Sun-Herald, March 11
Garry Kasparov threw down yet another gauntlet to Vladimir Kramnik after winning the elite Linares tournament this week by a record three point margin.
"Now it's Kramnik's move," declared Kasparov at the post-tournament press conference, addressing the man who defeated him in last October's title match.
"Kramnik has two choices," Kasparov continued. "He can maintain tradition by contesting the rematch against me that all the world expects or he can become the last traditional World Champion. It seems he has chosen the second option, but by evading challenges such as this Linares tournament, within a few months only I will be acknowledged as the legitimate Champion."
Renouncing the Mr Nice Guy image he had cultivated in Wijk aan Zee in January, Kasparov continued his attack. "I have competed in the strongest tournaments, always played to win, even when first place was already decided and promoted chess in many countries. What have Kramnik and [FIDE World Champion Viswanathan] Anand ever done for chess?"
A new move, over-the-board inspiration.
17...h5 18.Nd3 Bh6!? 19.Qxb4 Qc7 20.Qa3 0-0 21.Nf2!? Bc1 22.Nd3 Be3? 23.Kd1! Rfc8 24.Re1 Bh6 25.c3!
Shirov overlooked this, expecting 25.Bb3 Rxb3! 26.Qxb3 Nxd5!. Rather than allow White to consolidate, Shirov throws material on the fire.
25...Rb5!? 26.Bxb5 axb5 27.Rb4 Nxd5 28.Rxb5 Qc4 29.Rxd5 Qxd5 30.Kc2 Ra8 31.a6 Qc6 32.Ra1! e4 33.Nb4 Qc4 34.Qa5! exf3 35.gxf3 Re8 (Diagram)
Apparently strong, but Polgar has everything under control.
36.Qd5! Re2+ 37.Kd1 Rd2+ 38.Qxd2 Bxd2 39.Kxd2
Now the a pawn prevails.
39...Qf4+ 40.Kc2 Qf5+ 41.Nd3 Qxf3 42.Ra5! Qa8
On 42...Qe2+ 43.Kb3 Qxd3 44.a7 wins.
43.a7 d5 44.Nb4 d4 45.Nd5 dxc3 46.bxc3 Kg7 47.Kb3 1-0
Linares final scores: