chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

🏆
TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Hoogovens Group A Tournament

Garry Kasparov10/13(+8 -1 =4)[games]
Viswanathan Anand9.5/13(+6 -0 =7)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Ivan Sokolov7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Jeroen Piket7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Alexey Shirov7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Jan Timman7/13(+5 -4 =4)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Peter Svidler6.5/13(+1 -1 =11)[games]
Veselin Topalov6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Rustam Kasimdzhanov5/13(+1 -4 =8)[games]
Loek van Wely4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Alex Yermolinsky4/13(+1 -6 =6)[games]
Dimitri Reinderman3/13(+0 -7 =6)[games]
*

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Hoogovens Group A (1999)

The 61st Wijk aan Zee (Beverwijk from 1938 until 1967) chess festival took place in the De Moriaan community centre, Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, from January 16 (Round 1) to January 31 (Round 13), with rest days on January 18, 22 and 27. There was not much resting on January 18, however, because of the blitz tournament that day, in which all the Group A players participated, except Shirov, who was occupied by the local dentist. For the last time, the main sponsor was the steel company Hoogovens, which would merge with British Steel later in the year and become Corus. Fourteen GMs competed in the elite A group event. They were World Champion Garry Kasparov (Elo ranked as world #1), Viswanathan Anand (#2), Vladimir Kramnik (#3), Alexey Shirov (#4), Vassily Ivanchuk (#8), Peter Svidler (#9), Veselin Topalov (#11), Jan Timman (#20), Loek van Wely (#42), Ivan Sokolov (#47), Jeroen Piket (#51), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (#71), Alex Yermolinsky (#87), and Dimitri Reinderman (#238). According to the newspapers, the world champion was paid an appearance fee of 100,000 Dutch guilders. The prize for winning the tournament was 20,000 Dutch guilders (about $10,290 or $15,613 in 2019 value). Games started at 1:30 pm, except the last round which started 10:30 am.

Kasparov had played only blitz, rapid and exhibition games since Linares (1998) where he ended 4th. The rating difference between him and Anand had narrowed down to 31 points, which had altered the perceptions of the relative strength of the world's two strongest players. There was a feeling that Anand might have matured enough to renew the challenge to Kasparov's no. 1 status. The 1000-player poll conducted in advance of the tournament indicated that for every one chess player inclined to pick Kasparov as the victor, two picked Anand. Anand rewarded their faith by winning his first two games to take a half-point lead. Kasparov soon took over, however, when he won seven consecutive games (rounds 2-8). He still had to fight off the challenge of Anand in the closing rounds because he stumbled with a loss to Sokolov in Round 9. He made that up with a splendid victory over Svidler in Round 12, and held on to first place by a careful draw with Kramnik in Round 13. The tournament is best remembered for Kasparov's immortal win over Topalov in Round 4:


click for larger view

24.Rxd4!! cxd4 (24...Kb6 was better) 25.Re7+! Kb6 26.Qxd4+ Kxa5 27.b4+ Ka4 28.Qc3 Qxd5 29.Ra7, etc.

Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, 16-31 January 1999

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Kasparov 35 2812 * ˝ ˝ 0 1 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 2 Anand 29 2781 ˝ * ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 1 9˝ 3 Kramnik 23 2751 ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 8 =4 Sokolov 30 2624 1 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 7 =4 Piket 30 2619 0 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 7 =4 Shirov 26 2726 0 ˝ 0 1 ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 7 =4 Timman 47 2670 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ * 1 ˝ 0 1 1 1 1 7 =8 Ivanchuk 29 2714 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 0 ˝ 0 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 6˝ =8 Svidler 22 2713 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 6˝ 10 Topalov 23 2700 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 1 0 1 6 11 Kasimdzhanov 19 2606 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ * 1 ˝ ˝ 5 12 Van Wely 26 2632 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 * 1 1 4˝ 13 Yermolinsky 40 2597 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 0 * ˝ 4 14 Reinderman 26 2541 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ * 3

Category: XVIII (2678). https://web.archive.org/web/1999050...

Sources

Wikipedia article: Tata Steel Chess Tournament#1999
TWIC #220 (http://theweekinchess.com/html/twic...)
TWIC #221 (http://theweekinchess.com/html/twic...)
John Hurley in The Sunday Tribune (Dublin), 24 January 1999, p. 29
FIDE rating list January 1999 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo199...)
Tidskrift för Schack, 2/1999, pp. 66-76 (https://tfsarkiv.schack.se/pdf/1999...)
Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant, 25 January 1999, p. 22 (https://krantenbankzeeland.nl/issue...)
Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant, 27 January 1999, p. 16 (https://krantenbankzeeland.nl/issue...)
Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant, 1 February 1999, p. 22 (https://krantenbankzeeland.nl/issue...)
Lost Boys reports archived by the Wayback Machine (https://web.archive.org/web/1999050...)
Robert Eugene Byrne in New York Times, 7 February 1999 (https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nyt...)
Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov. Part III: 1995-2005. Everyman Chess, London 2014, pp. 222-243 (https://www.scribd.com/document/386...)

Original collections: Game Collection: Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1999 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Hoogovens Group A 1999 by User: Tabanus.

Previous: Hoogovens Group A (1998). Next: Corus Group A (2000). See also Hoogovens Group B (1999) and Hoogovens Blitz (1999)

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs Ivanchuk ½-½221999Hoogovens Group AD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
2. Yermolinsky vs Svidler  ½-½231999Hoogovens Group AD85 Grunfeld
3. Van Wely vs Kramnik  ½-½261999Hoogovens Group AD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Topalov vs Timman 1-0361999Hoogovens Group AA20 English
5. Shirov vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½241999Hoogovens Group AB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
6. D Reinderman vs Anand 0-1371999Hoogovens Group AB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
7. Piket vs I Sokolov  ½-½201999Hoogovens Group AD97 Grunfeld, Russian
8. Timman vs D Reinderman  1-0701999Hoogovens Group AB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
9. Svidler vs Topalov ½-½371999Hoogovens Group AB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. I Sokolov vs Shirov 0-1521999Hoogovens Group AD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
11. Kramnik vs Yermolinsky 1-0401999Hoogovens Group AE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. Kasparov vs Van Wely 1-0441999Hoogovens Group AB33 Sicilian
13. Ivanchuk vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½281999Hoogovens Group AB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
14. Anand vs Piket 1-0411999Hoogovens Group AC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Yermolinsky vs Kasparov 0-1471999Hoogovens Group AA34 English, Symmetrical
16. Van Wely vs Ivanchuk ½-½391999Hoogovens Group AE97 King's Indian
17. Topalov vs Kramnik ½-½351999Hoogovens Group AC67 Ruy Lopez
18. Shirov vs Anand ½-½401999Hoogovens Group AB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
19. D Reinderman vs Svidler  ½-½261999Hoogovens Group AB57 Sicilian
20. Piket vs Timman 1-0311999Hoogovens Group AA10 English
21. Kasimdzhanov vs I Sokolov  ½-½311999Hoogovens Group AA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
22. Van Wely vs Yermolinsky  1-0311999Hoogovens Group AE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. Timman vs Shirov ½-½401999Hoogovens Group AD85 Grunfeld
24. Svidler vs Piket  ½-½371999Hoogovens Group AC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
25. Kramnik vs D Reinderman  ½-½341999Hoogovens Group AA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-09-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: From Jules Welling's tournament report in <Chess Monthly>, March 1999, p.5:

<Garry Kasparov had never participated here before. He had always disliked the idea of playing in the same arena as ordinary club players. But this was the Wijk way and it was not going to change, even for a world champion. The 'boss' had had a lean tournament schedule over the past year, having kept his commitments down in anticipation of having to play a title defence match in 1998. However this had fallen through due to difficulties with sponsorship and the champion had been left with time and energy to spare - but nowhere to play.

Then, quite by chance, a couple of months before the tournament Nigel Short withdrew from the line-up. His wife was expecting a baby and he wanted to be present at the birth. When Kasparov was informed of this, he seized his chance and approached the organisers to see whether he could fill the vacancy. The reply was yes - and chess history was in the making. As for Nigel, the story has a bitter-sweet ending. His baby arrived early, and so, as it turned out, he could have played at Hoogovens after all. To add insult to injury, Nigel also lost his place in the forthcoming Linares super-tournament. FIDE had miscalculated the latest ratings and young Hungarian GM Peter Leko was wrongly placed above him on their ELO list, enabling him to get the coveted invitation instead.>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific tournament only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC