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Linz 1997
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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Just your average everyday Category 12 tournament with an average rating of 2542, featuring this group of players.

Zoltan Almasi, Etienne Bacrot, Valeri Beim, Harald Casagrande, Igor Glek, Viktor Korchnoi, Zigurds Lanka, Ian Rogers, Oleg Romanishin, Markus Wach

From the start it developed into a race between Almasi and Beim. The former kept his half-point advantage when the two leaders drew in round 8, but the last round saw Beim catch up by overcoming some heroic resistance by Korchnoi while Almasi drew with Bacrot.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Beim * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 7.0 2 Almasi ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 7.0 3 Bacrot ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 6.0 4 Glek ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 6.0 5 Rogers 0 0 0 1 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 4.5 6 Romanishin 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0 7 Korchnoi 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 4.0 8 Wach ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 3.0 9 Lanka 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ 3.0 10 Casagrande 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ * 0.5

The Mr. Nice Guy award goes to Zigurds Lanka for his last round draw with Casagrande. For an interesting game, take a look at Korchnoi's amazing drawing resource in M Wach vs Korchnoi, 1997.

Round 1 (Saturday, May 17)
Z Almasi vs Lanka, 1997
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 1 (Saturday, May 17)
Glek vs Romanishin, 1997
(B40) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 (Saturday, May 17)
I Rogers vs Beim, 1997
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 84 moves, 0-1

Round 1 (Saturday, May 17)
Korchnoi vs Bacrot, 1997
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 52 moves, 1-0

Round 1 (Saturday, May 17)
H Casagrande vs M Wach, 1997
(D03) Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation), 40 moves, 0-1

Round 2 (Sunday, May 18)
Beim vs Glek, 1997
(A15) English, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 (Sunday, May 18)
Z Almasi vs Korchnoi, 1997 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Sunday, May 18)
Bacrot vs I Rogers, 1997
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Sunday, May 18)
Romanishin vs H Casagrande, 1997
(A04) Reti Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Sunday, May 18)
Lanka vs M Wach, 1997
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Monday, May 19)
Glek vs Bacrot, 1997
(B89) Sicilian, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 (Monday, May 19)
I Rogers vs Z Almasi, 1997
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 72 moves, 0-1

Round 3 (Monday, May 19)
Korchnoi vs Lanka, 1997
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 (Monday, May 19)
M Wach vs Romanishin, 1997
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 (Monday, May 19)
H Casagrande vs Beim, 1997 
(B06) Robatsch, 42 moves, 0-1

Round 4 (Tuesday, May 20)
Beim vs M Wach, 1997
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Tuesday, May 20)
Z Almasi vs Glek, 1997
(C14) French, Classical, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Tuesday, May 20)
Bacrot vs H Casagrande, 1997 
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Tuesday, May 20)
Korchnoi vs I Rogers, 1997
(E91) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Tuesday, May 20)
Lanka vs Romanishin, 1997
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 115 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Wednesday, May 21)
Glek vs Korchnoi, 1997
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 65 moves, 1-0

Round 5 (Wednesday, May 21)
I Rogers vs Lanka, 1997
(B89) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Wednesday, May 21)
Romanishin vs Beim, 1997
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 42 moves, 0-1

Round 5 (Wednesday, May 21)
M Wach vs Bacrot, 1997
(B06) Robatsch, 87 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Wednesday, May 21)
H Casagrande vs Z Almasi, 1997
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 0-1

Round 6 (Thursday, May 22)
Z Almasi vs M Wach, 1997
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 51 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Thursday, May 22)
Bacrot vs Romanishin, 1997
(B44) Sicilian, 77 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Thursday, May 22)
I Rogers vs Glek, 1997 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Thursday, May 22)
Korchnoi vs H Casagrande, 1997
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Thursday, May 22)
Lanka vs Beim, 1997 
(B06) Robatsch, 35 moves, 0-1

Round 7 (Friday, May 23)
Beim vs Bacrot, 1997
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Friday, May 23)
Glek vs Lanka, 1997 
(E61) King's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 7 (Friday, May 23)
Romanishin vs Z Almasi, 1997
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Friday, May 23)
M Wach vs Korchnoi, 1997 
(C18) French, Winawer, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Friday, May 23)
H Casagrande vs I Rogers, 1997
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (Saturday, May 24)
Z Almasi vs Beim, 1997
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 (Saturday, May 24)
Glek vs H Casagrande, 1997
(B01) Scandinavian, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Saturday, May 24)
I Rogers vs M Wach, 1997
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Saturday, May 24)
Korchnoi vs Romanishin, 1997
(D85) Grunfeld, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 (Saturday, May 24)
Lanka vs Bacrot, 1997
(B01) Scandinavian, 38 moves, 0-1

Round 9 (Sunday, May 25)
Beim vs Korchnoi, 1997
(A13) English, 83 moves, 1-0

Round 9 (Sunday, May 25)
Bacrot vs Z Almasi, 1997
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Sunday, May 25)
Romanishin vs I Rogers, 1997
(A06) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Sunday, May 25)
M Wach vs Glek, 1997
(B30) Sicilian, 35 moves, 0-1

Round 9 (Sunday, May 25)
H Casagrande vs Lanka, 1997
(D85) Grunfeld, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

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