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Amsterdam VSB 1996
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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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 of the tenth anniversary event. Vassily Ivanchuk, however, demanded additional costs made to him on account of his seconds, and so his invitation was revoked and his seat given to Boris Gelfand.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 of the combined ratings of all 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 Topalov 6/9 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1

2 Kasparov 6/9 0 * 1 1 1 1 1

3 Short 5/9 1 * 0 0 1 1

4 Anand 5/9 0 0 1 * 1 1

5 Kramnik 4/9 1 0 0 * 1

6 Lautier 4/9 0 1 * 0 1 0 1

7 Seirawan 4/9 0 0 1 * 0 1

8 Gelfand 3/9 0 0 0 0 1 * 1

9 Piket 3/9 0 0 1 0 0 *

10 Timman 2/9 0 0 0 0 *

Round One, Game #1, March 22nd
Gelfand vs Anand, 1996
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #2
Kramnik vs Seirawan, 1996 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 32 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #3
Lautier vs Short, 1996 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #4
Timman vs Piket, 1996
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #5
Topalov vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 66 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #6, March 23rd
Anand vs Topalov, 1996 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 51 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #7
Piket vs Kasparov, 1996 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 39 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #8
Seirawan vs Lautier, 1996 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #9
Short vs Gelfand, 1996 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #10
Timman vs Kramnik, 1996 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #11, March 24th
Gelfand vs Seirawan, 1996 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 109 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #12
Kasparov vs Anand, 1996 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 36 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #13
Kramnik vs Piket, 1996 
(E91) King's Indian, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #14
Lautier vs Timman, 1996
(E12) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #15
Topalov vs Short, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 46 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #16, March 26th
Kramnik vs Lautier, 1996
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #17
Piket vs Anand, 1996
(E12) Queen's Indian, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #18
Seirawan vs Topalov, 1996
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #19
Short vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #20
Timman vs Gelfand, 1996
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #21, March 27th
Anand vs Short, 1996
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 45 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #22
Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #23
Kasparov vs Seirawan, 1996 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #24
Lautier vs Piket, 1996
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 25 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #25
Topalov vs Timman, 1996 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #26, March 28th
Kramnik vs Topalov, 1996 
(A15) English, 36 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #27
Lautier vs Gelfand, 1996 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #28
Piket vs Short, 1996
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #29
Seirawan vs Anand, 1996
(A48) King's Indian, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #30
Timman vs Kasparov, 1996 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #31, March 30th
Anand vs Timman, 1996 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 47 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #32
Gelfand vs Piket, 1996
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #33
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1996 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #34
Short vs Seirawan, 1996
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #35
Topalov vs Lautier, 1996
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #36, March 31st
Gelfand vs Topalov, 1996
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 59 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game #37
Kramnik vs Anand, 1996 
(A04) Reti Opening, 108 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game #38
Lautier vs Kasparov, 1996
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #39
Piket vs Seirawan, 1996 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 73 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game #40
Timman vs Short, 1996 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 56 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #41, April 1st
Anand vs Lautier, 1996
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #42
Kasparov vs Gelfand, 1996 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #43
Seirawan vs Timman, 1996
(E15) Queen's Indian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #44
Short vs Kramnik, 1996 
(B58) Sicilian, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #45
Topalov vs Piket, 1996 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 58 moves, 1-0

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