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Aug 16,2002
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At last there is at least something...

After first rounds it seemed that we won’t see any results but draws. However in round four Karpov alone maintained the unhappy tradition, and though he tortured the young Hungarian for a long time in a four rook endgame, Leko held.

Now J. Polgar won quite easily in the Sicilian Defence. Shirov failed to protect his queenside pawn weaknesses and then failed to stop her passed pawn. An attempt to sacrifice by an exchange to win it back then produced a usual exchange. The a-pawn run merrily all the way to the back rank, and Shirov only could watch it.

Kasparov set to work and demonstrated an instructive victory in the same Sicilian. It helps to play endgames against young opponents, so the 13th World Champion went for an exchange on the 13th move. Two more moves, and Kasparov’s knights stood like a symbol of soundness which secured his success.

Later Kasparov arranged his pieces in accordance with all chess rules, and it was evident that White can suffer great losses.

Really, Kasparov won extra material, namely an extra pawn. White’s position is hardly defensible, and time trouble spared to Kasparov a demonstration of endgame techniques. So it goes as usually, there are no sensations in Linares.





"He who fears an isolated queen's pawn should give up chess". Siegbert Tarrasch











"The most powerful weapon in chess is to have the next move"! David Bronstein.












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