Canberra Times, October 14
Two weeks ago I detailed an attempt by the World Chess Federation, FIDE, to sabotage a triangular tournament featuring Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov and Vladimir Kramnik scheduled to clash with FIDE's World Championship tournament.
An attempt was made to bribe Kasparov into playing for the FIDE World Championship for the first time since 1993, an offer contemptuously refused by the world number one.
Having failed to achieve their Kasparov coup and having been embarrassed by the publicity given to their failure, FIDE decided to change tack.
They sought to lure Karpov, with whom FIDE fought a bitter legal battle in the International Court for Arbitration in Sport, into changing sides and playing for the world title he lost, both over the board and in court, in 1999.
It is not known how much FIDE offered Anatoly 'Weakest Link' Karpov but on Wednesday the former World Champion announced that he was abandoning his new friends Kasparov and Kramnik to return to the FIDE fold in November.
"The time is right for me to make a comeback", Karpov said.
"My recent victory at the Najdorf Memorial Cup in Buenos Aires has inspired me to seek the title again. I brought the title back to Russia from the West in 1975. Now in 2001 I feel it is my duty to wrest the crown from the East and take it back to Mother Russia," Karpov added, presumably wiping the tears from his eyes.
Karpov also mentioned that he had asked the organiser of the 3K tournament to reschedule the event for next year.
However since the event is supposed to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of ex-World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik, it is more likely that the tournament will be cancelled completely.
The following saw Garry Kasparov's most nervous moment at the recent Asia versus Europe rapid match, China's top player missing a chance to overturn the world number one.
19.Qd2? Ye was upset to learn soon after the game that his original intention 19.Bc4! would give White an extremely strong position. The point is that 19...Nxg5 is well met by 20.Qg4 Ne6 21.Rxf7!!, e.g. 21...Qxf7 22.Bxe6 Qe7 23.Qg6+ Kf8 (23...Kd8 24.Bb6 checkmate!) 24.Rf1+ Nf6 25.h6!. Should Black decline the pawn, White plays 20.Qg4 with a powerful attack looming. 19...Ndc5 20.Bf3 Nf4! 21.Bxf4 exf4 22.Qxf4 Ne6 23.Qf5 Nxg5 24.Rae1 Qe5 25.Kg2 Nh7 26.Be2 Ng5 27.Bc4 Ke7 28.Qg4? Overlooking Black's reply. After 28.Bd5 chances are roughly equal. 28...g6! 29.Qh4 Rxh5 30.Rxf7+ Kd8! 31.Qxh5 gxh5 32.Rf5 Qg7 33.Kh2 Rc8 34.Re2 Rc5 35.Bd5 Rxd5 36.exd5 Qd4 37.Rg2 Qh4+ 38.Kg1 Nh3+ 39.Kf1 Kc7 40.c3 Qe4 41.Rf7+ Kb6 0-1
The Ginninderra Cup, a tournament open to all, will begin at the Belconnen Chess Club on the evening of October 26 at the Belconnen Community Centre. Details: Ian Rout 62766379.