The most beautiful move of 2022?

Jakob Leon Pajeken from Germany has had a tournament with ups and downs so far, but in the fourth round he managed to play a fantastic game finished off by a move that might be the most beautiful one in the chess world during 2022.

Jakob Leon Pajeken – Arthur Kruckenhauser

White is about to make his 20th move in a sharp Sicilian. In the Sicilian you can not hesitate as white. Pajeken knows that. 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Bxh5+ Kd7 If 21…Rxh5 22.Qf8+ Kd7 23.Rf7+ Kc6 24.Nb4 mate. 22.Rf7+ Kc6 22…Kc8 23.Rxc7+ Bxc7 24.Qe7 is also hopeless. Of course, now white can take the queen on c7, but instead Pajeken delivers the most beautiful move I have seen this year.

23.Qc4+!! dxc4 24.Nb4 mate.

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