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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kasparov Triumphs in Linares Tourney

LINARES, Spain -- Garry Kasparov of Russia took first place in the elite Linares chess tournament with a defeat of Spain's Alexei Shirov in the last round Sunday.

Kasparov had already clinched victory after FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine drew against India's Viswanathan Anand earlier in the day.

The Linares tournament has been the most prestigious event on the chess calendar for the last 15 years and is often referred to as "the Wimbledon of chess."

This is the seventh time that Kasparov has won the event outright. He also tied for first in 2000.

As Black, Kasparov abandoned his favorite Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defense for the Sveshnikov Variation. It was the first time in his career that he has played this line in a serious tournament game.

Shirov responded with a theoretical piece sacrifice and produced a novelty on move 15.

Although the position was extremely complex, the consensus among observers was that Shirov's compensation for the piece was insufficient.

Kasparov relentlessly reduced the material on the board and pressed home his advantage until Shirov resigned on his 29th move.

It was the first time in the tournament that Black had won a game.

Earlier, Anand needed only five minutes on his clock for the entire game against Ponomariov.

In what was clearly pre-game preparation, Anand sacrificed a rook on the black side of a Marshall Gambit in the Ruy Lopez.

On move 28, Ponomariov could have given back the rook for what Anand called an unclear endgame. Instead, Ponomariov immediately acquiesced in a draw by perpetual check.

In the other game, Michael Adams of England was unable to press home his advantage against Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine and agreed to a draw on move 46.

The tournament's final standings were: Kasparov 8; Ponomariov 6.5; Adams, Anand, Ivanchuk 6; Vallejo 5; Shirov 4.5.