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Linares 2001
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The 18th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Linares was played from February 23rd to March 6th, 2001 in Hotel Anibal, Linares, Spain. The star of the event was Garry Kasparov, who had lost the Kasparov - Kramnik Classical World Championship Match (2000) (because he was unable to win with the white pieces against the Berlin Defense of Vladimir Kramnik) and won the Corus (2001) tournament, ahead of Viswanathan Anand (2nd) and Kramnik (=3rd). Anand (ranked #2 in the world) and Kramnik (#3) had declined their invitations to Linares, (1, 2) and the six participants were: Kasparov (#1), Peter Leko (#5), Alexei Shirov (#7), Anatoli Karpov (#20), Judit Polgar (#23), and Alexander Grischuk (#28). (3) Kasparov was the highest ranked player (by a wide margin) (3) and was the overwhelming favorite. (4) Karpov's presence also increased the interest. Karpov had not played much since the Karpov - Anand FIDE World Championship Match (1998). His rating was his lowest in about 30 years, but he had a dazzling success in Linares (1994), (4) and played well in Linares (1995).

Kasparov and Karpov had not met since Las Palmas (1996) (2) and the two games here would be their last encounter in classical time control. Kasparov arrived to the event accompanied by his mother and Yury Dokhoian. Karpov arrived on 21 February accompanied by his analyst Mikhail Podgaets. Leko was accompanied by his wife and Amador Rodriguez Cespedes, Polgar by her husband Gustav, Grischuk by his coach Anatoly Bykhovsky, and Shirov by Viktorija Cmilyte and Jordi Magem Badals. (1) The arbiters were Juan Vargas, his son Juan Antonio Vargas and Paco Mena. Press officer was Paco Albalate. Round 1 started 3:30 pm. (1) The first three rounds gave nine draws, whereafter Kasparov started to beat his opponents and the rest started to beat each other. Polgar had held Kasparov to a draw in Round 2 and had the white pieces in Round 7. She thought about settling for a quick draw, but found that "fighting Kasparov in search of victory produces a special pleasure". (5) She got worse and should have lost, but there followed


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27...g6? 28.f5! Kasparov had underestimated the opening of the g file and had to settle with 28...gxh5 29.Ne6 Nxc3+ 30.bxc3 Qxc3 31.Rxd6 Qb4+ etc. and a draw by repetition. (6) Kasparov thought he had missed something in the position, and at dinner, he shouted across the restaurant to Polgar, "I found it! I found it! 27...Ba3! It's amazing - all the tricks work for me. You should have a good look at it!" (7) For the record, Stockfish agrees. "I told myself, it will be much more meritorious if the tie is signed after a good fight. That's how it was, and I also managed to get Kasparov nervous." (5) Polgar was well on her way to take clear second place in the tournament, but lost her games in Round 8 (against Karpov) and Round 10 (against Shirov). In the end, five players ended equal, and on less than 50%, with Kasparov throning on top. (1, 2, 8) It was his seventh win at Linares. (9)

Linares, Spain, 23 February - 6 March 2001

Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 1 Kasparov 2849 ** 1 1 1 11 7 =2 Polgar 2676 ** 0 10 4 =2 Karpov 2679 0 1 ** 0 4 =2 Leko 2745 0 ** 4 =2 Shirov 2718 0 01 ** 10 4 =2 Grischuk 2663 00 1 01 ** 4

Chief Arbiter: Juan Vargas. (1) Category: XIX (1, 2)

Notes

(1) Leontxo Garca in Jaque, No. 533 (July 2001), pp. 6-39 (http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...)
(2) Tidskrift fr Schack, March 2001, pp. 180-185 (http://www.schack.se/tfsarkiv/histo...)
(3) FIDE Rating List January 2001 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo200...)
(4) John A Peters in Los Angeles Times, 18 February 2001.
(5) Judit Polgar in Jaque, No. 533 (July 2001), pp. 40-42.
(6) Thomas Ernst in Tidskrift fr Schack, April 2001, p. 226 (http://www.schack.se/tfsarkiv/histo...)
(7) User: acirce on Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 2001, citing a now defunct ChessBase web page.
(8) TeleSchach, Linares 2001 page (http://teleschach.de/aktuelles/lina...)
(9) Wikipedia article: Linares International Chess Tournament.

Original collections: Game Collection: Linares 2001 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Linares 2001 by User: Tabanus. Round dates (February 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, March 1, 3, 4, 5, 6) are from Chess-Results (http://chess-results.com/tnr850.asp...) and Jaque 533.

Round 1 February 23
Grischuk vs Judit Polgar, 2001 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Leko vs Kasparov, 2001 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shirov vs Karpov, 2001 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 94 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 February 24
Karpov vs Grischuk, 2001
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Leko vs Shirov, 2001
(C11) French, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Judit Polgar, 2001 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 February 25
Grischuk vs Leko, 2001 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 2001
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shirov vs Kasparov, 2001 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 February 27
Grischuk vs Kasparov, 2001 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1

Judit Polgar vs Shirov, 2001 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 47 moves, 1-0

Karpov vs Leko, 2001 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 February 28
Kasparov vs Karpov, 2001 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Leko vs Judit Polgar, 2001
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shirov vs Grischuk, 2001 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 32 moves, 1-0

Round 6 March 1
Karpov vs Shirov, 2001
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Leko, 2001 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 31 moves, 1-0

Judit Polgar vs Grischuk, 2001
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 March 3
Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 2001 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Grischuk vs Karpov, 2001 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Leko, 2001
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 March 4
Kasparov vs Shirov, 2001 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

Leko vs Grischuk, 2001
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Judit Polgar, 2001 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 80 moves, 1-0

Round 9 March 5
Judit Polgar vs Leko, 2001
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Karpov vs Kasparov, 2001 
(D73) Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Grischuk vs Shirov, 2001 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 51 moves, 1-0

Round 10 March 6
Kasparov vs Grischuk, 2001 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 45 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 2001 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 59 moves, 1-0

Leko vs Karpov, 2001
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

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