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Novgorod 1995
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The second international tournament to be organized by the PCA in Novgorod, Russia was part of a three tournament series titled the "Super Classic." It was held from May 26th to June 9th, 1995, just a month after the first installment of the "Super Classic" in Riga, Latvia. The top ten rated grandmasters from the PCA participated in all three events. Here, the tournament was a category XVIII round robin event, with nine of the ten original participants from Riga in attendance. The participants, including the world champion, were (in order ELO): Garry Kasparov (2805), Vladimir Kramnik (2715), Vassily Ivanchuk (2700), Artur Yusupov (2660), Nigel Short (2655), Rafael Vaganian (2640), Jan Timman (2635), Veselin Topalov (2630), Jaan Ehlvest (2615), and Boris Gulko (2595). Vishwanathan Anand, who had been the tenth participant at Riga was replaced by Topalov. Rounds were played on consecutive days from May 27th to June 4th with only one rest day on June 1st. The prize fund for the tournament (as it was for each of the three installments of the "Super Classic") was $122,000. The prize money was divided up accordingly: 1st=$30,000; 2nd=$20,000; 3rd=$15,000; 4th=$12,000; 5th=$10,000; 6th=$9,000; 7th=$8,000; 8th=$7,000; 9th=$6,000; and 10th=$5,000. In the case of ties, the prize money from the tied places were combined and divided evenly among the players. There was also a grand prize of $150,000 to be distributed among the players at the end of the "Super Classic" series to be held in Horgen at the end of the year. Each player's results would be summed up from the three tournaments and a final standings would determine the distribution of the grand prize. Kasparov went a long way to securing his top place at the end of the year with his second consecutive "Super Classic" win here, going undefeated with 6.5/9 at the final. While Anand prepared for his PCA world championship match against Kasparov later in the year, his replacement distinguished himself by tying for second along with Short, Ivanchuk, and Ehlvest. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

01 Kasparov 6.5/9 * 1 = = = = = 1 1 1

02 Topalov 5.5/9 0 * = 1 = = = = 1 1

03 Short 5.5/9 = = * 0 = 1 = 1 1 =

04 Ivanchuk 5.5/9 = 0 1 * = = = = 1 1

05 Ehlvest 5.5/9 = = = = * 1 = = = 1

06 Kramnik 5/9 = = 0 = 0 * 1 1 = 1

07 Timman 4/9 = = = = = 0 * = = =

08 Gulko 3/9 0 = 0 = = 0 = * = =

09 Yusupov 2.5/9 0 0 0 0 = = = = * =

10 Vaganian 2/9 0 0 = 0 0 0 = = = *

Round One, Game #1
Gulko vs Kasparov, 1995 
(E92) King's Indian, 44 moves, 0-1

Round One, Game #2
Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1995
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #3
Short vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B33) Sicilian, 55 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #4
Timman vs Vaganian, 1995 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #5
Ehlvest vs Topalov, 1995
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #6
Vaganian vs Gulko, 1995
(A04) Reti Opening, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #7
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1995
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #8
Topalov vs Yusupov, 1995 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #9
Kramnik vs Timman, 1995 
(D85) Grunfeld, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #10
Ehlvest vs Short, 1995
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #11
Gulko vs Kramnik, 1995 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 38 moves, 0-1

Round Three, Game #12
Ivanchuk vs Vaganian, 1995 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 69 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #13
Timman vs Ehlvest, 1995
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #14
Yusupov vs Kasparov, 1995 
(A48) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

Round Three, Game #15
Short vs Topalov, 1995
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #16
Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 1995 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #17
Short vs Timman, 1995
(C11) French, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #18
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #19
Vaganian vs Yusupov, 1995
(A13) English, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #20
Ehlvest vs Gulko, 1995
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #21
Ivanchuk vs Ehlvest, 1995
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #22
Timman vs Topalov, 1995
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #23
Kasparov vs Vaganian, 1995 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #24
Gulko vs Short, 1995
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 58 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #25
Yusupov vs Kramnik, 1995
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #26
Short vs Ivanchuk, 1995
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 36 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game #27
Timman vs Gulko, 1995
(A21) English, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #28
Topalov vs Vaganian, 1995
(C10) French, 49 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #29
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1995 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #30
Ehlvest vs Yusupov, 1995 
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #31
Gulko vs Topalov, 1995 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #32
Ivanchuk vs Timman, 1995 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #33
Kasparov vs Ehlvest, 1995 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #34
Vaganian vs Kramnik, 1995
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 49 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #35
Yusupov vs Short, 1995 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 60 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game #36
Topalov vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B65) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #37
Timman vs Yusupov, 1995
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #38
Short vs Kasparov, 1995
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #39
Gulko vs Ivanchuk, 1995
(A10) English, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #40
Ehlvest vs Vaganian, 1995
(C00) French Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #41
Kasparov vs Timman, 1995
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #42
Ivanchuk vs Topalov, 1995 
(A61) Benoni, 60 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #43
Kramnik vs Ehlvest, 1995 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #44
Vaganian vs Short, 1995
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #45
Yusupov vs Gulko, 1995
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

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