SMH, May 28

Kasparov and Kramnik share lead

The two highest rated players in the world Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik have each scored three wins and three draws and share the lead in the Super Grandmaster Tournament in Astana City,the new Capital of Kazakhstan.

Two of Kasparov's wins were against World number 8 Alexey Shirov who now has the terrible life time record of 0 - 13 in tournament games (draws not counting) against Kasparov.

Kasparov - Shirov (round 6) 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 f4 c5 6 Nf3 Nc6 7 Be3 cxd 8 Nxd4 Bc5 9 Qd2 0-0 10 g3 Qe7(new move) 11 0-0-0 Nb6 12 Nb3 Bxe3 13 Qxe3 Bd7 14 Kb1 Rfc8 15 g4 Nb4 16 Nd4 Rc5 17 a3 Nc6 18 Ncb5 Nxd4 19 Nxd4 Rac8 20 Bd3 Nc4 21 Qh3 h6 22 g5 Nxa3+ 23 bxa3 Rc3 24 gxh6 g6 25 Qg2 Rxa3 26 Nb3 Qb4 27 Bxg6 Rxb3+ 28 cxb3 Qxb3+ 29 Qb2 Qxb2+ 30 Kxb2 fxg6 31 h4 Kh7 32 h5 Kxh6 33 hxg6+ Kxg6 34 Rhg1+ Kf5? (much better was Kf7) 35 Rd4 1-0 Black cannot prevent Rg5 mate.

The Kramnik-Kasparov game in round 4 was agreed drawn in 30 moves - the first 22 moves was opening theory leading to equality.

Scores after round 6 ( 6 players,10 rounds) G.Kasparov (Russia) and V.Kramnik (Russia) 4.5 B.Gelfand (Israel) 3.5 A.Shirov (Spain) 2.5 A.Morozevich (Russia) 2 D.Sadvakasov (Kazakhstan) 1

Meanwhile in Merida,Mexico Viswanathan Anand of India, the Official World Champion, won a category 18 GM event (4 players,6 rounds) with 4.5 points. Former World Title Challenger Nigel Short of England was second with 3.5,ex World Champion Alexander Khalifman (Russia) was third with 3 points and Gilberto Hernandez (Mexico) scored 1 point.

Leading final scores in the category 16 GM tournament in Sarajevo (Bosnia)-10 players,9rounds,average rating 2628- K.Georgiev(Bulgaria) 6.5 V.Topalov (Bulgaria) 6 I.Smirin (Israel) and A.Dreev (Russia) 5.5

18 year old Spanish Grandmaster Francisco Vallejo was undefeated in the Capablanca Memorial in Havana, Cuba scoring 8.5 out of 12. GM Hannes Stefansson of Iceland was second with 7 points. International Master Alex Wohl of Sydney scored 4/13 finishing in last place in a supporting category 8 GM event. Wohl is now competing in a stronger GM event,the Guillermo Garcia Memorial in Santa Clara,Cuba.

The President of the Republic of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze has awarded the President of the World Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (Kalmykia) the Order of Gold Fleece for his great contribution to the development and popularisation of chess in the world,and to the cause of friendship and peace between nations.

Leading final scores in the NSW Chess Association May weekender ( 32 players,7 rounds) T.Reilly 6/7 (draws with K.Stead and G.Xie) P.Dozsa, I.Wright, G.Xie 5.5

Forty teams from sixteen clubs in five divisions are competing in the NSW Chess Association inter-club grade match competition starting this week. St George Leagues Club has six teams, North Sydney Leagues Club and Rooty Hill RSL Club have 5 teams each.

The Fairfield RSL Chess Club was revived five months ago after almost twenty years. The chess club with already nearly 100 members has become one of the largest clubs in Sydney with strong support from the Directors and the hard working chess club President Elpidio Bautista. Fairfield RSL is one of the very few clubs who teach absolute beginners - juniors and adults- and cater for all players from beginners to masters.