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Best Chess Games in 2010 - ChessPro rankings

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Friday, 20 May 2011
Alexander Grischuk - both a World Candidates Matches finalist & the winner of ChessPro's Game of the Year-2010 Contest

ChessPro is a well-known Russian chess website that, among other things, regularly publishes rankings of best games played worldwide. To determine the winners of 2010, forty (!) chess experts were provided with a selection of 43 games of which each member of the panel had to choose 10 top games.

Members of the expert panel: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Tatiana Kosintseva,
Cmylite Victoria, Natalia Pogonina, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Olga Alexandrova, Nikita Vityugov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Sergei Movsesian, Emil Sutovsky, Miguel Illescas, Victor Bologan, Vladimir Potkin, Alexander Riazantsev, Alexander Motylev, Sergei Rublevsky, Artyom Timofeev, Ruslan Scherbakov, Michael Krasenkow, Yevgeniy Miroshnichenko, Vitali Golod, Evgeny Najer, Michael Kobalia, Igor Lysyj, Michael Prusikin, Sanan Syugirov, Andrew Zontakh, Dmitry Kryakvin, Sergei Ivanov, Alexander Shimanov Maxim Matlakov, Alex Korotylev, Konstantin Sakaev, Konstantin Landa, Evgeny Gleizerov, Mikhail Golubev, Vladimir Barsky, Sergei Zagrebelny

Natalia Pogonina's top-10 with brief comments:

1. Anand - Topalov (game #4). A brilliant game by Anand played at an extremely prestigeous event - the World Championship match. The game is so great that no words are needed to describe its beauty.

2. Gashimov - Grischuk. The game was played at the beginning of the year, but the impressions from it are still fresh. The king takes a walk around the whole board and leads its chess army to a win.

3. Anand - Topalov (game #7). Tension till the very last move. Veselin was on a roll, but Anand matched his skills, so the fight ended in an exciting draw.

4. Karjakin - Kramnik. A very Tal-like and inspiring game by Sergei.

5. Shirov - Jobava. An attack followed by a rook sacrifice looks very impressive. Alexei's maneuvers remind me of classical music.

6. Shirov - Mamedyarov. Shakhryar was in his cup of tea in this game. Mamedyarov's rook decided the game in his favor. 

7. Ponomariov - Naidtich. Nice calculation of all the lines and a very calm exploitation of a pin. A very refined game.

8. Radjabov - Gelfand. Outstanding preparation & a nice piece sacrifice. Even a few pieces managed to cooperate well and create a decisive attack.

9. Frolyanov - Nepomniatchi. An exciting draw with an awesome final and a post-mortem line in which the king was to travel into the middle of the board. 

10. Veskovy - Krylov. A breath-taking game in the Kings's Indian. The number of queens on board (including potential) knows very few rivals in the history of chess.

You can find the games and commentaries of other experts at ChessPro (Google Translate should be helpful since the article is in Russian).

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1. Written by on 11:49 21 2011 .
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