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Best of the Best
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Inaugurated in 1967, the Chess Oscar is an award given to the best chess player of the year, as voted by hundreds of journalists.

This collection displays the most popular game by the winner in the year they won it (as determine by number of game collections). The most popular game can be a win or draw, but not a lost.

Also, there were several instances where a player won an Oscar, but did not play their best games in that year. Although such a game with satisfies the criteria listed above exists, it does require manual research. Currently the years missing are 1975 (Karpov), 1998 (Anand) and 2010 (Carlsen).

Notes:

- The award was not given out between 1989 and 1994.

- The award has not been given out since 2013, but according to chessgames members, here are the best players for the following years:

- 2014: Magnus Carlsen (The Caissars chessforum (kibitz #1675))

- 2015: Magnus Carlsen and Wei Yi (The Caissars chessforum (kibitz #2042))

- 2016: Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So (The Caissars chessforum)

1967 Winner: Bent Larsen
Larsen vs Ivkov, 1967 
(A38) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1-0

1968 Winner: Boris Spassky
Spassky vs Geller, 1968 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 32 moves, 1-0

1969 Winner: Boris Spassky
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

1970 Winner: Bobby Fischer
Fischer vs Panno, 1970 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

1971 Winner: Bobby Fischer
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 1-0

1972 Winner: Bobby Fischer
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

1973 Winner: Anatoly Karpov
Karpov vs Uhlmann, 1973 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 42 moves, 1-0

1974 Winner: Anatoly Karpov
Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 44 moves, 1-0

1976 Winner: Anatoly Karpov
Karpov vs I D Dorfman, 1976 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

1977 Winner: Anatoly Karpov
Karpov vs Csom, 1977 
(A16) English, 50 moves, 1-0

1978 Winner: Anatoly Korchnoi
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 71 moves, 1-0

1979 Winner: Anatoly Karpov
Timman vs Karpov, 1979 
(A28) English, 31 moves, 0-1

1980 Winner: Anatoly Karpov
Karpov vs Tal, 1980 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 34 moves, 1-0

1981 Winner: Anatoly Karpov
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1981 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

1982 Winner: Garry Kasparov
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1982  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

1983 Winner: Garry Kasparov
Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

1984 Winner: Anatoly Karpov
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

1985 Winner: Garry Kasparov
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

1986 Winner: Garry Kasparov
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

1987 Winner: Garry Kasparov
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987  
(A13) English, 64 moves, 1-0

1988 Winner: Garry Kasparov
Kasparov vs Smirin, 1988 
(E97) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

1995 Winner: Garry Kasparov
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

1996 Winner: Garry Kasparov
Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 90 moves, 0-1

1997 Winner: Viswanathan Anand
Anand vs Lautier, 1997 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1-0

1999 Winner: Garry Kasparov
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

2000 Winner: Vladimir Kramnik
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 25 moves, 1-0

2001 Winner: Garry Kasparov
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2001 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

2002 Winner: Garry Kasparov
Kasparov vs Ponomariov, 2002 
(C10) French, 38 moves, 1-0

2003 Winner: Viswanathan Anand
Anand vs Bologan, 2003 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

2004 Winner: Viswanathan Anand
Kramnik vs Anand, 2004 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

2005 Winner: Veselin Topalov
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

2006 Winner: Vladimir Kramnik
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 63 moves, 0-1

2007 Winner: Viswanathan Anand
Anand vs Carlsen, 2007 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 38 moves, 1-0

2008 Winner: Magnus Carlsen
Kramnik vs Anand, 2008 
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 35 moves, 0-1

2009 Winner: Magnus Carlsen
Carlsen vs Anand, 2009 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 77 moves, 1-0

2011 Winner: Magnus Carlsen
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2011 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

2012 Winner: Magnus Carlsen
Carlsen vs Anand, 2012 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

2013 Winner: Magnus Carlsen
Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 28 moves, 0-1

2014 Winner: Magnus Carlsen (see note above)
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2014 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 61 moves, 0-1

2015 Co-Winner: Magnus Carlsen (see note above)
Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 
(A05) Reti Opening, 54 moves, 1-0

2015 Co-Winner: Wei Yi (see note above)
Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015 
(B40) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

2016 Co-Winner: Magnus Carlsen (see note above)
Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 
(B54) Sicilian, 50 moves, 1-0

2016 Co-Winner: Wesley So (see note above)
W So vs Akobian, 2016 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

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