Anand top seed in New Delhi

Chess

30 year old Viswanathan Anand from Madras,India is the number one seed in the official 100 player World Championship knock- out match tournament which starts this evening in New Delhi,India. The two finalists will play a match for the World Title in Tehran.

All the leading players are competing in New Delhi except the two highest rated players Garry Kasparov (Russia) and Vladimir Kramnik(Russia).

International Master Alex Wohl of Sydney will play the 1999 World Junior Champion Grandmaster Alex Galkin (Russia) in his first round match. Wohl will play Grandmaster Alex Beliavsky (Slovenia) in the second round match starting on Thursday if he beats Galkin in round 1. Shane Dibley of Sydney is in New Delhi assisting Wohl in his preparations with the latest computer programs and databases. Xie Jun (China) will be defending her World Title in the 100 player Womens World Championship.

The overall prize fund is Aus $ 6 million.

The World Chess Federation confirmed 48 new International Grandmaster Titles and 154 new International Master Titles at the Istanbul Olympiad.

Hungarian Master Paul Dozsa drew his game against Australian Master Fred Flatow in the sixth round of the NSW Championship at North Sydney Leagues Club. International Master John-Paul Wallace defeated Brett Tindall to share the lead with Dozsa.

Leading scores after round 6:- P.Dozsa and J.P. Wallace 5: G.Canfell, P.Viner, A.Flatow 4.

Leading final scores of the weekend tournament in Taree ( 30 players, 7 rounds)

T.Rej 6: K.Stead 5.5: I.Montague, I.Dickson, L.Forace 5.

The NSW Chess Association Country Teams Championship to be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Newcastle Workers Club has attracted teams from Taree, Laurieton, Newcastle, Cardiff, Dubbo, Narrabri, Illawarra, Central Coast and Coffs Harbour.

92 schools competed in the NSW Country schools championship won by Merewether High School .

The annual Sydney Secondary Schools team tournament will be held at Normanhurst Boys High School on December 6th.

The NSW State Lightning tournament commences at 11am on Saturday at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club. The Annual General Meeting of the NSW Chess Association will be held after the lightning commencing at 2:30pm.

International Master Edith Bilek a former Hungarian Women's Champion and Olympic representative arrived in Sydney last week for a three month holiday.

The top players on the Australian Chess Federation December rating list are - I.Rogers (NSW) 2590, D.Johansen (VIC) 2528, A.Wohl (NSW) 2496, M.Gluzman (VIC) 2479, V.Feldman (NSW) 2420, S.Solomon (QLD) 2418, G.West (VIC) 2415, J.Wallace (NSW) 2399, L.Sandler (VIC) 2390, T.Tao (SA) 2376. Women - I.Berezina-Feldman (NSW) 2241, I.Wallace (NSW) 2192,S.Sarai (NSW) 2114,N.Koshnitsky (SA) 2108. Juniors - D.Smerdon (QLD) 2304,Z.Zhao (NSW) 2297