|8th Euwe Memorial (1994)|
The eighth Max Euwe Memorial Chess Tournament was organized by the Verenigde Spaarbank (VSB) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from May 12th to the 19th, 1994. In the wake of Kasparov and Short's split from FIDE and the two world championships, the organizers invited the contenders from both world championships to attend their double round robin event. Anatoli Karpov, though he had participated in previous editions of the tournament, was not amused by this year's list of invitations and thus declined. The participants, then, were (in order of Elo): PCA World Champion Garry Kasparov (2805), Ukranian grandmaster and replacement for Karpov, Vassily Ivanchuk (2710), PCA World Vice-Champion Nigel Short (2655), and FIDE World Vice-Champion Jan Timman (2620). The average of the combined ratings of the players ranked this event as a Category XVIII tournament, making it one of the strongest of the year. Kasparov played his usual dominating chess until his encounter with Ivanchuk in the fourth round and was beaten! Things got worse for Kasparov as he and Ivanchuk both won in the fifth round making them tied for first going into the final round. Fortunately for Kasparov, Ivanchuk lost to Timman and left the mighty Gazza as clear first at the final. Kasparov was sure to express his gratitude to Timman at the award's ceremony, not only for the two losses that boosted Kasparov's score, but for knocking Ivanchuk out of the running. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:
The 7th Euwe Memorial (1993) and 9th Euwe Memorial (1995) were the previous and next tournaments in the series.
1 Kasparov ** ½0 11 1½ 4
2 Ivanchuk ½1 ** ½0 ½1 3½
3 Timman 00 ½1 ** 01 2½
4 Short 0½ ½0 10 ** 2
Original collection: Game Collection: Amsterdam VSB 1994, by User: suenteus po 147.
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|1. Kasparov vs Ivanchuk
||½-½||20||1994||8th Euwe Memorial||C45 Scotch Game|
|2. Short vs Timman
||1-0||31||1994||8th Euwe Memorial||C11 French|
|3. Ivanchuk vs Timman
|| ||½-½||27||1994||8th Euwe Memorial||E15 Queen's Indian|
|4. Kasparov vs Short
||1-0||32||1994||8th Euwe Memorial||C11 French|
|5. Short vs Ivanchuk
|| ||½-½||53||1994||8th Euwe Memorial||C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|6. Timman vs Kasparov
||0-1||40||1994||8th Euwe Memorial||A48 King's Indian|
|7. Ivanchuk vs Kasparov
||1-0||39||1994||8th Euwe Memorial||B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4|
|8. Timman vs Short
|| ||1-0||64||1994||8th Euwe Memorial||A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto|
|9. Kasparov vs Timman
||1-0||30||1994||8th Euwe Memorial||C42 Petrov Defense|
|10. Ivanchuk vs Short
||1-0||48||1994||8th Euwe Memorial||C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation|
|11. Short vs Kasparov
||½-½||25||1994||8th Euwe Memorial||B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3|
|12. Timman vs Ivanchuk
|| ||1-0||52||1994||8th Euwe Memorial||B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack||
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