3/11/2003 – Justice should be blind, but should beauty? At the closing ceremony the prize for the most beautiful game went to Kasparov-Radjabov. The teen's win over the #1 was a landmark moment, but Radjabov had a losing position and it took a "??" move from Kasparov to create the upset. Kasparov erupted at the ceremony and went after the journalists who had voted. Who was wrong? Everybody...
3/11/2003 – Here at chessbase.com we receive a lot of mail. Usually it is about general subjects and topical news. Occasionally we receive very personal messages from people asking for assistance. Today there was a message in our inbox from a very depressed grandmaster. We share his poignant missive with you. Perhaps someone out there will find some words of reassurance.
3/10/2003 – No, not in the house on the right – that's where the dogs fall off the cliffs! In her closing report from Linares Nadja Woisin finds proof that her room in the Anibal hotel was previously occupied by Vassily Ivanchuk, describes the unforgettable taste of fresh olives and shows you the banners Spanish mayors are putting up on their town halls. Curious? See it all in this remarkable picture gallery from Linares.
3/9/2003 – It's all about the Leko in Linares. The former Schlechter Award winner bounced back from his loss in round 12 to defeat none other than Vishy Anand for the first time ever and moved back into a tie for first with Kramnik. Anand fell to a tie for 3-4 with Kasparov, who was held to a draw by Vallejo. Kramnik-Leko in the final round! More..
3/9/2003 – According to the traditional Linares tiebreak system of 'fewest draws,' Peter Leko has won his first title of Linares champion! His game with Kramnik was a solid draw and both players finished with 7/12. Anand and Kasparov drew and finished 3-4 with 6.5/12. Ponomariov won against Vallejo. Report and games here.
3/8/2003 – It happened two weeks ago, but now the news has suddenly broken in the broadsheets: the world's strongest chess player Garry Kasparov was beaten by a mere teen! "The duel of David and Goliath – culminating in Kasparov's failure to shake Radjabov's hand afterward – was a highlight of the Linares Chess Tournament," more than a dozen newspapers wrote. You will find a click-list of them here...
3/8/2003 – Just two more rounds to play in Linares and there has been another shake-up in the standings. Co-leader Leko lost to local player Vallejo to drop to +1. Anand beat Radjabov to rejoin Kramnik, who is still sitting on +2 like a mountain. Can anyone topple him? Ponomariov-Kasparov was a steady draw. Report, photos, and analysis here.
3/8/2003 – Before the super-tournament in Wijk aan Zee we asked you to predict who would win and how certain players would fare. We got hundreds of answers, many veritable essays on the strengths and weaknesses of the individual participants. We asked the wife of the Wijk aan Zee winner to select a recipient, and her husband dutifully commemorated the prize with his signature. Check quickly if you were the lucky winner.
3/7/2003 – With three days to go the standings have remained unchanged for three consecutive rounds. The draw percentage in the tournament has now gone over two-thirds after three more piece treaties were signed today. Kramnik-Anand was the liveliest of the trio. Kramnik and Leko still lead with +2, Kasparov and Anand are right behind at +1. Who has a finishing kick? More..
3/6/2003 – We're out of draw jokes, but for the second round in a row all games finished without a winner. The organizers were checking their watches. Over so soon?! Leko was in a mess against Kasparov but solved the puzzle to draw. Radjabov abandoned the French and it almost paid off against Ponomariov. Vallejo-Kramnik gets the round's pollo award for lasting just 13 moves. More..
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