- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 8, 2001

England's Michael Adams is the biggest name to fall so far as the FIDE world championship knockout tournament is down to the final eight in Moscow. Adams, the No. 2 seed, fell to Russian GM Peter Svidler in the fourth round while most of the other favorites were advancing.
Still in the hunt at deadline were top-seeded Indian GM and defending champ Viswanathan Anand, Ukrainians Vassily Ivanchuk and Ruslan Ponomariov, France's Joel Lautier, Evgeny Bareev of Russia, Boris Gelfand of Israel, and Spain's Alexei Shirov, who survived a thrilling war with Bulgaria's Veselin Topalov decided only in a one-game blitz playoff.
Across town, the Botvinnik Memorial clash between Russians Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov got off to a disappointing start with four draws at classical time controls.
Three of the games didn't even get past move 21. The match now moves to a series of rapid-chess and blitz games that winds up Monday.
Bosnian GM Predrag Nikolic fell to Lautier in Round 4 but managed to pull off the prettiest combination of the FIDE event so far in eliminating Armenia's Ashot Anastasian a round earlier.
In a Queen's Indian, White's flexible setup after 16. Ne1 Rab8 17.Qe2 poses problems for Black, who must contend with a possible break in the center with e4-e5 and on the wing with b2-b4.
Anastasian's 17…e5?! 18. Bg5 h6 19. Bxf6 Bxf6 20. Nc2 Nc7 temporarily blocks a central breakthrough, but Nikolic gambits a pawn to whip up a powerful attack on 23. Nf5! Qxc4 (the queen will be subject to numerous discovered attacks on this square) 24. f4! (stronger than the materialistic 24. Nxd6?! Qe6 25. Rbd1 Ne8, with equality) exf4 (Bf6 25. fxe5 Bg5 [both 25…dxe5? 26. Rxd8+ Rxd8 27. Qxc4 and 25…Bxe5? 26. Ne7+ Kh7 27. Nxc6 lose on the spot] 26. h4 embarrasses the bishop) 25. gxf4 Bf6 26. e5!.
The center and the g-file are cleared for the White attackers, but Black now might have tried the intriguing 26…Qxf4!? 27. Rf1 Qxe5 28. Re3 Bxg2 29. Kxg2 Qxe3 30. Qxe3 Rxb2+ 31. Kh1 Be5, with a rook and several pawns for the queen, a powerful bishop and a solid defensive fortress.
Instead, White crashes through after 26…Bxg2? 27. exf6 Ne6 (Bb7 28. Nxh6+! Kh7 [Kf8 29. Qe7 mate, while 28…gxh6 29. Rg3+ again wins the queen] 29. Nf5 Qxf4 30. Qh5+ Kg8 31. Ne7+ and mate next move) 28. Nxh6+! Kh7 29. Nf5 g6 30. Qg4! Re8 (see diagram; if 30…Qxd3, 31. Qh4+ Kg8 32. Ne7+ again leads to mate) 31. Nd5!!.
The rook and knight are both en prise, but 31…Bxd5 allows 32. Rh3+ Kg8 33. Qh4 Qxf4 34. Qh8 mate, while we already have seen 30…Qxd3 31. Qh4+ in the previous variations.
Black surrenders queen for rook and knight, but his remaining pieces are tied down by the White queen and advanced e-pawn. Nikolic's 45. h5! threatens to oust the g7-knight holding the Black game together. Anastasian resigned.

John W. "Jack" Collins, Bobby Fischer's chess mentor and the man named Teacher of the Century by the U.S. Chess Federation in 1994, died Sunday at age 89 after a long illness.
The diminutive, soft-spoken Collins had an outsized impact on American chess, helping develop the talents not only of Fischer, but of grandmasters William Lombardy, Robert Byrne, Max Dlugy, Patrick Wolff and a host of other top U.S. players.
The house he shared with his sister Ethel on Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn is one of the game's holy places, where literally thousands of young players got encouragement and instruction.
Aside from his teaching legacy, Collins could play a mean game of chess, winning the 1952 New York state championship and the U.S. postal chess title. I am indebted to Correspondence Chess News Publisher John C. Knudsen (check him out at www.ccn.correspondencechess.com) for supplying the score of today's second game, Collins' win in the first world postal chess competition over Dutchman Paul van Veer.
Mr. Collins' cool and meticulous play here shows why this once-standard Queen's Gambit line is rarely played anymore by Black. White clarifies the pawn center to his advantage early on, patiently prepares a minority attack on the queen-side and bursts through with some well-coordinated shots.
Van Veer doesn't help his cause with some excessively passive play. Feistier was 16…Qxb4 (instead of the craven 16…a6), when Black has counterchances in lines such as 17. Rb3 Qd6 18. Rxb7 Rfb8 19. Qb1 Bc8 20. Rb3 Rxb3 21. axb3 c5.
Black's 20. Rc5 b5?! permanently blocks a b5 pawn break for White, but the costs are high: a gaping hole at c5 and a new invasion route for White via the a-file. Collins patiently embarks on some intricate repositioning over the next 20 moves or so before beginning the final assault.
Thus: 38. Ra1 Rab8 (Qxb4 39. axb5 cxb5 40. Rxa6 Bc6 41. Qc2 Rxa6 42. Rxa6 Bd7 43. Qc7 Qe7 44. Bxb5 Kf7 45. Qb6! Be6 46. Ra7 Bd7 47. Qxd8! Qxd8 48. Rxd7+ wins) 39. axb5 axb5 40. Qb3 Rb7 41. Ra6, and White dominates the play.
The weakened c-pawn finally falls on 50. Qc5 Bc8 51. Ra6, since 51…Bd7? loses to 52. Qe7+ Kg8 53. Ra8+ Rb8 (Bc8 54. Qe8+) 54. Rxb8+ Qxb8 55. Qxd7. Coupled with White's dominant pieces, the extra pawn is good enough for the win.
In the final position, Black faces further infiltration with lines like 64…Rc7 65. Qd6+ Bd7 66. Bxd5 Qg7 67. Be6 Qe7 68. Ra8+ Rc8 69. Rxc8+ Kxc8 70. Qxe7; Van Veer gave up.
FIDE World Championships, Round 3, December 2001
NikolicAnastasian
1. d4Nf624. f4exf4
2. c4e625. gxf4Bf6
3. Nf3b626. e5Bxg2
4. g3Ba627. exf6Ne6
5. Qa4c528. Nxh6+Kh7
6. Bg2Bb729. Nf5g6
7. dxc5bxc530. Qg4Re8
8. 0-0Be731. Nd5Kg8
9. Nc30-032. Qh4Qxd5
10. Bf4d633. Rxd5Bxd5
11. Rfd1Qb634. Ne7+Rxe7
12. Rab1Na635. fxe7Nd4
13. a3Bc636. Qf6Nf5
14. Qc2Rfd837. Re1Re8
15. e4Qb738. Kf2Be6
16. Ne1Rab839. Rxe6fxe6
17. Qe2e540. Qxg6+Ng7
18. Bg5h641. Qf6d5
19. Bxf6Bxf642. Kf3d4
20. Nc2Qb343. h4Kh7
21. Ne3Nc744. Qf8c4
22. Rd3Bg545. h5Black
23. Nf5Qxc4resigns
Finals, 1st World Correspondence Chess Championship, 1950
CollinsVan Veer
1. d4d533. Kh2Rd8
2. c4e634. Be2Re8
3. Nc3Nf635. Bd3g6
4. Bg5Be736. Kg2Kg7
5. e30-037. Rc1Red8
6. Nf3h638. Ra1Rab8
7. Bh4Ne439. axb5axb5
8. Bxe7Qxe740. Qb3Rb7
9. Rc1Nxc341. Ra6Rdb8
10. Rxc3c642. R1a5h5
11. Bd3Nd743. h4Qf6
12. cxd5exd544. Qc2Qe6
13. 0-0Nf645. Ra8Qe8
14. Ne5Nd746. Rxb8Qxb8
15. Nxd7Bxd747. Qa2Qc7
16. b4a648. Ra8Rb8
17. Qb3Ra749. Qa7Rb7
18. a4Rfa850. Qc5Bc8
19. Rb1Qd651. Ra6Qf7
20. Rc5b552. Rxc6Bd7
21. Rbc1Rb853. Ra6Be8
22. Bc2Rf854. Qd6Kh7
23. Ra1Raa855. Be2Rd7
24. Bd1Rfb856. Qb8Rb7
25. Bf3Re857. Qd8Kg7
26. Qa2Qf858. Ra8Kf8
27. h3Kh859. Qd6+Kg7
28. Qc2f560. Qe5+Kf8
29. Bh5Reb861. Bf3Rd7
30. Ra3Qd662. Qh8+Ke7
31. Qa2Qf863. Ra6Kd8
32. g3Kh764. Qe5Black resigns

David R. Sands can be reached at 202/636-3178 or by e-mail at [email protected]


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