Sun-Herald Chess Column for January 14The long-running lawsuit between Anatoly Karpov and the World Chess Federation, FIDE, was settled this week, with the world body winning on points.
Karpov had sued FIDE at the Court for Arbitration in Sport in Lausanne over FIDE's failure to consult him over the dates of the 1999 World Championship tournament in Las Vegas.
Karpov's suit optimistically asked for the world title plus $US2m but he settled for $US50,000 plus an end to FIDE's anti-Karpov propaganda campaign.
In return, Karpov agreed to recognise Anand as the legitimate FIDE World Champion and accept that he lost the world title in 1999 to Alexander Khalifman.
Since Karpov has to meet his court costs and would have received a $US100,000 fee for competing in Las Vegas, the Russian veteran is probably regretting ever attempting to win back the world title via court action.
FIDE will also be relieved to have escaped from the foolish contract signed between Karpov and FIDE President Kirsan Iljumzhinov in 1998, about which Karpov publicly gloated in the months which followed.
Stefan Djuric coasted to victory in the Australian Open, an event which also featured successes for Australia's top juniors. In the game below, Queensland's David Smerdon, 16, defeats a doughty Irish International Master.
2000/1 Australian Open
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