Sun-Herald Chess Column for June 4

A powerful finish enabled Garry Kasparov to win his third tournament of the year, the Bosna GM tournament in Sarajevo which finished on Monday. Kasparov was in a good mood from the start of the elite tournament and the large crowds at the Army House in the Bosnian capital made it clear that the world number one was also their favourite - his support for Sarajevo during the war has not been forgotten. Kasparov's wins were greeted with great applause, disregarding the arbiters' calls for silence in the playing hall.

There was, however, a brief period in the tournament when Kasparov became more intense. Entering the final days of the tournament, Kasparov trailed his spurned world title challenger Alexey Shirov by half a point but the Bosnian chess fans saw their favourite prevail when the world number one finished with 3/3 while Shirov lost to one of the tailenders in the penultimate round. Kasparov won the first prize of 13,000 German marks while Shirov had to be content with taking 8,000 marks for a tie for second.

The Sarajevo event will be Kasparov's last serious tournament for 2000, his plans now centring on preparation for his October title match against Vladimir Kramnik.

Sarajevo 2000
White: E.Bacrot
Black: A.Shirov
Opening: Budapest Gambit

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5!?

Noone has ever accused Shirov of lacking in daring and here he gives the risky Budapest Gambit its first outing at the highest level since Nigel Short crashed to Anatoly Karpov with it in 1993. Given that this was a last round game, with first place possibly on the line, Shirov's decision is even more gutsy.

3.dxe5 Ng4 4.e4

An unfashionable continuation, from the days when a big pawn centre was highly prized.

4...Nxe5 5.f4 Nec6 6.Nf3

6.Be3 is more accurate.

6...Bc5 7.Nc3 0-0 8.f5!? d6 9.Bg5 f6 10.Bf4 Re8 11.Qd5+ Kh8 12.0-0-0 Nd7 13.h4 Nce5 14.h5?! h6

Now White's attack is neutralised, and Black has time to untangle.

15.Qd2 Nf7 16.Bd3 Bb4 17.Bc2 Nc5 18.Qd5 Kg8 19.Ne2?

An ingenious idea, but 19.Bd2 was stronger.

19...c6 20.Qd4 Bxf5! 21.exf5 Rxe2 22.Ng1!? Rxg2! 23.a3

This was the position Bacrot had been aiming for when he played 19.Ne2, since at first sight White must win a piece (23...Ba5 24.b4). However Shirov has a surprise in store.

23...Qd7!! 24.axb4 Rxc2+! 25.Kxc2 Qxf5+ 26.Kc3 Ne6 27.Qe3 Nxf4

Now Black has most of his material back and White's king is in trouble.

28.Nf3 a5 29.Ra1 axb4+ 30.Kxb4 Rd8 31.Rhf1 Qc2 32.Qc3 c5+ 0-1

On 33.Kb5, Qe4 is decisive.

Bosna 2000
Leading final scores:
1.Kasparov(Rus) 8.5/11;
2eq.Shirov(Spa), Adams 8;
4eq.Morozevic(Rus), Topalov(Bul), Bareev(Rus) 6.