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2009's Greatest Chess Games
Compiled by iron maiden

The 6th annual vote for the greatest games of 2009 took place on the iron maiden chessforum in January 2010. The vote operated under the usual rules: kibitzers could select up to ten games from the database, assigning a number to each choice to indicate which game they thought was best, second-best, and so on. Ten points were awarded to every kibitzer's first choice, nine for the second, eight for the third, and so on down to the tenth game, which earned one point.

After all the votes were tallied, the ten games with the most points were included in this collection to stand forever as's choices for the very best chess contests of 2009. Thanks to all who participated in the vote this year, and special thanks go out to <tpstar> for tallying all the votes and supplying many of this year's captions.

The Game of the Year: The Boy Who Would Beat Kings (70 points)
Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2009 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 43 moves, 1-0

M.C. Hammered (2nd place, 48 points)
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2009 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Jak in the box (3rd place, 47 points)
Jakovenko vs Carlsen, 2009 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 63 moves, 0-1

Gelfandom (4th place, 33 points)
Gelfand vs Leko, 2009 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 78 moves, 1-0

Maximus wins the crowd (5th place, 27 points)
Morozevich vs Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 76 moves, 0-1

Kamsky's consolation prize (6th place, 27 points)
Kamsky vs Topalov, 2009 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 73 moves, 1-0

Drawing conclusions (7th place, 26 points)
Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2009 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Teimour for the money (8th place, 26 points)
Radjabov vs Aronian, 2009 
(A06) Reti Opening, 56 moves, 1-0

Prep rally (9th place, 22 points)
Bacrot vs Aronian, 2009 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

M-Told (10th place, 22 points)
Carlsen vs Topalov, 2009 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

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