Sun-Herald, July 8
For the second consecutive time, the latest ranking list issued by the
World Chess Federation, FIDE, has been shown to be flawed within hours of
In April, the FIDE list was issued without the inclusion of the Linares
super-tournament and a revised Top 100 had to be published.
On July 1, FIDE issued a new list, omitting, amongst other events, the
powerful Merida tournament which featured the last two FIDE World
Champions, Alexander Khalifman and Viswanathan Anand.
The current top 10 sees Gary Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, and the underrated
Anand well clear at the top.
In a period when most of the top players played more exhibition and rapid
events than serious tournaments, Alexander Morozevich has moved up to
fourth place atthe expense of Michael Adams while Alexey Shirov is the big
loser, dropping to tenth place.
Both Shirov and Adams were affected by
modest results in the German Bundesliga competition.
Adams was also
affected by FIDE's failure to includeall the results from Englands' premier
team competition, the 4NCL, a failure which also hurt Australia's Alex
July 2001 FIDE World Rankings
July Australian Rankings
(Average of latest Australian and FIDE ratings)
Sun-Herald Winter Chess Competition
White, to move, can force a win against the odds from the diagrammed
position (composed by Mitrofanov and Lurye). How?
The first four correct entries opened after July 18, the closing date, will
win a copy of the original new book by Przewoznik and Soszynski, "How to
Think in Chess".
The 3 grand winners, chosen from those solving all four puzzles correctly,
will win a souvenir medal from the 1972 Fischer-Spassky match.
Entries to: Sun-Herald Winter Chess Competition, Puzzle #4, GPO Box 506,
Sydney 2001 or faxed to 02-92822151.
Solution to puzzle #2, composed by Slepian: 1.Rb8+! Qxb8 2.Bh3+ Kc7
3.Pe8(N) checkmate. Many readers fell for 1.Bh3+ Qxh3 2.Rb8+ which fails to
2...Kxb8 3.exd8(Q) Qc8!.
Prizewinners: Jiang Wu, Ashfield: R.Karan, Fairfield; G.Balkin, Penrith;
(Piece count: White 3 pieces, Black 4 pieces;
o designates an empty square White square (bold) in top left corner.