1st International Tal Memorial Chess tournament Riga 1995 Edvins Kengis v Viswanathan Anand (Score Sheet)
1st International Tal Memorial Chess tournament Riga 1995 Edvins Kengis v Viswanathan Anand (Score Sheet)
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Author: Kengis, Edvins (1959- ) signed by both contestants

Year: 1995

Publisher: Professional Chess Association

Place: Riga

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Original carbon quarto (11 1/2" x 8 1/4") score sheet printed on official stationery of the event in Edvins Kengis's hand. Signed by both Edvins Kengis and Viswanathan Anand, played in round two, April 14, not signed by the arbiters of the match. Spanish Game: Open Variations. Main Lines (C80) won by Anand in 40 moves.

The 1st International Tal Memorial Chess tournament was held in the magician's hometown of Riga, Latvia from April 12th to the 24th, 1995. It was the first tournament in a series of three organized by the PCA that year as a "Super Classic." The following two tournaments were held in Novgorod at the end of May, and Horgen after the completion of the PCA world championship match. Eleven grandmasters, including the world champion, were invited to compete in the round robin event. The participants were (in order of PCA rating): Garry Kasparov (2789), Vassily Ivanchuk (2764), Vishwanathan Anand (2758), Vladimir Kramnik (2713), Artur Yusupov (2676), Jaan Ehlvest (2669), Rafael Vaganian (2645), Boris Gulko (2623), Nigel Short (2617), Jan Timman (2615), and local favorite Edvins Kengis (2555). The tournament was an important victory for Kasparov, who had not managed such a convincing win in an elite event against Anand (or Anatoli Karpov) since Linares in 1993. Especially significant was Kasparov's win against Anand in the fourth round since Anand was obviously in top form and their world championship match was only in five months. Kasparov scored an impressive 75% and edged out Anand by half a point in the final. Kasparov 7.5/10 first followed a half point by Anand 7/10. Ivanchuk, Kramnik and short tied for third through fifth with 6. Gulko was clear sixth with 5 points. Seventh was Yusupov at 4.5. Eight was Ehlvest with 3.5 followed by a tie for ninth through eleventh with Kengis, Timman and Vaganian each with a scored of three.

Edvins Kengis is a Latvian chess Grandmaster. Kengis is an eight-time Latvian Champion, winning the national contest in 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1997, 2004 and 2005. He won the Baltic Chess Championship at Parnu 1985 and shared first place with Alexander Shabalov and Alexander Malevinsky at Haapsalu 1986. He won at Boston open 1989, tied for 2nd-4th at Lloyds Bank open 1990, won the Estonian National Championship in Puhajarve in 2001, tied for 3rd-5th at Kilingi-Nomme (EST-ch, Kaido Kulaots won), won the Golden Cleopatra tournament in Egypt in 2003, won the inaugural Jyri Vetemaa Memorial tournament at Parnu 2004, and tied for 2nd-3rd with Vadim Malakhatko at the 2009 Al Saleh 8th International Open in Yemen. Kengis represented Latvia six times in Chess Olympiads (1992-98 and 2002-04), once in the 3rd World Chess Team Championship at Lucerne 1993, and twice in the European Team Chess Championship at Pula 1997 and Leon 2001.

Viswanathan "Vishy" Anand (born 11 December 1969) is an Indian chess grandmaster and a former World Chess Champion. Anand became India's first grandmaster in 1988. He held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002, thus becoming the first Asian to do so. He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. He then defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov and in the World Chess Championship 2012 against Boris Gelfand. In the World Chess Championship 2013 he lost to challenger Magnus Carlsen and lost again to Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2014. He won the World Rapid Chess Championship in 2003 and 2017. In April 2006 Anand became the fourth player in history to pass the 2800 Elo mark on the FIDE rating list, after Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov. He occupied the number one position for 21 months, the 6th longest on record.

Condition:

Game carbon faint, light edge wear else a very good copy.