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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Linares Tournament

Viswanathan Anand7.5/12(+4 -1 =7)[games]
Alexey Shirov7/12(+5 -3 =4)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/12(+2 -1 =9)[games]
Garry Kasparov6.5/12(+1 -0 =11)[games]
Peter Svidler5.5/12(+3 -4 =5)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk5/12(+2 -4 =6)[games]
Veselin Topalov4/12(+1 -5 =6)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Linares (1998)

The 15th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Linares was held from February 22nd to March 9th in Linares. Seven of the world's top players competed in a double round robin format (14 rounds, one bye each round). They were: World Champion Garry Kasparov (Elo ranked #1 in the world), Vladimir Kramnik (#2), Vishwanathan Anand (#3), Veselin Topalov (#4), Vassily Ivanchuk (#4), Alexei Shirov (#8), and Peter Svidler (#9). As usual, Kasparov was assisted by Yuri Dokhoian. Kramnik was helped by Sergey Dolmatov, Anand by Elizbar Ubilava, Shirov by Emil Davidovich Sutovsky, Ivanchuk by a couple of Ukrainians, Svidler by Nigel Short, and Topalov by Silvio Danailov. At the opening ceremony, the organizer Luis Rentero Suarez and Kasparov announced the formation of the World Chess Council. This would arrange the selection of a challenger for Kasparov, who had departed from FIDE in 1993. They envisaged a match between Anand and Kramnik (but Anand felt bound by a contract with FIDE and it ended up with the Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates Match (1998)). The players commented on this only after the tournament, which started in Hotel Anibal as usual.

With a performance rating of 2840, Anand won in Linares for the first time (he won also in 2007 and 2008). Kasparov beat Anand in their individual game but did worse than expected. He had a cold during the event, and possibly saved some opening ideas for an upcoming WC match. His eleven draws upset Rentero, who at the end of Round 12 fined him with 500,000 pesetas for offering draw prior to move 40. Shirov had one of his best tournaments, and won a brilliancy prize for Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 (Round 10):


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Linares, Spain, 22 February - 9 March 1998

Age Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 1 Anand 28 2770 ** 1˝ ˝˝ 0˝ 1˝ ˝1 ˝1 7˝ 2 Shirov 25 2710 0˝ ** ˝1 ˝˝ 10 10 11 7 3 Kramnik 22 2790 ˝˝ ˝0 ** ˝˝ ˝1 ˝˝ 1˝ 6˝ 4 Kasparov 34 2825 1˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ** ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 6˝ 5 Svidler 21 2690 0˝ 01 ˝0 ˝˝ ** 10 ˝1 5˝ 6 Ivanchuk 28 2740 ˝0 01 ˝˝ ˝˝ 01 ** 0˝ 5 7 Topalov 22 2740 ˝0 00 0˝ ˝˝ ˝0 1˝ ** 4

Category: XXI (2752). Arbiter: Juan Vargas.

There is a tournament book: Linares '98, by Alfonso Romero Holmes (La Casa del Ajedrez, Madrid 1998. 186 pp.)

Sources

TeleSchach, Linares 1998 page (http://teleschach.de/berichte/linar...)
Mark Crowther in TWIC 172 (http://theweekinchess.com/html/twic...)
Mark Crowther in TWIC 174 (http://theweekinchess.com/html/twic...)
FIDE rating list January 1998 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo199...)
El Mundo Deportivo, 1 March 1998, p. 55 (http://hemeroteca.mundodeportivo.co...)
Tidskrift för Schack, March 1998, pp. 130-140 (http://www.schack.se/tfsarkiv/histo...)
Robert Eugene Byrne in New York Times, 14 April 1998 (https://www.nytimes.com/1998/04/14/...)
Roman Toran Albero in Ocho x Ocho 192 (April 1998), pp. 4-24 (https://www.scribd.com/document/730...)

Previous: Linares (1997). Next: Linares (1999)

Original collection: Game Collection: Linares 1998, by User: suenteus po 147. Text modified June 2018 by User: Tabanus. Round dates: February 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, March 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 (from Ocho x Ocho and El Mundo Deportivo).

 page 1 of 1; 11 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Svidler 1-0421998LinaresB06 Robatsch
2. Kasparov vs Anand 1-0351998LinaresB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
3. Shirov vs Topalov 1-0341998LinaresB42 Sicilian, Kan
4. Svidler vs Ivanchuk  1-0491998LinaresB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. Shirov vs Svidler 1-0281998LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Ivanchuk vs Svidler 1-0581998LinaresD85 Grunfeld
7. Shirov vs Kramnik 1-0411998LinaresC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Svidler vs Topalov 1-0671998LinaresC67 Ruy Lopez
9. Kramnik vs Svidler 1-0291998LinaresE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
10. Anand vs Topalov 1-0781998LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Svidler vs Shirov 1-0371998LinaresC78 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-22-14  Marmot PFL: What's up with all the short Kasparov draws?
May-06-17  paavoh: He was already training for the Kasparov-Kramnik match in 2000.
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