SMH, October 22

Ukraine wins World Teams

The Ukrainian Team led by Vassily Ivanchuk (2731) and Ruslan Ponomariov (2684) has won the World Team Championship for the first time. The home team Armenia playing in Yerevan defeated the favorites Russia 3-1 in their third match after winning each of their first two matches 4-0. The Armenian grandmasters were imbued with determination. Vladimir Akopian won the following game on board 1 against 3 time former Russian Champion Peter Svidler.

AKOPIAN - SVIDLER [A13]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 a6 4. Bg2 b5 5. b3 c5 6. O-O Bb7 7. Nc3 Qa5 8. e3 Be7 9. Qe2 bxc4 10. bxc4 O-O 11. Rb1 Bc6 12. e4 d6 13. Rb3 Ra7 14. d4 cxd4 15. Nxd4 Ba8 16. Be3 Rb7 17. e5! Rxb3 18. exf6 Bxg2 19. Nxb3! Bxf1 20. Qg4! Bxf6 21. Nxa5 Bxc3 22. Kxf1 Bxa5 23. Qd4! Rd8 24. Qa7 h6 25. Bb6 Bxb6 26. Qxb6 Rc8 27. Qxd6 Kh7 28. c5 Kg6 29. c6

1-0

Leading scores after round 4: Armenia 11/12, Russia 11/16, Germany 10.5/16, Ukraine 8.5/12. 

Germany beat Armenia 3-1 in round 5 .Russia beat Germany 3.5-0.5 in round 6.After 6 rounds Armenia led with 15/20 half a point ahead of Russia and Ukraine.Russia took the sole lead in round 7 beating Cuba 3-1. Ukraine drew 2-2 with Fyrom (Macedonia) and Armenia drew 2-2 with Uzbekistan. Ukraine defeated its two main rivals Armenia and Russia 2.5-1.5 in the final two rounds. Ponomariov, who turned 18 earlier this month, won in each of the two matches with the other 6 games all drawn. Russia who were still the first ranked team without their 6 highest rated players took the silver medals. 

Final scores (9 teams, 32 games ) Ukraine 21.5 Russia 21 Armenia 20 Germany 18.5 Hungary 16.5 Uzbekistan 15.5 Cuba 14.5 Fyrom 9.5 Iran 7. 

World number one Garry Kasparov (Russia) trounced the Czech national team (average rating 2586) 5.5-2.5 in a simultaneous 2 game match over 4 boards in the Prague Castle Ballroom. The prize money for the 2 day event was $A80,000 for the winner or winning team. Kasparov has won similar matches against Argentina, France, Germany and Israel over the last decade. 

Final scores of the Essent GM event in Hoogeveen, Netherlands( 4players, 6rounds) J.Polgar (Hungary) and L.Van Wely (Netherlands) 3.5 V.Korchnoi (Switzerland, aged 70) 3 L.Bruzon (Cuba) 2. 

The most absurd tournament in history was the World Chess Federation Internet qualification tournament for the next World Championship. 64 players competed for 8 world title places and many of the participants were breaking the rules by using computer software or books to improve their results from the privacy of their homes. Four players (including Jose Escribano of Sydney) were disqualified from the event for repeated use of chess computer assistance and/or other aids. It is quite possible that as many as 90% of all the games of the 64 players were decided by unfair play. This type of event should only be held if arbiters are present for all games. 

The tournament was won by International Master Nikolai Vlassov (Russia) ahead of 12 Grandmasters. The leading 8 will play in the World Championship Tournament next month in Moscow. 

The World Youth Festival in Oropesa Del Mar, Spain started yesterday. Australia has 15 representatives who are competing in every age division - under 18, 16, 14, 12 and 10. International Master Zong-Yuan Zhao (Coffs Harbour) is expected to achieve a high placing in the under 16 event. 

Greg Canfell maintained his lead in the NSW championship by defeating Angelito Camer in the seventh round. Sydney champion Tim Reilly was outplayed by the top seed Raul Samar and lost. Leading scores after round 7 (20 players, 9 rounds): G.Canfell 6.5, R.Samar 5.5, S.Quick 4.5. An open 7 round weekend tournament will be held at Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October.