Sun-Herald, October 14

The latest world rankings see only a minor reshuffle at the top, with Bulgaria's Veselin Topalov moving up substantially thanks to his win of July's Dortmund tournament. 

In contrast, Viswanathan Anand has been hit hard by his Dortmund flop, maintaining third place but falling well behind his fellow World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. 

However the Indian is entitled to be peeved that the world body has failed to include his convincing tournament win in Merida, Mexico - an event held well before Dortmund. 

An inactive Alexey Shirov has, for the first time in many years, fallen from the top 10, overtaken by Topalov and Holland's rising star Loek Van Wely. 

Garry Kasparov also failed to play a rated game in the three month period covered by the rating list - his 11/12 in a rapid tournament in Georgia is not ratable - but his outstanding results in the first half of the year makes his number one position unchallengeable. 

October 2001 FIDE World Rankings Top 20 
1.Kasparov (RUS) 2838; 2.Kramnik (RUS) 2809; 3.Anand (IND) 2770; 4.Morozevich (RUS) 2742; 5.Leko (HUN) 2739; 6.Topalov (BUL) 2733; 7eq.Adams (ENG), Ivanchuk (UKR) 2731; 9.Bareev (RUS) 2719; 10.Van Wely (NED) 2714; 11eq.Kasimdzhanov (UZB), Shirov (ESP) 2706; 13.Khalifman (RUS) 2702; 14.Gelfand (ISR) 2701; 15.Smirin (ISR) 2698; 16.Karpov (RUS) 2692; 17eq.Svidler (RUS), Georgiev (BUL), Polgar (HUN) 2686; 20.Ponomariov (UKR) 2684. 

The following game was the most spectacular played at the recent European Club Championship, won by the Russian team Norilsky Nikel. The winner is a young German International Master. 

Panormo 2001 
White: S.Berndt 
Black: T.Nedev 
Opening: Sicilian Defence 
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 e6
6.Bc4 has gone out of fashion largely because of the annoying 6...Qb6. 7.Be3 a6 8.Qe2 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Na5 10.Bd3 b5 11.a3 Rb8 12.Rhe1!? Be7 12...Nc4 looks more consistent. 13.g4 0-0 14.f4 Nd7 15.g5 Re8?! 

Black hopes for a chance to play 16...Bf8 but his king's shelter is now blown away by a series of sacrifices. 16.e5! dxe5 17.Nxe6! fxe6 18.Bxh7+! Kxh7 19.Qh5+ Kg8 

Black is ready for 20.Qxe8+ Nf8 but not for the remarkable... 20.Rxd7!! Bxd7 21.g6 Bxa3 On 21...Bf6 22.Ne4 gives a decisive attack. 22.fxe5 Qxe5 23.Qxe5 Bxb2+ 24.Kb1 Bxc3 25.Qh5 1-0