- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 1, 2003

Pit Garry Kasparov against a machine in a cage match, and the world will watch.
A crush of world press outlets have descended on New York City to the six-game match now under way between the charismatic former champ (and still the world's top-rated player) and Deep Junior, one of the world's top computer programs.
Kasparov, who lost a famous match to IBM's Deep Blue in 1997, jumped out to an early lead with a smashing 27-move win in Game 1 and a near-miss draw in Tuesday's second game. The six-game match ends Friday.
Unlike the Deep Blue match, Kasparov has eschewed anti-computer openings; instead, he has used a strong novelty in a sharp but well-known Queen's Gambit variation to take the first game.
White's 7. g4!? is the brainchild of Latvian-born U.S. champion Alexander Shabalov, inviting such insanities as 7… Nxg4 8. Rg1 Nxh2 9. Nxh2 Bxh2 10. Rxg7. Deep Junior sidesteps the challenge but is flummoxed by White's theoretical novelty 13. d5!.
Black reacts passively and soon has a White knight wedged in the middle of his defense, controlling the play: 13 … b5 (cxd5 14. Nxd5 Qb8 15. Nh4 g6 16. Ng2 Bb7 17. Kb1 Rc8 18. Qe2 is playable but unpleasant for Black) 14. dxc6 bxc4 15. Nb5! (much weaker is 15. cxd7?! Bxd7 16. Qd2 Bg4!) Qxc6 16. Nxd6.
White's vastly greater scope sharply limits Black's options. If 17 … f6, White has 18. Rhg1 Nf4 19. Bxf4 exf4 20. gxf6 Rxf6 (Nxf6 21. Ng5 Bc8 22. e5 Ne8 23. Qc2 g6 24. Nxh7! is a crush) 21. Nxb7 Qxb7 22. Rxd7! Qxd7 23. Qxf6, winning material.
Deep Junior, going against the computer's material bias, sacrifices an exchange but doesn't ease its bind: 17 … Rae8!? 18. Nxe8 Rxe8 19. Rhe1 Qb5 (Qxe4 20. Rxd7 Qxf3 21. Qxe5 Rf8 22. Qe7! Bc6 23. Qxf8+! Kxf8 24. Bc5+ Kg8 25. Re8 mate) 20. Nd2 Rc8 21. Kb1 Nf8 22. Ka1 Ng6 23. Rc1 Ba6 24. b3!, heading off any Black counterplay.
The finale: 24 … cxb3 25. Qxb3 (Qxc8+!? Bxc8 26. Rxc8+ Nf8 27. Nxb3 looks strong, but leaves Deep Junior hopes with his queen still on the board) Ra8 26. Qxb5 Bxb5 27. Rc7, paralyzing the Black defense. On 27 … a6 28. Rec1 Rf8 29. Nb3, White can cash in his material surplus at his leisure. Deep Junior logged off.

Indian GM Viswanathan Anand has taken the first elite tournament of the year, edging Hungary's Judit Polgar by a half-point to win the Category 19 Corus Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, last week.
Holders of the world's two rival championship titles did not fare so well in Holland. Rock-steady Russian Vladimir Kramnik lost three games and could only post a +1 score of 7-6, while Ukraine's Ruslan Ponomariov fared even worse with five losses and a 6-7 score. Polgar's undefeated +3 result in the 14-grandmaster field is being hailed as the finest ever by a female player in the history of the game.
The Wijk rundown: Anand 8-1/2-4-1/2; Polgar 8-5; Evgeny Bareev (Russia) 7-1/2-5-1/2; Kramnik, Alexei Shirov (Spain), Loek Van Wely (Netherlands), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine) 7-6; Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) 6-1/2-6-1/2; Ponomariov, former world champ Anatoly Karpov (Russia) 6-7; Michal Krasenkow (Poland) 4-1/2-8-1/2; and Jan Timman (Netherlands) 2-1/2-10-1/2.
Anand played beautifully controlled chess throughout the event. In his win over Shirov, he led the aggressive Spaniard on in the opening, and countered with a defensive shot that broke the White initiative in a stroke.
Shirov loves a sharp fight and gets one with 11. 0-0-0 Be7 12. Nfxd5!? exd5 13. f4, threatening to win back his sacrificed piece with a dominating attack.
After 13 … d4! 14. h4 (see diagram), craven retreat with 14 … Nd7? gives White promising lines such as 15. Bxd4 f6 16. h5 Bf7 17. h6 (Bf2?! Qc7 18. Qe4 0-0-0 looks fine for Black) Nxd4 18. Rxd4 g6 19. Bg2 Rc8 20. Rhd1 21. Nb5 and wins.
But Anand's disruptive 14 … Nd3+! completely changes the course of the game: 15. cxd3 (Rxd3 Bxd3 16. Qxd3 dxe3 17. Qxe3 0-0 also leaves Black on top) h5! (giving the bishop an escape hatch) 16. f5 Bh7 17. Bd2 dxc3 18. Bxc3 0-0. White has two pawns for the piece, but his attack is broken and the Black bishop on h7 will eventually get back in the game.
Black's 25. Bb1 Ne7 26. Bxa5 Bxf5! 27. Bxd8 Rxd8 28. Rhf1 g6 is an excellent practical decision, giving up material to cement his positional edge.
White's queenside pawns are held back by the mobile Black pieces, while Shirov's rooks are of little value in restraining the Black g-pawn.
Black forces a queen trade (if 31. Qb6, Black has 31…Nf5 32. Rf4 Bg5! 33. Re4 [Rxg4 Ne3] Ne3 34. Rc1 [Re1? Nc2+! 35. Bxc2 Qa2 mate] Bf5 35. Re5 Qxd4 and the center collapses) and then forces resignation with 34 … g3 Be4 Nf6 36. Bg2 Bd5!.
The triumphant Black minor pieces break the White blockade; e.g. 37. Bxd5 Nxd5 38. Rc5 Ne3 39. Rb1 Nf5 40. Rcc1 Nxd4 41. b4 g2 42. b5 Ne2 and wins. Shirov gave up.

FIDE Man vs. Machine Championship, Game 1, New York, January 2003
KasparovDeep Junior
1. d4d515. Nb5Qxc6
2. c4c616. Nxd6Bb7
3. Nc3Nf617. Qc3Rae8
4. e3e618. Nxe8Rxe8
5. Nf3Nbd719. Rhe1Qb5
6. Qc2Bd620. Nd2Rc8
7. g4dxc421. Kb1Nf8
8. Bxc4b622. Ka1Ng6
9. e4e523. Rc1Ba6
10. g5Nh524. b3cxb3
11. Be30-025. Qxb3Ra8
12. 0-0-0Qc726. Qxb5Bxb5
13. d5b527. Rc7Black
14. dxc6bxc4resigns

65th Corus Chess Tournament, Group A, Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, January 2003
1. e4c619. d4a5
2. d4d520. a3Re8
3. e5Bf521. Qc4Bxh4
4. Nc3e622. Bd3hxg4
5. g4Bg623. Kb1Qg5
6. Nge2c524. Ka1Rad8
7. Be3Nc625. Bb1Ne7
8. dxc5Nxe526. Bxa5Bxf5
9. Nf4Ne727. Bxd8Rxd8
10. Qe2N7c628. Rhf1g6
11. 0-0-0Be729. Qb3Be6
12. Nfxd5exd530. Qxb7Qd5
13. f4d431. Qxd5Nxd5
14. h4Nd3+32. Rh1Bf2
15. cxd3h533. c6Rc8
16. f5Bh734. Rc1g3
17. Bd2dxc335. Be4Nf6
18. Bxc30-036. Bg2Bd5
White resigns
David R. Sands can be reached at 202/636-3178 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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