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Notable Games 2004
Compiled by cu8sfan

This is a personal list of notable games of the last year. After a long absence from the game I started playing again. This was sometime in February, midway through Linares and that's why I don't have any Wijk aan Zee games in here.

Position of the year (Kramnik vs Leko, 2004

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I think this is one of the first games from 2004 I remember.
F Vallejo Pons vs Radjabov, 2004 
(B33) Sicilian, 62 moves, 0-1

NOT played in 2004 but this was my first post on
Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 
(A43) Old Benoni, 36 moves, 1-0

The Wunderkind draws against the Champion - well, one of them.
Carlsen vs Kasparov, 2004 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

The old man's still playing great chess!
Korchnoi vs V Golod, 2004 
(E51) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 38 moves, 1-0

Hasn't played in 2004 but there was a lot of talk about her b**
M Manakova vs E Averchenko, 2003
(B50) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Kaspa can't remember the secrets of pawn endings.
Kasparov vs Bacrot, 2004  
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Simply a great game by Dominguez.
Dominguez Perez vs Radjabov, 2004 
(B30) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1-0

Short vs Krasenkow, 2004 
(B33) Sicilian, 122 moves, 0-1

Missed opportunities
Kasimdzhanov vs Adams, 2004 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yet another champion. Congratulations, Rustam!
Kasimdzhanov vs Adams, 2004 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gallagher won the Swiss Championship.
M Hochstrasser vs J Gallagher, 2004 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

Moro won Biel in great style.
Morozevich vs Bacrot, 2004 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 31 moves, 1-0

Stop the beatings...
Lagno vs M Mueller-Seps, 2004 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 13 moves, 1-0

I was there!
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 69 moves, 1-0

Kramnik must still be hitting his head against a wall for this.
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 32 moves, 0-1

Leko's match strategy didn't win in the end.
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Moro gladly accepts this gift from Viktor.
Morozevich vs Korchnoi, 2004 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 13 moves, 1-0

Corsica is where I spent my vacations this year.
Rublevsky vs Anand, 2004 
(C45) Scotch Game, 23 moves, 0-1

Kasparov proves that he's not toast yet.
Kasparov vs Svidler, 2004 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 57 moves, 1-0

A mistake he won't make for the next 60 years.
Korchnoi vs Carlsen, 2004 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1-0

Board 1 at the Zurich X-Mas Open on the day I visited.
Pelletier vs F Jenni, 2004
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 70 moves, 1-0

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