Kasparov wins the chess@iceland tournament
Mark Crowther reports

Garry Kasparov won the chess@iceland rapidplay tournament over the weekend
of April 1st-2nd 2000. He beat Viswanathan Anand in the final by winning
both their blitz game playoffs.

The Chess@Iceland tournament was a World Class rapid tournament (25 min
player/game) which took place April 1st-2nd 2000, in Kopavogur, Iceland.
There were twelve players and the event consisted of two parts. Day one saw
two 6 player round-robins. Day two saw the top two from each group play in
the semi-finals and final. The playing hall was the new Music
Conservatorium in Kopavogur, a suburb of Reykjavik. This is beautiful and
modern concert hall and was a wonderful venue. The 2 game matches were
played at 25 minutes per player, and the blitz tiebreak (5 minute games)
settled drawn matches (in the end it was only used in the final).

Website: http://www.chess.is the games were also live on ICC. The
tournament was sponsored by OZ.COM (http://www.oz.com), Islandssimi
(http://www.islanssimi.is), Ericsson (http://www.ericsson.com) and
Chessclub.com (http://www.chessclub.com).

ICC's John Fernandez reports:

Day 1

In group A, Kasparov recovered from a first round draw with Viktor Korchnoi
to win his next 4 games and win clear first in the group. Icelandic GM
Margeir Petursson had a fantastic result, and despite his last round loss
to Kasparov, his 3/5 was good enough for second place in Group A, and a
spot in Sunday's playoff. Tied for 3rd-4th at 2.5 points were GMs Timman,
who could only manage a last round draw against Korchnoi, when he needed a
win to force a playoff for 2nd, and GM Helgi Olafsson. 5th place was taken
by GM Fridrik Olafsson at 1.5, and 6th place, Korchnoi, who despite losing
to the three Icelanders in the group, gave Kasparov and Timman fits,
drawing both.

In group B, Anand was able to win his group, scoring three wins and two
draws. GM Alexander Wojtkiewicz, the qualifier from the internet tournament
at Chessclub.com, took clear second in the group, with 3.5 points, losing
only to Anand. This qualified him for the knock-out phase on Sunday. In 3rd
place, Ivan Sokolov had 3 points, but his losses to Anand and Wojtkiewicz
cost him a spot in the knockout. GM Johann Hjartarson took 4th with 2.5
points, GM Hannes Stefansson was 5th at 1.5 points, and GM Jon Arnason was
6th with 0.5 point, but his last round draw against Anand was a good note
to end it on.

Day 2 Semifinal

GM Garry Kasparov and GM Viswanathan Anand could not play a world
championship match, but they qualified from their semi-finals for a
mini-match in Iceland. Kasparov and Wojtkiewicz quickly drew in an
interesting game in game 1, but then Kasparov's English Attack, with a
novelty (15. e5!?) and a nice knight sacrifice (20. Nxe6!!) finished
Wojtkiewicz off . Anand also drew game 1, but with the white pieces against
GM Margeir Petursson. A nice exchange sacrifice in game netting Anand 2
pawns for the exchange, which in Margeir Petursson's time pressure, proved
too much, and Anand went through.

Day 2 Final

Garry Kasparov won the Chess@Iceland speed tournament Sunday in the small
Reykjavik suburb of Kopavogur. His 3-1 victory over Viswanathan Anand
surely will come as a great boost to Kasparov, especially in light of the
recent turmoil with his problems in closing a deal on organizing a World
Championship match later this year.

In the 3rd-4th place playoff game, GMs Margeir Petursson and Alexander
Wojtkiewicz made draws of 10 and 11 moves respectively, in order to enjoy
Kasparov - Anand. In the end, they just agreed to share 3rd place between
them.

This meant that Kasparov and Anand were alone on stage, and everyone was
fixated on these highly interesting and exciting games.

In Game 1, an English Attack in the Sicilian Najdorf, Kasparov saw his
a-pawn quickly get surrounded and captured on an open a-file. Of course,
Kasparov got an enormous outburst of activity for this pawn, as at a
moment, Anand had 5 (!) pieces on the a-file. This allowed Kasparov to play
with a lot of activity, and after some tactical squences, the game was
agreed drawn.

Game 2 was the ever so popular Rubinstein variation of the French Defense.
Kasparov sacrificed a pawn in the opening, but Anand returned the pawn, and
neutralized Kasparov's attack on the h-file, and the players decided to
repeat moves.

The stage was now set for the 5 minute game blitz match.

In Game 3, again a Rubinstein French, but this time, Anand used too much
time in some critical moments. Having just played in Monaco, where the
games were played in increments, it was hard for him to adjust to having no
added time per move, and this undoubtably was a major factor. When Anand
checked his clock and realized he had 6 seconds left, he tried to make some
moves, but the flag caught him.

In Game 4, another Najdorf, Anand had to win, and was very aggressive.
This, as it usually tends to do in such situations, backfired, and Kasparov
was able to nicely defend, and force Anand to resign.

There were about 200 people in the hall, 500 outside watching on monitors.

Get the games in PGN format

Final Standings:

1st Gary Kasparov
2nd Viswanthan Anand
3rd= Margeir Petursson and Alex Wojtkiewicz
5th Ivan Sokolov
6th= Jan Timman and Helgi Olafsson
8th Hannes Hlifar Stefansson
9th= Fridrik Olafsson and Johann Hjartarson
11th Victor Korchnoi
12th Jon L. Arnason

Preliminary Group Results:

chess@iceland Group A Kopavogur ISL (ISL), 1-1 iv 2000cat. XV (2610)
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                                 1 2 3 4 5 6
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1 Kasparov, Gary      g RUS 2851 * 1 1 1 1 =  4.5  2927
2 Petursson, Margeir  g ISL 2544 0 * 0 1 1 1  3.0  2695
3 Timman, Jan H       g NED 2655 0 1 * = = =  2.5  2601
4 Olafsson, Helgi     g ISL 2491 0 0 = * 1 1  2.5  2633
5 Olafsson, Fridrik   g ISL 2460 0 0 = 0 * 1  1.5  2491
6 Korchnoi, Viktor    g SUI 2659 = 0 = 0 0 *  1.0  2360
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chess@iceland Group B Kopavogur ISL (ISL), 1-1 iv 2000cat. XV (2616)
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                                      1 2 3 4 5 6
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1 Anand, Viswanathan       g IND 2769 * 1 1 = 1 =  4.0  2825
2 Wojtkiewicz, Aleksander  g POL 2563 0 * 1 = 1 1  3.5  2775
3 Sokolov, Ivan            g BIH 2637 0 0 * 1 1 1  3.0  2683
4 Stefansson, Hannes       g ISL 2566 = = 0 * = 1  2.5  2626
5 Hjartarson, Johann       g ISL 2633 0 0 0 = * 1  1.5  2463
6 Arnason, Jon L           g ISL 2528 = 0 0 0 0 *  0.5  2267
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Semi-Finals:

Round 1 (April 2, 2000)

Anand, Viswanathan       -  Petursson, Margeir       1/2   31  D18  Slav defence
Wojtkiewicz, Aleksander  -  Kasparov, Gary           1/2   32  D46  Semi-Slav

Round 2 (April 2, 2000)

Petursson, Margeir       -  Anand, Viswanathan       0-1   61  A22  English; 1.c4 e5
Kasparov, Gary           -  Wojtkiewicz, Aleksander  1-0   26  B80  Sicilian

Final Rapidplay

Anand, Viswanathan       -  Kasparov, Gary           1/2   41  B80  Sicilian
Kasparov, Gary           -  Anand, Viswanathan       1/2   28  C11  French; Classical

Final Blitz playoff

Kasparov, Gary           -  Anand, Viswanathan       1-0   37  C10  French
Anand, Viswanathan       -  Kasparov, Gary           0-1   29  B90  Sicilian; Najdorf

3rd-4th playoff

Petursson, Margeir       -  Wojtkiewicz, Aleksander  1/2   10  A37  English; 1.c4 c5
Wojtkiewicz, Aleksander  -  Petursson, Margeir       1/2   12  D14  Slav defence
Both players shared 3rd place.