The Weekend Australian - Review
Solution next page today’s target:
VERY GOOD: 18 EXCELLENT: 21 GENIUS: 25
How many words of four letters or more can you make from these letters? In making a word, each letter may be used only once, and the centre letter must be included. No slang, foreign words, hyphens, apostrophes or plurals ending in ‘s’.
One of the greatest attacking players of recent times, the legendary Alexei Shirov, has scored a devastating victory at the Salamanca Masters in Spain.
The Spaniard, who was born in Latvia, scored a remarkable 6/7 to take out the unusual event that featured a mix of top male and female players.
He played his usual fascinating blend of tactical chess, and was aided by the abysmal performance of Veselin Topalov and a lucky escape against Elisabeth Pähtz.
Shirov was among the world’s best players in the 1990s and 2000s but has slipped back lately. He won the right to challenge Garry Kasparov for the world championship in 1998, but the match never took place. His magnificent games are celebrated in the Fire on Board books.
Meanwhile, world champion Magnus Carlsen seems to have sprung back to good form after a strong start to the Opera Euro Rapid, the latest event in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.
After two days’ play, Carlsen led the preliminary with 7/10, ahead of So and Giri on 6.5.
Closer to home, the Australian Chess Federation held its national conference by Zoom. Gary Wastell and Bill Gletsos were re-elected as president and deputy president, respectively, but Hughston Parle replaced Leonid Sandler as one of two vice-presidents.
The Arlauskas Medal (junior chess) went to
WFM Cassandra Lim; Viner Medal (senior chess): IM Leonid Sandler; Steiner Medal (player of the year): GM Temur Kuybokarov; Purdy Medal (chess journalism): GM David Smerdon; Koshnitsky Medal (administration): David Ellis.
Alexander Donchenko-Fabiano Caruana, Tata Steel 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Be4 7.f3 Bg6 8.Bd2 Be7 9.Nxg6 hxg6 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.O-O-O a6 12.g4 dxc4 13.Bxc4 b5 14.Be2 c5 15.d5 Nxd5 16.Nxd5 exd5 17.f4 b4 18.e4 d4 19.e5 Nb6 20. e6 Qd5! 21.exf7+ Kf8 22.h4 Qxa2 23.Qxg6 b3 24.Be1 c4 25.Rxd4 Na4 26.Qb1 (See diagram, below left) Ba3!! 27.Qxa2 bxa2 28.Kc2 Rb8 29.Rd8+ Rxd8 30. bxa3 c3 31.Bg3 Rd2+ 32.Kb3 Nc5+ 0-1
This week’s problem (below right): Ian Shanahan, 2013. Mate in two.
Last week’s solution: 1.Qg1! (waiting) and if 1...Ka8 2.Qa7 or 1...Kxc6 2.Qb6 or 1...Ka6 2.Qa7/Qb6.