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
White: L.Van Wely
Black: A.Morozevich
Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 c5!? 6.d5 Bf5!?
Morozevich loves to go his own way, but this rarely played system is hard to recommend.
7.e3 e6 8.Bxc4 exd5 9.Nxd5 Nc6 10.Qb3 Qd7 11.Nxf6+ gxf6 12.Bd2 Rg8 13.Bc3 0-0-0 14.Bxf7? (Diagram)
A serious miscalculaton. 14.Bxf6 would put Black's concept to the test.
14...Rxg2! 15.Nh4 Ne5! 16.Nxf5 Nd3+ 17.Kf1 Rxf2+ 18.Kg1 Kb8!
Perhaps the move Van Wely had missed on move 14. Now White's king finds itself in dire straits while Black's is completely safe.
19.Qe6?
19.Ng3 Bh6 20.Qe6 was the best chance, although 20...Qxe6 21.Bxe6 Bxe3 is very strong, e.g. 22.Nf1 Rg8+!! 23.Bxg8 Nf4! 24.Nxe3 Nh3 checkmate!.
19...Rxf5 20.h4 Bd6! 21.Rf1 Rg8+!! 0-1
After 22.Bxg8, Qg7 is checkmate.