After 29. Kg1 Qxe3+, White resigns as it is checkmate after 30. Rhf2 gxf2+ 31. Rxf2 Qc1+ 32. Rf1 Bd4+ 33. Kg2 Rg8+ 34. Kh2 Qc2+ 35. Kh3 Qh7 mate.
Rachels qualified with the victory for the 1990 FIDE interzonal in Manila, scoring a respectable 6-7, but gave up the game for good just three years later to pursue his academic studies. He is now an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Alabama and remains one norm short of the coveted grandmaster title.
The annual World Open in Philadelphia once again produced a massive knot of players sharing first place, topped by reigning U.S. champ Alex Shabalov and former champ Hikaru Nakamura. Joining them at 6½-2½ were GMs Varuzhan Akobian, Sandipan Chanda, Leonid Yudasin, Evgeny Najer, Alexander Stripunsky, Julio Becerra and Victor Mikhalevski. Akobian won a speed playoff to claim the trophy. We’ll have a report next week.
And Kramnik this week produced another seemingly effortless victory at the Category 20 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Germany, his eighth win in the elite event since 1995. Kramnik’s 5-2 final score was a point better than GMs Evgeny Alekseev, Peter Leko and Viswanathan Anand.
Vienna, May 1882
1. e4e517. Bc4Bxh2+
2. Nf3Nc618. Kf1Qh4
3. Bb5Nf619. Bb3Qxh6
4. d4exd420. g3Qf8
5. 0-0Be721. Kg2Bxg3
6. e5Ne422. Qxg3Kh8
7. Re1Nc523. Rh1Re7