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  1. Best Games of 2010
    The 7th annual chessgames.com vote for the year's Best Games was held on the tpstar chessforum in January 2011. The vote operated under the standard rules; kibitzers could select up to ten games from the database 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 the votes were tallied, this Game Collection will stand as the group's choices for the Best Games of 2010.

    The Anand-Topalov WC Match dominated the 2010 contest, with five games receiving votes and two making the Top Ten. Best Game of the Year honors went to speed demon Alexander Grischuk for his memorable King walk against Gashimov, and Grischuk will soon strut his stuff in the Candidates events. Nakamura and Karjakin scored well with impressive attacks, and the remaining five games (all White wins) were creatively inspired. Magnus Carlsen had an eventful year, ditching Kasparov early and Kirsan late while finding time to convincingly defeat everybody Carlsen vs The World, 2010 , yet shockingly not one of his games made the list.

    16 voters nominated 46 games. Votes weighed heavier this year since many people only chose one or two games.

    10 games, 2010

  2. Best Games of 2011
    The 8th annual chessgames.com vote for the year's Best Games was held on the tpstar chessforum in January 2012. 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 the votes were tallied, this Game Collection will stand as the group's choices for the Best Games of 2011.

    Game of the Year honors went to Levon Aronian for his bold endgame sacrifice leading to a rampaging Queen during the Tal Memorial. Boris Gelfand put it all together to win the Candidates Matches and face Anand for the WC title, with two Gelfand wins in the Top Ten. Carlsen had a phenomenal year and scored two brilliant attacking games in the Top Five, while Svidler's World Cup triumph got him on the list. Spectacular attacks by Jun and Kotronias scored well, plus a long King walk by Xue and an exquisite ending by Kramnik.

    13 voters nominated 58 games. Votes were spread out over more games this year as most voters prepared a full list of ten.

    10 games, 2011

  3. Best Games of 2012
    The 9th annual chessgames.com vote for the year's Best Games was held on the tpstar chessforum in January 2013. 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 2012.

    Game of the Year honors went to Andrei Volokitin for his stunning shot 21. Bd8!! followed by several quiet moves to create a winning attack. Hikaru Nakamura finished Second with his memorable Olympiad victory over Kramnik. Levon Aronian scored two wins in the Top Ten, first his famous Ne1! game over Giri and second a tricky endgame against McShane. Fabiano Caruana also had two games on the list, with a unique double exchange sacrifice against Karjakin plus a crushing Pawn avalanche to top Giri. Magnus Carlsen made chess history, earning the highest rating ever while soundly defeating World Champion Anand at Bilbao. Emanuel Berg played an inspired Queen sacrifice, Vladimir Kramnik displayed his KID mastery, and lastly a blitz win by Alexander Morozevich over Carlsen rounded out the Top Ten.

    14 voters nominated 70 games.

    10 games, 2012

  4. Best Games of 2013
    The 10th annual chessgames.com vote for the year's Best Games was held on the tpstar chessforum in January 2014. 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 2013.

    Game of the Year honors went to Viswanathan Anand for his stunning opening novelty 15 ... Bc5!! over Aronian at Tata Steel. World Champion Magnus Carlsen scored five wins on the list, including two from his match win against Anand. Laznicka flushed out Morozevich's King in an entertaining battle which came in Third. Nakamura showed nifty endgame finesse over Karjakin in Fourth, Wang Hao miniaturized Giri in Fifth, and Ding Liren's brilliant attack against Aronian finished Seventh. This year's edition featured 16 games total due to a unique 7-way tie for Tenth.

    11 voters nominated 51 games.

    16 games, 2013

  5. Best Games of 2014
    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.

    11 games, 2014

  6. tpstar 2N
    1-100 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. 0-0

    100-199 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Nxe4! 5. Nxe4 d5

    200-299

    400-499 9. Nh3

    124 games, 1861-2014

  7. tpstar AD
    1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. c4 Nb6 4. d4 d6 5. ed

    1-99 5 ... cd

    100-199 5 ... ed

    19 games, 1935-2012

  8. tpstar CC
    1-99 3 ... Qa5

    100-199 3 ... Qd8 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3

    200-299 3 ... Qd6 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3

    47 games, 1858-2013

  9. tpstar CK
    105 games, 1895-2009

  10. tpstar FD
    1-99

    100-199

    200-299 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. ed Qxd5 5. Ngf3 cd 6. Bc4 Qd6 7. 0-0 Nf6 8. Nb3 Nc6 9. Nbxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 a6

    300-399 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ne2 cd 8. cd f6 9. ef Nxf6/Qxf6

    400-449 9. Nf4

    450-499 9 ... Bb4+

    200 games, 1864-2014

  11. tpstar MD
    38 games, 1963-2006

  12. tpstar PD
    1-100

    100-199 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 ed 4. e5 Ne4 5. Qxd4 d5 6. ed Nxd6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. Qf4

    48 games, 1900-2013

  13. tpstar RL
    178 games, 1864-2013

  14. tpstar SC
    2 games, 1991-2010

  15. tpstar SE
    52 games, 1960-2014

  16. tpstar SF
    3 games, 1990-2004

  17. tpstar SK
    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cd 4. Nxd4 a6
    6 games, 1989-2015

  18. tpstar SM
    1-99 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cd 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Nc3 0-0 8. Be2 d6 9. 0-0 Bd7

    100-199 9 ... Nxd4

    200-299 9 ... etc.

    300-399 2 ... a6

    400-499

    68 games, 1906-2014

  19. tpstar SN
    1 game, 2001

  20. tpstar SP
    14 games, 1961-2014

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