Sun-Herald, February 4, 2001

When Zhao Zong Yuan heads overseas next month to compete on the European tournament circuit he will be only one of many teenagers to try their luck on the professional chess circuit.

The 14-year-old from Coffs Harbour leaves Australia with impressive credentials - the International Master title and national under 18 title amongst them - but Zhao will find others of his age even more highly ranked.

Late last month two of Zhao's contemporaries, Teimour Radjabov and Penteala Harikrishna, were in action at the Wijk aan Zee tournament in the Netherlands and both scored Grandmaster results - the second 'norm' for each.

Three such norms are needed to secure the GM title yet to date Zhao has rarely played in a tournament where such a result was even an academic possibility.

Radjabov, 13 and hailing from Kasparov's birthplace Baku, has been travelling the world with his parents for some time and is racing against time to secure his final GM result and thus become the youngest GM of all time.

Radjabov is currently playing, not entirely convincingly, for the conclusive GM norm at the Aosta Valley Open in Saint Vincent, Italy, a tough task in an event with 29 Grandmasters, two of whom can be seen in action in the following game.

Saint Vincent Open 2001
White: I.Rogers
Black: I.Efimov
Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 0-0 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Qc2 h6 9.Bf4 Nb6 10.Bd3 Be6 11.h3 Rc8 12.0-0 c5?!

Effective against 12.0-0-0 or 12.g4 but merely weakening here.
13.dxc5 Bxc5 14.Rfd1 Qe7 15.Qe2 Rfe8 16.Rac1 Ne4! 17.Nb5 Bf5?!
Only 17...g5!? can justify Black's set-up.
18.Nfd4 Bh7 19.Nxa7 Ra8 20.Nab5 Rxa2 (Diagram) 21.Rxc5! Nxc5?
Taken aback, Efimov fails to realise that after 21...Qxc5 22.b4! he can play 22...Qxd4! 23.Nxd4 Rxe2 24.Nxe2 Nc4 25.Ra1 when White has a lot of work to do to win the endgame.
22.Bxh7+ Kxh7 23.Bd6 Qf6 24.Bxc5 Nc4?! 25.Nc7! Rd8 26.Nxd5 Qe5 27.Qxc4
27.Nf3 was not bad either.
27...Qxd5 28.Qxd5 Rxd5 29.Ba3! b5 30.Rb1! f5 31.Nc2 1-0