Canberra Times Chess Column for August 6

Anand's Olympic Visit

Even since chess and bridge were accepted as associate members of the IOC,
chess and bridge administrators have been proclaiming that their sport
would soon be part of the Olympics.
Chess, it was claimed by the world governing body FIDE, would be a
demonstration sport at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, while bridge chiefs made a
similar claim about Salt Lake City 2002.
Since the Olympics no longer have demonstration sports, these claims always
seemed rather dubious and checks with the organising committees of Sydney
and Salt Lake City confirmed that there were no plans to have chess or
bridge on their
official programmes.
FIDE, however, was not to be fobbed off  so easily. Willing to accept any
scrap from the Olympic table, FIDE convinced SOCOG to agree to host a chess
exhibition at the athletes' village.
While FIDE's promise to SOCOG of four world class players will not be
fulfilled, the good news for Australia is that world number three
Viswanathan Anand will be coming to Sydney.
The Indian superstar would normally have played the European Club Cup in
late September but Anand preferred the option of an Australian holiday.
Anand will probably play a simultaneous exhibition against some of the
Olympic athletes as well as another exhibition which has yet to be
From the FIDE officials' point of view, it doesn't matter whether Anand
merely plays one blitz game - come the next election campaign they will be
able to proclaim that chess was part of  Sydney 2000!

19-year-old Englishman Adam Hunt has convincingly won the Australian
Masters in Melbourne. Hunt lost two games early in the tournament,
including the spectacular game given below, but fought back with a run of
five wins.

Melbourne AUS Masters 2000
White: G.Welling
Black: A.Hunt
Opening: Closed Sicilian
1.Nc3 c5 2.e4 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 e6 6.Be3 d6 7.Nh3!?

Welling is known for his weird opening ideas but this has a serious
pedigree and was popular many years ago in the USSR.

7...Qa5 8.Qd2 Bd7 9.0-0 Nge7 10.a3 0-0 11.Bh6 Bxh6 12.Qxh6 f6 13.Rae1 Nd4
14.Qc1 Rac8 15.f4 b5?

15...f5 or 15...e5 were more sober.

16.e5! d5 17.exf6 Rxf6 18.Nd1! b4 19.Ne3 bxa3 20.bxa3 Qc3 21.Nf2 Nb5
22.Neg4 Rff8 23.Nd1! Qxa3 24.Qe3 Qb4 25.c4! dxc4?

25...Nf5 was the last chance, although after 26.Qe5 Black is in trouble.

26.Nh6+ Kg7 27.Qe5+! Kxh6 28.g4! cxd3 29.Re4

Welling later regretted that he hadn't spent the time to find 29.Qg7! Qd4+
30.Re3! Qxg7 31.Rh3+ Kg4 32.Ne3 checkmate!

29...c4 30.g5+ Kh5 31.Qg7 1-0

August 2000 ACF Ratings
ACT Top 10

1.Reeves 2090; 2.Smirnov 2087; 3.Farrell 2077; 4.Bliznyuk 2070; 5.Mautner
2013; 6.I.Wright 1997; 7.Kolossovski 1975; 7.Gmizic 1971; 8.G.Butler 1958;
10.Rout 1933; 10.DeLeon 1907.

The ACT Lightning Championship (5 minutes per game) will be held tomorrow,
beginning at 7.00pm, at the Tuggeranong RU Club, Waniassa.
The following Monday the Murrumbidgee Masters, a one round a week event
open to all, begins at the Tuggeranong RU Club.