Sunday Mail, March 18 2001

Garry Kasparov won Linares 2001 with a round to spare, his draw with Anatoly Karpov in the penultimate round giving him an unassailable 1Ĺ point lead. The encounter was their 173rd tournament game and could be the last of a rivalry spanning two decades, as Karpovís age chips away at the former world championís skills. Alexei Shirov had the worst of it, managing only one win from the first nine rounds and facing an in-form Judit Polgar in the last.

Kasparov - Leko
Linares 2001
Closed Spanish
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.a4 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.Nbd2 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Nf1 Re8 13.Ne3 h6 14.Bd2 c4 15.Bc3 Qb6 16.Nd2 Nc6 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Na5 19.Bxa5 Qxa5 20.dxc4 Qxa4 21.c5 Qb4 22.Ne4 Qxb2 23.cxd6 Bf8 24.c3 f5 25.d7 Red8 26.d6+ Kh8 The knight  spurs into full gallop 27.Nc5 Bc6 28.Nd3 Qxc3 29.Nxe5 Be4 30.Nf7+ Kh7 31.Ng5+ Black resigns

FIDE recently moved the goalposts for the world championship qualifying places, allocating most places to top scorers in the continental championships; if Oceania does not run a zonal tournament before 30 April then our entry rights would revert to the Asian championship. The Australian Chess Federation has stepped into the breach, announcing an Oceanic Zonal as an open Swiss event on the Gold Coast from 22  27 April. Details from www.auschess.org.au or Graeme Gardiner on 5530 3777.