CHESS

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HUN­GAR­IAN-BORN Pol­gar sis­ters Su­san, Sofia and Ju­dit re­ceived in­ten­sive train­ing in chess from their fa­ther, Las­zlo, start­ing at an early age, and be­came high achiev­ers in that field. Even be­fore they were born, he had writ­ten a book en­ti­tled

The el­dest, Su­san (born in 1969), won Bu­dapest’s un­der-11 girls’ cham­pi­onship at the age of four. At 15 she topped the women’s world rat­ing list and by 1991 had earned the grand­mas­ter ti­tle. She held the women’s world cham­pi­onship ti­tle from 1996 to 1999.

Sofia (born in 1974) star­tled the chess world when, at 14, she won a tour­na­ment in Rome ahead of sev­eral grandmasters. For a time she ranked as the world’s sixth strong­est fe­male player but she has since ceased to play rated games. She moved to Is­rael, then Canada.

The youngest, Ju­dit (born in 1976), won the un­rated sec­tion of the New York Open at age nine. She set a record by qual­i­fy­ing as a grand­mas­ter at the age of 15 years, four months and 28 days; and sur­passed her el­dest sis­ter as the top-rated fe­male player. She has an ag­gres­sive play­ing style.

Ju­dit set the bar higher and ad­vanced fur­ther than any woman be­fore her, reach­ing eighth place in the over­all world stand­ings and se­cur­ing a cov­eted berth in the 2005 world cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment at San Luis, Ar­gentina, though fin­ish­ing last. She played for the Hun­gar­ian open team at last year’s chess olympiad in Dres­den.

Su­san has been ac­tive in pro­mot­ing and

Fis­cher v Sch­we­ber: White to play pop­u­lar­is­ing chess in the US. She es­tab­lished the Su­san Pol­gar Chess Cen­tre in New York, the Su­san Pol­gar Foun­da­tion for ad­vance­ment of chil­dren’s chess and, af­ter mov­ing to Lub­bock, Texas, the Su­san Pol­gar In­sti­tute for Chess Ex­cel­lence at Texas Tech Uni­ver­sity. A big tour­na­ment is sched­uled there.

Ger­many’s Arkadij Naid­itsch has won the Cana­dian open in Montreal with 7.5.9, a half point ahead of Eti­enne Bacrot (France).

World cham­pi­onship as­pi­rant Mag­nus Carlsen, 18 (Nor­way) has en­listed the ser­vices of Garry Kas­parov as a coach.

Here is a game from the Grand Slam tour­na­ment in Bil­bao, Spain. White: Levon Aro­nian. Black: Sergey Kar­jakin. Open­ing: Nimzo-In­dian De­fence.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 d5 7.O-O dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nbd7 9.Qe2 b6 10.Rd1 cxd4 11.exd4 Bb7 12.d5 Bxc3 13.dxe6 Bxf3 14.gxf3 fxe6 15.bxc3 Qc7 16.Ba3 Nc5 17.Rd4 Kh8 18.Re1 Rac8 19.Qe5 Qf7 20.Bc1 Nd5 21.Bxd5 exd5 22.Qxd5 Qxf3 23.Qxf3 Rxf3 24.Re7 Rxc3 25.Be3 Ra3 26.Rg4 h5 27.Rg5 h4 28.Bd4 Kh7 29.Rgxg7+ Kh6 30.Bb2 1-0.

In the first di­a­gram this week, Fis­cher played 1.Rxe4. His op­po­nent can­not re­ply 1 . . . dxe4 be­cause of 2.Bf4, but what hap­pens af­ter 1 . . . Qxg3?

Last week’s so­lu­tions: (1) 1.a4! bxa4 2.Kc7 a3 3.Ba4 (not 3.Bd7 a4!) 3 . . . a24.Kc6 a1=Q 5.Bb5#. (2) 1.Bd3 a6 2.Bc2 bxc2 3.b4#. Phil Viner

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