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BUL­GAR­IAN Prime Min­is­ter Boyko Borisov is the chair­man of an or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee for the up­com­ing chal­lenge match for the world chess crown be­tween holder Vishy Anand of In­dia and world-rated No. 1 Ve­selin Topalov of Bul­garia.

He has guar­an­teed fund­ing of mil­lion ($4.8m) if the match is held in Sofia, the coun­try’s cap­i­tal. This sum is to pro­vide a prize pool of a 20 per cent FIDE (In­ter­na­tional Chess Fed­er­a­tion) levy and or­gan­i­sa­tional ex­penses.

Topalov’s man­ager Sil­vio Danailov is ju­bi­lant: ‘‘ The let­ter from Borisov tipped the scales in our favour,’’ he says. ‘‘ Af­ter it was read by FIDE pres­i­dent Kir­san Ilyumzhi­nov at the FIDE congress, every­one voted in favour of our of­fer.’’ Com­pet­ing bids from Turkey and Sin­ga­pore have been with­drawn,

Borisov has given an as­sur­ance that Sofia will be a neu­tral venue. The play­ers are to con­test 12 games of clas­si­cal chess, with a play-off of four rapid games in the event of a tie. The match is sched­uled for April next year, and FIDE is to an­nounce the ex­act dates af­ter con­sul­ta­tions.

Anand won the re­uni­fied world ti­tle at an eight-player tour­na­ment at Mex­ico City in 2007. The fol­low­ing year he suc­cess­fully de­fended his ti­tle in a match against Rus­sia’s Vladimir Kram­nik at Bonn.

Re­gional ten­sions are af­flict­ing plans to hold an eight-player world cham­pi­onship candidates tour­na­ment in 2010-11. Azer­bai­jan wants this split into two sec­tions, one to be staged there (quite likely in­clud­ing Az­eri

Carlsen v Wang: Af­ter black’s Rb3 Teimour Rad­jabov), and an­other in a coun­try other than Ar­me­nia (in which Ar­me­nia’s al­ready qual­i­fied Levon Aro­nia is pre­sum­ably ex­pected to com­pete).

Mag­nus Carlsen, 18, of Nor­way has been on chess spot­ters’ radar for quite some time. His tri­umph at the re­cent Pearl Spring su­per­tour­na­ment in Nan­jing put him sec­ond in the world rank­ings. Many pre­dict that he will be­come world cham­pion. China’s Wang Yue missed a chance to pur­sue an at­tack (with 23 . . . Ne7) in his game with Carlsen.

In the po­si­tion shown in the first di­a­gram, he was strug­gling, hop­ing to reach an endgame king and two knights v a lone king, which is the­o­ret­i­cally drawn.

Carlsen’s well placed pieces soon en­snared his op­po­nent’s king in a mat­ing net: 61.Nd5+ Ka7 62.Ra1+ Kb8 63.Kc3 Rh3 64.Rb1+Ka7 65.Rb7+ Ka6 66.Rb6+ Ka5 67.Rb5+ Ka4 68.Nb6+ Ka3.

With the loss of more ma­te­rial af­ter 69.Rxe5 and no re­al­is­tic chance of reach­ing the de­sired end­ing, Wang re­signed.

Carlsen with­drew from Nor­way’s team be­fore the Euro­pean Team Cham­pi­onship started in Novi Sad, Ser­bia, to rest and pre­pare for next month’s Tal Memo­rial tour­na­ment in Moscow. The field in that tour­na­ment in­cludes Anand, Kram­nik, Aro­nian and Vass­ily Ivanchuk.

The so­lu­tion to last week’s mate in two moves prob­lem: Key 1.Nb3, threat 2.Rf5#. If 1 . . . Bd3 2.Qa1#, or 1 . . . Rxf7 2.Nxf7#, or 1 . . . Rg5 2.Qg5#. Phil Viner

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