The ongoing Braingames World Championship match in London is generating
more heat off the board than on after a week of draws which left challenger
Vladimir Kramnik holding on to his 1-0 lead over Garry Kasparov.
Kramnik should be leading by as much as three points but spoiled winning
positions in games four and six. In contrast, Kasparov has made no effort
to push for a win, drawing the seventh game with white in an absurdly short
11 moves. Kasparov explained that his personal reasons for the quick draw
would be explained after the match but he left 150 paying spectators
wondering whether their $A50 admission money could have been better spent.
Meanwhile the match organisers are coming under increased criticism for
their clumsy expulsion of a Scottish journalist from the press room. John
Henderson's crime was to write a satirical piece, Braindead@Braingames, for
a web page, which included criticism of one of the match organisers,
Raymond Keene. However Keene may have scored an own goal by expelling
Henderson, since the Scot was the correspondent for television news network
CNN, and the match is yet to generate much television coverage.
The Henderson incident coincided with threats to sue Kramnik for his
nightly contributions to another web site, which the organisers claim is in
breach of his match contract.
While Kasparov struggles with himself and Kramnik, official FIDE World
Champion Alexander Khalifman is scoring the best result of his career at
the elite Essent tournament in northern Holland; Khalifman won his first
five games before taking a short draw with Jan Timman in the final round.
The short draw was irrelevant since Khalifman had won the event with two
rounds to spare.
Opening: Queen's Gambit
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e4 Bb4
4...dxe4 5.Nxe4 Bb4+ is more reliable.
5.cxd5 exd5 6.e5 Ne7 7.Nf3 c5 8.a3 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Nbc6 10.Be2 Bg4 11.0-0 0-0
12.Rb1 Qc7 13.h3 Bh5 14.a4 Bg6 15.Bd3 Rfd8?! 16.Bg5 Rd7?! 17.Rb5!? b6
18.Re1 a6 19.Rb1 c4 20.Bc2 Nd8
Galkin probbaly believed his position to be rock-solid, an assessment
refuted by White's next move.
Now the steam-roller f4-f5 cannot be prevented.
21...Rb8 22.f4 Bxc2 23.Qxc2 b5 24.f5 Ndc6 25.f6 Ng6 26.Nf5 h6 27.e6 hxg5
28.exd7 Qxd7 29.axb5 axb5 30.Nxg7 b4 31.Qd2 Nf4 32.cxb4 Qa7 33.Nf5 1-0
Chris Depasquale's bid to claim a place in the Australian Olympiad team via
the ACT Supreme Court has been dismissed.
Braingames World Championship
Kasparov(Rus) drew with Kramnik(Rus)
Kramnik leads 4-3
Essent GM Tournament
1. Khalifman(Rus) 5.5/6;
2. Timman(Ned) 3;
3. Galkin(Rus) 2;
4. J.Polgar(Hun) 1.5.