Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Linares Tournament

Viswanathan Anand7.5/12(+4 -1 =7)[games]
Alexey Shirov7/12(+5 -3 =4)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/12(+2 -1 =9)[games]
Garry Kasparov6.5/12(+1 -0 =11)[games]
Peter Svidler5.5/12(+3 -4 =5)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk5/12(+2 -4 =6)[games]
Veselin Topalov4/12(+1 -5 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Linares (1998)

The 15th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Linares was held from February 22nd to March 9th in Linares. Seven of the world's top players competed in a double round robin format (14 rounds, one bye each round). They were: World Champion Garry Kasparov (Elo ranked #1 in the world), Vladimir Kramnik (#2), Vishwanathan Anand (#3), Veselin Topalov (#4), Vassily Ivanchuk (#4), Alexei Shirov (#8), and Peter Svidler (#9). As usual, Kasparov was assisted by Yuri Dokhoian. Kramnik was helped by Sergey Dolmatov, Anand by Elizbar Ubilava, Shirov by Emil Davidovich Sutovsky, Ivanchuk by a couple of Ukrainians, Svidler by Nigel Short, and Topalov by Silvio Danailov. At the opening ceremony, the organizer Luis Rentero Suarez and Kasparov announced the formation of the World Chess Council. This would arrange the selection of a challenger for Kasparov, who had departed from FIDE in 1993. They envisaged a match between Anand and Kramnik (but Anand felt bound by a contract with FIDE and it ended up with the Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates Match (1998)). The players commented on this only after the tournament, which started in Hotel Anibal as usual.

With a performance rating of 2840, Anand won in Linares for the first time (he won also in 2007 and 2008). Kasparov beat Anand in their individual game but did worse than expected. He had a cold during the event, and possibly saved some opening ideas for an upcoming WC match. His eleven draws upset Rentero, who at the end of Round 12 fined him with 500,000 pesetas for offering draw prior to move 40. Shirov had one of his best tournaments, and won a brilliancy prize for Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 (Round 10):

click for larger view

47...Bh3!! (

Linares, Spain, 22 February - 9 March 1998

Age Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 1 Anand 28 2770 ** 1˝ ˝˝ 0˝ 1˝ ˝1 ˝1 7˝ 2 Shirov 25 2710 0˝ ** ˝1 ˝˝ 10 10 11 7 3 Kramnik 22 2790 ˝˝ ˝0 ** ˝˝ ˝1 ˝˝ 1˝ 6˝ 4 Kasparov 34 2825 1˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ** ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 6˝ 5 Svidler 21 2690 0˝ 01 ˝0 ˝˝ ** 10 ˝1 5˝ 6 Ivanchuk 28 2740 ˝0 01 ˝˝ ˝˝ 01 ** 0˝ 5 7 Topalov 22 2740 ˝0 00 0˝ ˝˝ ˝0 1˝ ** 4

Category: XXI (2752). Arbiter: Juan Vargas.

There is a tournament book: Linares '98, by Alfonso Romero Holmes (La Casa del Ajedrez, Madrid 1998. 186 pp.)


TeleSchach, Linares 1998 page (
Mark Crowther in TWIC 172 (
Mark Crowther in TWIC 174 (
FIDE rating list January 1998 (
El Mundo Deportivo, 1 March 1998, p. 55 (
Tidskrift för Schack, March 1998, pp. 130-140 (
Robert Eugene Byrne in New York Times, 14 April 1998 (
Roman Toran Albero in Ocho x Ocho 192 (April 1998), pp. 4-24 (

Previous: Linares (1997). Next: Linares (1999)

Original collection: Game Collection: Linares 1998, by User: suenteus po 147. Text modified June 2018 by User: Tabanus. Round dates: February 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, March 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 (from Ocho x Ocho and El Mundo Deportivo).

 page 2 of 2; games 26-42 of 42  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Kramnik vs Topalov ½-½551998LinaresA34 English, Symmetrical
27. Svidler vs Anand  ½-½441998LinaresB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
28. Topalov vs Shirov 0-1531998LinaresD85 Grunfeld
29. Anand vs Kasparov ½-½241998LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
30. Ivanchuk vs Svidler 1-0581998LinaresD85 Grunfeld
31. Kasparov vs Ivanchuk ½-½541998LinaresC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
32. Shirov vs Kramnik 1-0411998LinaresC67 Ruy Lopez
33. Svidler vs Topalov 1-0671998LinaresC67 Ruy Lopez
34. Ivanchuk vs Anand 0-1271998LinaresB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
35. Topalov vs Kasparov ½-½191998LinaresD85 Grunfeld
36. Kramnik vs Svidler 1-0291998LinaresE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
37. Kasparov vs Kramnik ½-½521998LinaresE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
38. Anand vs Topalov 1-0781998LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
39. Svidler vs Shirov 1-0371998LinaresC78 Ruy Lopez
40. Topalov vs Ivanchuk  ½-½411998LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
41. Shirov vs Kasparov ½-½171998LinaresB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
42. Kramnik vs Anand ½-½341998LinaresA17 English
 page 2 of 2; games 26-42 of 42  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-22-14  Marmot PFL: What's up with all the short Kasparov draws?
May-06-17  paavoh: He was already training for the Kasparov-Kramnik match in 2000.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific tournament and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC