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Las Palmas Tournament

Garry Kasparov6.5/10(+3 -0 =7)[games]
Viswanathan Anand5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Veselin Topalov5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk4/10(+2 -4 =4)[games]
Anatoly Karpov4/10(+0 -2 =8)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Las Palmas (1996)

The Supertorneo Las Palmas held from December 9th to the 21st, 1996 was a Category XXI event. The world's six best players, including both World Champions, competed in a double round robin format. The participants were (in order of Elo): Garry Kasparov (2785), Anatoli Karpov (2775), Vladimir Kramnik (2765), Veselin Topalov (2750), Vishwanathan Anand (2735), and Vassily Ivanchuk (2730). The strongest tournament of the modern era (the only tournament with an average Elo of 2756), Kasparov emerged triumphant as "the best player in the world at that moment".

1 Kasparov ** 1 1 1 6 2 Anand ** 0 1 1 5 3 Kramnik 1 ** 0 01 5 4 Topalov 0 1 ** 01 5 5 Ivanchuk 0 0 10 10 ** 4 6 Karpov 0 0 ** 4

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

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Topalov vs Kasparov 0-1591996Las PalmasE00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Anand vs Kramnik  ½-½201996Las PalmasB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
3. Karpov vs Ivanchuk ½-½611996Las PalmasE61 King's Indian
4. Kramnik vs Topalov ½-½801996Las PalmasE97 King's Indian
5. Ivanchuk vs Kasparov  ½-½231996Las PalmasB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. Karpov vs Anand ½-½441996Las PalmasE15 Queen's Indian
7. Topalov vs Karpov  ½-½271996Las PalmasD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
8. Kasparov vs Kramnik ½-½191996Las PalmasE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
9. Anand vs Ivanchuk 1-0461996Las PalmasC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Kramnik vs Karpov  ½-½211996Las PalmasA28 English
11. Topalov vs Ivanchuk 0-1411996Las PalmasB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
12. Kasparov vs Anand ½-½631996Las PalmasB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. Karpov vs Kasparov ½-½451996Las PalmasD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
14. Ivanchuk vs Kramnik 1-0341996Las PalmasE81 King's Indian, Samisch
15. Anand vs Topalov  ½-½291996Las PalmasC78 Ruy Lopez
16. Kasparov vs Topalov  ½-½281996Las PalmasC45 Scotch Game
17. Kramnik vs Anand 1-0411996Las PalmasA14 English
18. Ivanchuk vs Karpov ½-½151996Las PalmasC10 French
19. Topalov vs Kramnik 1-0391996Las PalmasE92 King's Indian
20. Anand vs Karpov 1-0361996Las PalmasD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. Kasparov vs Ivanchuk 1-0361996Las PalmasB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
22. Kramnik vs Kasparov ½-½581996Las PalmasD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Karpov vs Topalov  ½-½701996Las PalmasA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
24. Ivanchuk vs Anand  ½-½291996Las PalmasD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. Kasparov vs Karpov 1-0441996Las PalmasE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-12-13  matherd1: There's a good argument that this really was the strongest tournament ever held. 4 world champions all not that far from their strongest chess (although only Kasparov was probably at his peak), one player (allbeit young and not that close to his best at the time, but still highly rated) who nearly became champion twice and was world number one for quite a while, and Ivanchuck. Interesting also to see that Kaprov was still only rated 10 points behind Kasparov as late as 1996. I wonder if at the time he still thought he would have had a chance in a match. After all, it was only 2 years on from his famous performance at Linares in 1994.
Mar-13-13  Chessinfinite: I tend to agree. It was a very tough event with the top 6 (or 7) ranked players. Definitely an argument stands for the toughest tournament of all time.

The games were very well fought, and there were no 'outsiders.' I remember Garry Kasparov mentioning that winning this mattered a lot at that time, winner of that event would be known as the 'World Champion of tournaments'.

Apr-03-13  matherd1: I thought it was Linares 1994 that Kasparov made the 'world champion of tournaments' remark about? Pre- the tournament obviously, I can't imagine Kasparov saying that about a tournament Kaprov had just won.
Apr-03-13  suenteus po 147: Five out of six participants on this roster were current or future world champions. Has there ever been another tournament with a higher percentage of past/present/future world champions than 83%? Of course if Ivanchuk ever wins a WC then this jumps to a 100% and then I guess this tournament wins?

Also, what kind of prize money was at stake here? If you've got the top six in the world (including both current world champions) for double rounds then I'm thinking you're meeting or surpassing Linares type funds at this point.

Apr-04-13  VaselineTopLove: How does compare with Linares 1998 which also was touted as one of the strongest tournaments?
Apr-04-13  WiseWizard: Wow what a tournament!
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  Benzol: Is five World Champions in a tournament the greatest number there's ever been? Nottingham 1936 and the 1973 USSR Ch come to mind. Are there many others?
Apr-04-16  Howard: Yes, there was the Alekhine Memorial in 1971. That event also had five world champions.
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