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Riga 1995
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The 1st International Tal Memorial Chess tournament was held in the magician's hometown of Riga, Latvia from April 12th to the 24th, 1995. It was the first tournament in a series of three organized by the PCA that year as a "Super Classic." The following two tournaments were held in Novgorod at the end of May, and Horgen after the completion of the PCA world championship match. Eleven grandmasters, including the world champion, were invited to compete in the round robin event. The participants were (in order of PCA rating): Garry Kasparov (2789), Vassily Ivanchuk (2764), Vishwanathan Anand (2758), Vladimir Kramnik (2713), Artur Yusupov (2676), Jaan Ehlvest (2669), Rafael Vaganian (2645), Boris Gulko (2623), Nigel Short (2617), Jan Timman (2615), and local favorite Edvins Kengis (2555). The tournament was an important victory for Kasparov, who had not managed such a convincing win in an elite event against Anand (or Anatoli Karpov) since Linares in 1993. Especially significant was Kasparov's win against Anand in the fourth round since Anand was obviously in top form and their world championship match was only in five months. Kasparov scored an impressive 75% and edged out Anand by half a point in the final. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

01 Kasparov 7.5/10 * 1 = = = = 1 = 1 1 1

02 Anand 7/10 0 * = = = 1 = 1 1 1 1

03 Ivanchuk 6.5/10 = = * = 1 = = 1 1 = =

04 Kramnik 6/10 = = = * = = = 1 1 = =

05 Short 6/10 = = 0 = * = = 1 = 1 1

06 Gulko 5/10 = 0 = = = * = = = = 1

07 Yusupov 4.5/10 0 = = = = = * = = = =

08 Ehlvest 3.5/10 = 0 0 0 0 = = * = 1 =

09 Kengis 3/10 0 0 0 0 = = = = * = =

10 Timman 3/10 0 0 = = 0 = = 0 = * =

11 Vaganian 3/10 0 0 = = 0 0 = = = = *

Round One, Game #1
Anand vs Short, 1995
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #2
Ivanchuk vs Vaganian, 1995
(C16) French, Winawer, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #3
Kramnik vs Kengis, 1995
(A14) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #4
Timman vs Gulko, 1995
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #5
Yusupov vs Ehlvest, 1995
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #6
Ehlvest vs Ivanchuk, 1995 
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 35 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #7
Short vs Yusupov, 1995
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #8
Kengis vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #9
Kasparov vs Timman, 1995 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #10
Gulko vs Kramnik, 1995
(A14) English, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #11
Ivanchuk vs Short, 1995 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 60 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #12
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1995
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #13
Vaganian vs Ehlvest, 1995
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #14
Yusupov vs Kengis, 1995
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #15
Anand vs Gulko, 1995 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #16
Timman vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #17
Short vs Vaganian, 1995
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 46 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #18
Kengis vs Ivanchuk, 1995
(A04) Reti Opening, 29 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #19
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #20
Gulko vs Yusupov, 1995
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #21
Yusupov vs Kasparov, 1995 
(A48) King's Indian, 37 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #22
Vaganian vs Kengis, 1995
(A15) English, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #23
Ehlvest vs Short, 1995
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 35 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #24
Anand vs Timman, 1995
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 45 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #25
Ivanchuk vs Gulko, 1995 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #26
Kramnik vs Anand, 1995 
(D85) Grunfeld, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #27
Timman vs Yusupov, 1995
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #28
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1995 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #29
Kengis vs Ehlvest, 1995
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #30
Gulko vs Vaganian, 1995
(A57) Benko Gambit, 27 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #31
Vaganian vs Kasparov, 1995 
(A15) English, 35 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #32
Ivanchuk vs Timman, 1995
(E12) Queen's Indian, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #33
Short vs Kengis, 1995
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #34
Ehlvest vs Gulko, 1995
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #35
Yusupov vs Kramnik, 1995
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #36
Anand vs Yusupov, 1995
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #37
Timman vs Vaganian, 1995
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #38
Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 1995
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #39
Kasparov vs Ehlvest, 1995
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #40
Gulko vs Short, 1995
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #41
Ehlvest vs Timman, 1995
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #42
Kengis vs Gulko, 1995
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #43
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 1995
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #44
Short vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #45
Vaganian vs Kramnik, 1995
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #46
Kasparov vs Kengis, 1995 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #47
Kramnik vs Ehlvest, 1995 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #48
Timman vs Short, 1995
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 34 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game #49
Anand vs Vaganian, 1995 
(C10) French, 22 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #50
Yusupov vs Ivanchuk, 1995 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #51
Vaganian vs Yusupov, 1995
(A13) English, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #52
Gulko vs Kasparov, 1995
(E92) King's Indian, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #53
Kengis vs Timman, 1995
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 7 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #54
Short vs Kramnik, 1995
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #55
Ehlvest vs Anand, 1995 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 0-1

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