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2004's Greatest Chess Games
Compiled by iron maiden

What were the greatest games of 2004? You've decided, my fellow kibitzers!

Voting took place from December 24, 2004 to January 1st, 2005 in the Kibitzer's Cafe. A kibitzer could vote for up to five separate games, assigning a number to each. I awarded five points to the first choice, four points to the second, and so on. Over 30 different games recieved votes, but only the top 10 made it into this collection. Of course everyone has their own favorite and there are bound to be disagreements, but remember that these are all great games.

The Game of the Year: Kramnik at his finest (42 points)
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(C42) Petrov Defense, 65 moves, 0-1

"Whither the Kasparov bashers now?" (2nd place, 25 points)
Kasparov vs Dreev, 2004 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 59 moves, 1-0

Back to the wall, Vlady delivers (3rd place, 21 points)
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Leko refutes Kramnik's homework (4th place,18 points)
Kramnik vs Leko, 2004  
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 32 moves, 0-1

Wasn't this match supposed to be boring? (5th place,15 points)
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(A61) Benoni, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

When titans clash, chess fans win (6th place, 14 ponits)
Anand vs Kramnik, 2004 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Blood from a stone (7th place, 10 points)
Leko vs Kramnik, 2004  
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 69 moves, 1-0

The future looks bright (8th place, 10 points)
Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2004 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

All the hype didn't help much (9th place, 7 points)
Anand vs Morozevich, 2004 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 45 moves, 1-0

Shirov breaks the draw-spell in style (10th place, 6 points)
Shirov vs Radjabov, 2004 
(E97) King's Indian, 66 moves, 1-0

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