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Tilburg Fontys 1996
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The first international chess tournament to be held under Fontys sponsorship (previously the tournament had been sponsored by Interpolis) was a category XVI event conducted in Tilburg, The Netherlands from October 10th to the 23rd. Twelve grandmasters, many of them from the emerging generation of players, participated in the round robin event, including (in order of ELO): Anatoli Karpov (2775), Michael Adams (2685), Alexey Shirov (2685), Boris Gelfand (2665), Judit Polgar (2665), Zoltan Almasi (2655), Peter Svidler (2650), Peter Leko (2630), Joel Lautier (2620), Loek Van Wely (2605), Jeroen Piket (2580), and Emil Sutovsky (2565). Piket and Gelfand had phenomenal performances, tying for first without either losing a game. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 Piket 7/11 * 1 1 1

2 Gelfand 7/11 * 1 1 1

3 Shirov 6.5/11 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1

4 Van Wely 6/11 0 1 * 1 0 1

5 Leko 6/11 0 * 0 1 1 1

6 Karpov 5.5/11 0 1 * 0 1

7 Adams 5.5/11 0 0 * 1 1

8 Sutovsky 5/11 0 1 0 * 0 1

9 Almasi 4.5/11 0 0 1 * 0

10 Svidler 4.5/11 0 0 *

11 Lautier 4.5/11 0 0 0 1 *

12 Polgar 4/11 0 0 0 0 1 *

Round One, Game #1
Adams vs Van Wely, 1996 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #2
Z Almasi vs Karpov, 1996 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 53 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #3
Lautier vs Sutovsky, 1996 
(E77) King's Indian, 55 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #4
Leko vs Shirov, 1996 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 89 moves, 0-1

Round One, Game #5
Piket vs Gelfand, 1996
(E97) King's Indian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #6
Judit Polgar vs Svidler, 1996 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #7
Svidler vs Sutovsky, 1996
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #8
Judit Polgar vs Piket, 1996 
(C45) Scotch Game, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #9
Karpov vs Lautier, 1996
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #10
Gelfand vs Adams, 1996
(B07) Pirc, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #11
Van Wely vs Leko, 1996 
(A48) King's Indian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #12
Shirov vs Z Almasi, 1996 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #13
Sutovsky vs Karpov, 1996
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #14
Piket vs Svidler, 1996
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #15
Leko vs Gelfand, 1996
(B50) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #16
Z Almasi vs Van Wely, 1996
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 60 moves, 0-1

Round Three, Game #17
Adams vs Judit Polgar, 1996
(B54) Sicilian, 82 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #18
Lautier vs Shirov, 1996
(A21) English, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #19
Svidler vs Karpov, 1996
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #20
Piket vs Adams, 1996
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #21
Gelfand vs Z Almasi, 1996
(A17) English, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #22
Shirov vs Sutovsky, 1996
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #23
Van Wely vs Lautier, 1996
(E15) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #24
Judit Polgar vs Leko, 1996
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 61 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #25
Karpov vs Shirov, 1996
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #26
Z Almasi vs Judit Polgar, 1996 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 35 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #27
Adams vs Svidler, 1996
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #28
Sutovsky vs Van Wely, 1996 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 24 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #29
Leko vs Piket, 1996
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #30
Lautier vs Gelfand, 1996
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #31
Adams vs Leko, 1996
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #32
Judit Polgar vs Lautier, 1996
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #33
Piket vs Z Almasi, 1996
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #34
Svidler vs Shirov, 1996 
(B01) Scandinavian, 59 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game #35
Van Wely vs Karpov, 1996 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 66 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #36
Gelfand vs Sutovsky, 1996 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 61 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #37
Leko vs Svidler, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 39 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #38
Karpov vs Gelfand, 1996
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #39
Sutovsky vs Judit Polgar, 1996 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 22 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #40
Shirov vs Van Wely, 1996
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #41
Lautier vs Piket, 1996 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 29 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #42
Z Almasi vs Adams, 1996
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #43
Adams vs Lautier, 1996
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #44
Leko vs Z Almasi, 1996
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #45
Piket vs Sutovsky, 1996
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #46
Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 1996
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #47
Svidler vs Van Wely, 1996
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #48
Gelfand vs Shirov, 1996
(A20) English, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #49
Van Wely vs Gelfand, 1996
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #50
Z Almasi vs Svidler, 1996 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #51
Karpov vs Piket, 1996
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #52
Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1996 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 30 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #53
Sutovsky vs Adams, 1996
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 30 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #54
Lautier vs Leko, 1996
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game #55
Svidler vs Gelfand, 1996
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #56
Judit Polgar vs Van Wely, 1996
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #57
Z Almasi vs Lautier, 1996
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #58
Leko vs Sutovsky, 1996
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #59
Piket vs Shirov, 1996
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #60
Adams vs Karpov, 1996
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #61
Karpov vs Leko, 1996 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 29 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #62
Gelfand vs Judit Polgar, 1996
(A16) English, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #63
Van Wely vs Piket, 1996
(E91) King's Indian, 60 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven, Game #64
Sutovsky vs Z Almasi, 1996
(C47) Four Knights, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #65
Shirov vs Adams, 1996 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 61 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #66
Lautier vs Svidler, 1996
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

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