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Best Games of 2014
Compiled by tpstar
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The 11th annual chessgames.com vote for the year's Best Games was held on the tpstar chessforum in January 2015. The contest operated under the standard rules; kibitzers could select up to ten database games in order. Ten points were awarded for a #1 choice, nine points for #2, eight points for #3, and so on down to #10 which earned one point. After all of the votes were tabulated, this Game Collection will stand as the group's choices for the Best Games of 2014.

Game of the Year honors went to Veselin Topalov for a scintillating win over Vallejo Pons during his gold medal run at the Olympiad. World Champion Magnus Carlsen has six games in the Top Ten, with three from his WC match against Anand. Fabiano Caruana enjoyed a phenomenal 2014, capped off by dominating the Sinquefield Cup; three of his games made the list. Mamedyarov sacrificed the exchange to upend Aronian, Anand took one win from Carlsen over two WC matches, Vachier-Lagrave cashed in with a brutal attack, and Aronian caught Svidler on f7.

13 voters nominated 67 games.

1) Top This (49 points)
Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2014 
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 43 moves, 1-0

2) Two Car Collision (33 points)
Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

3) Swiss Miss (30 points)
Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2014 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 61 moves, 0-1

4) Ritz-Carlsen (28 points)
Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 1-0

5) Shak It Off (22 points)
Mamedyarov vs Aronian, 2014 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

6) Caruana Grande (18 points)
Caruana vs Karjakin, 2014 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 71 moves, 1-0

6) Magnanimity (18 points)
Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

8) Teach a Man to Vish (17 points)
Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

9) Tear Down This Wall! (16 points)
Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

10) Les Maximes des Hommes (15 points)
A David vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2014 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 0-1

10) Lev Is a Many Splendored Thing (15 points)
Aronian vs Svidler, 2014 
(D85) Grunfeld, 57 moves, 1-0

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