Sydney Morning Herald
April 2, 2001

Kramnik and Topalov tie in Monaco

Brain Games World Champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and Bulgarian Grandmaster Veselin Topalov tied for first place in the tenth rapid play and blindfold tournament in Monte Carlo.

Leading final scores (12 players, 22 rounds) V.Kramnik and V.Topalov 15; Viswanathan Anand of India (Official World Champion) 13.5; Alexei Shirov of Spain 11.5.

World number 1 Garry Kasparov (Russia) beat Evgeny Bareev (Russia) 1.5-0.5 in the final of the World Cup of Rapid Chess in Cannes, France.

International Master Alex Wohl of Sydney had an excellent result in the main supporting event scoring 5 wins and draws with four grandmasters in the nine round tournament.

Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan has become an international grandmaster five days after his fourteenth birthday.

Radjabov scored his final GM result by finishing equal first in the category 8 GM International in Alushta (Ukraine).

The youngest ever GM was Bu Xiangzhi of China who gained the title in December 1999 just before his fourteenth birthday.

Australian champion GM Darryl Johansen of Melbourne beat Australian Open Champion GM Stefan Djuric (Yugoslavia) in the first round of the category 9 Wotulo Memorial GM tournament in Jakarta.

Johansen recovered from 3 consecutive losses in rounds 3, 4 and 5 and beat the top seed GM Normunds Miezis (Latvia 2601) in 24 moves in round 9.

Leading scores after round 10 (14 players,13 rounds) D.Juswanto (Indonesia) 7.5 K.Hulak (Croatia) 7x W.Zaw (Myanmar) 6 D.Johansen (Australia) 5.5 S.Djuric (Yugoslavia) and D.Liu (Indonesia) 5 x

GM Djuric returns to Sydney next week.

Greg Canfell, the outright leader after 4 rounds of the City of Sydney Championship did not play in round 5.

Canfell's request to postpone his game was rejected and he was forced to take a half point bye. Kuan-Kuan Tian beat third seed Johny Bolens to join Canfell in the lead.

Leading scores after round 5: G.Canfell and K.Tian 4.5, S.Quick, G.Xie, A.Safarian 4

82 year old Lloyd Fell who won the City of Sydney in 1944, 1960, 1962 and 1973 finished outright first last week in the under 2000 rated weekend tournament in Toukley. Leading final scores (48 players, 7 rounds): L.Fell 6; K.Stead and M.Jarek 5.5.

73 year old Phillip Viner the Australian Seniors Champion leads the World Rated North Sydney Leagues Club Championship with 4.5/6. Malcolm Stephens has scored 4/5 and Simon Easterbrook-Smith 3/4.

14 year old Michael Yu defeated all his opponents to win the second of the NSW Junior League's regional warm-up tournaments held at Randwick. Leading final scores: Michael Yu 11/11; Nicole Solomon 9.5; Arthur Huynh and Shaad Manchanda each 8.

The third event in the warm-up series, held at Liverpool, was won by 15 year old Gary McNamara, also with a clean score but with an even more convincing margin of 2.5 points. Leading final scores: Gary McNamara 12, Justin Huang 9.5, Allan McGregor 9.