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Linares Tournament

Peter Leko7/12(+4 -2 =6)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik7/12(+2 -0 =10)[games]
Viswanathan Anand6.5/12(+3 -2 =7)[games]
Garry Kasparov6.5/12(+2 -1 =9)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov5.5/12(+2 -3 =7)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons5/12(+1 -3 =8)[games]
Teimour Radjabov4.5/12(+1 -4 =7)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Linares (2003)

The 20th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Linares was played 22 February to 9 March, 2003 in Hotel Anibal, Linares, Spain. Round by round pairings with dates and results: Reports: (Tidskrift fr Schack, 2003 no. 3, pp. 169-176) and (Revista Pen de Rey, 2003 no. 17, pp. 5-43). Peter Leko won on tiebreak (more wins) ahead of Vladimir Kramnik. The event is best remembered for young Teimour Radjabov's sensational win against Garry Kasparov in Round 2:

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Kasparov played 27.Rdf1? but after 27...Nb3+ 28.Kd1 Bxg3 he could not take on g3 because of 29...Qg6 (threatening Qb1 and mate). A piece down, he resigned on move 39.

Linares, Spain, 22 February - 9 March 2003

Age Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 1 Leko 23 2736 ** 01 10 11 7 2 Kramnik 27 2807 ** 1 1 7 3 Anand 33 2753 10 ** 0 1 1 6 4 Kasparov 39 2847 1 ** 1 0 6 5 Ponomariov 19 2734 0 0 0 ** 11 5 6 Vallejo 20 2629 01 00 ** 5 7 Radjabov 15 2624 00 0 0 1 ** 4

Category: XX (2733). Video: Best game selected by chess journalists: Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003 see for details.

The X Anibal Open (2003) was played in Linares at the same time (28 Feb - 9 March). Anton Korobov won on tiebreak with 7.5/10 (

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 42  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Ponomariov 1-0642003LinaresC67 Ruy Lopez
2. Radjabov vs Leko 0-1462003LinaresE12 Queen's Indian
3. Kramnik vs Kasparov ½-½182003LinaresD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
4. F Vallejo Pons vs Anand  ½-½302003LinaresE15 Queen's Indian
5. Kasparov vs Radjabov 0-1392003LinaresC11 French
6. Ponomariov vs Kramnik 0-1402003LinaresB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
7. Kramnik vs F Vallejo Pons ½-½302003LinaresD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Radjabov vs Ponomariov ½-½112003LinaresD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Leko vs Kasparov ½-½872003LinaresB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. F Vallejo Pons vs Radjabov  ½-½482003LinaresC12 French, McCutcheon
11. Ponomariov vs Leko ½-½1102003LinaresB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½162003LinaresB30 Sicilian
13. Radjabov vs Anand ½-½252003LinaresE12 Queen's Indian
14. Leko vs F Vallejo Pons 1-0432003LinaresB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
15. Kasparov vs Ponomariov 1-0432003LinaresE17 Queen's Indian
16. Anand vs Leko 1-0722003LinaresB30 Sicilian
17. Kramnik vs Radjabov 1-0362003LinaresC11 French
18. F Vallejo Pons vs Kasparov ½-½412003LinaresD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Leko vs Kramnik  ½-½252003LinaresB33 Sicilian
20. Kasparov vs Anand 1-0622003LinaresB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. Ponomariov vs F Vallejo Pons 1-0682003LinaresD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Leko vs Radjabov 1-0322003LinaresC12 French, McCutcheon
23. Kasparov vs Kramnik ½-½332003LinaresC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Ponomariov vs Anand ½-½442003LinaresB30 Sicilian
25. Kramnik vs Ponomariov ½-½332003LinaresC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-20-07  Bob726: No kiblitzing for this page??????????
Feb-20-07  Bob726: By the way , did Kramnik and Leko win with +2
Feb-20-07  square dance: leko is considered to have won on the most wins tie break. he was +3-1 while kramnik was +2-0.
Feb-20-07  suenteus po 147: <square dance> Actually, Leko had +4 -2 by the end. Hard to recognize him here :)
Feb-21-07  square dance: <sp147> yeah, he sure did. hmm, i always remembered it as +3-1 for some reason. thanks.
Feb-22-07  suenteus po 147: Looking at the final standings, what's even more unrecognizable is Kasparov's performance. Less than half his games reach forty moves (without being wins), and the loss to Radjabov is shocking given the context at the time.
Feb-22-07  percyblakeney: Kasparov won ten top tournaments in a row counting from Wijk aan Zee 1999, this sequence was broken more than four years later in Linares 2003, where he finished point from first. His loss against Radjabov was his first in six Linares tournaments.
Feb-22-07  suenteus po 147: <percyblakeney> So this tournament was the end of a franchise, eh? Let's see: Wijk aan Zee 1999, 2000, 2001; Linares 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002; that's only seven. What were the other three top tournaments that Kasparov won in that span?
Feb-22-07  percyblakeney: <suenteus po 147> The missing three are Sarajevo 1999, Sarajevo 2000, and Astana 2001:

Feb-22-07  suenteus po 147: <percyblakeney> Thanks for that.
Feb-22-07  slomarko: wow ten top tournaments in a row. can you imagine Kramnik doing aynthing like that?
Feb-22-07  suenteus po 147: <slomarko> Can you imagine <anyone> doing that with the exception of Karpov?
Feb-22-07  square dance: can you imagine kramnik doing something like this? he's such a disappointment as wc.
Feb-22-07  slomarko: <square dance> what has your link to do with anything?
Nov-07-08  Cactus: <slomarko> He's saying (quite correctly) that your post was silly and uncalled for.

Might I add that Kramnik also can't do this: How embarassing...

Nov-07-08  KingG: It's interesting that although the King's Indian was seen as fairly dubious around this time, everyone in this tournament prefered to take on Radjabov's French(or Sicilian), rather than the KID.
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