Viswanathan Anand drew 1-1 with Spain's Alexey Shirov in the exhibition
match played at the Olympic Athletes' Village last Sunday.
Although viewed by the Sydney 2000 organisers as entertainment for Olympic
athletes, the match was part of a bid by the World Chess Federation, FIDE,
to have chess recognised as a full Olympic sport.
"I hope chess will be a full member of the Olympic games soon," said Anand.
"To be accepted by the International Olympic Committee would be the most
important step chess has taken. It would set a worldwide standard for all
countries to have chess accepted as a sport."
Unfortunately the match merely served to prove how far chess has yet to go
to achieve Olympic status.
Only a handful of athletes and two International Olympic Committtee
officials found time to attend the exhibition, and those who did found it
almost impossible to follow the Anand-Shirov games.
The IOC also forbade FIDE from using any Olympic insignia to promote the
exhibition and forced the world chess body to redesign their web site after
it was found to contain the Olympic rings.
Opening: Sicilian Defence
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.g4 h6
9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.0-0-0 Bb7 11.h4 b4 12.Na4 Qa5 13.b3 Nc5 14.a3 Nxa4!?
14...Rc8!? is more fashionable.
15.axb4 Qc7 16.bxa4 d5 17.e5 Nd7 18.f4 Nb6 19.f5 Nxa4 20.fxe6 Nc3 21.exf7+
Kxf7 22.Bd3 Bxb4 23.Rdf1+ Kg8 24.Qf2 Ba3+ 25.Kd2 Ne4+!
25...Bb4 26.Qf5! gives Black severe problems.
26.Bxe4 dxe4 27.g5!? Bd5! 28.gxh6 Bb2 29.Rb1!?
The first new move. 29.hxg7 Qa5+ is fine for Black.
29...Bc3+ 30.Kc1 Bxd4 31.Bxd4 e3 32.Qxe3?
Oversacrificing. 32.Qg1 would leave the position unclear.
32...Bxh1 33.Rb6 Rc8 34.Qb3+ Qc4 35.hxg7 Rxh4?
35...Rh5!! 36.Rb8 Kxg7 37.Qg3+ Kh7 should win.
36.Rb8 Qxb3 37.Rxc8+ Kxg7 38.cxb3 Rxd4 39.Rc7+ Draw Agreed
After 39...Kg8 40.Ra7 Black's last pawn falls.
Olympic Chess Competition
In the following position - (W Kd6, Rh3, Nf7, Pf6, Pd5; B Ke8, Qg2, Pb7) -
how can White, to move, force a win.
The first correct entry opened after October 4 will win a special bronze
medallion commemorating the 1972 Fischer-Spassky match. The next four
correct entries will win a commemorative envelope from that 1972 match.
Entries should be sent to: Sun-Herald Chess Competition, GPO Box 506,
Sydney 2001, or faxed to 02-92822151.