|Las Palmas (1996)|
The Supertorneo Las Palmas held from December 9th to the 21st, 1996 was a Category XXI event. The world's six best players, including both World Champions, competed in a double round robin format. The participants were (in order of Elo): Garry Kasparov (2785), Anatoli Karpov (2775), Vladimir Kramnik (2765), Veselin Topalov (2750), Vishwanathan Anand (2735), and Vassily Ivanchuk (2730). The strongest tournament of the modern era (the only tournament with an average Elo of 2756), Kasparov emerged triumphant as "the best player in the world at that moment".
Original collection: Game Collection: Las Palmas 1996, by User: suenteus po 147.
1 Kasparov ** ½½ ½½ 1½ ½1 ½1 6½
2 Anand ½½ ** ½0 ½½ 1½ ½1 5½
3 Kramnik ½½ ½1 ** ½0 01 ½½ 5
4 Topalov 0½ ½½ ½1 ** 01 ½½ 5
5 Ivanchuk ½0 0½ 10 10 ** ½½ 4
6 Karpov ½0 ½0 ½½ ½½ ½½ ** 4
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|1. Topalov vs Kasparov
||0-1||59||1996||Las Palmas||E00 Queen's Pawn Game|
|2. Anand vs Kramnik
|| ||½-½||20||1996||Las Palmas||B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4|
|3. Karpov vs Ivanchuk
||½-½||61||1996||Las Palmas||E61 King's Indian|
|4. Kramnik vs Topalov
||½-½||80||1996||Las Palmas||E97 King's Indian|
|5. Ivanchuk vs Kasparov
|| ||½-½||23||1996||Las Palmas||B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack|
|6. Karpov vs Anand
||½-½||44||1996||Las Palmas||E15 Queen's Indian|
|7. Topalov vs Karpov
|| ||½-½||27||1996||Las Palmas||D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical|
|8. Kasparov vs Kramnik
||½-½||19||1996||Las Palmas||E71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)|
|9. Anand vs Ivanchuk
||1-0||46||1996||Las Palmas||C78 Ruy Lopez|
|10. Kramnik vs Karpov
|| ||½-½||21||1996||Las Palmas||A28 English|
|11. Topalov vs Ivanchuk
||0-1||41||1996||Las Palmas||B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation|
|12. Kasparov vs Anand
||½-½||63||1996||Las Palmas||B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation|
|13. Karpov vs Kasparov
||½-½||45||1996||Las Palmas||D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation|
|14. Ivanchuk vs Kramnik
||1-0||34||1996||Las Palmas||E81 King's Indian, Samisch|
|15. Anand vs Topalov
|| ||½-½||29||1996||Las Palmas||C78 Ruy Lopez|
|16. Kasparov vs Topalov
|| ||½-½||28||1996||Las Palmas||C45 Scotch Game|
|17. Kramnik vs Anand
||1-0||41||1996||Las Palmas||A14 English|
|18. Ivanchuk vs Karpov
||½-½||15||1996||Las Palmas||C10 French|
|19. Topalov vs Kramnik
||1-0||39||1996||Las Palmas||E92 King's Indian|
|20. Anand vs Karpov
||1-0||36||1996||Las Palmas||D21 Queen's Gambit Accepted|
|21. Kasparov vs Ivanchuk
||1-0||36||1996||Las Palmas||B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern|
|22. Kramnik vs Kasparov
||½-½||58||1996||Las Palmas||D56 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|23. Karpov vs Topalov
|| ||½-½||70||1996||Las Palmas||A70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3|
|24. Ivanchuk vs Anand
|| ||½-½||29||1996||Las Palmas||D21 Queen's Gambit Accepted|
|25. Kasparov vs Karpov
||1-0||44||1996||Las Palmas||E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical|
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|Mar-12-13|| ||matherd1: There's a good argument that this really was the strongest tournament ever held. 4 world champions all not that far from their strongest chess (although only Kasparov was probably at his peak), one player (allbeit young and not that close to his best at the time, but still highly rated) who nearly became champion twice and was world number one for quite a while, and Ivanchuck. Interesting also to see that Kaprov was still only rated 10 points behind Kasparov as late as 1996. I wonder if at the time he still thought he would have had a chance in a match. After all, it was only 2 years on from his famous performance at Linares in 1994.|
|Mar-13-13|| ||Chessinfinite: I tend to agree. It was a very tough event with the top 6 (or 7) ranked players. Definitely an argument stands for the toughest tournament of all time. |
The games were very well fought, and there were no 'outsiders.' I remember Garry Kasparov mentioning that winning this mattered a lot at that time, winner of that event would be known as the 'World Champion of tournaments'.
|Apr-03-13|| ||matherd1: I thought it was Linares 1994 that Kasparov made the 'world champion of tournaments' remark about? Pre- the tournament obviously, I can't imagine Kasparov saying that about a tournament Kaprov had just won.|
|Apr-03-13|| ||suenteus po 147: Five out of six participants on this roster were current or future world champions. Has there ever been another tournament with a higher percentage of past/present/future world champions than 83%? Of course if Ivanchuk ever wins a WC then this jumps to a 100% and then I guess this tournament wins?|
Also, what kind of prize money was at stake here? If you've got the top six in the world (including both current world champions) for double rounds then I'm thinking you're meeting or surpassing Linares type funds at this point.
|Apr-04-13|| ||VaselineTopLove: How does compare with Linares 1998 which also was touted as one of the strongest tournaments?|
|Apr-04-13|| ||WiseWizard: Wow what a tournament!|
|Apr-04-13|| ||Benzol: Is five World Champions in a tournament the greatest number there's ever been? Nottingham 1936 and the 1973 USSR Ch come to mind. Are there many others?|
|Apr-04-16|| ||Howard: Yes, there was the Alekhine Memorial in 1971. That event also had five world champions.|
|Feb-18-20|| ||ewan14: Karpov joint 1st in 1871|
|Feb-18-20|| ||ewan14: 1971 , sorry|
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