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Round 1 : A Win Is Still a Win
I can’t say I’m happy with this game -Shirov managed to equalize well and Ididn’t have real chances to win until hisblunder.
Kasparov,G (2851) - Shirov,A (2751)[C42]
Linares 2000(1), 28.02.2000
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe45.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.c4 c6 9.cxd5cxd5 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bg4 12.Rb1Nd7 13.h3 Bh5 14.Rb5 Nb6 15.c4 Bxf316.Qxf3 dxc4 17.Bc2 Qd7 18.a4 g6 19.Bd2c3 20.Bxc3 Rac8 21.Be4 Rc4!
Shirov found a very strong maneuver thatequalizes the position
22.Rbb1 Rxa4 23.Bxb7 Ra3!= 24.Rfc1
I looked for more in other lines but therewas no way, e.g.: 24.Bc6 Qc7 25.Ra1 Rb326.Rfb1 Rxb1+ 27.Rxb1 Rc8 28.d5 Nxd5!29.Rb7
(29.Bxd5 Qxc3 30.Qxf7+ Kh8
andit’s only Black who can play for a win here.
)
29...Qxb7 30.Bxb7 Rxc3 31.Qd1 Bf4!=]
24...Qc7!
Otherwise White is better, forinstance 24...Nc4?! 25.Bc6
25.Ra1
Not better is 25.Qc6 Qxc6 26.Bxc6 Rc827.Ba1 Bf4 28.Rc2 with an equal position
25...Rb8 26.Be4 Rb3 27.Bd2 Bh2+ 28.Kh1Rxf3 29.Rxc7 Rxf2 30.Kxh2 Rxd231.Raxa7 Nc8??
A simple way to a draw was 31...Rxd432.Rxf7 Rxe4 33.Rg7+ Kf8 34.Rxh7 Kg835.Rhg7+ Kf8 36.Rxg6 Nc4
32.Rab7 Rxb7
[On 32...Ra8 33.Rb4 wins the knight anyway. -ed.]
 33.Rxc8+ Kg7 34.Bxb7 Rxd4 35.g4 h536.g5 h4
After the blunder Shirov became upset; hemissed a more stubborn plan - f6, exchangeon g5, then the eventual sac of h-pawn andit’s not very easy for the stronger side to winthis endgame. However, technically it’swon, I remember a similar one...
37.Rc7 Rf4 38.Bc8 Rf2+ 39.Kg1 Rf440.Kg2 Kf8 41.Bg4 Kg7 42.Rc5 Kf843.Bf3 Kg7 44.Kf2 Ra4 45.Ke3 Ra3+46.Kf4 Ra4+ 47.Ke5 Ra3 48.Bd5 Re3+49.Kf4 Rd3 50.Bc4 Rd7 51.Rc6 Re752.Rf6 1-0
Round 2: A fighting draw
Alexander Khalifman (2656) – GarryKasparov (2851)
Linares 2000, Round 2, 29.02.2000It was an interesting game. Objectively,Khalifman is the weakest player here and Ihad to play for a win even with Black pieces. Actually, I managed to obtain a verypromising position but then I missed mychances. Well, yesterday I got an extra half point, today I pay the bill...
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg75.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Na6 8.Be2 c5
 
9.d5 e6 10.0-0 exd5 11.exd5 Bf5 12.Be3Qb6 13.b3 Rfe8 14.Rad1 Rad8N
Old reserves! This is an idea of GMMagerramov - we analyzed this line in 1986,before another match against Karpov. As for14...Rxe3, I think it is maybe possible butthis is a completely different kind of gameand I don’t like it.
15.h3 Qa5 16.Rfe1 Nd7 17.Na4 Nb418.Bg5
I’m not sure if this is a good idea. Hardlyadvisable is 18.Nxc5 Nxc5 19.Bxc5 Nc220.b4 Qa4 21.Rf1 b6 22.Bd4 Qxb4 with abetter endgame for Black, but 18.Bd2!?deserved attention.
18...Nc2 19.Bxd8 Qxd8 20.Rf1
Still dubious is 20.Nxc5 Nxe1 21.Rxe1 Nb622.Qb5 Re7 23.Bc4
(23.g4 Bc8 24.Rd1 Qd6 
and the further h7-h5 should destroy White’sK-side
)
23...Rxe1+ 24.Nxe1 Bc3! with athreat a7-a6 25.Nxb7 Qe7 and White loses apiece.
20...Nd4?!
A critical moment. Much better is 20...Na3!21.Qc1 Rxe2 22.Qxa3 Be4 and afterexchange on f3 Black has a very dangerousattack, e.g.: 23.Rfe1
(23.b4 cxb4 24.Qxb4 Bxf3 25.gxf3 Ne5)
23...Bxf3 24.gxf3 Rxe1+25.Rxe1 Qg5+ 26.Kf1 Qxd5 27.Re8+ Bf8
21.Nxd4 Bxd4 22.Rxd4!
Well played. I considered 22.b4 Re423.bxc5 Qh4 with attack.
22...cxd4 23.Bg4=
[23.Rd1? a6!]
23...Bxg4 24.hxg4 Re4 25.f3 Ne5 26.Qb4Nd3
I thought about 26...Re2 27.Qxd4 Qf6 butWhite can play 28.Qd1!
(
Not
28.Qxa7 Nd3
with attack 
)
28...Rxa2 29.Nc3 grabbing theinitiative. That is why I had to repeat moves.
27.Qc4 Ne5 28.Qb4 Nd3 29.Qc4 1/2-1/2
 
Round 3: Another draw withKramnik
Garry Kasparov (2851) – VladimirKramnik (2758)
Linares 2000(3), 01.03.2000Kramnik managed to spot my tiredness afterthe exhausting Grand Prix. I think hisnovelty 10...b6 is almost dubious but I hadto spend too much time in order to find acorrect plan. The advantage of myopponent’s position was in absence of trivialweaknesses while my pawn structure lookedcorrupted (in case we pass to the endgame).I was aware of the upcoming time trouble sothat I decided not to complicate the positiontoo much.Another draw with Kramnik...
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe45.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.c4 Nb49.Be2 0-0 10.Nc3 b6
As mentioned, this is a risky continuation.White gets a good position which is rich of various opportunities.
11.a3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Nc6 13.cxd5 Qxd514.Re1 Bb7 15.Bd3
Now White is going to play c3-c4 and d4-d5. However, Kramnik found an interestingidea that made me spend a lot of time.
15...Rae8! 16.Qc2
I spent a lot of time calculating 16.c4 Qh517.d5 Bd6! and finally I rejected the idea - itwas dangerous to accept the knight sac.Deeper analysis is needed here.Another possible line was 16.Bf4 Bd6 17.c4Qh5 18.Bxd6 cxd6 19.d5 Ne5 20.Nxe5Qxd1 21.Raxd1 Rxe5 22.Rxe5 dxe5 23.a4with further a4-a5: the endgame is slightlybetter for White.
16...h6
After 16...Qh5 17.Rb1! White is better.
17.Bh7+ Kh8 18.Be4 Qd8?!
I felt the move was dubious and it really is,as shown below. Better is just 18...Qd7 ; or18...Qh5 19.Ne5 Bd6
(19...Nxe5 20.Bxb7  Ng4 21.Bf4 Bd6 22.Bxd6 cxd6 23.h3 Nf6 24.Qa4)
20.Bf3 Qh4
(20...Nxd4 21.cxd4 Bxf3 22.gxf3 f6 23.Ng6+)
21.Nxf7+ Kg822.Nxh6+ Kh8=, White has to force drawwith perpetual check.
19.Bb2
Too slow. I made this move after anotherlong series of calculations. White still has awide range of choices but taking in accountthe time trouble, I preferred a quietcontinuation. However, looks like I had tochoose 19.Qa4!? After the game Kramnik 
 
mentioned he had intended to play 19...Qa8.As for me, I was concerned more with
19...a6 20.Bxc6 b5
but now I consider thatafter
21.Bxb5 axb5 22.Qxb5 Bxf3 23.gxf3 Bd6 24.Rxe8 Rxe8 25.Be3 Re6 26.Qh5
White is definitely better.
)
And in case of 19...Qa8 White is winning ina spectacular way! 20.d5 Na5 21.Bxh6!!
A)
21...gxh6 22.Qd4+ Kg8
(22...f6 23.Qe3)
23.Bc2;
B)
21...Bxd5 22.Bxd5 Qxd5 23.Bxg7+Kxg7 24.Qg4+ Kh7 25.Re5 with decisiveattack in all these lines
19...Bf6 20.c4 Na5 21.Bxb7 Nxb7 1/2-1/2
 
Round 4: Surprise, an EasyWin vs Anand
Anand,V (2766) - Kasparov,G (2851)[B92]
Linares 2000 (4), 03.03.2000I’m used to considering Anand as my mainrival. Playing with the black pieces, I wasprepared for a tough battle, but unexpectedlyI managed to win this game rather quickly.Anand didn’t create any problems for me inthe opening and his successive errors(21.h3? and 23.gxf3?) caused a collapse of White’s position.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf65.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 Be69.f4 Qc7 10.Nd5 Bxd5 11.exd5 Nbd7 12.c40-0 13.Kh1 Rfe8 14.Be3 exf4 15.Bxf4 Bf816.Rc1 Qb6 17.Rc2 g6 18.Bf3
[It was possible to enter an equal endgame:18.Qd4 Qxd4 19.Nxd4 Rac8, but probablyAnand intended to be more aggressive.]
18...Rac8
[18...Bg7 may look more natural,but I wanted to prevent a pawn sac with c4-c5: 19.c5 dxc5
(19...Nxc5 20.Bxd6 Qxd6 21.Nxc5)
20.Nd2 unclear]
19.Nc1 Ne5 20.b3 h5 21.h3?
Weakening the K-side. White could hold theposition after 21.Nd3 Qd4 22.Be2
(22.Nxe5Qxf4)
22...Nfg4 23.Bxg4 Nxg4 24.Qf3=
21...Bg7 22.Ne2
[Now it’s too late for22.Nd3 Qd4 23.Be2 Ne4 and Black isbetter]
22...Nxf3
[I also analyzed 22...Neg423.hxg4 hxg4 24.Ng3 gxf3 25.gxf3, but Ididn’t like the further possibility of Bg5 andNe4 grabbing the initiative, e.g. 25...Qc526.Bg5 Nxd5 27.Ne4]
23.gxf3?
This is a decisive error. After 23.Rxf3 Qc524.Nc3 Ne4 or 24...b5 Black is still better,but the position is not lost immediately, as inthe game.
23...Qc5 24.Rc1
[No better is 24.Nc3 b5 25.Bg5 bxc426.Bxf6 cxb3 27.Bxg7 bxc2 28.Qd4 Qxd429.Bxd4 Rc4 30.Bf6 Re3-+]
24...b5 25.Qd2 bxc4 26.bxc4 h4!
The black knight goes to g3!
27.Bg5 Nh5 28.Bxh4Rb8! 29.Ng1
[More stubborn is 29.Rc2 Qc8 30.Ng1 Qf5,but Black still dominates the board. Whitehas nothing to do but wait for a decisiveblow.]
29...Rb2 30.Rc2 Qxc4 31.Rxc4 Rxd2 32.f4Rxd5 0-1
 
Round 5: Leko Accepts a No-Win Proposition
Garry Kasparov (2851) - Peter Leko(2725)
Linares 2000 (5), 04.03.2000
 
Leko’s choice of opening line is typical. ForBlack to enter into an endgame of the kindwe had in this game means to accept twopossible results only -- draw or loss. I canhardly imagine any other player here inLinares who’d go into this endgamewillingly!
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d55.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 a6 8.Be2
According to the recent theory of theGrunfeld, Black has some problems after7...a6. White can choose between 8.e5 and8.Be2 -- both continuations are promising,but the first one requires excellent form.
8...b5 9.Qb3 c5 10.dxc5 Bb7 11.0-0 Nxe412.Nxe4 Bxe4 13.Bg5 Nc6 14.Qe3 Qd515.Rad1 Qe6
Leko is going to exchange queens. Asmentioned above, the endgame is slightlybetter for White, while Black has no chanceto take the initiative.
16.Bh6 Bf5 17.Bxg7 Qxe3 18.fxe3 Kxg719.a3 Rfd8 20.b4 Bc2 21.Rxd8 Rxd8

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