Sydney Morning Herald - December 25, 2000

Anand wins World Championship

by Peter Parr

Viswanathan Anand from Madras, India is the new official World Chess Champion.

100 players competed in the knockout match tournament which started in New Delhi on November 25th and finished in the early hours of Christmas Day in Tehran.

The final match between Alexei Shirov of Spain and Anand was the most exciting.

The first game was drawn and Anand won the next 3 games to make the decisive winning score 3.5 - 0.5.

Shirov generated enormous complications in the fourth game but Anand defended accurately and Shirov with his 4 passed pawns all blocked and two pieces down resigned on move 41.

Game 4 V.Anand - A.Shirov
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 Nce2 c5 6 f4 Nc6 7 c3 Qb6 8 Nf3 f6 9 a3 Be7 10 h4 0-0 11 Rh3 a5 (11..Na5 was Anand-Shirov,Frankfurt 2000) 12 b3 Qc7 13 Neg1 a4 14 b4 fxe5 15 fxe5 Ndxe5 16 dxe5 Nxe5 17 Nxe5 Qxe5+ 18 Qe2 Bxh4+ 19 Kd1 Qf6 20 Nf3 Qxc3 21 Bb2 Qb3+ 22 Kc1 e5 23 Rxh4 Bf5 24 Qd1 e4 25 Qxb3 axb3 26 Nd2 e3 27 Nf3 Rae8 28 Kd1 c4 29 Be2 Be4 30 Kc1 Re6 31 Bc3 Rg6 32 Rh2 Bd3 33 Bxd3 cxd3 34 Kb2 d2 35 Kxb3 Rg3 36 Kb2 g5 37 Kc2 Rc8 38 Kd3 g4 39 Be5 Rc1 40 Rh1 Rxg2 41 Nh4 1-0.

Anand won $A1 million and Shirov $A600,000.

Shirov beat Vladimir Kramnik in a match in 1998 to determine the challenger to the 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov who had broken away from the World Chess Federation in 1993.

The match did not take place and Kramnik beat Kasparov in the Braingames World Championship in London last month.

Anand did not compete in last year's official World Championship as he was also negotiating a match - which did not take place - against Kasparov.

The 14th official World Champion was Alexander Khalifman and Anand will be crowned as the 15th official World Champion in Tehran tomorrow.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia, and President of the World Chess Federation confirmed yesterday that there will be no unification match but Kramnik will be invited to next year's event.

Ilyumzhinov evaluates Kalmykia has 10 billion tons of oil and he is in Iran to discuss oil transportation as well as attending the World Title Match.

The Presidential Board of the World Chess Federation announced that from Jan 1st 2001 all tournaments under their control will be played at a much faster rate. Games will last a maximum of 4 hours instead of 7.

13 year old Teymur Radjabov from Baku, Azerbaijan easily won the category 8 Grandmaster tournament in Budapest scoring 7 wins and 4 draws in the 11 round event for an amazing rating performance of 2683

Leading final scores in the Sydney Weekender I.Rogers and T.Reilly 6.5/7 T.Rej and Dr C.Zworestine 5

The Australian Schools Finals were held in Adelaide last week. Sydney Grammar was 2nd in the open, Abbotsleigh 3rd in the girls and Summer Hill 2nd in the primary.

The top 12 players in the Australian Open starting in Canberra on Thursday are GM I.Rogers(Aus 2558), GM A.Kunte(Ind 2556), GM A.Volzhin (Rus 2556), GM D.Johansen (Aus 2505), GM S.Djuric (Yug 2472), IM G.Lane(Eng 2452),IM M.Lodhi (Pak 2438) IM M.Gluzman(Aus 2432),IM P.Pisk (Cze) 2400,IM W.Sarwat (Egy 2392),IM M.Heidenfeld (Irl 2375), IM G.West (Aus 2372).

International Master Leonid Sandler of Melbourne is the top seed in the New Zealand Championship commencing on Thursday in Auckland. Chris Depasquale of Alice Springs is seeded fifth.