Sunday Mail, April 1 2001

Only 25 years ago China entered the international chess arena, under a bold plan - the Big Dragon Project - to reach world class by the end of the century and to dominate world chess by 2010. They are on target so far. In the last two Olympiads their men’s teams have finished in the top ten and their women have won gold. By 2010 their juniors will be playing in the senior ranks, and the depth of junior talent is awesome, fostered by an intensive coaching program in schools. Last month the Chess Summit Match in Seattle pitted a Chinese team of ten against the best in USA  six open players, two women and two juniors. The US team took a one-point lead in the first round, drew the second, then met the full fury of the dragon in round three to lose 3½ - 6½. The final round was drawn, giving the Chinese a win overall of 21  19. As expected the experienced US men outplayed their Chinese counterparts 13½ - 10½. The Chinese women, expected to shine, only managed a 4½ - 3½ margin. It was the juniors who carried their team to victory with a formidable 6  2 result.

Larry Christiansen USA - Zhu Chen CHN
Seattle 2001
English Opening, Four Knights System
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bc5 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.e3 0-0 8.Be2 Qe7 9.0-0 Ne4 10.Nxe4 Qxe4 11.Bd2 Qe7 12.a3 Bd6 13.Qc2 c5 14.Bd3 Qh4 15.f4 Bb7 16.e4 f6 17.Rf3 h6 18.Raf1 Rae8 19.Rg3 Kh8 20.Qd1 f5 21.e5 Be7 22.Be1 Bd8 23.Rxg7 Qxe1 24.Rxe1 Kxg7 25.Bxf5 Re7 26.Qh5 Kg8 27.Re3 Rg7 28.Rg3 Bg5 29.Qg4 Bf6 30.Qh3 Bg5 31.fxg5 Rgf7 32.gxh6+ Black resigns

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