Linares 10: Topalov beats Shirov, quick draw by Kasparov

2/29/2004 – The bravest player in this tournament and, with Kasparov, the biggest fighter, Veselin Topalov today defeated the fiery Latvian Alexei Shirov. Garry Kasparov clearly hadn't overcome his disappointment in the previous round and, with Luis Rentero watching, let Peter Leko off with a 19-move draw. We bring you a report and pictures.

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

Linares Round 10

Round 9 (Saturday, February 28, 2004)
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½ 
Garry Kasparov
Alexei Shirov 
½-½ 
Vladimir Kramnik
Francisco Vallejo 
½-½ 
Veselin Topalov
Round 10 (Sunday, February 29, 2004)
Veselin Topalov 
1-0 
Alexei Shirov
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½ 
Teimour Radjabov
Garry Kasparov 
½-½ 
Peter Leko
Games – Report

Before the rest day here is the cross table for ten rounds. Note that due to the odd number of participants some players have one less game than others, so the total score is not really very meaningful.

Here is the most exciting game of the day:

Topalov,V (2735) – Shirov,A (2736) [C97]
XXI SuperGM Linares ESP (10), 29.02.2004


Position after 37...Ne7-g6

Here comes the utterly terrifying kingside assault: 38.e5 dxe5 39.Bxg6 hxg6 40.Qxg6 e4 41.Rh3 Rfb7 42.Nf4 Rb1 43.Qh7+ Kf7 44.Qh5+ Kg8 45.Ng6 1-0.

Pictures from round nine


Slugfest between Bulgaring champion Veselin Topalov and Latvian-born Alexei Shirov


Kramnik's intention to teach the kid a lesson never really materialised


Not in a fighting mood after yesterday's accident: Garry Kasparov and Peter Leko

Whom do we spot in the background? None other than Don Luis Rentero (right) who built up the tournament and ran it for decades. Some years ago Rentero barely survived a tragic car accident. Popping out briefly to collect something, Rentero, instead of using his Rolls Royce, opted to use his wife’s smaller family car, which unfortunately was hit at a junction by a lorry. Whether he would have been better protected in the Roller is open to question – however his injuries were such that he was no longer the person he once was. There was a long, but steady recovery from his horrific injuries – injuries that forced him to relinquish control of "his" tournament which has now passed over the City of Linares. To the left of Rentero is his son who runs the family hotel business.

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
Round 7 (Thursday, February 26, 2004)
Peter Leko 
1-0 
Alexei Shirov
Garry Kasparov 
  1-0 Francisco Vallejo
Vladimir Kramnik 
  1-0 Veselin Topalov
Round 8 (Friday, February 27, 2004)
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½ 
Francisco Vallejo
Garry Kasparov 
½-½ 
Alexei Shirov
Peter Leko 
½-½ 
Teimour Radjabov
Round 9 (Saturday, February 28, 2004)
Teimour Radjabov 
½-½ 
Garry Kasparov
Alexei Shirov 
½-½ 
Vladimir Kramnik
Francisco Vallejo 
½-½ 
Veselin Topalov
Round 10 (Sunday, February 29, 2004)
Veselin Topalov 
1-0 
Alexei Shirov
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½ 
Teimour Radjabov
Garry Kasparov 
½-½ 
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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