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Notable Games 2005
Compiled by cu8sfan
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These are some notable games of 2005. This is a very personal list. There may have been better games or more beautiful ones. But this is how I remember 2005 in chess. Enjoy!

To complement your view of 2005 I suggest you take a look at the Game Collection: The Greatest Games of 2005 by User: dac1990 and Game Collection: 2005's Greatest Chess Games by User: iron maiden.

Position of the year (Topalov vs Kasparov, 2005):


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Carlsen starts the year with a bang.
Carlsen vs Shirov, 2005 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 38 moves, 1-0

Leko beats Anand with Black in Wijk aan Zee.
Anand vs Leko, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 57 moves, 0-1

Another great from Leko. He didn't lose one single game.
Leko vs Svidler, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 57 moves, 1-0

Kramnik goes down fast.
Kramnik vs Topalov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 20 moves, 0-1

Just to be fair. Kramnik had a pretty decent tournament.
Kramnik vs I Sokolov, 2005 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

Nice opening choice by the winner of group B crushing Kosteniuk
Karjakin vs Kosteniuk, 2005 
(C28) Vienna Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Smeets takes second while denying first to Mamedyarov.
Mamedyarov vs J Smeets, 2005 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 58 moves, 0-1

Poor Antoaneta getting flagged.
I Cheparinov vs A Stefanova, 2005 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 155 moves, 1-0

Kasparov's still the man.
Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 0-1

The end of an era.
Topalov vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

Kramnik calls it "23rd century chess".
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Just another boring Petrov...
Adams vs Kramnik, 2005 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

In my opinion the game of the year.
Ponomariov vs Topalov, 2005 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Gallagher won the Swiss Championship again.
J Gallagher vs Marco Lehmann, 2005
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 33 moves, 1-0

Who'd have thunk it...
Naiditsch vs Leko, 2005 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 59 moves, 1-0

Leko on the receiving end of a Rossolimo again.
Svidler vs Leko, 2005 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Van Wely and Topalov in an unlikely opening.
Van Wely vs Topalov, 2005 
(C02) French, Advance, 47 moves

My favorite new opening line is "When I was in Biel..."
Pelletier vs Carlsen, 2005 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 15 moves, 1-0

What a game! Please, Naka, keep playing 2.Qh5! (-:
Nakamura vs A Volokitin, 2005 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

Nice finishing tactic by the winner of the women's tournament.
A Skripchenko vs E Paehtz, 2005
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

The two favorites' battle in round 2.
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 97 moves

Svidler was the surprise of the tournament.
Svidler vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Exciting fighting chess.
Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1-0

Very exciting game by the new World Champion.
Adams vs Topalov, 2005 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

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