This week has been a difficult one for FIDE, the World Chess Federation.
The week began with the International Olympic Committee telling FIDE that
it must abandon its Olympic display at Darling Harbour, on the remarkable
grounds that it might draw attention away from the real Olympics.
FIDE's exhibition at Athlete's Village was permitted but will not be open
to the public. The date and time of the exhibition has also been changing
constantly, with the date evetually settled on by the IOC, September 24,
ruling out participation by Australian GM Darryl Johansen who had other
commitments on that day.
Then, on the opposite side of the globe, FIDE suffered a players' revolt at
the opening of the World Cup in Shenyang, China.
The World Cup, with $US500,000 in prizemoney, was supposed to be one of the
jewels in FIDE's crown but its late scheduling led to many of the world's
top players staying away.
The players in Shenyang learned to their surprise that the pairings were to
be made using the method used in the soccer World Cup. FIDE World Champion
Alexander Khalifman protested, claiming that details of the pairings plan
had been leaked to a few players, leaving him in the dark while some of his
rivals could prepare thoroughly.
FIDE denied any leak but allowed a vote on the subject, resulting in FIDE's
system being overturned and a random system applied.
Unluckily, Khalifman then found himself in the strongest group and was
eliminated thanks in large part to the following game.
Opening: Sicilian Defence
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.g4 h6
9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.0-0-0 Bb7 11.h4 b4 12.Na4 Qa5 13.b3 Nc5 14.a3 Rc8!? 15.Qxb4
Anand's new idea.
16...Ncd7 17.Qd2 d5 18.Bh3 dxe4 19.g5 hxg5 20.hxg5 Nd5 21.fxe4 Nxe3 22.Qxe3
Ne5 23.Rhf1 Bxa3?
23...g6 was necessary.
(Diagram) 24.g6! Nxg6 25.Bxe6! fxe6 26.Nxe6 Qe7 27.Qb6! Nf8 28.Rd8+! Rxd8
If 29...Kd7, 30.Qxb7 decides.
30.Qxc7 Rd7 31.Qb8+ Ke7 32.Qe5+ Ne6 33.Rg1 Kf7 34.Nb6 Rhd8 35.Ka2 Bf8
36.Nxd7 Rxd7 37.Qf5+ Ke7 38.Rf1 Bc8 39.Qf7+ Kd6 40.e5+ 1-0