SMH, September 17 2001

Karpov wins Najdorf Memorial

Fifty year old Anatoly Karpov won the Najdorf Memorial tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina scoring 4 wins and 5 draws. Karpov (World Champion 1975-1985) had a 2750 performance rating and this result will help boost his confidence for his matches against World no 1 Garry Kasparov and World no 2 Vladimir Kramnik in ten weeks time. 

Karpov mated Mecking in a rook and opposite coloured bishop endgame at Hastings,England in January 1972.

Their second encounter was drawn at San Antonio USA in 1972. 

The third game, almost thirty years later, played last week, shows Karpov once again mating his opponent in a rook and opposite coloured bishop endgame. 

A.Karpov - H.Mecking 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 e3 a6 5 Qc2 e6 6 Nbd2 Nbd7 7 b3 Be7 8 Bd3 c5 9 Bb2 0-0?! 10 cxd5 exd5 11 0-0 h6 12 Rad1 b6 13 e4 Bb7 14 dxc5 Nxc5 15 e5 Nfe4 16 Qb1 Nxd3 17 Qxd3 Rc8 18 Nd4 Qd7? (better was 18..Bc5 19 Nxe4 dxe4 20 Qg3 Qg5) 19 Nxe4 dxe4 20 Qg3 Bc5 21 b4 Bxd4 22 Rxd4 Qe7 23 Rd6 Rc6 24 h4 e3 25 Bd4 e2 26 Re1 g6 27 Bxb6 Rxd6 28 exd6 Qe6 29 f3 Bc6 30 Qf4 Kh7 31 Kf2 Bb5 32 Be3 Kg8 33 Qxh6 Qe5 34 a4 Bc4 35 Qg5 Qxg5 36 hxg5 f5 37 Bb6 Rf7 38 Rc1 Bb3 39 Rc8+ Kh7 40 Bd4 (threatening mate on h8) 1-0 

The World's youngest grandmaster fourteen year old Teimour Radjabov from Baku, the same city as Kasparov, had a tremendous tournament performing above the 2700 rating level. 

Radjabov led the event after six rounds with three wins and three draws and drew the last three with Korchnoi, Karpov and Polgar.  

Former World title challenger 70 year old Viktor Korchnoi also scored three wins and six draws. 

Leading final scores (10 players, 9 rounds) A.Karpov (Russia) 6.5 T.Radjabov (Azerbaijan), V.Korchnoi (Switzerland) 6 N.Short (England) 5 J.Polgar (Hungary), J.Xie (China,World Womens Champion, 9 draws) 4.5. 

Russia defeated China 41.5-30.5 (Men 21.5-14.5, women 9-9, juniors 11-7) in a series of 6 matches in Shanghai. 

China won the 4th and 6th matches but lost the other 4. 

The reclusive 58 year old American former world champion Bobby Fischer has recently moved from Hungary to Japan. The recent claims that Fischer is playing on the internet are almost certainly untrue. 

Russian GM Alexei Suetin, the world seniors champion in 1996, and chess author died in Moscow last week at the age of 74. 

The next Australian Chess Federation Grand Prix event will be held at Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast,Qld on 22nd and 23rd September. 

Final scores in the NSW Chess Association interclub grade match competition (under 1800 division) Wests 23 North Sydney 22.5 Wollongong, Ryde-Eastwood 22 St George Dragons, Mt Pritchard 21.5 Fairfield 20 St George Saints 18.5 Rooty Hill 18 Croatian Sydney 17 Koala 14. 

Greg Canfell defeated Edgardo Agulto in the third round of the NSW Championship at Parramatta RSL Club. 

Sydney Champion Tim Reilly, the second seed, lost on forfeit to Johny Bolens and Nermin Jakirlic, the fifth seed, has withdrawn. 

Leading scores (20 players,9 rounds) G.Canfell, J.Bolens 3 A.Camer 2.5 R.Samar (top seed), E.Agulto, E.Vandan, K.Stead 2. 

There are 38 players in supporting tournaments. 

The NSW Junior League's Schools Chess Challenge started yesterday morning with over 400 juniors competing at Knox Grammar School,Wahroonga.