- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 1, 2001

The defending champ got a major scare and some other big names got an early ticket home as FIDE's 128-player world championship knockout tournament got under way this week in Moscow. Unknown French FM Olivier Touzane, the No. 128 seed, shocked top-ranked Indian GM Viswanathan Anand by winning the opening game of their first-round match with Black. Anand bounced back to win Game 2 and advance in a playoff, but some other top seeds weren't so lucky.
Former world champ Anatoly Karpov and former title contenders Viktor Korchnoi and Nigel Short were among the first-round casualties. Karpov lost to unheralded Chinese qualifier Zhang Pengxiang, also in a playoff.
The American contingent also endured a brutal start, with two of the three women and eight of the nine men eliminated after one round. Only GM Alexander Shabalov on the men's side and WIM Camilla Baginskaite on the women's side remained in the hunt.
Across town, Russian GM Vladimir Kramnik, holder of the rival Brain Games world title, and former titleholder Garry Kasparov yesterday began their own multiformat $500,000 match that will feature four games at classical time controls, six 30-minute rapid games, and 10 concluding blitz games to be played Dec. 9.
The event, which originally was to include Karpov, was organized to honor the late Soviet great Mikhail Botvinnik.
Since this may rate as Touzane's 15 minutes of fame, let's look at his monumental upset. Anand broke out of the starting gate smartly, but missed a strong continuation and then simply got outplayed as his clock wound down.
We rely in part here on analysis by GM Maxim Notkin on Kasparov's Web site (kasparovchess.com).
Enjoying a strong central initiative out of a Petroff's Defense, Anand sacrifices the exchange and obtains heavy pressure against the undefended Black king with 17. Rb1 (c4? Nxd4 18. cxd5 Nxc2) Bg5 18. c4! Bxd2 19. cxd5 Bxe1 20. dxc6 Ba5 (Bxf2+!? 21. Kxf2 Qf6+ 22. Kg1 Qxc6 23. Qd3 f5 24. d5, with a double-edged position, deserved a look) 21. cxb7.
But White misses a shot on 21…Rb8 (see diagram), when Notkin notes that 22. Qh5!, hitting the bishop on a5, poses major defensive headaches: a) 22…Bb6 23. Bxh6! gxh6 (g6 24. Bxg6! is crushing) 24. Qf5 Re8 25. Qh7+ Kf8 26. Qxh6+ Kg8 (Ke7 27. Re1+ Kd7 28. Ba4+ c6 29. Qxc6 mate) 27. Bh7+ Kh8 28. Bg6+ and mate in a couple of moves); and b) 22…f5 23. Bxh6 Qe8 (gxh6 24. Qg6+ Kh8 25. Qxh6+ Kg8 26. Bb3+ Rf7 27. Qg6+ Kh8 28. Bxf7 again wins easily) 24. Qg5 Qd7 25. Qg3, and the absence of the Black h-pawn makes Touzane's defensive choice unpleasant.
Black scrambles back into it on 22. Qd3? g6 23. Bxh6 Re8 24. Qf3 Re6! (rooks on the third rank can be powerful defensive sentinels) 25. Bb3 Rf6, and the active Black rook and the weak b7-pawn have neutralized White's two-bishop battery.
Frustrated and perhaps thrown by the rapid time controls FIDE has established, Anand goes from equality to clear inferiority with 26. Qg4? (Qe4! Rb6 27. Qe5 Qf6! 28. Qxf6 [Qxa5?! R8xb7 is risky for White; e.g. 29. Qc3 g5 30. Qh3 Qg6 31. Rb2? Rxb3! 32. Rxb3 Qb1+! 33. Rxb1 Rxb1 mate] Rxf6 29. Bd5 preserves the b-pawn) Rb6 27. Bg5 Qe8 28. Qf3 R8xb7, and now the pin on the b-file becomes highly unpleasant.
White lashes out with 28. g4?!, and Touzane grabs the opportunity to head for a pawn-up ending with 28…Rxb3 29. Rxb3 Rxb3 30. Qxb3 Qxg4+ 31. Kf1 Qxd4. Even now the champ could have made his opponent work, but the shellshocked Anand instead collapses: 38. h5 Qc6+ 39. Kf1? (f3 Qd6 40. Qg5 c5 and the game still must be won) Qh1+.
Since after 40. Ke2 Qxh5+, Black just marches his queenside pawns down the board while his king sits safely tucked away, Anand resigned.

The National Chess Congress, a traditional Thanksgiving weekend event held in Philadelphia, ended Sunday in a five-way tie for first in the 150-player Open section.
GM Leonid Yudasin, IMs Igor Khmelnitsky and Enrico Sevillano, and FMs Dmitry Scheider and Daniel Shapiro all went 5-1, with Yudasin enjoying the best tiebreaks.
In his game against expert Aditya Prasetyo from the event, Northern Virginia master Steven Greanias gave a powerful demonstration of the dangers of pawn-grubbing. In a King's Indian Saemisch, Prasetyo gobbles up a tempting morsel on c5 and develops a bad case of indigestion.
On 7. dxc5 dxc5 8. Qxd8 Rxd8 9. Bxc5, White is a clear pawn to the good, the queens are off the board, and Black has no immediate threats. But Black enjoys a strong lead in development and the White king still must find a safe home.
Black, however, must play actively to preserve the dynamic equilibrium, and Greanias presses efficiently while his opponent moves the same already-developed knight four moves in a row to little obvious purpose.
By 14. Nd6 Nd4 15. 0-0-0 (meeting the knight fork threat, but landing the king in hot water) b5!, Black pursues what turns out to be a winning strategy: relentless line-opening on the soft White queenside. White's kingside pieces play no role in the ensuing battle, while every Black piece contributes in a major way.
Thus: 17. Bb4 (the threat was 17…b4; it's already too late for 17. Nxc8? Rdxc8+ 18. Kb1 b4 and wins) Nc6 18. Bc3 Bxc3 19. bxc3 b4!, creating more holes around the White king. The b-pawn presses on with 21. Nh3 b3 22. Kb1 (axb3 Nxb3+ 23. Kb1 Nbd4+ 24. Nb5 Ba6 25. Rd1 Na7 and White's position is under heavy pressure) bxa2+ 23. Kxa2.
The stranded White king allows a picturesque mating finish: 23…Nb4+ 24. Ka3 Nc2+ 25. Ka2 Rxd6! 26. Rxd6 Na4!, and White can delay but not prevent the threatened 27…Nc3 mate. Prasetyo resigned.

FIDE World Championships, Round 1, Moscow, November 2001
1. e4e521. cxb7Rb8
2. Nf3Nf622. Qd3g6
3. Nxe5d623. Bxh6Re8
4. Nf3Nxe424. Qf3Re6
5. d4d525. Bb3Rf6
6. Bd3Nc626. Qg4Rb6
7. 0-0Be727. Bg5Qe8
8. c4Nf628. Qf3R8xb7
9. Nc3Be629. h4Qd7
10. cxd5Nxd530. g4Rxb3
11. a30-031. Rxb3Rxb3
12. Re1Bf632. Qxb3Qxg4+
13. Be4h633. Kf1Qxd4
14. Bc2Nxc334. Be3Qa1+
15. bxc3Bc435. Kg2Bb6
16. Nd2Bd536. Bxb6axb6
17. Rb1Bg537. Qg3Qc1
18. c4Bxd238. h5Qc6+
19. cxd5Bxe139. Kf1Qh1+
20. dxc6Ba5White resigns

National Chess Congress, Philadelphia, November 2001
1. d4Nf614. Nd6Nd4
2. c4g615. 0-0-0b5
3. Nc3Bg716. cxb5axb5
4. e4d617. Bb4Nc6
5. f30-018. Bc3Bxc3
6. Be3c519. bxc3b4
7. dxc5dxc520. c4Nc5
8. Qxd8Rxd821
. Nh3b3
9. Bxc5Nc622. Kb1bxa2+
10. Nd5Nd723. Kxa2Nb4+
11. Ba3e624. Ka3Nc2+
12. Nc7Rb825. Ka2Rxd6
13. Nb5a626. Rxd6Na4
White resigns

David R. Sands can be reached at 202/636-3178 or by e-mail at dsands@washingtontimes.com.

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