Sydney Morning Herald, March 5

Kasparov First, Karpov Last after seven rounds

Peter Parr
World Number One Garry Kasparov has taken the lead in the Super Grandmaster tournament in Linares,Spain with 3 wins and 4 draws after seven rounds. Former World Champion Anatoly Karpov who turns 50 in May is in last place after losing to the youngest player 17 year old Alexander Grischuk in round 7. Judith Polgar is in second place drawing both games against Kasparov and remaining undefeated.
 
A.Grischuk - G.Kasparov  1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 f3 Qb6 7 Nb3 e6 8 Qe2 Qc7 9 g4 b5 10 Be3 b4 11 Na4 Nbd7 12 Qc4 Qxc4 13 Bxc4 d5 14 exd5 Ne5 15 Be2 Nxd5 16 Bd4 Bd6  (the end of Kasparov's home preparation) 17 Bc5!? Be7! 18 a3 a5 19 Bd4 f6 20 Nac5 0-0 21 0-0 bxa3! 22 Rxa3 Nf4 23 Bb5 Rb8 24 Bxe5 Nh3+ 25 Kg2 Rxb5 26 Bg3? Ng5 27 Bf2? Bb7 28 Bg1 Rc8 29 h4 Bxf3+ 30 Rxf3 Nxf3 31 Kxf3 Bxc5 32 Nxc5 Rbxc5 33 Bxc5 Rxc5 34 c3 h5! 35 gxh5 Rxh5 36 b4 axb4 37 cxb4 Rxh4 0-1
 
Scores after round 7 ( 6players,10 rounds)  G.Kasparov (Russia)  5, J.Polgar (Hungary) 4,A.Shirov (Spain) 3.5,  P.Leko(Hungary) and A.Grischuk(Russia) 3, A.Karpov (Russia) 2.5
 
Three Russians Vladimir Berlinsky,Sergey Krylov and Sergei Smirnov share the lead with 6.5/8 in the 10 player blind  tournament in Linares which includes 8 former World Blind Champions.
 
Women's Grandmaster Anna-Maria Botsari (Greece) last week broke the World Simultaneous record playing 1102 players in 29 hours scoring 1095 wins and 7 draws at a Chess Festival in Kalavryta,Greece.
 
Grandmaster Einar Gausel of Norway leads the Cappelle La Grande International Open tournament in France with seven out of eight.International Master Alex Wohl of Sydney has scored four points after losing his seventh and eighth round games. There are 702 participants from 54 countries including 92 grandmasters,72 international masters and 24 FIDE masters in the event with 122 players rated above 2400.
 
91 players are competing in the City of Sydney Championship and supporting event which started last week in Ashfield.
Tim Reilly, the top seed, drew with Peter Doan. Greg Canfell, a three time winner of the NSW Championship, outplayed  Cameron Wright.
Johny Bolens defeated Veronica Klimenko and Richard Valenti the fourth seed beat Epidio Bautista
Michael Walsh won the title last year scoring seven wins and two draws in the nine rounds.Catherine Lip last year won the under 1600 rated supporting tournament.
 
Catherine Lip aged 14 , sensationally defeated Michael Walsh, the defending champion, in the first round this year.
 
The 35th annual  Begonia long weekender will be held 10-12 March in Ballarat,Victoria.