Sun-Herald, January 21, 2001
Losing the world title seems to have done wonders for Garry Kasparov.
Last year at the elite Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, Kasparov's winning performance is remembered mostly for the Russian's temper tantrum in boycotting the final press conference because the public had not awarded him a $A350 prize for his game that day.
In contrast, at Wijk aan Zee in 2001 Kasparov has been a model of decorum.
In the early rounds of the tournament he was awarded only one public prize, yet reacted by suggesting that another game had been more worthy than his winning effort.
In the fifth round Kasparov had to cope with the disappointment of missing a winning chance against the man who beat him for the world title, Vladimir Kramnik, and seeing dumped world title challenger Alexey Shirov overtake him for the tournament lead with a game that won the public prize for round 5.
However Kasparov reacted by holding an unusual joint press conference with Kramnik. Kasparov and his opponent demonstrated the game to an overflowing press room, ensuring that the missed opportunity would be seen around the world.
Kasparov is quietly determined to become the first person to win the Wijk aan Zee tournament in three consecutive years and, having already played and drawn with both World Champions, his chances of achieving his goal remain excellent.
Wijk aan Zee 2001