Canberra Times September 30 2001
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.
Europe v Asia Rapid
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.