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
Category: XX (2732). (9) Best game selected by chess journalists: Kasparov vs Ponomariov, 2002. (2)
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
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 (http://www.chessib.com/linar2res.html)
(2) Rolf Lundquist in Tidskrift för Schack, March 2002, pp. 173-176 (http://www.schack.se/tfsarkiv/histo...)
(3) Peón de Rey, No. 5 (2002), pp. 6-32 (https://e-nautia.com/santiago/disk/...)
(4) FIDE Rating List January 2002 (http://fidelists.blogspot.no/2008/0...)
(5) Jaque 553 (March 2002), pp. 5-43 (http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...)
(6) Zenon Franco Ocampos in ABC Color (http://www.tabladeflandes.com/Zenon...)
(7) Robert Eugene Byrne in New York Times, 24 March 2002 (https://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/24/...)
(8) Wikipedia article: Linares International Chess Tournament
(9) Crosstable by Boris Schipkov at Chess Siberia (http://www.chessib.com/linar2crt.html)
(10) Ajedrez Noticias Diarias Boletin, No. 20 (11 March 2002) (http://www.elistas.net/lista/torneo...)
(11) EListas.net, Información Torneos Ajedrez España, Crónica 05.03.2002 (http://www.elistas.net/lista/torneo...)
(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.
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|1. Ponomariov vs Ivanchuk
||1-0||45||2002||Linares||C18 French, Winawer|
|2. Shirov vs Anand
||½-½||52||2002||Linares||B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation|
|3. F Vallejo Pons vs Kasparov
|4. Anand vs F Vallejo Pons
||½-½||29||2002||Linares||C67 Ruy Lopez|
|5. Adams vs Ponomariov
||1-0||76||2002||Linares||C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|6. Ivanchuk vs Shirov
||½-½||13||2002||Linares||D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|7. Shirov vs Adams
||½-½||25||2002||Linares||C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|8. F Vallejo Pons vs Ivanchuk
||½-½||30||2002||Linares||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|9. Kasparov vs Anand
||½-½||42||2002||Linares||B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation|
|10. Ivanchuk vs Kasparov
||½-½||34||2002||Linares||A04 Reti Opening|
|11. Adams vs F Vallejo Pons
||½-½||24||2002||Linares||C67 Ruy Lopez|
|12. Ponomariov vs Shirov
|13. Kasparov vs Adams
||1-0||47||2002||Linares||C42 Petrov Defense|
|14. Anand vs Ivanchuk
|| ||½-½||49||2002||Linares||B33 Sicilian|
|15. F Vallejo Pons vs Ponomariov
|| ||½-½||65||2002||Linares||A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto|
|16. Ponomariov vs Kasparov
||½-½||44||2002||Linares||B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|17. Shirov vs F Vallejo Pons
||½-½||33||2002||Linares||C67 Ruy Lopez|
|18. Adams vs Anand
|19. Kasparov vs Shirov
||½-½||26||2002||Linares||B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation|
|20. Anand vs Ponomariov
|21. Ivanchuk vs Adams
||1-0||50||2002||Linares||C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|22. Kasparov vs F Vallejo Pons
||1-0||50||2002||Linares||B41 Sicilian, Kan|
|23. Ivanchuk vs Ponomariov
|| ||½-½||20||2002||Linares||D23 Queen's Gambit Accepted|
|24. Anand vs Shirov
|25. Ponomariov vs Adams
||1-0||45||2002||Linares||C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall|
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