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Novgorod Tournament

Veselin Topalov6/10(+3 -1 =6)[view games]
Vassily Ivanchuk5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[view games]
Nigel Short5/10(+1 -1 =8)[view games]
Vladimir Kramnik4.5/10(+2 -3 =5)[view games]
Boris Gelfand4.5/10(+1 -2 =7)[view games]
Judit Polgar4.5/10(+3 -4 =3)[view games] Chess Event Description
Novgorod (1996)

For the previous two years an international tournament had been organized in Novgorod, Russia by a cooperation of the PCA and the Beresta Palace Hotel. In 1996, the hotel was forced to seek funding from other sponsors, and as a result had reduced the size and format to what it had been in 1994. Most of the original Novgorod participants from previous events agreed to participate. Vladimir Kramnik (2765), ranked 3rd in the world at the time, participated on behalf of Russia. He had been the number one ranked player at the end of 1995, and though his rating dipped leading up to this event he was considered the heavy favorite to win it. Veselin Topalov (2750), ranked 4th in the world at the time, participated on behalf of Bulgaria. 1996 proved to be a stellar year for Topalov and he was in fine form coming into this tournament. Vassily Ivanchuk (2730), ranked 7th in the world at the time, participated on behalf of Ukraine. He had won Novgorod in 1994 and tied for second with Topalov and Short in 1995, so it was expected he would do well again. Nigel Short (2695), ranked 8th in the world at the time, participated on behalf of England. He had tied for second with Topalov and Ivanchuk in last year's Novgorod event, but at 31 years of age he was the "old man" playing in this event. Boris Gelfand (2655), ranked 16th at the time, participated on behalf of Russia. Judit Polgar (2655), ranked 18th at the time, participated on behalf of Hungary. She started the tournament as the youngest player to compete, at 19 years old, and celebrated her 20th birthday during this event (her fourth round loss to Kramnik). Together, the combined ratings of the six grandmasters made this year's edition of Novgorod a Category XIX event, the first of its kind. Dubbed "Lord Novgorod, the Great" the tournament ran from July 19th to July 31st. True to his form, Topalov made 1996 his first big year, adding this tournament victory to his string of successes. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 Topalov ** 0 1 11 6 2 Ivanchuk 1 ** 10 01 5 3 Short ** 1 0 5 4 Gelfand 0 ** 1 0 4 5 Kramnik 0 01 0 ** 1 4 6 Polgar 00 10 1 1 0 ** 4

Original collection: Game Collection: Novgorod 1996, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Gelfand vs Judit Polgar  ½-½28 1996 NovgorodD85 Grunfeld
2. Short vs Ivanchuk  ½-½26 1996 NovgorodC78 Ruy Lopez
3. Kramnik vs Topalov ½-½45 1996 NovgorodE97 King's Indian
4. Gelfand vs Short  ½-½36 1996 NovgorodD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Ivanchuk vs Kramnik 1-040 1996 NovgorodD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Judit Polgar vs Topalov 0-135 1996 NovgorodB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. Short vs Judit Polgar  ½-½50 1996 NovgorodB40 Sicilian
8. Topalov vs Ivanchuk  ½-½33 1996 NovgorodC42 Petrov Defense
9. Kramnik vs Gelfand  ½-½51 1996 NovgorodE97 King's Indian
10. Kramnik vs Judit Polgar 1-055 1996 NovgorodC01 French, Exchange
11. Topalov vs Short ½-½51 1996 NovgorodC87 Ruy Lopez
12. Ivanchuk vs Gelfand  ½-½80 1996 NovgorodE14 Queen's Indian
13. Gelfand vs Topalov  ½-½61 1996 NovgorodE92 King's Indian
14. Short vs Kramnik  ½-½23 1996 NovgorodB57 Sicilian
15. Judit Polgar vs Ivanchuk 1-043 1996 NovgorodB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. Ivanchuk vs Short  ½-½13 1996 NovgorodA14 English
17. Topalov vs Kramnik 1-034 1996 NovgorodB57 Sicilian
18. Judit Polgar vs Gelfand  1-042 1996 NovgorodB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Short vs Gelfand 1-061 1996 NovgorodB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Kramnik vs Ivanchuk 1-025 1996 NovgorodD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Topalov vs Judit Polgar 1-060 1996 NovgorodB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. Judit Polgar vs Short 1-058 1996 NovgorodB57 Sicilian
23. Ivanchuk vs Topalov 1-034 1996 NovgorodB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. Gelfand vs Kramnik 1-062 1996 NovgorodB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
25. Kramnik vs Short  ½-½59 1996 NovgorodD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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