Karpov is too Strong for young Vladimir Kramnik – Linares (1994)

#agadmator The 12th Annual Linares Super Tournament held from February 23rd to March 14th, 1994 was the first Category XVIII event ever held. Fourteen of the world’s best players, including both World Champions, competed in a round robin format. The participants were (in order of Elo): Garry Kasparov (2805), Anatoli Karpov (2740), Alexey Shirov (2715), Vishwanathan Anand (2715), Vladimir Kramnik (2710), Vassily Ivanchuk (2710), Gata Kamsky (2695), Boris Gelfand (2685), Evgeny Bareev (2685), Alexander Beliavsky (2650), Veselin Topalov (2640), Judit Polgar (2630), Joel Lautier (2625), and Miguel Illescas-Cordoba (2590). When asked about the strength of the tournament, Kasparov famously stated that the winner could consider himself the world champion of tournament chess. Ironically, it was to be Karpov, his longtime rival, who would be the man of destiny, culminating in the greatest single tournament performance of all time! Karpov won the whole ball of wax, undefeated with an astonishing 11/13!!

Anatoly Karpov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Linares (1994), Linares ESP, rd 11, Mar-??
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Reynolds’ Variation (D48)

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dc4 7. Bc4 b5 8. Bd3 a6 9. e4 c5 10. d5 c4 11. de6 fe6 12. Bc2 Bb7 13. O-O Qc7 14. Ng5 Nc5 15. e5 Qe5 16. Re1 Qd6 17. Qd6 Bd6 18. Be3 O-O 19. Rad1 Be7 20. Bc5 Bc5 21. Ne6 Rfc8 22. h3 Bf8 23. g4 h6 24. f4 Bf3 25. Rd2 Bc6 26. g5 hg5 27. fg5 Nd7 28. Nf8 Nf8 29. Rd6 b4 30. Ne4 Be8 31. Ng3 Rd8 32. Nf5 Rd6 33. Nd6 Bg6 34. Bg6 Ng6 35. Nc4 Rd8 36. Re4 b3 37. ab3 Rd3 38. Kg2 Rb3 39. h4 Nf8 40. Re8

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