Sun-Herald, March 4
With a broad grin, old rivals Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov shook hands to start their fifth round game on Wednesday at the elite Grandmaster tournament in Linares, Spain.
Apparently forgotten was the ill-feeling which characterised their five World Championship contests in the 1980s and the subsequent arguments in the 1990s over who was the real World Champion.
Part of the reason for the good humour was that Kasparov had found a new opponent to dislike, Alexey Shirov, with whom the world number one had drawn two days earlier in their second consecutive game without handshake at beginning or end.
However the rivalry between Kasparov, 37, and Karpov, 49, is also over simply because both players realise and accept that Kasparov is much the stronger player.
The younger man proved his superiority once again in the game below, a game which gave Kasparov the outright lead in the tournament for the first time. Kasparov consolidated that lead by dislodging the immovable object, Peter Leko, the following day and seems headed for his eighth consecutive tournament victory.
The first new move. A Shirov-Karpov game had seen 13.Nxd5.
13...Be7 14.gxh5 Nf8?
Karpov later suggested 14...Bxg5!? 15.hxg6 Nd4 16.Qd3 Bf6 but was brushed off with the comment "That's for another game."
On 15...f6 16.Bf4 e5 17.0-0-0 is catastrophic.
16.h6! Nxc5!? 17.Bf4! Kf8?!
17...Rc8 was best, although the Black king remains a target after 18.hxg7 Rg8 19.0-0-0.
18.hxg7+ Kxg7 19.0-0-0 Kf8
On 19...a6 Kasparov intended 20.Nc7 Rc8 21.Nxd5! exd5 22.Bxd5 Qd7 23.Be5+ f6 24.Rhg1+ Kf8 25.Qh5!! Rxh5 26.Rg8 checkmate!
20.Kb1 a6 21.Nc7! Rc8 22.Bxd5! exd5 23.Rxd5 Qxc7
23...Nd7 allows 24.Rh5! Rxh5 25.Qxh5 Bf6 26.Bd6+! but now, with no queen and no time, Karpov loses quickly.
24.Bxc7 Rxc7 25.Rf5! Rd7 26.c3
Avoiding the trap 26.Qc4 Rh7 27.Rxc5 Rxh4!.
26...f6 27.Rg1! Nd8 28.Qg4 Ke8 29.Rh5 Rf8 30.Rxc5 Bxc5 31.Qh5+ 1-0