Linares R7: Kasparov leads at half-time

3/2/2005 – In every round so far in Linares two games were drawn and one decided, today the pattern was broken and all games were drawn. There was mild pressure in Kasparov vs Topalov and Adams vs Anand, while Peter Leko played a 13-mover against Vallejo. We bring you a full report with some interesting factoids.

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The XXII Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez "Ciudad de Linares", a category 20 double round robin, is being held in the Spanish town of Linares and from February 23 until March 10 2005. During each round one player rests, and in addition there are full rest days on March 1st and 7th. The games start at 15:30h local time (CET = GMT 14:30h = 9:30 a.m. NY) in the Hotel Anibal. Live coverage of the event is expected on the official web site and on Playchess.com. We will be reporting daily on our news page.

Round seven

After a free day for all players nobody seemed really eager to do prolonged and vigorous battle on this Wednesday afternoon. In fact the entire round was over in just over two hours of play. The longest game was Adams vs Anand, which lasted 28 moves. And this was mainly because of a 30-minute think by Anand at move 20.

We are told that Garry Kasparov gave a simultaneous exhibition on the rest day, which is quite atypical in a tournament of this strength. His Ruy Lopez game against Veselin Topalov saw him come under light pressure and concede a draw in 21 moves.

Francisco Vallejo and Peter Leko were the most peaceful of this rounds participants, requiring just 13 moves to convince themselves that there was no point in thinking of a win today.

Round 7 (Wednesday, March 2, 2005)
Francisco Vallejo
½-½
Peter Leko
Garry Kasparov
½-½
Veselin Topalov
Michael Adams
½-½
Viswanathan Anand
Round 8 (Thursday, March 3, 2005)
Michael Adams
Veselin Topalov
Garry Kasparov
Peter Leko
Francisco Vallejo
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Games – Report

Current standing
Scores
Kasparov
+2
Anand
+1
Topalov
+1
Leko
0
Kasimdzhanov
0
Adams
–1
Vallejo
–3

Linares Factoids

In our introductory Linares 2005 report we gave you a brief history of all 21 previous editions of this tournament, asking you to mine the data and extract interesting factoids – little nuggets of information that catch your attention. Here is a first installment provided by Henrik Karlzén of Mölndal, Sweden.

  • The largest winning margin – the number of points the winner was ahead of the field – was three points, achieved by Garry Kasparov in 2001. Twice the margin was 2½ points, scored in 1994 by Anatoly Karpov and in 1999 by Garry Kasparov. Five time there were joint winners.

  • The largest plus/minus rating performance was +237 by Anatoly Karpov in 1994, and -268 by Garcia Gonzales in 1981.

  • The highest winning percentage ever was 85% by Karpov in 1994, with 11/13 or +9. The lowest winning percentage ever was 58%, with (7/12 by Leko and Kramnik in 2003 and a +2 by Kramnik in 2004.

  • The greatest fighting spirit, defined by the number of decided games, was Kasparov with 67/144=47%, followed by Shirov with 49/106=46%. Anand scored 53/123=43%, Kramnik 30/95=32%, and Leko 14/58=24%.

  • The only undefeated players in the history of Linares were Roberto Debarnot and Ochoa de Echaguen – both played only in 1978 – and Ulf Andersson, who played in 1983.

  • The category and average rating developed over the 22 tournaments as follows:

  •  
    Year Cat. Aver.   Year Cat. Aver.
    1978
    05
    2363   1994
    18
    2685
    1979
    09
    2459   1995
    17
    2654
    1981
    13
    2567   1997
    18
    2700
    1983
    14
    2598   1998
    21
    2752
    1985
    14
    2594   1999
    20
    2733
    1988
    15
    2602   2000
    21
    2751
    1989
    16
    2628   2001
    19
    2721
    1990
    16
    2628   2002
    20
    2732
    1991
    17
    2658   2003
    20
    2733
    1992
    17
    2658   2004
    20
    2731
    1993
    18
    2676   2005
    20
    2743
  • The highest average rating and category (21, 2752) was achieved in 1998. The average rating stayed the same twice, in 1989/90 and 1991/92, and was the same in 1999 and 2003.

  • The total number of games played each year in Linares was 45, 66, 66, 55, 66, 66, 55, 66, 91, 91, 91, 91, 91, 66, 42, 56, 30, 30, 36, 42, 42. The total of all 21 tournaments was 1284. The 1000th game was played in the 1997 tournament.

  • The names of 12 out of 25 winners (48%) started with a "K". Second with 3/25 comes "I" as in Ivanchuk.

We await more factoids and interesting statistics on the Linares tournaments.


Schedule

Round 1 (Wednesday, February 23, 2005)
Veselin Topalov
1-0
Michael Adams
Peter Leko
½-½
Garry Kasparov
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
½-½
Francisco Vallejo
Round 2 (Thursday, February 24, 2005)
Garry Kasparov
½-½
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Michael Adams
½-½
Peter Leko
Viswanathan Anand
1-0
Veselin Topalov
Round 3 (Friday, February 25, 2005)
Peter Leko
½-½
Viswanathan Anand
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
½-½
Michael Adams
Francisco Vallejo
0-1
Garry Kasparov
Round 4 (Saturday, February 26, 2005)
Michael Adams
1-0
Francisco Vallejo
Viswanathan Anand
½-½
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Veselin Topalov
½-½
Peter Leko
Round 5 (Sunday, February 27, 2005)
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
½-½
Veselin Topalov
Francisco Vallejo
½-½
Viswanathan Anand
Garry Kasparov
1-0
Michael Adams
Round 6 (Monday, February 28, 2005)
Viswanathan Anand
½-½
Garry Kasparov
Veselin Topalov
1-0
Francisco Vallejo
Peter Leko
½-½
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Round 7 (Wednesday, March 2, 2005)
Francisco Vallejo
½-½
Peter Leko
Garry Kasparov
½-½
Veselin Topalov
Michael Adams
½-½
Viswanathan Anand
Round 8 (Thursday, March 3, 2005)
Michael Adams
Veselin Topalov
Garry Kasparov
Peter Leko
Francisco Vallejo
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Games – Report
Round 9 (Friday, March 4, 2005)
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Garry Kasparov
Peter Leko
Michael Adams
Veselin Topalov
Viswanathan Anand
Games – Report
Round 10 (Saturday, March 5, 2005)
Viswanathan Anand
Peter Leko
Michael Adams
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Garry Kasparov
Francisco Vallejo
Games – Report
Round 11 (Sunday, March 6, 2005)
Francisco Vallejo
Michael Adams
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Viswanathan Anand
Peter Leko
Veselin Topalov
Games – Report
Round 12 (Tuesday, March 8, 2005)
Veselin Topalov
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Viswanathan Anand
Francisco Vallejo
Michael Adams
Garry Kasparov
Games – Report
Round 13 (Wednesday, March 9, 2005)
Garry Kasparov
Viswanathan Anand
Francisco Vallejo
Veselin Topalov
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Peter Leko
Games – Report
Round 14 (Thursday, March 10, 2005)
Peter Leko
Francisco Vallejo
Veselin Topalov
Garry Kasparov
Viswanathan Anand
Michael Adams
Games – Report

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