CHESS

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOOD PASTIMES -

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.

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