Sun-Herald, March 18 2001
While the rest of the world has been protesting vigorously against the World Chess Federation's (FIDE's) attempts to hyper-accelerate tournament chess, the Australian Chess Federation appears to be embracing the new order with enthusiasm.
The ACF has announced that the 2001 Oceanic zonal tournament, a qualifier for the World Championship, will be played at two games per day with a time limit of 40 moves in 95 minutes.
This is FIDE's recommended rate, yet it falls below the 23 moves per hour minimum required by FIDE for having a tournament internationally ranked.
The zonal is scheduled to be held on the Gold Coast in April but whether it will enjoy support from the top players is unclear.
Possible top seed Darryl Johansen is opposed to playing a world title qualifier at the rate of an Australian weekend tournament and has not yet decided whether to enter.
FIDE has tried to justify the new time limit by arguing that it made television coverage more likely.
The ACF, which probably does not believe that Australian television is any more likely to cover a two hour game than a four hour one, views the matter in more pragmatic terms; at two games per day the tournament is shorter and amateur players will have greater opportunity to compete.
A half-day, 5 minutes per game, tournament would suit these aims even more readily but be equally inappropriate if the object of the tournament is supposedly to find a worthy qualifier for the World Championship.
This week's game comes from the German Bundesliga, the strongest club competition in the world, and sees the winner of last year's Gold Coast International wiped out by the local hero of the powerful Porz team.
Porz has been perennial winners of the Bundesliga but this season have been pushed into second place by Lubeck,ateam featuring Shirov, Adams and Bareev.
Germany Bundesliga 2001
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5!?
35th Begonia Open