Sun Herald, June 10

The controversial decision to introduce a much faster tournament time control is rapidly turning into a nightmare for the world body, FIDE, with criticism coming from around the globe. 

Commentators at this month's Indian Championship have written that the time control was playing havoc with the quality of the games and handicapping the older competitors. 

The ongoing European Championship in Macedonia has been described by one competitor as difficult to follow because "everyone is in time trouble in every game." 

However the most serious attack has come from respected Dutch organiser Johan Zwanepol who, as an arbiter at the recent European Women's Championship in Poland, received numerous complaints about the time control. 

In a scathing open letter to FIDE, Zwanepol wrote: "We believe that several of the fears expressed by those opposed to the changes have been confirmed in practice during this tournament. 

The presence of a permanent anxiety over time has led to a strong tendency towards automatic, superficial moves, seriously damaging the creative element of the games, and reducing to a minimum the number which were at a really high level. 

This ... is counterproductive if the primary aim of the changes is to make the game more ... spectator friendly." 

Will FIDE listen? Do pigs fly? 

Astana 2001 
White: G.Kasparov 
Black: V.Kramnik 
Opening: Ruy Lopez 

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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 h6 10.h3 Bd7 11.b3 Ke8 12.Bb2 Rd8? 

Kramnik understands the neccessity to not become a standing target for Kasparov's preparation and so varies from the standard line in the Berlin Defence. However his choice of novelty is artificial and it does not take too much effort to find the refutation. 

13.Rad1 Ne7 14.Rfe1! Ng6 15.Ne4 Nf4 (Diagram) 16.e6!! Nxe6 

On 16...Bxe6 17.Nf6+! wins. 


An atypically uncertain follow-up by Kasparov. 17.Be5! Rc8 18.Nh4 was very strong. 

17...c5 18.Nf5 Rh7 19.Bf6 Rc8 20.Bxg7?! 

20.f4! keeps up the pressure. In his excellent comments to the game on, the world number one describes how he had erred in the previous game by not grabbing material and was too anxious the next day not to make the same mistake again. 

20...Bxg7 21.Nxg7+ Rxg7 22.Nf6+ Ke7 23.Nxd7 Rd8 24.Ne5 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Nf4?! 

25...Nd4! should hold Kramnik probably missed Kasparov's ingenious reply which makes any capture of the g pawn impossible. 

26.Kh1! Rg5 27.Ng4 Rd5 28.Re1+ Kf8 29.Nxh6 Rd2?! 30.Re5 Rxf2? 

30...Rxc2 was the last hope. 

31.Rf5 Kg7 32.Ng4 Rxg2 33.Rxf4 Rxc2 34.Rf2 Rc3 35.Kg2 b5 36.h4 c4 37.h5 cxb3 38.axb3 Rc5 39.h6+ Kf8 40.Nf6 Rg5+ 41.Kh1 1-0