Linares R8: Vallejo chalks up first win

3/3/2005 – Underdog Francisco Vallejo Pons today scored his first victory in the tournament, defeating reigning FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov in convincing style. Garry Kasparov was unable to score a full point against the precision of Peter Leko, Adams drew against Topalov. Flash report.

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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 covereag of the event is expected on the official web site and on Playchess.com. We will be reporting daily on our news page.

Round eight

Until this round local Spanish hero Francisco ("Paco") Vallejo Pons had not won a single game, but lost three. And his opponent, FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, had not lost any, while not winning any either. So it was a little like the resistable force meeting the immovable object. But young Paco surprised everybody with a novelt in the Queen's Gambit, which won him a pawn, the edge, a big advantage and finally the endgame and the game itself. In spite of the three losses he is now just half a point behind Kasimdzhanov and Michael Adams.

Michael Adams, who is playing below his nominal 2741 rating, looked very much like a winner in round eight, gaining a considerable advantage from a well-played opening (Sicilian Scheveningen). But slowly the position and the advantage were eroded, especially after the queens were exchanged at move 30, and the game ended peacefully just before the time control.

Garry Kasparov uncorked a novelty, at move 12, in an opening he had already played against Peter Lekp in 2002. His temporary pawn sacrifice gave him a big advantage, at least in the eyes of almost 2000 spectators on the Playchess server. But while the many GMs there were searching for ways to clinch the game for Kasparov, Peter Leko kept playing with the precision of the Hungarian chess genius that he is, frustrating Kasparov's every attempt to find a winning line. The game was in fact the first to end, with a draw on move 31.

Round 8 (Thursday, March 3, 2005)
Michael Adams
½-½
Veselin Topalov
Garry Kasparov
½-½
Peter Leko
Francisco Vallejo
1-0
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Round 9 (Friday, March 4, 2005)
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
 
Garry Kasparov
Peter Leko
 
Michael Adams
Veselin Topalov
 
Viswanathan Anand
Games – Report

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

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
½-½
Veselin Topalov
Garry Kasparov
½-½
Peter Leko
Francisco Vallejo
1-0
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
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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