Canberra Times September 30 2001

Some time ago, the World Chess Federation, FIDE, received a blunt warning from their marketing agent Octagon: without Garry Kasparov, your world championship competition will never be considered the genuine article. 

Various FIDE officials were already aware of this reality, although having the courage to mention the fact to the FIDE President and sponsor of the FIDE World Championships, Kirsan Iljumzhinov, was another matter. 

FIDE Executive Director Emmanuel Omuku had already made private approaches to Kasparov - "I might have lost my job had this come out," admitted Omuku - but the world number one had refused to talk, putting Omuku on to his manager. 

The manager, Owen Williams, laid down various preconditions for any return by Kasparov to a FIDE title contest, including recognition of Vladimir Kramnik as the World Champion and a return to the traditional time-limits, none of which Omuku was authorised to accept. 

Not long afterwards, Kasparov revealed that he was to take part in a three player tournament in Moscow in December, featuring himself, Kramnik and Anatoly Karpov. 

FIDE attempted to trump that by announcing that their knock-out World Championship would be in the same city at the same time. 

However it soon became clear that it would be the 3Ks contest which would be most attractive for the world media. 

Iljumzhinov then devised a plan to undermine the rival event. 

He authorised Kasparov's former second Zurab Azmaiparashvili to quietly offer Kasparov a large sum of money to abandon the 3Ks tournament and compete in the FIDE World Championship. 

(This was the same tactic Iljumzhinov had used to convince Karpov to compete in the 1999 World Championship - a plan which ultimately saw no Karpov in the tournament and a long battle in the International Court of Arbitration for Sport between Karpov and FIDE.) 

Kasparov contemptuously declined Ilyumzhinov's offer and then upset FIDE even further by publicising their attempt to bribe him. 

FIDE now must explain to faithful players such as Viswanathan Anand why they would offer Kasparov an appearance fee but not their own FIDE World Champion. 

Batumi 2001 Europe v Asia Rapid 
White: E.Vladimirov 
Black: G.Kasparov 
Opening: Nimzo-Indian 
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.0-0 cxd4 8.exd4 dxc4 9.Bxc4 b6 10.Qe2 Bb7 11.Rd1 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Qc7 13.Bb2?
This was believed to lead to a forced draw but Kasparov shows that this assessment is way off the mark. 13.Bd3!?, used by Beliavsky to inflict a defeat on Kasparov in 1983, is probably White's best. 13...Bxf3! 14.Qxf3 Qxc4! 15.Qxa8 Nc6 16.Qb7 Nd5 Now White's queen cannot escape a perpetual attack but, as Vladimirov soon realised, White's queen cannot escape at all! 17.Re1 Rb8 18.Qd7 Rd8 19.Qb7 h5! 20.Bc1?! Vladimirov wants to prevent an ...h4-h3 attack but now his queen is rounded up. White needed to play 20.h4 and hope for the best. 20...Na5! 21.Qxa7 Qc6 22.Qa6 Nc4 23.Rb1 There is no way out since 23.a4 loses to 23...Ra8 24.Qb5 Qxb5 25.axb5 Rxa1. 23...Nc7 0-1 

Thanks in large part to an upset victory by Andrew Fitzpatrick over Peter Jovanovic, Radford College defeated Melrose High 5-3 in their playoff match to qualify for the finals of the Australian Schools Championship, scheduled for Brisbane in December. 

The Namadgi Naturals tournament, open to all, begins at the Tuggeranong RU Club, Wanniassa on the evening of October 8. Details: Michael Whitely 62929937.