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🏆 Linares (2010)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Levon Aronian, Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov, Alexander Grischuk, Boris Gelfand, Vugar Gashimov, Francisco Vallejo Pons

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Vallejo Pons vs Topalov ½-½412010LinaresC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
2. Gelfand vs V Gashimov ½-½542010LinaresA61 Benoni
3. Aronian vs Grischuk ½-½262010LinaresE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
4. Grischuk vs Gelfand 1-0352010LinaresE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
5. Topalov vs V Gashimov 1-0482010LinaresD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. F Vallejo Pons vs Aronian ½-½412010LinaresC67 Ruy Lopez
7. V Gashimov vs Grischuk ½-½402010LinaresB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Aronian vs Topalov ½-½512010LinaresA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
9. Gelfand vs F Vallejo Pons ½-½422010LinaresD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Grischuk vs F Vallejo Pons ½-½342010LinaresD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Gelfand vs Topalov ½-½402010LinaresE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
12. V Gashimov vs Aronian ½-½482010LinaresC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. F Vallejo Pons vs V Gashimov 0-1352010LinaresA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
14. Topalov vs Grischuk 1-0692010LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Aronian vs Gelfand ½-½462010LinaresD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
16. V Gashimov vs Gelfand ½-½372010LinaresC42 Petrov Defense
17. Grischuk vs Aronian ½-½1012010LinaresD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
18. Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons 1-0402010LinaresA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
19. V Gashimov vs Topalov ½-½422010LinaresC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. Aronian vs F Vallejo Pons ½-½482010LinaresD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Gelfand vs Grischuk ½-½602010LinaresA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
22. Topalov vs Aronian ½-½452010LinaresD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. F Vallejo Pons vs Gelfand ½-½352010LinaresC42 Petrov Defense
24. Grischuk vs V Gashimov 1-0402010LinaresA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
25. Gelfand vs Aronian ½-½402010LinaresD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Feb-27-10  percyblakeney: Chesspro's final Linares report:

http://chesspro.ru/_events/2010/lin...

http://translate.google.com/transla...

Feb-27-10  Bondsamir: <badest: <hedgeh0g> I liked Gris too ... but Topa exploited time and errors in such a systematic way that it definitely seemed like a "plan". Bear in mind that he didn't exactly play his favo openings or disclosed any "novelties"...>

this is excellent insight. and also he didn't hide his head in the sand like Anand in his last tournamant.

Feb-27-10  Bondsamir: It is very clear to anybody with alive conscience and sound mind that Mr.Vladimir Kramnik in his WCC match against Topalov was recieving remote assistance during the games and this thing was proved by FIDE investigators. besides,he resorted to his former mentor G.Kasparov who taught him chess and cheating (everybody knows the ways kasparov was cheating especially in his famous game vs Judit Polgar) late in that match to save what was left from his face.
Feb-27-10
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  Jim Bartle: What evidence is there that Kramnik received "remote assistance"?

If it was proved by FIDE investigators, where can I read their presentation of the evidence?

I don't think that evidence exists.

And what evidence is their that Kasparov cheats? There is the possiblity he released a piece vs. Judith, then moved to a different square. A <possibility>. But anything else? I don't think so. (Being a jerk sometimes does not qualify as cheating.)

Feb-27-10
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  Bobby Fiske: <Bondsamir:...Mr.Vladimir Kramnik in his WCC match against Topalov was recieving remote assistance during the games and this thing was proved by FIDE investigators...everybody knows the ways kasparov was cheating especially in his famous game vs Judit Polgar.>

Can you pls provide any links proving these heavy accusations?

Feb-27-10
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  acirce: <And what evidence is their that Kasparov cheats? There is the possiblity he released a piece vs. Judith, then moved to a different square. A <possibility>.>

Actually, he did do that. It was caught on tape. What is not clear is if he knew he had released it. If you don't do it knowingly it hard to call it cheating.

Carlsen did the same thing against Aronian, and very few people thought he was trying to cheat, while almost everyone assume the worst about Kasparov.

Feb-27-10
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  Jim Bartle: I stand corrected.
Feb-27-10  laskereshevsky: "It is very clear to" <<anybody with alive conscience and sound mind>>"

( Of course here our friendly kibitzer was reffering to the bulgarians )

<that Mr.Vladimir Kramnik in his WCC match against Topalov was recieving remote assistance during the games>

(OK,... if i support a chess-player i can accept the fact he could lose.... but if I consider him a NATIONAL HERO..... The "stuff" is psigologically unacceptable )

<and this thing was proved by FIDE investigators.>

˙( I think that those "fantomatics" FIDE Functionary are the Aliens.... they gived evidences of the cheat directly to our MR. President Kirsan, during his permance in the UFO...

Feb-27-10  Bondsamir: <Bobby Fiske:>
Yes Sir, I will provide links and evidences.
I just need some time to finish some work I nave right now. I will post the links here and on Topalov's profile page too.
Feb-27-10  Bondsamir: laskereshevsky: "It is very clear to" <<anybody with alive conscience and sound mind>>" ( Of course here our friendly kibitzer was reffering to the bulgarians )

I apologize if made an offend.

Feb-27-10
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  Eyal: <Chesspro's final Linares report: http://translate.google.com/transla... >

According to this report, Aronian vs Topalov, 2010 was chosen as the best game of the tournament (prize: 27 liters of high-quality olive oil). If one looks for a double-edged game it's a reasonable choice, but as far as the level of a single player is concerned I would have picked Grischuk vs Gelfand, 2010.

Feb-27-10  laskereshevsky: <Bondsamir> dont worry, no offense at all, I was just a litle sarcastic... (Of course without any intention of offense by my side too!)
Feb-27-10  MeatGrinder: Here is some hard evidence that proves Kramnik cheated in Elista:

http://images.paraorkut.com/img/fun... http://media.techeblog.com/images/s...
http://www.coolfunnycomments.com/im... http://www.chessbase.com/news/2007/... http://www.chessbase.com/news/2007/...

And here is a leaked photo of Kramnik's preparation plans for the match:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_gTJMEP-c2...

Feb-27-10  turbo231: <MeatGrinder>
You have a great sense of humor. That took alot of time and effort.
Feb-27-10
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  moronovich: <Meatgrinder> Lol!
Feb-27-10  csmath: In the match in Elista Topalov's nerves cracked. It was due to 2 quick losses in unfortunate positions. This is probably why his camp was looking to find external reasons for the losses. Unfortunately it turned into a scandal with preposterous acussations.

Nevertheless, the possibility of cheating in high level chess is quite clear now that the engines like Rybka are significantly superior to human players. Even in the case of Elista the idea of having a player retreating often in private premises during the game should not have been tolerated regardless of medical conditions that player could have, which I believe is the case with Kramnik.

The possibility of Topalov's team cheating in San Luis should have been investigated as well.

FIDE choses to do nothing as usual and that is the part of the problem.

Feb-27-10  csmath: The effect of appearance of impropriety on participants is significant. Moro in San Luis decided to offer a draw to Topalov repeatedly in the early stage of game and has not played with full energy. Topalov in Elista acted paranoid with all the acussations.

Any possibility for cheating should be eliminated.

Feb-27-10  SetNoEscapeOn: <Any possibility for cheating should be eliminated.>

If only that were possible...

Feb-28-10
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Eyal: <Chesspro's final Linares report: http://translate.google.com/transla...;

<According to this report, Aronian vs Topalov, 2010 was chosen as the best game of the tournament (prize: 27 liters of high-quality olive oil). If one looks for a double-edged game it's a reasonable choice, but as far as the level of a single player is concerned I would have picked Grischuk vs Gelfand, 2010;

I would also nominate for consideration both games contested between the two top finishers: Topalov vs Grischuk, 2010 (Round 5) and Grischuk vs Topalov, 2010 (Round 9).

Some may quibble that Topalov’s 21. Nf5 sacrifice in the Round 5 game was “unsound” (I would call it “speculative” and “enterprising”.) and that computer analysis reveals various inaccuracies by both players in both encounters, but these two games were each extremely hard-fought in a competitive context where much was at stake. The sequence of unusual material imbalances that developed over the course of the Round 9 game (which imbalances I always find perplexing and vexing when they occur in my own games) gave it a special appeal, and it would probably be my choice for best game of the tournament. In my opinion, BTW, the creativity with which players seek to generate complex imbalances over the course of a game is more meaningful in selecting a “best” game than silicon-endorsed accuracy.

Feb-28-10  polarmis: <Peligroso Patzer: Some may quibble that Topalov’s 21. Nf5 sacrifice in the Round 5 game was “unsound” (I would call it “speculative” and “enterprising”.) and that computer analysis reveals various inaccuracies by both players in both encounters, but these two games were each extremely hard-fought in a competitive context where much was at stake.>

I agree they were good games, but in that Chesspro report Topalov himself called it an unsound sacrifice. He also said you can't play the way he did if there's really a lot at stake - but as he didn't mind too much about the result he played for fun and made moves that he liked the look of, even if objectively they often weren't great.

Mar-03-10  kingsindian2006: <peligroso patzer> I agree with your best game choice, nowadays good chess games are considered low quality if they dont line up with computers. i guess have to take the good with the bad in the computer era of chess. i wish i was alive in the romantic era of chess....lol
Mar-12-10  blazerdoodle: Thanks, <Meatgrinder>, I've alaways had much difficulty in understanding how the judges couldn't truly prove TApy/Dan's assertions that Kramnik had cheated, although they wanted too. It was probably the luxery of the settup that fooled them, and the magazine from Car&Driver next to the toilet that through them off.
Feb-01-11
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  Penguincw: I can't wait to see how this year's Linares will turn out.
Apr-05-11
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  siamesedream: No Linares this year:

http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/n...

Dec-23-15  ketchuplover: RIP Luis Rentero and thanks for the chessic memories
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