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Linares Tournament

Garry Kasparov8/12(+5 -1 =6)[games]
Veselin Topalov8/12(+5 -1 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand6.5/12(+2 -1 =9)[games]
Peter Leko6/12(+0 -0 =12)[games]
Michael Adams5.5/12(+2 -3 =7)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons4/12(+1 -5 =6)[games]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov4/12(+0 -4 =8)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Linares (2005)

The 22nd Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Linares was played 23 February to 10 March, 2005 in Hotel Anibal, Linares, Spain. The participants were Garry Kasparov (Elo ranked #1 in the world), Viswanathan Anand (#2), Veselin Topalov (#3), Peter Leko (#5), Michael Adams (#6), Vallejo Pons (#18), and FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov (#24), who had unexpectedly won the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004). The PCA World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (#4) did not take part. The prize money pot was significantly higher than in previous years, with 100,000 euros to the winner and 75,000 to the runner-up. Games started 3:30 pm. Time control: 2 hours 40 moves + 1 hour 20 moves + 30 minutes.

Before the last round, Kasparov was leading by one point, but Topalov won their individual game and leveled the score. They shared the 175,000 euros, but Kasparov was declared the winner based on a new 2nd tie-break criterion: most Black wins (two versus one).

Linares, Spain, 23 February - 10 March 2005

Age Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 1 Kasparov 41 2804 ** ½0 ½½ ½½ 11 11 ½1 8 2 Topalov 29 2757 ½1 ** 0½ ½½ 1½ 11 ½1 8 3 Anand 35 2786 ½½ 1½ ** ½½ ½0 ½½ ½1 6½ 4 Leko 25 2749 ½½ ½½ ½½ ** ½½ ½½ ½½ 6 5 Adams 33 2741 00 0½ ½1 ½½ ** 1½ ½½ 5½ 6 Vallejo 22 2686 00 00 ½½ ½½ 0½ ** ½1 4 7 Kasimdzhanov 25 2678 ½0 ½0 ½0 ½½ ½½ ½0 ** 4

Category: XX (2743). Arbiters: Juan Vargas Sánchez and Faik Gasanov.

At the closing ceremony, Kasparov announced his retirement from professional chess:

The XI Anibal Open (2005) was played in Linares at the same time (25 February - 4 March). Ivan Cheparinov won with 7.5/9.


FIDE rating list January 2005 (
Spanish ChessBase, 02/22/2005 (
The Telegraph, 11 March 2005 (
Jonathan Speelman in The Guardian, 1 April 2005 (
Various authors in Peón de Rey, 2005 No. 41, pp. 5-41 (
Ian Rogers in Tidskrift för Schack, 3/2005, pp. 176- 188 (

Previous: Linares (2004). Next: Morelia-Linares (2006)

Round dates: February 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, March 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 (from ChessBase at )

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 42  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Leko vs Kasparov ½-½262005LinaresB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. Kasimdzhanov vs F Vallejo Pons ½-½262005LinaresE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
3. Topalov vs Adams 1-0412005LinaresE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. Kasparov vs Kasimdzhanov ½-½512005LinaresC42 Petrov Defense
5. Adams vs Leko ½-½182005LinaresC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Anand vs Topalov 1-0592005LinaresB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. Leko vs Anand ½-½242005LinaresC42 Petrov Defense
8. Kasimdzhanov vs Adams ½-½272005LinaresC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
9. F Vallejo Pons vs Kasparov 0-1292005LinaresD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Topalov vs Leko ½-½572005LinaresB33 Sicilian
11. Adams vs F Vallejo Pons 1-0342005LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Anand vs Kasimdzhanov ½-½332005LinaresC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Kasparov vs Adams 1-0542005LinaresE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. Kasimdzhanov vs Topalov ½-½402005LinaresE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
15. F Vallejo Pons vs Anand ½-½412005LinaresE15 Queen's Indian
16. Leko vs Kasimdzhanov ½-½762005LinaresC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
17. Topalov vs F Vallejo Pons 1-0322005LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Anand vs Kasparov ½-½442005LinaresB33 Sicilian
19. Kasparov vs Topalov ½-½212005LinaresC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. F Vallejo Pons vs Leko ½-½132005LinaresA33 English, Symmetrical
21. Adams vs Anand ½-½282005LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. F Vallejo Pons vs Kasimdzhanov 1-0602005LinaresD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Adams vs Topalov ½-½482005LinaresB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Kasparov vs Leko ½-½312005LinaresB30 Sicilian
25. Kasimdzhanov vs Kasparov 0-1362005LinaresD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Mar-15-05  acirce: <meloncio> Are you planning to be there and watch? Oh, and I noticed a mistake in my post -- the Leko-Adams rapid match is not until after Sofia.
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  meloncio: <acirce> Yes, I'll go there two or three times at least; it's only a 15-minutes short ride by car.

Miguel Illescas-Cordoba is the present Spanish Chess Champion; he was our number one until Paco Vallejo arose up.

Mar-15-05  poktirity: Dos bocadillos con queso for favor. Los banos arabes es muy bonito.

One year of Spanish studying summed up in two sentences.

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  meloncio: <poktirity> Pretty well, but only two sentences in one year? At least I hope you like cheese sandwiches :-D

And <only if you don't know it> for bano/baño, use ñ=Alt+164, or Ñ=Alt+165.

Mar-16-05  poktirity: <meloncio> Didn't know that, thanks alot! Hasta mañana. Y agua mineral. :D

Cambiones cisterna muy bonito ;)

Mar-16-05  azaris: I notice the Chess.FM Brilliancy Price has gone to one Garry of Kaspar, and it's a whopping $400!

"Nice career Garry, here's some chump change."

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  offramp: It's a bit like when baseball fans save up and club together to give their favourite top player a retirement gift.
Mar-16-05  azaris: <offramp> When someone retires it's nice to pass the hat around, but they should have used a bigger hat!
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  offramp: I do think it is nice of to do it, especially if they have that money spare, and Kasparov certainly won't say no.

Kasparov is the kind of guy that always checks the 'returned change' chute as he passes phone boxes.

Mar-16-05  azaris: <In future Linares will feature rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, @#$%-kickers and Methodists.>

You mean next time they'll invite Azmaparaishvili?

Mar-16-05  Franz the Stampede: <You mean next time they'll invite Azmaparaishvili?>


Mar-16-05  PinkPanther: <acirce>
There is nothing to watch, Dos Hermanas takes place over the internet.
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  lostemperor: You mean Azmaiperishvillain!?
Mar-16-05  Saruman: <lostemperor> Or; Maiazperishvillain!
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  lostemperor: I got that, LOL.
Mar-16-05  hintza: <PinkPanther> Aside from the internet tournament there is actually an over-the-board event too.
Mar-30-05  JustAFish: Does anyone know which games took home the "official" and "" brilliancy prizes?
Apr-13-05  VishyFan: is it just me, or everybody has got complimentary "Ciudad de Linares" key chains........ for the official prediction contest.......

anybody has got any other prizes?

Apr-13-05  you vs yourself: <vishyfan> I got a complimentary chess board signed by Adams from the last game when he kicked Vishy's ass. Also, I got a complimentary Leko's key chain that reads: "Just draw."
Apr-21-05  acirce: Ivanov: <Theoretical survey of the Linares tournament>

Some interesting stuff.

Apr-25-05  alexandrovm: <JustAFish> it was the game between Kasparov and Kazim.
Apr-25-05  Caissanist: Hmm, where's the link to this page? I only see it when it pops up in the list of recent kibitzes.
Apr-25-05  iron maiden: Look on the homepage, under the "New Games" column.
Jun-08-05  coolchess: A disaster the participation of the "FIDE CHAMPION" Kasimdzhanov, a really disaster, he has proved at least for me he is a lucky champion, and that donesnt have the strenght to win big tournaments.
Jun-08-05  stijn: he was not just a lucky champion, the players in linares were just stronger than the ones he faced in tripoli last year. And classical chess is probably not his strongest point. He seems to be playing better in rapid and sem-rapid games like the ones in tripoli.
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