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The Top Ten Games Of The 2000s

The Top Ten Games Of The 2000s

NM Sam Copeland has picked the 10 best games of recent decades. Take a look at his picks for the 2000s and learn from the greatest games of recent years!

  • Learn from the play of geniuses like Carlsen, Anand, Topalov and more!
  • See how Nakamura and MVL broke onto the scene as top players.
  • Check out this top 10 list and let us know of any that Sam missed.
Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: The Immortal Bullet Game–Schmaltz vs Har-Zvi 2001

Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: The Immortal Bullet Game–Schmaltz vs Har-Zvi 2001

How could a bullet game by one of the best games of the decade? Check out this masterpiece by GM Ronen Har-Zvi and let us know if you agree.
14 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Magnus Carlsen's Game Of The Century–Carlsen vs Ernst 2004

Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Magnus Carlsen's Game Of The Century–Carlsen vs Ernst 2004

Against GM Sipke Ernst, a young Magnus Carlsen won maybe his most spectacular game to date. Check out this attacking masterpiece by a 13-year-old prodigy. This is NM Sam Copeland's pick for the 9th best game of the 2000s.
15 min
1 Challenge
Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Immortal Space Invaders Game II–Timofeev vs Khismatullin 2009

Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Immortal Space Invaders Game II–Timofeev vs Khismatullin 2009

Rooks are better than pawns, right? In this astounding game GM Artyom Timofeev argues otherwise, as he builds an army of pawns to defeat two rooks. Check out NM Sam Copeland's pick for the number 8 game of the 2000s.
14 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Nakamura Shocks GM With Queen Sacrifice–Krasenkow-vs Nakamura 2007

Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Nakamura Shocks GM With Queen Sacrifice–Krasenkow-vs Nakamura 2007

GM Hikaru Nakamura won many fans in the 2000s, with his brilliant attacking play. Check out his most beautiful game of the decade, featuring an amazing queen sacrifice, earning it the number 7 spot on NM Sam Copeland's game of the decade rankings.
13 min
1 Challenge
Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Sutovsky's Nf5 Dominates The Game–Sutovsky vs Smirin 2002

Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Sutovsky's Nf5 Dominates The Game–Sutovsky vs Smirin 2002

Emil Sutovsky is now the Director General of FIDE, but he's a strong Grandmaster in his own right. Check out NM Sam Copeland's pick for the number 6 game of the 2000s, as Sutovsky played a brilliant mating attack against GM Ilya Smirin.
14 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: MVL Sacs Exchange Queen For King Hunt–Fontaine vs Vachier-Lagrave 2007

Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: MVL Sacs Exchange Queen For King Hunt–Fontaine vs Vachier-Lagrave 2007

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is one of the great attacking players of the 21st century so far. One of his best moments came against GM Robert Fontaine in 2007. MVL sacrificed an exchange and later his queen to launch an amazing mating attack. Check out NM Sam Copeland's pick for the number five game of the 2000s.
20 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Hikaru Nakamura Crushes Computer In Blitz Chess–Rybka vs Nakamura 2008

Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Hikaru Nakamura Crushes Computer In Blitz Chess–Rybka vs Nakamura 2008

In the 2000s top Grandmasters could still put up a fight against chess engines. In this ridiculous game, Hikaru Nakamura took advantage of the flaws in the engine, Rybka, to win a marathon blitz game. Enjoy NM Sam Copeland's pick for the number 4 game of the decade.
20 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Anand Wins A Sicilian Brilliancy–Karjakin vs Anand 2006

Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Anand Wins A Sicilian Brilliancy–Karjakin vs Anand 2006

In 2006 Vishy Anand wasn't yet the undisputed World Champion, but he may have been the best player in the world. Check out this amazing victory against the young Sergey Karjakin where Anand sacrificed two pieces for a deadly attack. NM Sam Copeland picked this game as his number 3 game of the 2000s.
13 min
1 Challenge
Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: MVL's Zombie Rook Wins The Game–Morozevich vs Vachier-Lagrave 2009

Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: MVL's Zombie Rook Wins The Game–Morozevich vs Vachier-Lagrave 2009

GM Alexander Morozevich was one of the great attackers of the early 21st century, but young MVL defended like a lion and somehow turned things around. Check out NM Sam Copeland's pick for the number 2 game of the 2000s.
34 min
5 Challenges
Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Topalov Sacs 2 Exchanges, Overruns Aronian–Topalov vs Aronian 2006

Top 10 Games Of The 2000s: Topalov Sacs 2 Exchanges, Overruns Aronian–Topalov vs Aronian 2006

Veselin Topalov dominated the mid 2000s and won the FIDE World Championship in 2005. Check out his greatest game, a win over GM Levon Aronian from 2006. Check out NM Sam Copeland's number one game of the 2000s.
22 min
5 Challenges

The Top Ten Games Of The 2000s

Master Games
10 Lessons
179 Minutes
38 Challenges
Released March 3, 2021
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