Sun-Herald, September 16 2001
Two press conferences last week have confirmed that, after a long drought, Moscow will be hosting two world class tournaments at the end of the year.
After numerous false starts the official FIDE World Championship has found a home in the Russian capital.
However the FIDE tournament will be missing three of its stars, with Kasparov, Karpov and Kramnik choosing to play a round-robin tournament concurrently.
The3Ks event, with a first prize of $US50,000 is dedicated to the memory of the late Mikhail Botvinnik, the former World Champion and teacher who would have turned 90 this year.
All three Ks were assisted by the renowned Botvinnik school in their developing years, especially Kasparov, who worked as both student and teacher between 1973 and 1987.
Kramnik had less contact with the post-war legend, admitting at the press conference that the main piece of advice from Botvinnik he could remember was "Don't play blitz [five minute] games through the night" - advice he often ignored when young!
FIDE has also dedicated their tournament to Botvinnik and claim that the knock-out World Championship, backed by Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, will be played at the Kremlin.
However the 3Ks claim patronage from the top echelons of the Russian government, including Vladimir Putin, and Kramnik expressed doubt that the FIDE tournament would take place as announced.
After an apparently unsuccessful search for sponsors, the FIDE tournament is again to be bankrolled by the Kalmyk people via FIDE (and Kalmyk) President Kirsan Iljumzhinov to the tune of $US2.5m.
With their President's finances uppermost in mind, FIDE also announced that they were abandoning their unfortunate experiment with an annual World Championship, moving to a biennial cycle.
The decision will be a relief for Australia and the other Oceania countries who had found the task of obtaining adequate sponsorship for annual World Championship qualifiers impossible.
Najdorf Memorial Buenos Aires, Argentina Final scores: 1.Karpov (Rus) 6.5/9; 2eq. Korchnoi (Swi), Radjabov (Aze) 6; 4.Short (Eng) 5; 5eq.Polgar (Hun), Xie Jun (Chn) 4.5; 7.Felgaer (Arg) 4; 8eq.Mecking (Brs), Ricardi (Arg) 3.5; 10.Milos (Brs) 1.5.