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Linares 1995
Compiled by Tabanus
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The 13th Torneo Internacional "Ciudad de Linares" was held in Linares from March 1st to the 17th. The field was a little weaker than usual. PCA World Champion Garry Kasparov (Elo ranked #1 in the world), Valery Salov (#3) and Vladimir Kramnik (#5) had decided not to participate, while Viswanathan Anand (#4) and Gata Kamsky (#7) had to play the Anand - Kamsky Candidates Final (1995) which started on 9 March (same day as Round 7). An upset tournament director Luis Rentero Suarez had cancelled the event, but luckily he changed his mind, under the influence of the mayor of Linares and a new sponsor, Turespaña. Fourteen of the world's top 100 players competed in the single round robin format. They were: FIDE World Champion Anatoly Karpov (#2), Alexey Shirov (#6), Vassily Ivanchuk (#9), Joel Lautier (#13), Vladimir Akopian (#15), Nigel Short (#16), Alexey Dreev (#17), Alexander Beliavsky (#18), Ivan Sokolov (#19), Alexander Khalifman (#24), Veselin Topalov (#27), Sergei Tiviakov (#35), Miguel Illescas-Cordoba (#62), and Ljubomir Ljubojevic (#94). Karpov arrived from a tiring Karpov - Gelfand FIDE Candidates Semifinal (1995) in India. Shirov had taken up residence in Tarragona and applied for Spanish citizenship.

Ivanchuk won his third Linares with 10/13, earning wins against half the field. The youngest player, Topalov from Bulgaria (who turned 20 on the rest day before Round 12), was among the leaders until Round 10, when he lost to Karpov. In the last three rounds, Karpov made three draws while Ivanchuk beat Dreev, Tiviakov and Akopian. Ivanchuk, Karpov and Shirov finished unbeaten. Ljubojevic did not win a single game. Although Illescas was sick during the event, he still did better than expected.

Hotel Anibal, Linares, Spain, 1-17 March 1995

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Ivanchuk 25 2700 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 10 2 Karpov 43 2765 ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 9 3 Shirov 22 2710 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 8 4 Topalov 19 2630 0 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 8 5 Khalifman 29 2635 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 7½ 6 Beliavsky 41 2650 0 ½ ½ 0 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 7 7 Tiviakov 22 2625 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 6 8 Illescas 29 2595 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 6 9 Sokolov 26 2645 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 5½ 10 Dreev 26 2650 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 0 1 5½ 11 Ljubojevic 44 2580 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 0 ½ ½ 5 12 Short 29 2655 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 * ½ ½ 5 13 Lautier 21 2655 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ * 0 4½ 14 Akopian 23 2655 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * 4

Category: XVII (2654). Playing hours: 3-11 pm (no adjournments). Arbiters: Juan Vargas Sánchez, Faik Gasanov, Juan Vargas García and Francisco Mena.

Sources

Mark Crowther in TWIC 22 (http://theweekinchess.com/html/twic...)
Chess.gr, Linares 1995 report (http://www.chess.gr/tourn/linares/l...)
FIDE rating list January 1995 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo199...)
Jaque 398 (April 1995), pp. 46-52 (http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...)
ABC (Madrid), 13 March 1995, p. 84 (http://hemeroteca.abc.es/nav/Naviga...)
Jaque 397 (March 1995), pp. 6-8, 14-43 (http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...)
Tidskrift för Schack, May-June 1995, pp. 253-257 (http://www.schack.se/tfsarkiv/histo...)
Robert Eugene Byrne in New York Times, 11 April 1995 (https://www.nytimes.com/1995/04/11/...)
Roman Toran Albero in Ocho x Ocho 158 (May 1995), pp. 4-21 (https://www.scribd.com/document/730...)

Previous edition: Linares (1994). Next: Linares (1997) (there was no tournament in 1996).

Original collections: Game Collection: Linares 1995 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Linares 1995 by User: Tabanus. Round dates: March 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17 (from Chress.gr and ABC Madrid issues. Round 7 was played March 9).

Round 1 March 1
Beliavsky vs Tiviakov, 1995
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 44 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk vs Short, 1995
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Shirov, 1995
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Illescas Cordoba, 1995
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lautier vs I Sokolov, 1995 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Dreev, 1995
(C11) French, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Topalov vs Akopian, 1995
(C42) Petrov Defense, 54 moves, 1-0

Round 2 March 2
Akopian vs Beliavsky, 1995
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 0-1

Dreev vs Karpov, 1995
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Illescas Cordoba vs Shirov, 1995
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Lautier, 1995
(B33) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Short vs Topalov, 1995 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 40 moves, 0-1

I Sokolov vs Ivanchuk, 1995
(E70) King's Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tiviakov vs Ljubojevic, 1995
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 March 3
Beliavsky vs Short, 1995
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 74 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk vs Khalifman, 1995
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Tiviakov, 1995
(E15) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lautier vs Illescas Cordoba, 1995
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 33 moves, 0-1

Ljubojevic vs Akopian, 1995
(C42) Petrov Defense, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shirov vs Dreev, 1995
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Topalov vs I Sokolov, 1995
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 4 March 5
Akopian vs Karpov, 1995
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Illescas Cordoba vs Dreev, 1995
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Topalov, 1995
(E92) King's Indian, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lautier vs Ivanchuk, 1995 
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 38 moves, 0-1

Short vs Ljubojevic, 1995
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 31 moves, 1-0

I Sokolov vs Beliavsky, 1995
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tiviakov vs Shirov, 1995
(B06) Robatsch, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 March 6
Beliavsky vs Khalifman, 1995
(A58) Benko Gambit, 55 moves, 0-1

Dreev vs Tiviakov, 1995
(E12) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivanchuk vs Illescas Cordoba, 1995
(B33) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Short, 1995 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 52 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs I Sokolov, 1995
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 0-1

Shirov vs Akopian, 1995 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

Topalov vs Lautier, 1995 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 March 7
Akopian vs Dreev, 1995 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 55 moves, 0-1

Illescas Cordoba vs Tiviakov, 1995
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 42 moves, 0-1

Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 1995 
(E92) King's Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

Khalifman vs Ljubojevic, 1995
(E16) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lautier vs Beliavsky, 1995
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 39 moves, 0-1

Short vs Shirov, 1995 
(B06) Robatsch, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

I Sokolov vs Karpov, 1995 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 0-1

Round 7 March 9
Beliavsky vs Ivanchuk, 1995
(A81) Dutch, 37 moves, 0-1

Dreev vs Short, 1995
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 22 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Khalifman, 1995 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 41 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Lautier, 1995
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shirov vs I Sokolov, 1995
(C48) Four Knights, 55 moves, 1-0

Tiviakov vs Akopian, 1995
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Topalov vs Illescas Cordoba, 1995 
(B33) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

Round 8 March 10
Illescas Cordoba vs Akopian, 1995
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivanchuk vs Ljubojevic, 1995
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 36 moves, 1-0

Khalifman vs Shirov, 1995
(B06) Robatsch, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lautier vs Karpov, 1995 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

Short vs Tiviakov, 1995
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 61 moves, 0-1

I Sokolov vs Dreev, 1995
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Topalov vs Beliavsky, 1995 
(B07) Pirc, 73 moves, 1-0

Round 9 March 11
Akopian vs Short, 1995
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tiviakov vs I Sokolov, 1995
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dreev vs Khalifman, 1995
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Ivanchuk, 1995 
(A81) Dutch, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs Topalov, 1995
(A58) Benko Gambit, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shirov vs Lautier, 1995
(C48) Four Knights, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

postponed, played March 12
Beliavsky vs Illescas Cordoba, 1995 
(D24) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 March 13
Beliavsky vs Ljubojevic, 1995
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 101 moves, 1/2-1/2

Illescas Cordoba vs Short, 1995 
(C02) French, Advance, 40 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 1995
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Khalifman vs Tiviakov, 1995 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 74 moves, 1-0

Lautier vs Dreev, 1995
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

I Sokolov vs Akopian, 1995
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Topalov vs Karpov, 1995 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 54 moves, 0-1

Round 11 March 14
Akopian vs Khalifman, 1995
(E70) King's Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

Dreev vs Ivanchuk, 1995
(E12) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Beliavsky, 1995 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs Illescas Cordoba, 1995
(B33) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shirov vs Topalov, 1995 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 47 moves, 1-0

Short vs I Sokolov, 1995
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tiviakov vs Lautier, 1995
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12 March 16
Beliavsky vs Shirov, 1995
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Illescas Cordoba vs I Sokolov, 1995
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 50 moves, 0-1

Ivanchuk vs Tiviakov, 1995
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 36 moves, 1-0

Khalifman vs Short, 1995
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lautier vs Akopian, 1995
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 40 moves, 0-1

Ljubojevic vs Karpov, 1995
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Topalov vs Dreev, 1995 
(C11) French, 48 moves, 1-0

Round 13 March 17
Akopian vs Ivanchuk, 1995
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 63 moves, 0-1

Dreev vs Beliavsky, 1995
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Illescas Cordoba, 1995
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shirov vs Ljubojevic, 1995
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Short vs Lautier, 1995
(B33) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

I Sokolov vs Khalifman, 1995
(A57) Benko Gambit, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tiviakov vs Topalov, 1995
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

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