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Amsterdam VSB 1995
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The ninth Max Euwe Memorial Chess Tournament was organized by the Verenigde Spaarbank (VSB) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from May 12th to the 18th, 1995. Following the format of previous editions of the tournament, four of the world's top grandmasters, including the world champion, were invited to participate in the double round robin event. They were (in order of ELO), Garry Kasparov (2805), Jeroen Piket (2670), Joel Lautier (2655), and Veselin Topalov (2630). The average of the combined ratings of the players ranked this event as a category XVIII tournament. In shocker ending, Kasparov did not finish first even though he scored more wins than any of the other three players. Two surprise losses devastated the world champion and kept him from winning his second consecutive Euwe memorial. Instead it was Lautier who finished clear first having completed the tournament undefeated with wins over Kasparov and Piket. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 Lautier 4/6 ** 1 1

2 Kasparov 3.5/6 0 ** 11 10

3 Topalov 2.5/6 00 ** 1

4 Piket 2/6 0 01 0 **

Round One, Game #1, May 12th
Lautier vs Kasparov, 1995 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #2
Topalov vs Piket, 1995 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #3, May 13th
Kasparov vs Piket, 1995 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 29 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #4
Lautier vs Topalov, 1995
(A36) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #5, May 14th
Piket vs Lautier, 1995 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 52 moves, 0-1

Round Three, Game #6
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 28 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #7, May 16th
Kasparov vs Lautier, 1995 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 31 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #8
Piket vs Topalov, 1995
(A58) Benko Gambit, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #9, May 17th
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1995 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #10
Lautier vs Piket, 1995
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #11, May 18th
Piket vs Kasparov, 1995 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #12
Topalov vs Lautier, 1995
(B49) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

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