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Kasparov wins Linares title
Friday, 11 March , 2005, 15:02
Viswanathan Anand suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Michael
Adams of England while world's top rated Garry Kasparov of Russia
won the title despite being upset by Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in
the 14th and final round of the Linares Chess tournament that
Both Topalov and leader Kasparov scored an identical 8 points out of a possible 12 but the Russian was declared the winner of this edition by virtue of his more number of victories with black.
As per Linares' tradition, a player scoring more number of victories is generally declared a winner in the event of a tie but since Topalov matched Kasparov's four wins after his superlative triumph, the organisers had to consider the number of wins with black.
Kasparov was clearly superior following his three victories with black pieces earlier in the event against local lad Francisco Pons Vallejo and FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan and Adams.
Topalov had just one win against Vallejo with black pieces.
Topalov's only loss came against Anand in round two when he was tamed from a balanced position.
Anand finished his campaign on a negative note after losing to Adams.
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