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Montecatini Terme 2000
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The international chess festival held at Montecatini Terme, Italy from July 28th to August 6th, 2000 was divided among several events, including a main GM tournament and an open tournament. Eight grandmasters participated in the round robin main event, including (in order of ELO): Alexey Shirov (2746), Vassily Ivanchuk (2719), Evgeny Bareev (2702), Zurab Azmaiparashvili (2673), Sergei Rublevsky (2670), Jeroen Piket (2649), Smbat Lputian (2598), and Artashes Minasian (2595). The average of the combined ratings of all the players qualified the main tournament as a category XVII event. Another superlative performance by Ivanchuk, he finished with +3 at the final and was the only player to go undefeated. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 Ivanchuk 5/7 * = = = = 1 1 1

2 Bareev 4.5/7 = * = 0 = 1 1 1

3 Azmaiparashvili 4/7 = = * 1 = 0 = 1

4 Shirov 3.5/7 = 1 0 * 1 = 0 =

5 Rublevsky 3.5/7 = = = 0 * = 1 =

6 Piket 3.5/7 0 0 1 = = * 1 =

7 Minasian 2/7 0 0 = 1 0 0 * =

8 Lputian 2/7 0 0 0 = = = = *

Round One, Game #1, July 28th
Ivanchuk vs Bareev, 2000 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #2
Piket vs Lputian, 2000
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #3
Rublevsky vs A Minasian, 2000
(B30) Sicilian, 49 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #4
Shirov vs Azmaiparashvili, 2000 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #5, July 29th
Azmaiparashvili vs A Minasian, 2000
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #6
Bareev vs Rublevsky, 2000
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #7
Lputian vs Ivanchuk, 2000 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 24 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #8
Shirov vs Piket, 2000
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #9, July 30th
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 2000 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #10
A Minasian vs Bareev, 2000
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 66 moves, 0-1

Round Three, Game #11
Piket vs Azmaiparashvili, 2000 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 58 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #12
Rublevsky vs Lputian, 2000
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #13, July 31st
Azmaiparashvili vs Bareev, 2000 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #14
Lputian vs A Minasian, 2000
(A06) Reti Opening, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #15
Piket vs Ivanchuk, 2000
(E15) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #16
Shirov vs Rublevsky, 2000 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #17, August 1st
Bareev vs Lputian, 2000 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #18
Ivanchuk vs Azmaiparashvili, 2000 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #19
A Minasian vs Shirov, 2000 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #20
Rublevsky vs Piket, 2000
(B06) Robatsch, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #21, August 2nd
Azmaiparashvili vs Lputian, 2000
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #22
Ivanchuk vs Rublevsky, 2000
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #23
Piket vs A Minasian, 2000 
(B07) Pirc, 48 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #24
Shirov vs Bareev, 2000 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #25, August 3rd
Bareev vs Piket, 2000 
(A25) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #26
Lputian vs Shirov, 2000
(D85) Grunfeld, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #27
A Minasian vs Ivanchuk, 2000
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 70 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #28
Rublevsky vs Azmaiparashvili, 2000 
(B07) Pirc, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

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