Sydney Morning Herald
March 26, 2001
World Champions lead in Monaco
Vladimir Kramnik,the Brain Games World Champion, and Viswanathan Anand,the
official World Champion,share the lead after 14 games of the tenth annual
Amber tournament in Monaco.
Every day the grandmasters play one rapid game and one blindfold game.
prize fund is Aus $386,000.
Veselin Topalov and Kramnik are in joint first place with 5/7 in the
blindfold event half a point ahead of Anand who leads the rapid play with
5/7 half a point ahead of Kramnik.
Former World Champion Anatoly Karpov
(Russia) has scored one win,10 draws and three losses.
Leading scores after round 14 (12 players, 22rounds) V.Kramnik (Russia) and
V.Anand (India) 9.5,V.Topalov ( Bulgaria) 9,P.Leko(Hungary) 8, A.Shirov
Meanwhile in Cannes,France the World Cup of rapid chess is nearing
The 16 players were in two groups of 8 with 4 qualifiers from
Garry Kasparov,the highest rated player in the world,easily won
his group with 5.5/7 conceding draws in the last two rounds.
Quarter final match results G.Kasparov (Russia) 1.5 Vladislav Tkachiev
(France) 0.5, Evgeny Bareev (Russia) 1.5 Etienne Bacrot (France) 0.5,
Alexander Grischuk (Russia) 4 Mikhail Gurevich (Belgium) 3,Judith Polgar
(Hungary) 1.5 Michael Adams (England) 0.5. Semi-finals - Kasparov 3
Grischuk 1 and Bareev 1.5 Polgar 0.5.
Kasparov will play Bareev (rated 11th
in the world) in the final.
China defeated USA 21-19 in the series of 4 summit matches in
The United States performed well on the top six boards
winning 13.5-10.5 but lost 3.5-4.5 on the womens boards.
China won 6-2 on
the junior boards with Ni Hua of China the overall best scorer with 3.5/4.
The clash between the top two seeds Tim Reilly,a former Australian Junior
Champion and Greg Canfell, the former 3 time NSW Champion, had been eagerly
awaited in the City of Sydney Championship.
The genuinely fighting game saw
both players at their best and the game should have resulted in a draw.
Reilly's sense of danger seemed to be dulled when he incorrectly exchanged
queens just before the time control.
There was no reply to Canfell's 41st
move when he cleverly created a passed pawn and Reilly resigned.
the eight players half a point behind first place drew their fourth round
Former NSW Champion Kuan-Kuan Tian moved into outright second place
by receiving a free point. Tian was paired against Richard Valenti who
advised the tournament arbiter well before the fourth round was due to start
that he had to fly to Paris on business.
Tian was awarded a point on
forfeit. The arbiter decided not to change the pairings as they had been
published and the unplayed game was not postponed.
The championship is
played at the rate of one game per week.
Leading scores after round 4 - G.Canfell 4 K.Tian 3.5 G.Xie, J.Bolens, P.Dozsa,
I.Zvedeniouk, A.Camer, B.Ingram, M.Van Renan, S.Quick all
Thirteen year old Ronald Yu has won the first of the NSW Junior League's
four regional warm-up tournaments,held at Lidcombe on Saturday.
final scores- Ronald Yu 10/11,Hoi-Ming Chan 8.5,Arthur Huynh and Benjamin
Two more warm-up tournaments will be held next weekend at
Liverpool on Saturday and at Normanhurst on Sunday. Enquiries Margaret
Cuckson phone 9388 7940