Linares R9: Kasparov beats Kasimdzhanov in mini-match

3/4/2005 – They were supposed to play a reunification world championship against each other. Today their mini-match in Linares ended in a 1½:½ for Kasparov, who defeated the FIDE world champion with black. Anand was under pressure from Topalov but held, Leko vs Adams was also drawn. Report and analysis.

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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 nine

Kasimdzhanov,R (2678) - Kasparov,G (2804) [D47]
XXII SuperGM Linares ESP (9), 04.03.2005
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.0-0 a6 10.e4 c5 11.d5 Qc7 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.Bc2 c4 14.Nd4 Nc5 15.Be3 e5 16.Nf3 Be7 17.Ng5.

Here Kasparov unleashed a novely: 17...0-0. This move leaves the e6 square open for a fork. Running the game through our top chess engines we see that they too come to the conclusion that the position requires an exchange sacrifice. Remarkably the most dauntless of them, compensation fetish Junior 9, finds the move in the first seconds of computation (and never prefers another after that).

18.Bxc5. This removes the only cover for e6 18...Bxc5 19.Ne6 Qb6 20.Nxf8 Rxf8.

Kasimdzhanov realises he is in trouble, if only because Garry Kasparov has played this line. Black is also playing quick and fast, so the Uzbek knows this is not an impromptu over-the-board idea, but something Kasparov has analysed in the peace and quite (except for the humming of the processor fan) of his home.

21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.exd5 Bxf2+. The bishop cannot be taken: 23.Rxf2 Ng4 wins. 23.Kh1 e4 24.Qe2 e3. This constellation of a passed pawn on e3, supported by and supporting a bishop on f2, is certainly a major thorn in the white position. 25.Rfd1 Qd6 26.a4 g6 27.axb5 axb5 28.g3.

On the Playchess server there were almost two thousand spectators on this board, with a dozen grandmasters analysing and speculating on the outcome. Yasser Seirawan was explaining things patiently, with an anonymous (= shy) super-GM chipping in with suggestions. But at this moment John Nunn, who had returned from one of his rare tournaments with the obligatory flu, came in briefly to check the position. "Has anyone looked at Nh5?" asked "Doccy" (John's handle on the server). Nobody had, and everyone immediately did. And after everybody had checked everything very carefully, us on the server with computers and Kasparov on the board with is 100 billion processors, we all came to the conclusion that this was indeed the winning line.

28...Nh5! 29.Qg4. This is where, in a basically winning postion – e.g. 29...Qe5 does it in a slightly tedious fashion – Kasparov played the proverbial "move for the audience". Everyone, especially the chess engines, were enchanted: 29...Bxg3!! This move finished off the opponent more ruthlessly: 30.hxg3 Nxg3+ 31.Kg2 Rf2+ 32.Kh3 Nf5 33.Rh1 h5 34.Qxg6+ Qxg6 35.Rhg1 Qxg1 36.Rxg1+ Kf7. With two extra pawns and all the attacking weapons in his hands Black will have no problems taking the point. Kasimdzhanov conceded: 0-1.

The other games were not quite as exciting: Veselin Topalov pushed and squeesed, but could not get a full point of a tenaciously defending Anand, who at times appeared to be in serious trouble. In Leko vs Adams the latter caught our attention with a knight sacrifice on move 19.

Leko,P (2749) - Adams,Mi (2741) [C42]
XXII SuperGM Linares ESP (9), 04.03.2005
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Re1 Bg4 9.c3 f5 10.Qb3 0-0 11.Nbd2 Na5 12.Qc2 Nc6 13.b4 a6 14.a4 Bd6 15.Rb1 Re8 16.b5 axb5 17.axb5 Na5 18.Ne5 Bxe5 19.dxe5

19...Nxf2!? And interesting turn with made Leko work hard to avoid pitfalls. But once again the classical chess world championship challenger played with the accuracy of a Dutch chess engine and held his enterprising opponent to a draw by perpetual check. 20.Kxf2 Qh4+ 21.Kf1 Qxh2 22.Ba3 Re6 23.Qa2 Rd8 24.Bc5 Rh6 25.e6 Qf4+ 26.Kg1 Qh2+ 27.Kf1 Qf4+ 28.Kg1 Qh2+ 29.Kf1 ½-½

Round 9 (Friday, March 4, 2005)
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
0-1
Garry Kasparov
Peter Leko
½-½
Michael Adams
Veselin Topalov
½-½
Viswanathan Anand
Round 10 (Saturday, March 5, 2005)
Viswanathan Anand
Peter Leko
Michael Adams
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
Garry Kasparov
Francisco Vallejo
Games – Report

Current standing
Scores
Kasparov
+3
Anand
+1
Topalov
+1
Leko
0
Adams
–1
Kasimdzhanov
–2
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
0-1
Garry Kasparov
Peter Leko
½-½
Michael Adams
Veselin Topalov
½-½
Viswanathan Anand
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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