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Linz 1997
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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Just your average everyday Category 12 tournament with an average rating of 2542, featuring this group of players.

Zoltan Almasi, Etienne Bacrot, Valeri Ilyich Beim, Harald Casagrande, Igor V Glek, Viktor Korchnoi, Zigurds Fridrikhovich Lanka, Ian Rogers, Oleg Romanishin, Markus Wach

From the start it developed into a race between Almasi and Beim. The former kept his half-point advantage when the two leaders drew in round 8, but the last round saw Beim catch up by overcoming some heroic resistance by Korchnoi while Almasi drew with Bacrot.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Beim * 1 1 1 1 1 7.0 2 Almasi * 1 1 1 1 1 7.0 3 Bacrot * 1 1 0 1 1 6.0 4 Glek * 0 1 1 1 1 6.0 5 Rogers 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 4.5 6 Romanishin 0 0 * 1 4.0 7 Korchnoi 0 0 1 0 * 1 4.0 8 Wach 0 0 0 * 0 1 3.0 9 Lanka 0 0 0 0 1 * 3.0 10 Casagrande 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 0.5

The Mr. Nice Guy award goes to Zigurds Lanka for his last round draw with Casagrande. For an interesting game, take a look at Korchnoi's amazing drawing resource in M Wach vs Korchnoi, 1997.

Round 1 (Saturday, May 17)
Z Almasi vs Lanka, 1997
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 1 (Saturday, May 17)
Glek vs Romanishin, 1997
(B40) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 (Saturday, May 17)
I Rogers vs Beim, 1997
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 84 moves, 0-1

Round 1 (Saturday, May 17)
Korchnoi vs Bacrot, 1997
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 52 moves, 1-0

Round 1 (Saturday, May 17)
H Casagrande vs M Wach, 1997
(D03) Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation), 40 moves, 0-1

Round 2 (Sunday, May 18)
Beim vs Glek, 1997
(A15) English, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 (Sunday, May 18)
Z Almasi vs Korchnoi, 1997 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Sunday, May 18)
Bacrot vs I Rogers, 1997
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Sunday, May 18)
Romanishin vs H Casagrande, 1997
(A04) Reti Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Sunday, May 18)
Lanka vs M Wach, 1997
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Monday, May 19)
Glek vs Bacrot, 1997
(B89) Sicilian, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 (Monday, May 19)
I Rogers vs Z Almasi, 1997
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 72 moves, 0-1

Round 3 (Monday, May 19)
Korchnoi vs Lanka, 1997
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 (Monday, May 19)
M Wach vs Romanishin, 1997
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 (Monday, May 19)
H Casagrande vs Beim, 1997 
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 0-1

Round 4 (Tuesday, May 20)
Beim vs M Wach, 1997
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Tuesday, May 20)
Z Almasi vs Glek, 1997
(C14) French, Classical, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Tuesday, May 20)
Bacrot vs H Casagrande, 1997 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Tuesday, May 20)
Korchnoi vs I Rogers, 1997
(E91) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Tuesday, May 20)
Lanka vs Romanishin, 1997
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 115 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Wednesday, May 21)
Glek vs Korchnoi, 1997
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 65 moves, 1-0

Round 5 (Wednesday, May 21)
I Rogers vs Lanka, 1997
(B89) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Wednesday, May 21)
Romanishin vs Beim, 1997
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 42 moves, 0-1

Round 5 (Wednesday, May 21)
M Wach vs Bacrot, 1997
(B06) Robatsch, 87 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Wednesday, May 21)
H Casagrande vs Z Almasi, 1997
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 0-1

Round 6 (Thursday, May 22)
Z Almasi vs M Wach, 1997
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 51 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Thursday, May 22)
Bacrot vs Romanishin, 1997
(B44) Sicilian, 77 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Thursday, May 22)
I Rogers vs Glek, 1997
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Thursday, May 22)
Korchnoi vs H Casagrande, 1997
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Thursday, May 22)
Lanka vs Beim, 1997 
(B06) Robatsch, 35 moves, 0-1

Round 7 (Friday, May 23)
Beim vs Bacrot, 1997
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Friday, May 23)
Glek vs Lanka, 1997 
(E61) King's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 7 (Friday, May 23)
Romanishin vs Z Almasi, 1997
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Friday, May 23)
M Wach vs Korchnoi, 1997 
(C18) French, Winawer, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Friday, May 23)
H Casagrande vs I Rogers, 1997
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (Saturday, May 24)
Z Almasi vs Beim, 1997
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 (Saturday, May 24)
Glek vs H Casagrande, 1997
(B01) Scandinavian, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Saturday, May 24)
I Rogers vs M Wach, 1997
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Saturday, May 24)
Korchnoi vs Romanishin, 1997
(D85) Grunfeld, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 (Saturday, May 24)
Lanka vs Bacrot, 1997
(B01) Scandinavian, 38 moves, 0-1

Round 9 (Sunday, May 25)
Beim vs Korchnoi, 1997
(A13) English, 83 moves, 1-0

Round 9 (Sunday, May 25)
Bacrot vs Z Almasi, 1997
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Sunday, May 25)
Romanishin vs I Rogers, 1997
(A06) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Sunday, May 25)
M Wach vs Glek, 1997
(B30) Sicilian, 35 moves, 0-1

Round 9 (Sunday, May 25)
H Casagrande vs Lanka, 1997
(D85) Grunfeld, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

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