Sun-Herald, July 15

The final super-tournament of 2001 began in Dortmund, Germany, on Thursday but, despite the presence of both World Champions, most attention has been focussed on today's surprise press conference. 

The Dortmund organisers had been involved in recent discussion with officials from the world body FIDE, with a bid for a future FIDE World Knock-out Championship mooted. 

Yet this evening, at a press conference attended by representatives of German business, Dortmund is set to announce that next's year's Dortmund tournament will be a qualifying event to find a challenger for the non-FIDE Braingames World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik's 2002 title defence. 

Informed sources suggest that Braingames and Dortmund plan an eight player candidates tournament, following FIDE by giving some of the places to qualifiers from an internet tournament. 

If the plan comes to fruition, Garry Kasparov will be in a difficult position. 

Kasparov has been on poor terms with German organisers since undermining their attempts to hold a World Championship match in the mid-1990s and is notable by his absence from the Dortmund tournament year after year. 

However Kasparov will be forced to compete in Dortmund in 2002 if he wishes to regain the only world title he regards as legitimate. 

Kramnik has dominated the Dortmund tournament in recent years and, in front of a large crowd at the Dortmund Playhouse, is leading again this year. 

Last week's Vidmar Memorial in Portoroz saw the rise of a new star, 15-year-old Russian Andrei Volokitin. 

Volokitin lost only to the tournament winner, Alexander Beliavsky, finishing third in an elite field. 

Portoroz 2001 
White: A.Volokitin 
Black: Z.Kozul 
Opening: Sicilian Defence 

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 

Once thought an easy equalising methd for Black but no longer regarded so positively. 

4.Bc4 d6 5.d3 Be7 6.0-0 Be6 7.Nd5 Nf6 8.Ng5 Bxd5 9.exd5 Nb8 10.f4 exf4 11.Bxf4 0-0 12.Qe2 Nbd7? 

12...h6 was necessary, although White keeps a slight edge after 13.Ne4. 13.Rae1 Re8 

14.Nxf7!! Kxf7 15.Qe6+ Kf8 16.g4! 

The point. Black is tangled up and cannot resist the pressure. 

16...a6 17.g5 b5 18.Re3!! Ne5 

If 18...bxc4 19.gxf6! Nxf6 20.Bh6!! gxh6 (20...Qc8 21.Rxf6+) 21.Rg3 wins. The immediate 18.gxf6 would have allowed Black to play 18...Nxf6 and meet 19.Re3 with 19...Qc8. 

19.Bxe5 dxe5 20.g6! 1-0 

After 20...hxg6, 21.Rh3 mates. 

Winter Chess Competition Puzzle 3 Solution: 1.Rh7! a1(Q) 2.Rh1 Qa2 3.Rd1+ Kc7 4.Bd5 and wins. 

Prizewinners: J.Bolens, Bellevue Hill; Kambora Public School; R.Trewin, Church Point; N.Nettheim, Cheltenham.