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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 M 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, 0-1

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, 1/2-1/2

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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