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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

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