Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Linares Tournament

Garry Kasparov8/12(+4 -0 =8)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov6.5/12(+3 -2 =7)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk6/12(+2 -2 =8)[games]
Viswanathan Anand6/12(+1 -1 =10)[games]
Michael Adams6/12(+3 -3 =6)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons5/12(+1 -3 =8)[games]
Alexey Shirov4.5/12(+1 -4 =7)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Linares (2002)

The 19th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Linares was played from February 23rd to March 10th, 2002 (1) in Hotel Anibal, Linares, Spain. (2, 3) Six of the world's best players, and one local talent, competed in the double round robin format. The favorite was Garry Kasparov, ranked #1 in the world. Attention was also cast on the debut of young Ruslan Ponomariov (#7), who had won the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02) a month ago. The unofficial World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (#2) had declined his invitation. The players were: Kasparov (#1), Viswanathan Anand (#3), Michael Adams (#4), Ruslan Ponomariov (#7), Vassily Ivanchuk (#8), Alexey Shirov (#9), and "Paco" or Francisco Vallejo Pons (#60). (4, 5) Kasparov was accompanied at the event by his mother, and also helped by Yuri Dokhoian. (3, 5) Ponomariov was assisted by Viktor Antonovich Bologan. (5) Vallejo was helped by Zenon Franco Ocampos and Roi Reinaldo Castineira, (6) and had conducted training sessions with Gilberto Hernandez Guerrero for one month. (5)

Paco avoided last place by defeating Shirov in a good game in Round 13, and the FIDE champion took second place behind Kasparov. The two teenagers lost to Kasparov with the black pieces. Paco in Round 8, and Ponomariov in Round 13: in the French Defense Rubinstein Variation, he should probably have played 8...a6 rather than giving Kasparov an attack with 8...Nd7 9.Bb5 Bd6 10.Qg4. (3, 5, 7) Nevertheless, "the first performance of Paco in an elite tournament could not have been more hopeful", (5) and the play by Ponomariov "silenced" some of the criticism against FIDE. Kasparov did not speak to Ponomariov at the opening ceremony (sitting in adjoining seats), but he was friendly to him at the end of the struggle and even gave him praises. He also greeted Paco's father and said he had every reason to be proud. (2, 3, 5) It was his eighth win at Linares. (8)

Linares, Spain, 23 February - 10 March 2002

Age Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 1 Kasparov 38 2838 ** ½1 ½½ ½½ 1½ ½1 ½1 8 2 Ponomariov 18 2727 ½0 ** 1½ ½½ 01 ½1 ½½ 6½ 3 Ivanchuk 32 2717 ½½ 0½ ** ½½ 1½ ½1 ½0 6 4 Anand 32 2757 ½½ ½½ ½½ ** 0½ ½½ ½1 6 5 Adams 30 2742 0½ 10 0½ 1½ ** ½½ ½1 6 6 Vallejo 19 2629 ½0 ½0 ½0 ½½ ½½ ** ½1 5 7 Shirov 29 2715 ½0 ½½ ½1 ½0 ½0 ½0 ** 4½

Category: XX (2732). (9) Best game selected by chess journalists: Kasparov vs Ponomariov, 2002. (2)

The IX Open Anibal de Linares (Swiss, 10 rounds, 1-10 March) was played this year in parallel with the grandmaster event. It was won by Zhang Pengxiang. (10) There was also a tournament for the blind (23 February - 4 March), won by Sergey Nikolayevich Krylov. (11, 12)

Tournament book: Linares 2002, ed. by Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev. Grandmaster Chess School, St. Petersburg 2002. 224 pp. (in Russian).


(1) Boris Schipkov at Chess Siberia, Linares 2002 page (
(2) Rolf Lundquist in Tidskrift för Schack, March 2002, pp. 173-176 (
(3) Peón de Rey, No. 5 (2002), pp. 6-32 (
(4) FIDE Rating List January 2002 (
(5) Jaque 553 (March 2002), pp. 5-43 (
(6) Zenon Franco Ocampos in ABC Color (
(7) Robert Eugene Byrne in New York Times, 24 March 2002 (
(8) Wikipedia article: Linares International Chess Tournament
(9) Crosstable by Boris Schipkov at Chess Siberia (
(10) Ajedrez Noticias Diarias Boletin, No. 20 (11 March 2002) (
(11), Información Torneos Ajedrez España, Crónica 05.03.2002 (
(12) Ajedrez Parque Sur Albacete, Linares 2002 page (http://www.ajedrezparquesuralbacete...)

Previous: Linares (2001). Next: Linares (2003)

Original collections: Game Collection: Linares 2002 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Linares 2002 by User: Tabanus. Round dates (February 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, March 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) are from Chess Siberia.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 42  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ponomariov vs Ivanchuk 1-0452002LinaresC18 French, Winawer
2. Shirov vs Anand ½-½522002LinaresB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
3. F Vallejo Pons vs Kasparov ½-½492002LinaresA28 English
4. Anand vs F Vallejo Pons ½-½292002LinaresC67 Ruy Lopez
5. Adams vs Ponomariov 1-0762002LinaresC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Ivanchuk vs Shirov ½-½132002LinaresD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Shirov vs Adams ½-½252002LinaresC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. F Vallejo Pons vs Ivanchuk ½-½302002LinaresA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Kasparov vs Anand ½-½422002LinaresB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
10. Ivanchuk vs Kasparov ½-½342002LinaresA04 Reti Opening
11. Adams vs F Vallejo Pons ½-½242002LinaresC67 Ruy Lopez
12. Ponomariov vs Shirov ½-½272002LinaresB30 Sicilian
13. Kasparov vs Adams 1-0472002LinaresC42 Petrov Defense
14. Anand vs Ivanchuk  ½-½492002LinaresB33 Sicilian
15. F Vallejo Pons vs Ponomariov  ½-½652002LinaresA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
16. Ponomariov vs Kasparov ½-½442002LinaresB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. Shirov vs F Vallejo Pons ½-½332002LinaresC67 Ruy Lopez
18. Adams vs Anand 1-0442002LinaresC10 French
19. Kasparov vs Shirov ½-½262002LinaresB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
20. Anand vs Ponomariov ½-½202002LinaresB32 Sicilian
21. Ivanchuk vs Adams 1-0502002LinaresC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. Kasparov vs F Vallejo Pons 1-0502002LinaresB41 Sicilian, Kan
23. Ivanchuk vs Ponomariov  ½-½202002LinaresD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. Anand vs Shirov 1-0312002LinaresB32 Sicilian
25. Ponomariov vs Adams 1-0452002LinaresC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 42  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner
There is no kibitzing for this page, yet.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific tournament and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC