ABANDONING the usual points system at the London Chess Classic worked wonders in producing fighting chess.
It is not so long since chess introduced the three-for-win system in a few tournaments, the Sofia Rules.
The Norwegian genius Magnus Carlsen, 20, decided he was going for broke in the event which ended on Wednesday. Carlsen, who started with two losses in three, came back with 3.5/4, and his uncompromising play (only one draw) gave him the clear win using London’s Sofia Rules scoring system.
But Nigel Short’s decision to follow Carlsen’s example ended him without a win in last place.
Luke McShane started like a rocket, to be joined later by World Champion Viswanathan Anand, who seemed a likely candidate to snatch first. McShane ended undefeated and tied with Anand for shared second, ahead of former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, Michael Adams, Philip Howell and Short.
The tournament was an eightplayer round-robin for seven rounds.
Prizes ranged from 50 000 for first place to 8 000 for sixth place, plus seven daily Best Game prizes of 1 000 voted on by the public.
The SA Junior Championships are taking place at Johannesburg University. The team part of the event ended on Thursday, with WP performing miserably.
Jeremy Burgess had to play board one in the B-Division of the under-20 section, as WP were relegated last year, but he did win all his games. Mohamed Bhawoodien was the star of the under-18s on board one, while Daniel Barrish, 9, had a big plus score on board three.
The individual competition started yesterday.
One of Africa’s brightest chess masters, Robert Gwaze of Zimbabwe, won the Botswana Open Inter national Chess tournament undefeated last weekend.
He scored six victories and a draw on his way to lifting the title.
The Women’s World Chess Championship is being held at Hatay, Turkey, until December 25. It is a 64-player knockout tour nament. Melissa Greeff was eliminated in the first round.