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Linares 1998
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The 15th Annual Linares Super Tournament held from February 21st to March 10th, 1998 was a category XXI event. Seven of the world's top players, including the World Champion, competed in a double round robin format. The participants were (in order of ELO): Garry Kasparov (2825), Vladimir Kramnik (2790), Vishwanathan Anand (2770), Veselin Topalov (2740), Vassily Ivanchuk (2740), Alexei Shirov (2710), and Peter Svidler (2690). Anand won clear first with an astounding performance rating of 2840! The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 Anand 7.5/12 ** 1 0 1 1 1

2 Shirov 7/12 0 ** 1 10 10 11

3 Kasparov 6.5/12 1 **

4 Kramnik 6.5/12 0 ** 1 1

5 Svidler 5.5/12 0 01 0 ** 10 1

6 Ivanchuk 5/12 0 01 01 ** 0

7 Topalov 4/12 0 00 0 0 1 **

Round One, Game #1
Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 1998
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #2
Shirov vs Anand, 1998 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 55 moves, 0-1

Round One, Game #3
Svidler vs Kasparov, 1998 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #4
Anand vs Svidler, 1998 
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #5
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1998 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #6
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1998 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 48 moves, 0-1

Round Three, Game #7
Kasparov vs Anand, 1998 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #8
Shirov vs Topalov, 1998 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 34 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #9
Svidler vs Ivanchuk, 1998
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 49 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #10
Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1998
(D79) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #11
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1998 
(E97) King's Indian, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #12
Topalov vs Svidler, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #13
Anand vs Ivanchuk, 1998
(B50) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #14
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1998
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #15
Svidler vs Kramnik, 1998
(B33) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #16
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1998 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #17
Shirov vs Svidler, 1998 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #18
Topalov vs Anand, 1998
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #19
Anand vs Kramnik, 1998 
(B33) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #20
Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 1998 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 52 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #21
Kasparov vs Shirov, 1998 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #22
Anand vs Shirov, 1998
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #23
Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 1998 
(B57) Sicilian, 74 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #24
Kasparov vs Svidler, 1998
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #25
Kramnik vs Topalov, 1998 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #26
Shirov vs Ivanchuk, 1998 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 47 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #27
Svidler vs Anand, 1998
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #28
Anand vs Kasparov, 1998 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #29
Ivanchuk vs Svidler, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 58 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #30
Topalov vs Shirov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 53 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven, Game #31
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1998 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #32
Shirov vs Kramnik, 1998 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #33
Svidler vs Topalov, 1998 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 67 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #34
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 1998 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 27 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve, Game #35
Kramnik vs Svidler, 1998 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 29 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #36
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1998 
(D85) Grunfeld, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #37
Anand vs Topalov, 1998 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 78 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #38
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1998 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #39
Svidler vs Shirov, 1998 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 1-0

Round Fourteen, Game #40
Kramnik vs Anand, 1998 
(A17) English, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #41
Shirov vs Kasparov, 1998 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #42
Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 1998
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

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