Linares 8: three draws – the death of chess?

2/27/2004 – Yesterday was apparently a freak accident, today Linares returned to normal, with all games drawn. One must mention that again it was Garry Kasparov's board where all the excitement was. With his opponent Alexei Shirov was pressing with the black pieces the world's number one had to fight for a draw. Here are results, games and pictures.

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21st International Chess Tournament
Linares Feb. 19 – March 5, 2004

Linares Round 8

Round 7 (Thursday, February 26, 2004)
Peter Leko 
1-0 
Alexei Shirov
Garry Kasparov 
  1-0 Francisco Vallejo
Vladimir Kramnik 
  1-0 Veselin Topalov
Games – Report
Round 8 (Friday, February 27, 2004)
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½ 
Francisco Vallejo
Garry Kasparov 
½-½ 
Alexei Shirov
Peter Leko 
½-½ 
Teimour Radjabov
Games – Report

Pictures from round eight


Young Teimour Radjabov held world-class Peter Leko to an effortless draw


"Now let me show you how to use your queen." GM Arshak Petrosian, analysing the game with son-in-law Peter


Spectators following the games in the lobby of Hotel Anibal


Vladimir Kramnik contemplating the games in the players' section


Big Vlad Kramnik analysing with Spanish hopeful Paco Vallejo


21-year-old Paco was never in any danger with the black pieces in this game


Francisco Vallejo signing autographs for fans after the game


The famous Hotel Anibal where the players and journalists stay


The entrance to the hotel with the chess poster

A local shop cashing in on the chess thing

Our photographer playing around with chess motifs

Some wag's opinion of the Linares tournament

Pictures by Jesús J. Boyero Gabarre

All results so far

Round 1 (Thursday, February 19, 2004)
Francisco Vallejo 
½-½ 
Vladimir Kramnik
Alexei Shirov 
½-½ 
Garry Kasparov
Teimour Radjabov 
0-1
Peter Leko
Round 2 (Friday, February 20, 2004)
Kasparov, Garry 
½-½ 
Teimour Radjabov
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½ 
Alexei Shirov
Veselin Topalov 
½-½ 
Francisco Vallejo
Round 3 (Saturday, February 21, 2004)
Alexei Shirov 
½-½ 
Veselin Topalov
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½ 
Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Leko 
½-½
Garry Kasparov
Round 4 (Sunday, February 22, 2004)
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½ 
Peter Leko
Veselin Topalov 
½-½ 
Teimour Radjabov
Francisco Vallejo 
½-½
Alexei Shirov
Round 5 (Monday, February 23, 2004)
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½ 
Francisco Vallejo
Peter Leko 
½-½ 
Veselin Topalov
Garry Kasparov 
½-½ 
Vladimir Kramnik
Round 6 (Wednesday, February 25, 2004)
Veselin Topalov 
½-½ 
Garry Kasparov
Francisco Vallejo 
½-½ 
Peter Leko
Alexei Shirov 
1-0
Teimour Radjabov
Games – Report
Round 7 (Thursday, February 26, 2004)
Peter Leko 
1-0 
Alexei Shirov
Garry Kasparov 
  1-0 Francisco Vallejo
Vladimir Kramnik 
  1-0 Veselin Topalov
Games – Report
Round 8 (Friday, February 27, 2004)
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½ 
Francisco Vallejo
Garry Kasparov 
½-½ 
Alexei Shirov
Peter Leko 
½-½ 
Teimour Radjabov
Games – Report
Round 9 (Saturday, February 28, 2004)
Teimour Radjabov 
 
Garry Kasparov
Alexei Shirov 
 
Vladimir Kramnik
Francisco Vallejo 
 
Veselin Topalov
Games – Report
Round 10 (Sunday, February 29, 2004)
Veselin Topalov 
 
Alexei Shirov
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
Teimour Radjabov
Garry Kasparov 
 
Peter Leko
Games – Report
Round 11 (Tuesday, March 2, 2004)
Peter Leko 
 
Vladimir Kramnik
Teimour Radjabov 
 
Veselin Topalov
Alexei Shirov 
 
Francisco Vallejo
Games – Report
Round 12 (Wednesday, March 3, 2004)
Francisco Vallejo 
 
Teimour Radjabov
Veselin Topalov 
 
Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
Garry Kasparov
Games – Report
Round 13 (Thursday, March 4, 2004)
Garry Kasparov 
 
Veselin Topalov
Peter Leko 
 
Francisco Vallejo
Teimour Radjabov 
 
Alexei Shirov
Games – Report
Round 14 (Friday, March 5, 2004)
Alexei Shirov 
 
Peter Leko
Francisco Vallejo 
 
Garry Kasparov
Veselin Topalov 
 
Vladimir Kramnik
Games – Report

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