Linares 7: Three wins, Leko in the lead

2/26/2004 – Maybe they put something into the water? Just when everybody was getting used to the daily serving of lifeless draws, had the jokes about the lack of fighting spirit had been honed to stand-up class, the players suddenly burst into action and presented the world with three decided games in this round. More...

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

Linares Round 7

The three winners in this round were Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko. Kasparov methodically outplayed Spanish champion Francisco Vallejo, actually reaching a forced mate in the final position. Vladimir Kramnik had something good prepared against Veselin Topalov, who as so often in his career went for an all-to-daring continuation. And finally Peter Leko did not let this one get away, even though Alexei Shirov put up a heroic defence.

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 
 
Francisco Vallejo
Garry Kasparov 
 
Alexei Shirov
Peter Leko 
 
Teimour Radjabov
Games – Report

After seven rounds the odd number of players at last permits a proper cross table – the last we will see until the end of the tournament:

Pictures from round seven


At move 31 Leko is a pawn up, Shirov is pinning his hopes on an advanced d-pawn


Defending with great resourcefulness and determination, but in vain. A super-technician like Peter Leko needs just a pawn to win a game.

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 
 
Francisco Vallejo
Garry Kasparov 
 
Alexei Shirov
Peter Leko 
 
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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