- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 28, 2002

We have some important housekeeping matters to tend to for the last column of the year.

First up, area players should know that organizers reluctantly have had to postpone the 2003 Virginia Open, which was to have been held the weekend of Jan. 10 through 12 at the Hyatt Dulles. Virginia Chess Federation President Mike Atkins says marketing and site problems forced the postponement, and the tournament will be held sometime later next year.

Players who already entered are invited to contact Mr. Atkins for a refund, and those who reserved rooms at the Hyatt should call the hotel to cancel. The hotel number is 703/713-1234. Mr. Atkins can be reached at [email protected] Updates on the status of the tournament will be posted at https://members.cox.net/tournaments.

Still very much a go is the 29th annual Eastern Open, being held once again this weekend at the Wyndham Washington, 1400 M St. NW. The tournament typically is one of the biggest and best draws on the Washington chess calendar, and a number of big-time grandmasters have competed in recent years.

Play in the four-day event wraps up tomorrow, and anyone interested in seeing top-flight chess is urged to make a visit. The watching is free, and chess books and gear will be available for sale. We'll have a full recap of the action in next week's column.

Finally, just to clean our slate before the new year commences:

•Maj. Zack Kinney helped organize the 43rd annual Armed Forces Chess Tournament covered here in October. I slightly muffed the name. Perhaps even worse, I demoted one of the prizewinners from the event. Here's a corrected congratulations to Chief Warrant Officer Donald N. McMahon.

•Memory failed to serve in our account of the Arlington Chess Club championship two weeks ago. Marvin Lazo, not Ted Udelson, was the club's champion in 1999. Udelson took the ACC amateur title a year later.

•Also in our ACC 2002 coverage, Brant Sanderson took the top unrated prize with a 2-2 score and William Nugent copped the tournament upset prize. Also, to the alert reader who called: Yes, the Kaufman-Boudreaux game from that event was a Gruenfeld, not a Nimzo-Indian as I mistakenly wrote.

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We still have some space for a little action at the chessboard, starting with a clash of former world champions in the heart of Times Square.

Russian Anatoly Karpov got a measure of revenge in upsetting compatriot and longtime nemesis Garry Kasparov in a four-game rapid (Game/25) match sponsored by the computer-entertainment firm X3D World Dec. 19 and 20.

Kasparov easily won Game 1 and was on his way to victory in the second game, but the shorter time controls allowed the desperate Karpov to pull off an unlikely victory. Kasparov picks apart Black's Petroff Defense here and grabs an enduring edge with 19. h3 Bg6 20. c5!.

Breaking up hanging pawns this early is often a mistake, but the uncomfortable position of the Black queen and the diagonals opened up for the White bishops fully justify Kasparov's idea. Black's king-side pawns are broken up, while his queen-side comes under heavy pressure.

White wins material with a nice redeployment: 25. Qa4 c6 26. Bf1! (heading for the long diagonal; Black's weakness on c6 can't be held in the long run) Kf8 27. Re3 Rb8 28. g3 Red8 29. Bg2 Nf5 (surrendering the pawn) 30. Rxc6 Qb2 31 Rec3.

White soon wins a second pawn, but Kasparov, in mounting time pressure, misses several chances to put the game away: 25. Kh2 Qa2 36. Qc7?! (here and on the next move, pushing the g-pawn was very powerful; e.g. 36. g4 Rd6 [36…Nd6 and 36…Nh6 allow 37. Qe7!] 37. Rc8 Nxd4 [Nh6 38. Qe7 Qxa3 39. Qf8 mate] 38. Nxd4 Qxf2 39. Ne6+) Re8 37. Rc2?! (g4!) Qxa3 38. Rd2 Nd6.

White is still winning, but Black's pieces suddenly coordinate much more effectively. Karpov effectively complicates his adversary's task, exploiting the fear of an invasion by the Black queen at f1: 41. Qd5 Rc1 42. Rb2 Be4!!? (see diagram; this should still lose, but frightens White into an unnecessary queen sacrifice) 43. Qxe4? (Bxe4! Qf1 44. Nf5+! Nxf5 45. h4 blocks the mate, leaving White much better after 45…Nh6 46. Bf3 Qg1+ 47. Kh3) Nxe4 44. Nf5+ Kf8 45. Bxe4 (White may have overlooked that on 45. Rb8+, Black can block with 45…Rc8).

White hopes to set up a defensive fortress but drops a piece and the game on 46…Qa4 47. Bf3? 47. Qa3, hitting the rook and bishop. Karpov played a positional gem to win Game 3 and held a draw in the final game for a 2½-1½ victory.

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Levon Aronian of Armenia and China's Zhao Xue are the new male and female world junior champions, taking the under-20 tournaments held earlier this month in Goa, India. Aronian edged England's Luke McShane by a half-point, while Zhao beat out local favorite Humpy Koneru on tie-breaks in the girls' competition.

Against Kazakhstan's Rustem Sadykov, Aronian appears to forget about a hanging piece, but the attack he already had built up proves too strong. After 24. Qe6 Nh6 25. d5!, Sadykov rushes to break the pin with 25…g5 26. Bg3 fxe5 27. Bxe5, only to find that White now threatens 27. Bxc7 and 27. Qxh6.

There's no good defense. Black tries 27…Bg6 (Rb7 28. Qxh6 Bxe5 28. Qf8 mate) 28. Bxc7 Qxc7, but runs into the crushing 29. d6! Qc3 30. d7 Bf6 31. Qe8+!, when 31…Bxe8 32. dxe8=Q+ Kg7 33. Rd1 sets up a mating attack. Sadykov resigned.


X3D World Rapid Match, Game 2, December 2002

KasparovKarpov

1. e4e525. Qa4c6

2. Nf3Nf626. Bf1Kf8

3. Nxe5d627. Re3Rb8

4. Nf3Nxe428. g3Red8

5. d4d529. Bg2Nf5

6. Bd3Nc630. Rxc6Qb2

7. 0-0Be731. Rec3Kg7

8. c4Nb432. Qxa7Qa1+

9. Be20-033. Rc1Rb1

10. Nc3Bf534. Rxb1Qxb1+

11. a3Nxc335. Kh2Qa2

12. bxc3Nc636. Qc7Re8

13. cxd5Qxd537. Rc2Qxa3

14. Re1Rfe838. Rd2Nd6

15. Bf4Rac839. Qc5Qa6

16. c4Qe440. Nh4Rc8

17. Be3Bf641. Qd5Rc1

18. Rc1b642. Rb2Be4

19. h3Bg643. Qxe4Nxe4

20. c5Ne744. Nf5+Kf8

21. Ba6Rcd845. Bxe4Rc8

22. Bg5Qc646. d5Qa4

23. cxb6Qxb647. Bf3Qa3

24. Bxf6gxf6White resigns


41st World Junior Championships, Goa, India, December 2002

AronianSadykov

1. c4c617. Qe4Bf5

2. e4d518. Bc4+Kh8

3. exd5cxd519. Qxb7Rc8

4. cxd5Nf620. Re1Bd7

5. Nc3Nxd521. Bb3Rc7

6. Nf3Nxc322. Qa6Nf5

7. bxc3g623. Ne5Be8

8. d4Bg724. Qe6Nh6

9. Bd30-025. d5g5

10. 0-0Nc626. Bg3fxe5

11. Re1Re827. Bxe5Bg6

12. h3e528. Bxc7Qxc7

13. Bg5f629. d6Qc3

14. Bh4exd430. d7Bf6

15. cxd4Rxe1+31. Qe8+Black

16. Qxe1Ne7resigns

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

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