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Linares Tournament

Vladimir Kramnik6/10(+2 -0 =8)[games]
Garry Kasparov6/10(+2 -0 =8)[games]
Alexey Shirov4.5/10(+1 -2 =7)[games]
Viswanathan Anand4.5/10(+1 -2 =7)[games]
Alexander Khalifman4.5/10(+1 -2 =7)[games]
Peter Leko4.5/10(+0 -1 =9)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Linares (2000)

The 17th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Linares, held from February 28th to March 10th, was heralded as the strongest tournament ever. Six of the world's top players competed in a double round robin format. They were: World Champion Garry Kasparov (Elo rated #1 in the world), Viswanathan Anand (#2), Vladimir Kramnik (#3), Alexey Shirov (#4), Peter Leko (#6), and FIDE World Champion Alexander Khalifman (#31). Khalifman was a late replacement for Alexander Morozevich (#5).

Kramnik and Kasparov finished tied for first, inseparable by the tie-breaks laid down in the rules. They did not want any coin toss or blitz playoff, and were declared joint winners. Kasparov conceded the trophy to his former second. Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 (Round 8) picked up the official best game prize. The award for hardest fighter was given to Kasparov.

Linares, Spain, 28 February - 10 March 2000

Age Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 =1 Kramnik 24 2758 ** ˝˝ 1˝ ˝˝ 1˝ ˝˝ 6 =1 Kasparov 36 2851 ˝˝ ** 1˝ 1˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 6 3 Shirov 27 2751 0˝ 0˝ ** 1˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 4˝ 4 Anand 30 2769 ˝˝ 0˝ 0˝ ** ˝1 ˝˝ 4˝ 5 Khalifman 34 2656 0˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝0 ** ˝1 4˝ 6 Leko 20 2725 ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝0 ** 4˝

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


Mark Crowther in TWIC 279 (
TeleSchach, Linares 2000 page (
FIDE rating list January 2000 (
Tidskrift för Schack, April 2000, pp. 238-246 (
Leontxo García in Jaque 516 (June 2000), pp. 14-50 (
Joan Segura Egea in El Mundo Deportivo, 11 March 2000, p. 54 (

Previous edition: Linares (1999). Next: Linares (2001)

Original collection: Game Collection: Linares 2000, by User: suenteus po 147. Text modified June 2018 by User: Tabanus. Round dates: February 28, 29, March 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 (from TeleSchach and Jaque 516).

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs Shirov 1-0522000LinaresC42 Petrov Defense
2. Khalifman vs Kramnik 0-1352000LinaresE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
3. Leko vs Anand  ½-½392000LinaresB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
4. Khalifman vs Kasparov ½-½292000LinaresD97 Grunfeld, Russian
5. Kramnik vs Anand  ½-½202000LinaresD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
6. Shirov vs Leko  ½-½712000LinaresC42 Petrov Defense
7. Leko vs Khalifman ½-½382000LinaresC18 French, Winawer
8. Kasparov vs Kramnik ½-½212000LinaresC42 Petrov Defense
9. Anand vs Shirov 0-1412000LinaresC42 Petrov Defense
10. Leko vs Kramnik ½-½412000LinaresB33 Sicilian
11. Anand vs Kasparov 0-1322000LinaresB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. Shirov vs Khalifman  ½-½202000LinaresC02 French, Advance
13. Kasparov vs Leko ½-½382000LinaresD97 Grunfeld, Russian
14. Khalifman vs Anand  ½-½222000LinaresD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
15. Kramnik vs Shirov 1-0482000LinaresD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Shirov vs Kasparov ½-½362000LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Kramnik vs Khalifman ½-½492000LinaresD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
18. Anand vs Leko ½-½322000LinaresD85 Grunfeld
19. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½252000LinaresC42 Petrov Defense
20. Kasparov vs Khalifman ½-½552000LinaresC18 French, Winawer
21. Leko vs Shirov ½-½562000LinaresA20 English
22. Shirov vs Anand  ½-½232000LinaresC42 Petrov Defense
23. Kramnik vs Kasparov ½-½412000LinaresA15 English
24. Khalifman vs Leko 1-0472000LinaresD85 Grunfeld
25. Anand vs Khalifman 1-0422000LinaresC18 French, Winawer
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-15-15  Brown: Was this before or after the WC match?
Aug-26-15  dusk: Before.
Mar-29-17  chessamateur: Giving the trophy in a tie situation seems so un-Kasparov like. Good to see him be humble from time to time.
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