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Best Games of 2015
Compiled by tpstar

The 12th annual vote for the year's Best Games was held on the tpstar chessforum in January 2016. 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 2015.

Game of the Year honors went to Chinese prodigy Wei Yi for a classic King hunt against Bruzon Batista. Denis Khismatullin took Second Place with the brilliant 44. Kg1!! sacrificing a Rook to win an instructive major piece endgame over Eljanov. David Navara was Third with a long King walk against Wojtaszek. Hikaru Nakamura placed Fourth with a brutal Kingside attack to defeat So. Maxim Matlakov Queened a Pawn just in time to beat Bok for Fifth Place. World Champion Magnus Carlsen placed four wins on the list: a classic BB vs NN endgame grind over Nakamura, a QRR vs QRR victory versus Aronian, a wide open brawl with Chao, and upending Kramnik in a Q vs RB contest. So beat Liren in an entertaining Queen versus three pieces game to round out the Top Ten.

15 voters nominated 72 games.

1) Prepare Yi the Wei (66 points)
Wei Yi vs Bruzon Batista, 2015 
(B40) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

2) Khis On My List (65 points)
Khismatullin vs Eljanov, 2015 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 57 moves, 1-0

3) Navarmind (60 points)
Navara vs Wojtaszek, 2015 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 48 moves, 1-0

4) Black Knights Matter (58 points)
So vs Nakamura, 2015 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 39 moves, 0-1

5) Weak Bok Rank (24 points)
M Matlakov vs B Bok, 2015 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

6) Twelfth Night (23 points)
Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2015 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 78 moves, 1-0

6) Magtime (23 points)
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2015 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

8) So Alive (22 points)
So vs Ding Liren, 2015 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 60 moves, 1-0

8) Chao Down (22 points)
Carlsen vs Li Chao, 2015 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

10) Carma (19 points)
Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2015 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

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