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10th Euwe Memorial Tournament

Veselin Topalov6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Garry Kasparov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Nigel Short5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Viswanathan Anand5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Joel Lautier4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Yasser Seirawan4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Boris Gelfand3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Jeroen Piket3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Jan Timman2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
10th Euwe Memorial (1996)

The tenth and final Max Euwe Memorial Chess Tournament was organized by the Verenigde Spaarbank (VSB) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from March 22nd to April 1st, 1996. Ten grandmasters who had participated in the last four editions of the Euwe memorial were invited to participate in the round robin format. Vassily Ivanchuk demanded additional costs made to him on account of his seconds, however, so his invitation was revoked and his seat given to Boris Gelfand. The complete list of participants included (in order of Elo): Garry Kasparov (2775), Vladimir Kramnik (2775), Vishwanathan Anand (2725), Boris Gelfand (2700), Veselin Topalov (2700), Nigel Short (2665), Joel Lautier (2630), Yasser Seirawan (2630), Jan Timman (2620), and Jeroen Piket (2570). The average rating of the players qualified the tournament as a Category XVIII event. As with most events he participated in during the year 1996, Topalov performed amazingly, starting in the first round with a win against the World Champion Kasparov. Topalov's dynamic play and impressive wins against the top field was enough for him to share first place in the final with Kasparov, with both grandmasters finishing at +4 a full point and a half over the shared seconds. After this memorial, the sponsor withdrew its support of the tournament, citing turmoil in the chess world and the schism between FIDE and Kasparov as a major factor. Looking over the quality of the games assembled here, though, it's a shame it had to end when it did. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 =1 Topalov * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 6 =1 Kasparov 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 6 =3 Short 1 * 0 0 1 1 5 =3 Anand 0 0 1 * 1 1 5 =5 Kramnik 1 0 0 * 1 4 =5 Lautier 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 4 7 Seirawan 0 0 1 * 0 1 4 8 Gelfand 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 3 9 Piket 0 0 1 0 0 * 3 10 Timman 0 0 0 0 * 2

The 9th Euwe Memorial (1995) was the previous tournament in the series.

Original collection: Game Collection: Amsterdam VSB 1996, by User: suenteus po 147.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gelfand vs Anand  ½-½52199610th Euwe MemorialD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Timman vs Piket  ½-½57199610th Euwe MemorialB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
3. Kramnik vs Seirawan 1-032199610th Euwe MemorialB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
4. Lautier vs Short 1-038199610th Euwe MemorialE12 Queen's Indian
5. Topalov vs Kasparov 1-066199610th Euwe MemorialB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Short vs Gelfand 1-044199610th Euwe MemorialB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. Piket vs Kasparov 0-139199610th Euwe MemorialE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
8. Seirawan vs Lautier 1-029199610th Euwe MemorialD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Timman vs Kramnik ½-½43199610th Euwe MemorialB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. Anand vs Topalov 0-151199610th Euwe MemorialB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. Kramnik vs Piket ½-½19199610th Euwe MemorialE91 King's Indian
12. Topalov vs Short 0-146199610th Euwe MemorialB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Gelfand vs Seirawan 1-0109199610th Euwe MemorialE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. Kasparov vs Anand 1-036199610th Euwe MemorialB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
15. Lautier vs Timman  1-042199610th Euwe MemorialE12 Queen's Indian
16. Timman vs Gelfand  ½-½23199610th Euwe MemorialD00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Piket vs Anand  ½-½19199610th Euwe MemorialE12 Queen's Indian
18. Short vs Kasparov ½-½43199610th Euwe MemorialB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Seirawan vs Topalov  ½-½42199610th Euwe MemorialE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. Kramnik vs Lautier  ½-½22199610th Euwe MemorialD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
21. Kasparov vs Seirawan 1-034199610th Euwe MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Lautier vs Piket  0-125199610th Euwe MemorialE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. Topalov vs Timman 1-032199610th Euwe MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. Anand vs Short  1-045199610th Euwe MemorialB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. Gelfand vs Kramnik  ½-½33199610th Euwe MemorialA33 English, Symmetrical
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