Sydney Morning Herald, February 19, 2001

Kasparov - Karpov in Linares

Anatoly Karpov (Russia) - the highest rated player in the world from 1975 to 1985 - and Garry Kasparov (Russia) - the world number one since 1985 - will meet once again in the annual super grandmaster tournament starting on Friday in Linares (Spain).

6 players - Kasparov, Karpov, Peter Leko (Hungary), Alexei Shirov (Spain), Judith Polgar (Hungary) and Alexander Grischuk (Russia) - are competing in the double round robin event. Kasparov is obviously the favorite at Linares but perhaps the most intriguing question at Linares will be about the prospects of 17 year old Grischuk who reached the semi-finals of the recent World Championship.

Grandmaster Ian Rogers of Sydney defeated women's grandmaster Gabriela Olarasu in the final round of the 9th International Open in the Aosta Valley, Saint-Vincent, Italy.

Rogers seeded 16th in the event played a strong field finishing in a tie 3rd to 8th equal in the 9 round event with 130 players.

Leading final scores: D. Jakovenko (Russia), W. Arencibia (Cuba) 7: I. Rogers (Australia), T. Polak (Czech Republic), D. Sermek (Slovenia), V. Milov (Switerland), S. Lputian (Armenia), V. Eingorn (Ukraine) all 6.5.

GM Joseph Gallagher of Switzerland edged out Russian GM Andrei Kharlov on tiebreak to take first place in Calcutta's Goodricke International Open Tournament.

Leading final scores in the Australian Chess Federation 2000 Grand Prix - I.Rogers (NSW) 95, S.Solomon (QLD) 74, M.Chapman (SA) 70.5, D.Johansen (VIC) 64.5, T.Reilly (NSW) 57. Under 2000- J.Myers (QLD). Under 1600- A.Guthrie (SA), Junior- Z.Zhao (NSW) Womens- N.Szuveges (VIC) Unrated S.Stojic (ACT).

International Master Gary Lane (England) married Nancy Jones, a former Australian Girls champion, in Sydney last week.

Leading scores after 3 rounds of the Henry Greenfield Cup at the Hakoah Club Bondi - IM John-Paul Wallace 3, IM Irina Feldman,David Vinnik,Stephen Krejci 2.5 .

The North Sydney Leagues Club Championship has started with 72 players competing in six divisions of twelve players.

Malcolm Stephens (ACF 2286), the top seed in the world rated title event,drew with Charles Ghenzer in round 1. The second seed former Australian Champion John Purdy (ACF 2154) drew with fomer NSW Champion Kuan-Kuan Tian.

Grandmaster Stefan Djuric, the Australian Open Champion won every game in a nineteen board simultaneous exhibition at Western Suburbs Leagues Club last Tuesday evening.

Djuric returned to Europe yesterday after his two month stay in Australia.

The City of Sydney Championship and supporting event for lower rated players will be held over a nine week period commencing on Sunday afternoon at Ashfield Catholic and Community Club.

Enquiries Robert Keast 0417 497 258 President of the NSW Chess Association.