Canberra Times, July 22
'Animal Farm' may be the latest hit in Zimbabwe but Viswanathan Anand might also benefit by reading the Orwell classic, with the Indian discovering in Germany this week that some World Champions are more equal than others.
FIDE World Champion Anand is competing in Dortmund alongside BGN World Champion Vladimir Kramnik but only one of the two is being accorded the respect given to a World Champion.
Perhaps more significantly, only one is playing like a World Champion.
While both players are being given the red carpet treatment by the Dortmund organisers - top hotels, cars, large appearance fees - Dortmund's decision to host the BGN qualifiers in 2002 has led to promotion of Kramnik's title as the real thing.
Continual talk about Dortmund holding the qualifiers for the world title - Kramnik's world title - seems to have had a strong psychological impact on Anand.
Although healthy, the Indian GM has appeared lethargic and is enduring his worst tournament result in recent memory.
Having not previously lost a game at a classical time limit in 2001, Anand has already three lost games in Dortmund and currently trails the elite six player field, three points behind tournament leader Topalov.
To make matters worse for Anand, it is possible that his contract with FIDE may prevent him for competing in the Dortmund qualifiers, even if he fails to retain the FIDE title at the knock-out event scheduled for the end of 2001.
While the contract clause which prevents Anand from playing in any non-FIDE World Championship is probably not enforceable, Anand has declared that he will honour the spirit of the contract.
In Dortmund, Anand has indicated that he does not wish to play in Dortmund 2002 but, with the 2001 FIDE World Championships up in the air, the realisation may now be sinking in that sticking with FIDE could leave him out in the cold in 2002.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.Qb3 Bxf3 7.gxf3
Slightly inconsistent; 7.Qxb7 is critical.
7...Ra7!? 8.Nc3 e6 9.Qc2 Be7 10.Bd2 0-0 11.0-0-0
The start of an ambitious plan, but it is not clear that White's king belongs on the queenside.
11...Nbd7 12.cxd5 cxd5 13.e4 Kh8! 14.e5 Nh5 15.Bxh7
Anand was no doubt expecting Morozevich to play for ...g6, allowing a Bxg6 sacrifice, but instead White's pieces are left hanging in the air.
15...b5! 16.Kb1 Rc7 17.Qd3
Morozevich feared 17.Bg6!? more.
17...Bg5! 18.f4?! Bxf4 19.Bxf4 Nxf4 20.Qe3?
Continuing the downhill slide. 20.Qg3! was playable, answering 20...Nh5 with 21.Bd3!
20...Qh4 21.Bc2? Rfc8 22.Bd3 Nb6 23.Ne2 Nxd3 24.Rxd3 Nc4 25.Qf3 Qe4 26.Qxe4 dxe4 27.Rh3+?! Kg8 28.Rd1?
The final mistake, but 28.Rc3 b4 29.Rcc1 Nd2+ was not inspiring.
A great 24th birthday present for Morozevich.
The ANU Chess Festival, Australia's biggest event of its type, begins tomorrow with the National Computer Championship, hosted by the Depatment of Computer Science.
The next two days see the Primary and High Schools Championships, followed by a simultaneous exhibition at 12.00pm on Friday.
The Festival concludes with the ANU Open, a tournament open to all featuring some of Australia's best players, and the ACT Go Championship, a rare opportunity for ACT players of go to compete in a serious tournament.
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