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The Greatest Games of 2005
Compiled by dac1990
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These are the best games to come out of this year-- in other words, modern masterpieces.

Material? What is this? Does it matter?
Shabalov vs Bologan, 2005 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 76 moves, 0-1

Bruised. Pun intended.
Leko vs L Bruzon Batista, 2005 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 25 moves, 1-0

Anand Endgame
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 59 moves, 1-0

"23rd Century Chess" - Kramnik
Anand vs Topalov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Incredible Tactics
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

Kasparov in his "last" brilliant Najdorf
Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 0-1

Halay's Comet
T Halay vs Zhu Chen, 2005 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 64 moves, 1-0

A gem, of Corus
Anand vs Leko, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 57 moves, 0-1

An Oxymoron (otherwise known as an exciting draw)
Ponomariov vs Kramnik, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

How to Castle Kingside
Kasimdzhanov vs Kasparov, 2005 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 0-1

Modern Romanticism (another oxymoron!)
Aronian vs V S Popov, 2005 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 1-0

Another Excellent Draw
Judit Polgar vs Anand, 2005 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Modern Rook-and-pawn
Kramnik vs Ponomariov, 2005 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 60 moves, 1-0

Kasparov's "last" game
Topalov vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

More Klassic Kasparov
Kasparov vs Adams, 2005 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 54 moves, 1-0

An interesting Carlsen game
Carlsen vs Shirov, 2005 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 38 moves, 1-0

Rather Shirov Himself
Shirov vs G Flear, 2005 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 32 moves, 1-0

An "Instant Classic"
E Berg vs Bareev, 2005 
(C11) French, 32 moves, 1-0

A Horse is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course.
Shirov vs M Bluvshtein, 2005 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

How to Hunt a Tiger
Nakamura vs T Hillarp Persson, 2005 
(C02) French, Advance, 100 moves, 1-0

Another one by Naka
Nakamura vs M Hennigan, 2005 
(E77) King's Indian, 60 moves, 1-0

Brilliant King Hunt
D Howell vs J Levitt, 2005 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 0-1

Strong Pawns
Hug vs S Halkias, 2005 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

A Modern Marvel
Topalov vs Ponomariov, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

A Titanic Battle
Topalov vs Anand, 2005 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 97 moves, 1/2-1/2

The difference between precise and accurate
Shirov vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 0-1

They that Dance Must Pay the Svidler
Morozevich vs Svidler, 2005 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 55 moves, 0-1

Crossing the Kasim
Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

2005's FIDE champion!
Leko vs Topalov, 2005 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 40 moves, 0-1

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