Sun-Herald Chess Column for September 17

Viswanathan Anand will be coming to Sydney next week as World Cup Champion
following his victory in China on Wednesday.
Anand collected a $US40,000 cheque after his comfortable victory over
Evgeny Bareev in the final of the inaugural FIDE World Cup in Shenyang,
although the event never lived up to its grand name.
With most of Anand's peers staying at home, the Indian was top seed in
China and scored his third consecutive tournament victory with
characteristic ease.
With an unusual tournament format being a contributing factor, the World
Cup was plagued by short draws, some absurdly brief. Fortunately, once the
knock-out stages began the action became more serious, with Xu Yuhua's
victory in the parallel Women's World Cup providing some cause for
celebration for the local fans.
The following game, Anand's last and best of the event, shows how important
nerves are in a knock-out event. "I had all the chances after he won rook
for knight but I didn't expect [Bareev] to collapse so quickly," admitted a
relieved Anand after the game.

Shenyang 2000
White: V.Anand
Black: E.Bareev
Opening: French Defence

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nce2

An old-fashioned and unambitious line, but with a 9am start to the game,
Anand wished to keep out of trouble.

5...c5 6.c3 cxd4 7.cxd4 f6 8.Nf4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Qb6 10.Bxb4 Qxb4+ 11.Qd2 Qxd2+
12.Kxd2 Ke7 13.exf6+ gxf6 14.Re1

White has achieved little from the opening, with Black's pawn centre a
potential asset. Anand offered a draw around here, trusting his chances in
the rapid play-offs but Bareev declined.

14...Nb6 15.Nf3 Nc6 16.Bb5 Bd7 17.Bxc6 bxc6 18.Re2 Rae8

Here Bareev had a long think and devised the coming tactical idea which,
unluckily for Bareev, favours Anand.

19.Rhe1 Kf7 20.Kc1 Nc4 21.Nd2 Nxd2 22.Kxd2 c5 23.dxc5! e5
24.Nxd5! Bb5 25.Kc3!

Bareev had counted on 25.Re3? Rd7.

25...Bxe2 26.Rxe2 Rc8 27.Kc4 Ke6 28.b4

In the long-term, White's queenside pawns are unstoppable.

28...Rhd8 29.Rd2 Rd7 30.f4! e4 31.Rd4 f5 32.g4! Rg7 33.Ne3 fxg4 34.Rd6+ Kf7
35.Nf5 e3 36.Nxg7 Re8 37.Nxe8 e2 38.Rf6+ 1-0

After 38...Ke7 39.Rf5 e1(Q) 40.Re5+ wins.


FIDE World Cup
Shenyang, China

Men's Semi-finals
Anand(Ind) def Gelfand(Isr) 3.5-2.5
Bareev(Rus) def Milos(Brs) 2.5-1.5

Final

Anand def Bareev 1.5-0.5

Women's Semifinals

Xu Yuhua(Chn) def Cramling(Swe) 3-2
Zhukova(Rus) def Hoang Thanh Trang(Vie) 1.5-0.5

Final

Xu Yuhua def Zhukova 1.5-0.5