Sydney Morning Herald, 26 February, 2001

All games drawn in Linares Peter Parr Every game in the first two rounds of the Super Grandmaster Tournament in Linares, Spain has resulted in draws. The top two seeds had a hard fought game in the first round with World Number 1 Garry Kasparov recovering from an inferior position in the following game:

Peter Leko (Hungary) - Garry Kasparov (Russia) (B97)
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6
The Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defence is Kasparov's favorite weapon
6 Bg5 e6 7 f4 Qb6 8 Nb3 Be7 9 Qf3 Nbd7 10 0-0-0 Qc7 11 Bd3 b5 12 a3 Rb8! 13 Rhe1 b4 14 axb4 Rxb4 15 Kb1 Bb7 16 Qh3 Nc5 17 Nxc5
A new move in this position dxc5 18 e5 Nd5 19 Nxd5 Bxd5 20 c3 Rb3 21 Bc2 Qb7 22 Bxb3 Qxb3 23 Rxd5 Qxd5 24 Bxe7 Kxe7 25 Qh4+
White has the initiative
Kd7 26 Qg4 Kc6 27 Qe2 Rd8 28 Qxa6+ Kc7 29 Qa7+ Kc6 30 Qa6+ Kc7 31 Qa5+ Kb7 32 Qb5+ Kc7 33 Qa5+ Kb7 34 Qb5+ Kc7 35 Qe2! h5 36 g3 g6 37 c4?! Qd2 38 Qe3 Rd4 39 Qxd2 Rxd2 40 Re3 Rxh2 41 Rf3 Kc6 42 Ka2 Rh3 43 Rb3 h4 44 gxh4 Rxh4 45 Rf3 Rh5 46 Rg3! Rh2 47 Rf3 Rc2 48 Kb3 Rc1 49 Rf2 Kb6 50 Rf3 Ka5 51 Rf2 Re1 52 Ka3! Ra1+ 53 Kb3 Rc1 54 Rf3 Kb6 55 Rf2 draw agreed.

In the other first round games former World Champion Anatoly Karpov (Russia) outplayed Alexei Shirov (Spain) in the middlegame but dissipated most of his advantage in time trouble. Karpov finally conceded a draw after 94 moves in an ending of rook and knight versus rook - a well known theoretical book draw. Judith Polgar (Hungary) repelled an attack by Alexander Grischuk (Russia) and a draw was agreed after 47 moves when Grishuk had sacrificed a piece for perpetual check.

The second round was a quiet day with three short draws. Polgar had her first standard time control draw ever against Kasparov in a highly theoretical Najdorf Sicilian. Grischuk-Karpov was drawn in 19 moves. Leko-Shirov reached the endgame by move 14 and the players agreed to a draw 12 moves later.

The six players have each scored two draws in the double round robin event. Two of the greatest players in history, former World Champions Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov, will meet again in the fifth round at Linares on Wednesday evening. Karpov and Kasparov have played 144 games against each other in 5 World Title Matches for an overall score of Kasparov 73 Karpov 71.

Leading final scores in the City of Sydney Lightning championship (48 players, 11 rounds): Ronald Scott 9: Edgardo Agulto & Nazarito Cabale 8.5

Leading final scores of the Taree RSL Summer Open weekend tournament (29 players, 7 rounds) Tomek Rej 6.5: Kerry Stead 6.

The North Sydney Leagues Club championship is being played every Tuesday evening with a total of 72 players in 6 divisions of 12. Leading scores in the world rated title event after round 2:- Yu-Shiun Chen and Phillip Viner 2.

The St George Leagues Club Championship is also being played on Tuesday evenings with 5 divisions of 10 players. The title event is also a world rated tournament with Manuel Weeks rated ACF 2164 as the top seed.

An open tournament will be held at Dubbo RSL Club over 6 rounds on Saturday and Sunday.