2005's Greatest Chess Games
Compiled by iron maiden

After the success of last year's Game Collection: 2004's Greatest Chess Games, I decided to hold another vote for the best of 2005.

Voting took place from December 24th, 2005 to January 7th, 2006 in the Kibitzer's Cafe. The purpose of the vote was to determine what you kibitzers think are the greatest chess games played in the year 2005. This year, a kibitzer could vote for up to 10 separate games, assigning a number to each. I awarded ten points for the first choice, nine points for the second, and so on. Over 50 games received votes, but only the top ten made it into this collection.

The Game of the Year: A glimpse into the future (103 points)
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spirit of San Luis (2nd place, 97 points)
Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1-0

Kingside frenzy (3rd place, 66 points)
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

Washed the Spider out (4th place, 58 points)
Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 0-1

Last taste of Kasparov's home cooking (5th place, 52 points)
Kasimdzhanov vs Kasparov, 2005 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 0-1

Argentine marathon (6th place, 50 points)
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 97 moves, 1/2-1/2

Just call me Topablanca (7th place, 35 points)
Topalov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 73 moves, 1-0

Indian burial ground (8th place, 35 points)
Morozevich vs Anand, 2005 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

From Ruslan with love (9th place, 30 points)
Ponomariov vs Topalov, 2005 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

On Topa things (10th place, 22 points)
Svidler vs Topalov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 44 moves, 0-1

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