Sun-Herald, February 4, 2001
Until last November, Garry Kasparov saw himself as the only World Champion.
Having lost his title to Vladimir Kramnik, his world view has changed
"The situation is clear. We have two World Champions: one, Kramnik, in the
old tradition and one, Anand, champion of an official organisation. And
then you have me too, who wins all the tournaments."
Kasparov was speaking at a press conference last Sunday after edging out
Anand and Kramnik to win the $A16,000 first prize at the elite Corus
tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.
Kasparov was pleased with his victory but was more concerned about
explaining the facts of life to his successor, Kramnik. "Winning the
title comes with certain responsibilities. Kramnik has a moral obligation
to play me, but it seems as if the new generation has little respect for
moral obligations," Kasparov said.
"As World Champion Kramnik has two important responsibilities. He must win
tournaments and he must find sponsors for the world title match. I would
happily work with him on this, if he asked. Unfortunately, since the end of
our match I have heard nothing."
Kramnik was quick to dispute any moral obligation to give Kasparov a
rematch. "If we have a proper candidates tournament and Garry takes part,
then he will undoubtedly win and then he can play me again," he said.
Wijk aan Zee Corus 2001
Opening: Petroff's Defence
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.c4 c6 8.0-0 0-0
9.Re1 Re8 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bg4 12.Bg5 Rxe1+
12...f6 is more reliable.
13.Qxe1 Qd7 14.c5 Bc7 15.Nh4!
A new idea. 15.Ne5!? Bxe5 16.Qxe5 f6 17.Bxf6 leads only to a draw.
15...h6 16.Bd2 Qd8 17.f4! Bc8
Sad, but 17...Nd7 loses a piece after 18.h3.
Now 18...Nd7 runs into 19.Nf5 Qf6 20.Re1 Nf8 21.Re8.
19.Re1 bxc5 20.dxc5 Qf8 21.Be3 Na6 22.Bd4! g5 (Diagram) 23.Qf2!! 1-0
Here Piket resigned, as much in disgust as anything else. Black has no
defence since 23...gxh4 loses to 24.Qxh4 and 23...gxf4 or 24...Bxf4 allows
24.Qc2 Qd8 25.Bh7+ Kf8 26.Ng6+! with mate to follow.
Corus Grandmaster tournament
Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands
1. Kasparov(Rus) 9/13;
2. Anand(Ind) 8.5;
3eq. Kramnik(Rus), Ivanchuk(Ukr) 8;
5eq. Shirov(Spa), Morozevich(Rus), Adams(Eng) 7.5;
8. Leko(Hun) 6.5;
9. Topalov(Bul) 5.5;
10eq. Fedorov(Rus), Van Wely(Ned) 5;
12eq. Piket(Ned), Tiviakov(Ned) 4.5;
14. Timman(Ned) 4.