Gladiators Two

For Galactic history, Wijk aan Zee is surely going to be remembered as that super chess outpost on Planet Earth where the world’s best have battled at least once! Here is one such nugget from the traditional Wijk aan Zee tournament in 1999. They are all over the board in this one! (It’s another thing that Kasparov were to lose his last game to Topalov just before retiring in Linares later on.)


Garry Kasparov (2812) – Veselin Topalov (2700)

Result: 1-0
Site: Wijk aan Zee NED
Date: 1999
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