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Best Games of 2010
Compiled by tpstar
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The 7th annual chessgames.com vote for the year's Best Games was held on the tpstar chessforum in January 2011. The vote operated under the standard rules; kibitzers could select up to ten games from the database 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 the votes were tallied, this Game Collection will stand as the group's choices for the Best Games of 2010.

The Anand-Topalov WC Match dominated the 2010 contest, with five games receiving votes and two making the Top Ten. Best Game of the Year honors went to speed demon Alexander Grischuk for his memorable King walk against Gashimov, and Grischuk will soon strut his stuff in the Candidates events. Nakamura and Karjakin scored well with impressive attacks, and the remaining five games (all White wins) were creatively inspired. Magnus Carlsen had an eventful year, ditching Kasparov early and Kirsan late while finding time to convincingly defeat everybody Carlsen vs The World, 2010 , yet shockingly not one of his games made the list.

16 voters nominated 46 games. Votes weighed heavier this year since many people only chose one or two games.

1) Gris Lightning (75 points)
V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2010 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 0-1

2) Roly Poly Vish Heads (48 points)
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1-0

3) Indian Summer (46 points)
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 0-1

4) Nakarena (45 points)
Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

5) A Day In Hollywood, a Night In the Ukraine (29 points)
Karjakin vs Kramnik, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

6) Ponomatopoeia (23 points)
Ponomariov vs Kramnik, 2010 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1-0

7) Chukmate (21 points)
Ivanchuk vs Jobava, 2010 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

8) La CucaRadja (19 points)
Radjabov vs Gelfand, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

9) Shi Bop (16 points)
Shirov vs Jobava, 2010 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

10) Levon Las Vegas (15 points)
Aronian vs Jakovenko, 2010 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 46 moves, 1-0

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