Sunday Mail Chess Column - Feb 13, 2000

Ian Murray chessqld@gil.com.au

Problem No. 1847

(Anand - Nikolic, Wijk aan Zee 2000)

White to play and win

Problem No 1846: 1.Rd6 Qxb2 2.Rxg6+ fxg6 3.Qxg6+ Kf8 4.Qg8 mate


First it was the Sheffield Shield, now it's the Hoogovens super tournament to be renamed to reflect sponsorship changes. The Dutch metals giant has merged with British Steel to form the Corus metals group, and the annual event is now the Corus tournament. The status of the event has not suffered, with a field this year of 14 grandmasters all rated 2600+ headed by Gary Kasparov at 2851. Kasparov made it clear he is still the best in the business, winning undefeated with a score of 9/13. He needed only a draw in the final round to stay out of reach, but he took considerable risks in a thriller to keep intact his perfect record against Judit Polgar:-

Kasparov - Polgar
Wijk aan Zee 2000
Sicilian Defence Najdorf Variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Bg7 10.h3 Nf6 11.Bc4 Qb6 12.0-0 0-0 13.Nde2 Qxb2 14.Bb3 Qa3 15.f4 Nc6 16.Kh1 Be6 17.Qd3 Rac8 18.fxg5 hxg5 19.Nd5 Rfe8 20.Rad1 Nb4 21.Qf3 Nbxd5 22.exd5 Bd7 23.c3 a5 24.Qd3 a4 25.Bc2 Qc5 26.Rxf6 exf6 27.Qh7+ Kf8 28.Nd4 Re5 29.Bxe5 fxe5 30.Ne6+ Bxe6 31.dxe6 Rc7 32.Bxa4 d5 33.Qf5 Qc4 34.Bd7 Qf4 35.Qb1 fxe6 36.Bxe6 Ke7 37.Bxd5 Rd7 38.c4 Qe3 39.Qh7 Kd8 40.Rb1 Qf4 41.Be6 Re7 42.Bg4 Rf7 43.Qd3+ Qd4 44.Qg6 Black resigns

Final scores: Kasparov RUS 9; Kramnik RUS, Leko HUN, Anand IND 8; Morozevich RUS 7; Adams ENG 7; Piket NED, Timman NED 6; Nikolic BIH 6; Short ENG 5; Polgar HUN, Korchnoi SUI 5; Lputian ARM 4; Van Wely NED 4.