CHESS

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CHESS leg­ends Ana­toly Kar­pov, 58, and Garry Kas­parov, 46, play­ers with very dif­fer­ent play­ing styles, con­tested five con­sec­u­tive world cham­pi­onship matches be­tween 1984 and 1990. They re­newed their old ri­valry late last month at an ex­hi­bi­tion match of four rapid and eight blitz games in Va­len­cia, Spain. The oc­ca­sion was the 25th an­niver­sary of their first match in Moscow in 1984.

In an ear­lier rapid-play en­counter, at New York in 2002, Kar­pov had pre­vailed 2.5-0.5. Since then, his rat­ing has slipped be­low the world’s top 100 to 2619. He ar­rived in Spain early, spending a week with three grandmasters (Alexan­der Onis­chuk, Vik­tor Bolo­gan and Alexan­der Ri­azant­sev) pre­par­ing for the new con­test.

Kas­parov has not played main­stream chess since re­tir­ing from the pro­fes­sional arena in 2005, im­me­di­ately af­ter winning the Linares Su­per Tour­na­ment for the ninth time. He was at the top of the world rat­ings totem pole with 2812 at the time. Pre­par­ing for Va­len­cia, he at­tuned him­self to tech­niques ap­pro­pri­ate to quicker forms of chess.

There was a wide­spread ex­pec­ta­tion that Kas­parov would pre­vail. He surged to the lead in rapid-play with two con­sec­u­tive wins.

Here is the sec­ond game. White: Kas­parov. Black: Kar­pov. Open­ing: Queen’s Gam­bit De­clined. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bxd6 Qxd6 8.e3 Ne7 9.Bd3 Nd7 10.Nge2 h6 11.0-0 0-0 12.a3 a5 13.Rad1 b6 14.e4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Qb8 16.N2c3 Ba6 17.Bxa6 Rxa6 18.d5 Nxd5 19.Nxd5 cxd5 20.Rxd5 Ra7 21.Qd2Nc5? 22.Nf6+! (white’s light­ning strike leads to victory) 22 . . . gxf6 23.Qxh6 f5 24.Qg5+ Kh8 25.Qf6+ Kg8 26.Rxf5 Ne4 27.Qh4 Re8 28.Rh5 f5 1-0.

Aver­bakh v Be­bchuk: White to play and win

Kar­pov struck back, winning the third game. White: Kar­pov. Black: Kas­parov. Open­ing: Grun­feld De­fence. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nb6 7.Ne2 c5 8.d5 e6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nec3 Na6 11.a4 exd5 12.exd5 Nb4 13.Be3 Bd4 14.a5 Bxe3 15.axb6 Bd4 16.bxa7 Bf5 17.Na3 Rxa7 18.Ncb5 Rxa3 19.Rxa3 Bxb2 20.Re3 Qb6 21.Qe2 Bg7 22.Rd1 Bd7 23.Na3 Bd4 24.Re7 Ba4 25.Rc1 Qf6 26.Rxb7 Bb2 27.Rxc5! Bxa3 28.h4 (even bet­ter was 28.Ra5) 28 . . . Nd3 29.Ra5 Nc5 30.Rba7 Qd4 31.Qe3 Qxe3 32.fxe3 Bc1 33.Kf2 Nd3+ 34.Ke2 Bc2 35.d6 (black’s cu­ri­ously placed mi­nor pieces can­not stop the pawn’s ad­vance) 35 . . . Re8 36.Ra8 1-0.

Ap­ply­ing pres­sure in the fourth game, Kas­parov clinched a 3-1 victory in the rapid­play com­po­nent of the match.

Kar­pov drew first blood in blitz play. Af­ter set­tling down with an early draw in the

A. Karpati: White to mate in two sec­ond game, Kas­parov pow­ered ahead with five suc­ces­sive wins, and ended with an­other draw to tri­umph 6-2. The over­all match score was 9-3 in Kas­parov’s favour, in line with their rat­ing dif­fer­en­tials.

Two Can­ber­rans have had suc­cesses fur­ther afield. Shaun Press won the Solomon Is­lands In­ter­na­tional at Ho­niara, and Emma Guo the Blayney Open in NSW, a YulgilbarThink Big grand prix event.

Last week’s so­lu­tions: (1) 1.e5! dxe5 2.Ne4 Nh5 (if 2 . . . Nxe4 3.Rxf8+!) 3.Qg6 exd4 4.Ng5 and black re­signed, for if 4 . . . hxg5 5.Qxh5+ Kg8 6.Qf7+ Kh8 7.Rf3 wins. (2) Key 1.Qd1, threat 2.Qxf3#. If 1 . . . Kxg4 2.Nf4#, or 1 . . . Bxg2 2.Bf1#, or 1 . . . Bxg4 Bf5#, or 1 . . . Bxd1 2.Be2#, or 1 . . . Be2 2.Bxe2#, or 1 . . . B else­where 2.Be4#. Phil Viner

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