chess world

Chess grandmasters Viswanathan Anand and Ju Wenjun, and Magnus Carlsen and Nana Dzagnidze completed 2017 in fine style as they won the World Rapid Championships and the World Blitz Championships.

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The year in chess

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.

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Tribute to renowned Guyanese chess player Dennis Patterson

“Dear God,” she prayed, “let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.” – Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Dennis Ivor Patterson, 73, died on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

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Around the world in chess

Garry Kasparov, a previous world chess champion, has documented his insights into his 1997 match with the IBM computer Deep Blue.

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Caruana scores big at London Chess Classic

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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