A WORLD championship challenge match between reigning champion Vishy Anand and world-rated No. 1 Veselin Topalov is planned for April next year. Bids to host the event were received from Bulgaria, Singapore and Turkey. These were incomplete and the bidders were called on to lodge financial guarantees before the World Chess Federation (FIDE) executive board meeting in Halkidiki, Greece, scheduled for last Thursday.
Preparing for the next challenge, FIDE is proceeding with the selection of eight candidates. One of them will be the winner of this year’s World Cup, to take place from November 20 to December 15 in KhantyMansiysk, Russia.
There, 128 players are to contest a series of knockout mini-matches of two standard games, with rapidplay, blitz and, if need be, Armageddon deciders to resolve ties.
Australian grandmaster David Smerdon earned his berth by winning this year’s Oceania Zonal Championship. Others in the field will come from various qualifying events, the ratings list and wild cards.
Besides being one of the pathways to the world championship, the World Cup will serve to introduce new talent and spark spectator interest.
Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, 18, is the brightest new star in the chess constellation. This win is from the Pearl Spring tournament in Nanjing, China.
White: Carlsen. Black: Teimour Radjabov. Opening: Sicilian Defence. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.0-0 Nge7 5.c3 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bc2 Bb7 8.Qe2 d5 9.e5 d4 10.Be4 Qb6 11.d3 Rd8 12.a4 Nd5 13.axb5 axb5 14.cxd4 cxd4 15.Nbd2
K. Feyter: White to play and draw Nf4 16.Qd1 Nb4 17.Nb3 Bxe4 18.dxe4 Nfd3 19.Bg5 Rc8 20.Nfxd4 Nxb2 21.Qe2 Nc4 22.Rfc1 Bc5? (22 . . . Qb8) 23.Nxb5 O-O? (black’s last practical chance was 23 . . . Bxf2+ 24.Qxf2 Qxb5) 24.Nxc5 Nxe5 25.Be7 1-0.
Lithuanian-born Romanas Arlauskas, one of the displaced Baltic chess players who migrated to Australia at the end of World War II, died last month in Adelaide at 92. He was awarded the CC grandmaster title in 1965 for achieving third place in the fourth World Correspondence Chess Championship. Arlauskas was the 1950 Australian CC champion and a life member of the Correspondence Chess League of Australia, as well as the 1949 South Australian champion and 1968 joint champion.
Yulgilbar-Think Big Australian Grand Prix winners: The Nell van de Graaf Classic, Queensland, Stephen Solomon. Bendigo Surf- ers Paradise Open, Queensland, Smerdon, Moulthun Ly and Phachara Wongwichit jointly. The Croydon Anand, Melbourne, Guy West. Ryde-Eastwood Open, Sydney, George Xie. Labour Day Weekender, Adelaide, Kevin Sheldrick and Alistair Cameron jointly.
Forthcoming GP events: Melbourne Cup Weekender, October 30 to November 3; Gosford Open, NSW, October 31 to November 1; Fishers Ghost Open, NSW, November 7-8.
Last week’s solutions: (1) 1.e5 fxe5 2.g5 hxg5 (if 2.Kd6 3.f6 Ke6 4.fxg7 Kf7 5.gxh6 b5 6.Ke4 b4 7.Kd3) 3.f6 and black resigned, for if 3 . . . gxf6 4.h5 and wins. (2) Key 1.e5, waiting. If 1 . . . Bxe5 2.Qc5#, or 1 . . . B(d6) random Qf4#, or 1 . . . Bc4 2.Qf4#, or 1 . . . B(d5) random 2. Qc5#, or 1 . . . Kxe5 2.Qf4#. Phil Viner