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Linares 2002
Compiled by Tabanus
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The 19th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Linares was played from February 23rd to March 10th, 2002 (1) in Hotel Anibal, Linares, Spain. (2, 3) Six of the world's best players, and one local talent, competed in the double round robin format. The favorite was Garry Kasparov, ranked #1 in the world. Attention was also cast on the debut of young Ruslan Ponomariov (#7), who had won the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001/02) a month ago. The unofficial World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (#2) had declined his invitation. The players were: Kasparov (#1), Viswanathan Anand (#3), Michael Adams (#4), Ruslan Ponomariov (#7), Vassily Ivanchuk (#8), Alexey Shirov (#9), and "Paco" or Francisco Vallejo Pons (#60). (4, 5) Kasparov was accompanied at the event by his mother, and also assisted by Yury Dokhoian. (3, 5) Ponomariov was assisted by Viktor Antonovich Bologan. (5) Vallejo was helped by Zenon Franco Ocampos and Roi Reinaldo Castineira, (6) and had conducted training sessions with Gilberto Hernandez Guerrero for one month. (5)

Paco avoided last place by defeating Shirov in a good game in Round 13, and the FIDE champion took clear second place behind Kasparov. The two teenagers lost to Kasparov with the black pieces. Paco in Round 8, and Ponomariov in Round 13: in the French Defense Rubinstein Variation he should probably have played 8...a6 rather than giving Kasparov an attack with 8...Nd7 9.Bb5 Bd6 10.Qg4. (3, 5, 7) In any case, "the first performance of Paco in an elite tournament could not have been more hopeful", (5) and the performance of Ponomariov silenced some of the criticism against FIDE. Kasparov did not speak to Ponomariov at the opening ceremony (sitting in adjoining seats), but he was friendly to him at the end of the struggle and even gave him praises. He also greeted Paco's father and said he had every reason to be proud. (2, 3, 5) It was his eighth win at Linares. (8)

Linares, Spain, 23 February - 10 March 2002

Age Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 1 Kasparov 38 2838 ** ½1 ½½ ½½ 1½ ½1 ½1 8 2 Ponomariov 18 2727 ½0 ** 1½ ½½ 01 ½1 ½½ 6½ 3 Ivanchuk 32 2717 ½½ 0½ ** ½½ 1½ ½1 ½0 6 4 Anand 32 2757 ½½ ½½ ½½ ** 0½ ½½ ½1 6 5 Adams 30 2742 0½ 10 0½ 1½ ** ½½ ½1 6 6 Vallejo 19 2629 ½0 ½0 ½0 ½½ ½½ ** ½1 5 7 Shirov 29 2715 ½0 ½½ ½1 ½0 ½0 ½0 ** 4½

Category: XX. (9) Best game selected by the chess journalists: Kasparov vs Ponomariov, 2002. (2)

The IX Open Anibal de Linares (Swiss, 10 rounds, 1-10 March) was played this year in parallel with the grandmaster event. It was won by Zhang Pengxiang. (10) There was also a tournament for the blind (23 February - 4 March), won by Sergey Nikolayevich Krylov. (11, 12) Tournament book: Linares 2002, ed. by Konstantin Rufovich Sakaev (Grandmaster Chess School, St. Petersburg 2002. 224 pp. (in Russian)).

Notes

(1) Boris Schipkov at Chess Siberia, Linares 2002 page (http://www.chessib.com/linar2res.html)

(2) Rolf Lundquist in Tidskrift för Schack, March 2002, pp. 173-176 (http://www.schack.se/tfsarkiv/histo...)

(3) Peón de Rey, No. 5 (2002), pp. 6-32 (https://e-nautia.com/santiago/disk/...)

(4) FIDE Rating List January 2002 (http://fidelists.blogspot.no/2008/0...)

(5) Jaque, No. 553 (March 2002), pp. 5-43 (http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...)

(6) Zenon Franco Ocampos in ABC Color (http://www.tabladeflandes.com/Zenon...)

(7) Robert Eugene Byrne in New York Times, 24 March 2002 (https://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/24/...)

(8) Wikipedia article: Linares International Chess Tournament

(9) Crosstable by Boris Schipkov at Chess Siberia (http://www.chessib.com/linar2crt.html)

(10) Ajedrez Noticias Diarias Boletin, No. 20 (11 March 2002) (http://www.elistas.net/lista/torneo...)

(11) EListas.net, Información Torneos Ajedrez España, Crónica 05.03.2002 (http://www.elistas.net/lista/torneo...)

(12) Ajedrez Parque Sur Albacete, Linares 2002 page (http://www.ajedrezparquesuralbacete...)

Previous edition: Linares (2001). Next: Linares (2003).

Original collections: Game Collection: Linares 2002 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Linares 2002 by User: Tabanus. Round dates (February 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, March 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) are from Chess Siberia.

Round 1 February 23 (Adams bye)
Ponomariov vs Ivanchuk, 2002 
(C18) French, Winawer, 45 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Anand, 2002 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Vallejo Pons vs Kasparov, 2002 
(A28) English, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 February 24 (Kasparov bye)
Ivanchuk vs Shirov, 2002 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Anand vs F Vallejo Pons, 2002 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Adams vs Ponomariov, 2002 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 76 moves, 1-0

Round 3 February 25 (Ponomariov bye)
Shirov vs Adams, 2002 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Vallejo Pons vs Ivanchuk, 2002 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Anand, 2002 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 February 26 (Anand bye)
Ponomariov vs Shirov, 2002 
(B30) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Adams vs F Vallejo Pons, 2002 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 2002 
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 February 28 (Shirov bye)
Kasparov vs Adams, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Ivanchuk, 2002
(B33) Sicilian, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Vallejo Pons vs Ponomariov, 2002
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 March 1 (Ivanchuk bye)
Adams vs Anand, 2002 
(C10) French, 44 moves, 1-0

Ponomariov vs Kasparov, 2002 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shirov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2002 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 March 2 (Vallejo bye)
Anand vs Ponomariov, 2002 
(B32) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Shirov, 2002 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivanchuk vs Adams, 2002 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 50 moves, 1-0

Round 8 March 3 (Adams bye)
Anand vs Shirov, 2002 
(B32) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk vs Ponomariov, 2002
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2002 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 50 moves, 1-0

Round 9 March 4 (Kasparov bye)
Ponomariov vs Adams, 2002 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 45 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Ivanchuk, 2002 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

F Vallejo Pons vs Anand, 2002
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 March 6 (Ponomariov bye)
Ivanchuk vs F Vallejo Pons, 2002 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 23 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Kasparov, 2002 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Adams vs Shirov, 2002 
(B30) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 11 March 7 (Anand bye)
Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 2002 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shirov vs Ponomariov, 2002
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Vallejo Pons vs Adams, 2002 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12 March 8 (Shirov bye)
Ivanchuk vs Anand, 2002
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ponomariov vs F Vallejo Pons, 2002 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 29 moves, 1-0

Adams vs Kasparov, 2002 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13 March 9 (Ivanchuk bye)
Anand vs Adams, 2002
(C42) Petrov Defense, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Ponomariov, 2002 
(C10) French, 38 moves, 1-0

F Vallejo Pons vs Shirov, 2002 
(B50) Sicilian, 54 moves, 1-0

Round 14 March 10 (Vallejo bye)
Ponomariov vs Anand, 2002 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Shirov vs Kasparov, 2002 
(B33) Sicilian, 28 moves, 0-1

Adams vs Ivanchuk, 2002 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

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