Sunday Mail, February 4 2001

Alexei Shirov led by a clear point after eight rounds of the Corus Super Tournament in The Netherlands and needed at least a draw against Garry Kasparov in the ninth to hold the lead. However Kasparov had grabbed a winning edge within 15 moves, to take the point and join Shirov as joint leader with 6˝/9 – their career score against each other in classical chess is now 10-0 in Kasparov’s favour! Vladimir Kramnik lost his first game since winning the Braingames world championship, going down to Alexander Morozevich – the two shared third place after nine rounds on 5˝, a half-point clear of Vishy Anand, Michael Adams and Vassily Ivanchuk. Shirov has the toughest finish, still to play Anand, Kramnik, Morozevich and Ivanchuk.

Kasparov - Shirov

Wijk aan Zee 2001

Petroff Defence

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.c4 c6 9.Qc2 Na6 10.a3 Bg4 11.Ne5 Bh5 12.cxd5 cxd5 13.Nc3 Nxc3 14.bxc3 Kh8 15.f4 Bxe5 16.fxe5 Bg6 17.a4 Qd7 18.Ba3 Rfe8 19.Bxg6 fxg6 20.Qb3 b6 21.Bd6 Nc7 22.Rf3 Rac8 23.Raf1 h6 24.Qc2 Qg4 25.Rg3 Qh5 26.Rh3 Qg5 27.Rg3 Qh5 28.Bxc7 Rxc7 29.Rxg6 Qh4 30.h3 Qxd4+ 31.cxd4 Rxc2 32.Rf7 Rg8 33.Rd6 Rc4 34.Rxd5 Rxa4 35.Rdd7 Ra1+ 36.Kf2 Ra2+ 37.Kf3 Kh7 38.e6 Kg6 39.d5 Rc8 40.Rc7 Re8 41.g4 a5 42.Rxg7+ Kf6 43.Rgf7+ Ke5 44.Rf5+ Kd4 45.e7 Black resigns