Sun-Herald Chess Column for August 13

After a five year period littered with big announcements and no action,
Garry Kasparov is set to defend the world title he claims in London in
October.
Kasparov has chosen to play fellow Russian and former aide Vladimir Kramnik
in a $US2m, 16 game match, sponsored by the new internet company
BrainGames.
The match will take place in the television studios of independent
production company Scarlet, who will produce a highlights package after
each game.
Although the choice of venue will restrict the live audience to 200, the
organisers are hoping for a massive worldwide internet audience - possibly
exceeding the 20 millions 'hits' gained by Kasparov's 1997 contest against
an IBM computer.
The timing of the match is slightly unfortunate, clashing with the Chess
Olympiad in Istanbul, but by preempting the World Chess Federation FIDE's
planned November World Championship, Kasparov has ensured that most of the
world's media will regard his title match as the real thing.
With Kramnik's match record extremely poor, Kasparov is an unbackable
favourite but given current form it is unlikely any other challenger has a
better chance.

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The stand-out game at last weekend's Australian Rapid Championship was the
following brilliancy by New Zealand number one Ben Martin.

Melbourne 2000
White: B.Martin
Black: D.Smerdon
Opening: Colle System
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 c5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.0-0 b6 6.c4 cxd4 7.exd4 d5!? 8.Nc3
Bb7 9.Bg5 dxc4?! 10.Bxc4 Be7 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.d5! exd5 13.Re1+ Ne7 14.Bxd5!
Bxc3 15.Qa4+ Kf8

15...Qd7 allows 16.Bxf7+!.

16.Bxb7 Bxe1 17.Bxa8 Bxf2+ 18.Kxf2 Qxa8 19.Rd1 f6 20.Rd7 Qc8 21.Nd4 Kf7
22.Nc6!?

Martin is tempted by a brilliant combination, but 22.Qb3+ Ke8 23.Rxa7 was
the safe way to secure the full point.

22...Re8?

Black could still fight for a draw after 22...Qxd7! 23.Ne5+ fxe5 24.Qxd7
Rc8.

(Diagram) 23.Rxe7+!! Rxe7 24.Qc4+! Re6

Hopeless, but Smerdon realised too late that 24...Kg8 allowed 25.Qg8+!!.

25.Ne5+ fxe5 26.Qxc8 e4 27.Ke3 Re7 28.Qf5+ Kg8 29.h4 g6 30.Qf6 Re8 31.g4 b5
32.h5 gxh5 33.gxh5 Rf8 34.Qe6+ Rf7 35.h6 Kf8 36.Qc8+ Ke7 37.Kxe4 1-0

2000 Australian Rapid Championship, Melbourne
Leading final scores:
1.Rogers(N) 7.5/9;
2eq. Johansen(V), Zhao(N), Smerdon(Q) 6;
5eq. Solomon(Q), Depasquale(NT), Royzicki(V), Bjelobrk(NZ), Martin(NZ) 5.5.
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British Championship
Somerset, England
Leading final scores:
1.Hodgson 8.5/11;
2. Ward 8;
3eq.Chandler, Gormally, Hebden, Speelman 7.5;
7eq. Wohl(Aus), etc 7.
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August Chess Competition - Last Chance
In the following position -  White Kc6, Bf8, Nb5 Pd5; Black Ka5, Pe2, Pe5,
Pa7 - how can White, to move, force a win?
The first four correct entries opened after August 16 will receive the
outstanding recent book *The Human Comedy of Chess - A Grandmaster's
Chronicles* by Hans Ree. Entries to: Sun-Herald August Chess Competition,
GPO Box 506, Sydney 2001 or fax 02-92822151.

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