Sunday Mail, January 7 2001

Vishy Anand made short work of Alexei Shirov in the FIDE world championship, drawing the first game in the best-of six match then winning the next three straight to clinch the title. This is Anand’s first world title, coming at a time when he is reaching peak form. Shirov is also on his way back, although not yet back to his form of two years ago. Shirov tried escalating complications in the fourth game, but Anand steered his way through the minefield with ease:

Anand IND (2762) – Shirov ESP (2746)

Tehran 2000

French Defence Steinitz Variation

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nce2 c5 6.f4 Nc6 7.c3 Qb6 8.Nf3 f6 9.a3 Be7 10.h4 0-0 11.Rh3 a5 12.b3 Qc7 13.Neg1 a4 14.b4 fxe5 15.fxe5 Ndxe5 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Qxe5+ 18.Qe2 Bxh4+ 19.Kd1 Qf6 20.Nf3 Qxc3 21.Bb2 Qb3+ 22.Kc1 e5 23.Rxh4 Bf5 24.Qd1 e4 25.Qxb3 axb3 26.Nd2 e3 27.Nf3 Rae8 28.Kd1 c4 29.Be2 Be4 30.Kc1 Re6 31.Bc3 Rg6 32.Rh2 Bd3 33.Bxd3 cxd3 34.Kb2 d2 35.Kxb3 Rg3 36.Kb2 g5 37.Kc2 Rc8 38.Kd3 g4 39.Be5 Rc1 40.Rh1 Rxg2 41.Nh4 Black resigns

Queensland dominated the Australian Interschool Championships in Adelaide, taking gold in the high schools open and girls divisions as well as the girls primary. Our winning schools respectively were Churchie, St Stephen’s (Coomera) and Worongary State, with The Gap State taking bronze in the open primary.