Sun-Herald, October 28

The World Teams Championship was devised as an elite counterpart to the Olympiad.
Held quadrennially, the tournament was restricted to the top 10 teams in the world and was conducted in the exclusive surroundings of the Lucerne Casino in Switzerland.
However the 2001 edition of the World Teams Championship, which concluded last week, suffered a major downgrade.
The event was relocated to Yerevan, Armenia, a city which has hosted some poorly regarded recent tournaments and many top players stayed away. Hungary sent a virtual youth team, with Polgar preferring to play in a small round-robin in Holland. (See game below.)
In addition, the world body FIDE altered the merit based qualification for the tournament so that certain countries could be rewarded for political service.
Thus Iran, host of a world title match, and Macedonia, host of the European Championship, found themselves alongside the champions of Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa.
Hosts Armenia led the early stages of the tournament before being overtaken by perennial winners Russia.
However in a stunning upset, Russia were beaten in the final round by the Ukraine, who thus claimed their first World Teams title.

World Teams Championship, Yerevan Final scores:
1.Ukraine 21.5; 2.Russia 21; 3.Armenia 20; 4.Germany 18.5; 5.Hunagry 16.5; 6.Uzbekhistan 15.5; 7.Cuba 14.5; 8.Macedonia 9.5; 9.Iran 7.

Korchnoi - Polgar

Hoogeveen 2001

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. Qa4+!?

Supposedly less dangerous than 5.e4.

5... c6 6. Qxc4 b5 7. Qd3 Bb7 8. e4 b4 9. Na4 Qa5 10. b3 Nbd7 11. e5 Nd5 12. Bd2 N7b6!? 13. Ng5! Nxa4

13...Be7 is strongly met by 14.Nc5.

14. Qf3!! f6?!

A calculated gamble, but 14...Qc7 was safer.

15. exf6 gxf6 16. Qh5+ Kd7 17. Qf7+ Be7 18. Nxe6 Rae8

By now Polgar was realising that her decision on move 14 was over-optimistic. If 18...Nac3 19.Bd3 Rae8 20.Bf5 and White is well on top.

19. bxa4 Kc8 20. Ng7 Rhf8!? 21. Qh5 b3! 22. Be2!

Having seen that 22.Bxa5 loses to 22...Bb4+ 23.Kd1 Re1 mate, Korchnoi finds a narrow but clear path to victory.

22... b2 23. Rb1 Bb4 24. O-O! Re7 25. Bh6 Ba6 26. Qg4+ f5 27. Nxf5 Rxe2 28. Ng3+

Now Korchnoi is coasting.

28... Kc7 29. Nxe2 Rf6 30. Qg7+ Be7 31. Rxb2 Re6 32. Rfb1 Kd7 33. Be3 Nxe3 34. fxe3 Rg6 35. Qe5 Qxe5 36. dxe5 Bc5 37. Rd1+ Ke7 38. Nd4 Rg5 39. Rc2 Bb6 40. a5


Hoogeveen final scores:
1eq. Polgar(Hun), Van Wely(Ned) 3.5/6; 3.Korchnoi(Swi) 3; 4.Bruzon(Cub) 2.