It is always refreshing to see a champion being demolished in a brilliant fashion. It gives hope to those who want to become exceptional players. Once they succeed climbing to the top, the whole world is there, waiting to see them being knocked down to their knees. By that time it probably does not matter. They are strong enough to survive the downfall.
The Indian superstar Vishy Anand crushed the FIDE world champion Anatoly Karpov this month in Leon, Spain, with the score 5 to 1. The six-game match in "advanced" chess, where computer playing programs and game databases could aid the players, was first planned between Garry Kasparov and Anand. After Kasparov quarreled with the organizers, Karpov took his place. It was a sweet revenge for Anand after losing to Karpov in a controversial FIDE world championship final match last year. The computer must have been more of a nuisance than help to Karpov, who lost all his games with the white pieces. In the third game of the match Anand created a positional masterpiece.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.e4 d5 9.cxd5 Bxf1 10.Kxf1 exd5 11.e5 Ne4 12.Kg2 c5 13.Qe2 Nxc3 14.Bxc3 Qd7 15.Rhe1 Qe6 16.Ng1 (Hoping to advance his f-pawn Karpov crawls backward, but Anand quickly comes with a counterplay.) 16...Nc6 17.dxc5 d4! 18.Bd2 Bxc5 19.f4 (Karpov should have known that something is rotten with the white position, since he won it with black against Agdestein, Gjovik 1991. He tries to improve on Agdestein's 19.Qe4, but runs into a tactical jab.) 19...d3! 20.Qe4 (After 20.Qxd3? Rad8 21.Qe2 Qd5+ 22.Nf3 Nd4 and after the knight exchange, white loses the bishop.) 20...Rad8 21.Nf3 Nd4 22.Nxd4 Rxd4 23.Qf3 Rfd8 (Anand controls the game. Karpov now weakens his position.) 24.f5 Qd5 25.Rad1 a5 (It is interesting how quickly Karpov collapses.) 26.Qxd5 R4xd5 27.Re4 Re8 28.Bc3 f6 29.e6 Rxf5 30.Rxd3 Rf2+ 31.Kh3 Rxa2 32.Rd7 h5 33.g4 Ra3 34.Kh4 Rxb3 35.Bd2 (After 35...g6 36.Be1 hxg4 37.Rxg4 g5+ 38.Kh5 Rxe6 wins, but...) White lost on time.
The U.S. champion, Nick DeFirmian, fell victim to a rather unknown Swedish player Jesper Hall in Malmo, Sweden. GM Boris Gelfand, who moved to Israel from Belarus, won the tournament with the score 7 points in 9 games. The former Armenian junior GM Sergei Movsesian, who now plays for the Czech Republic, scored 6 points; Evgeny Agrest of Sweden 5.5; DeFirmian, the Dutch GM Jan Timman and the French GM Joel Lautier all with 5 points.
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e4 h6 4.Bxf6 Qxf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Qd2 c5!? 7.a3 Bxc3 (Black wants to keep the queens on the board, otherwise he would have played 7...cxd4 8.axb4 dxc3 9. Qxc3 Qxc3+.) 8.bxc3 d6 9.f4 (Threatening to win a space with 10.e5.) 9...e5 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11. Rb1 exf4 12.Ne2 g5 13.Bxd7+ Nxd7 14.Rxb7 Nb6 15.Qd3 Qe6 (Hoping to embarass the rook on b7. After 15...0-0 16.h4 opens up the kingside.) 16.h4 Qc8 (After 16...c4 17.Qf3 Qc8 white gets a clear compensation for the exchange after 18.Rxb6 axb6 19.hxg5 Rxa3 20.Kd2 and black's kingside falls) 17.Qa6 (The queen comes to rescue.) 17...0-0 18.hxg5 hxg5 19.e5 Re8? (Choosing an unfortunate square, but on 19...Rd8 20.Qd3 Qxb7 21.Qf5! white wins either after 21...Qxg2 22.Rh5 or after 21...Kf8 22.Qf6 Ke8 23.Rh8+ Kd7 24.Qxd6+ Kc8 25.Rxd8 mate. Black also gets mated after 19...dxe5 20.Qd3 e4 21.Qxe4 f5 22.Rh8+ Kxh8 23.Qe5+ Rf6 24.Qxf6+ Kg8 25.Qg7 mate.) 20.Qd3 (After 20...Qxb7 21.Qh7+ Kf8 22.Qh6+! Ke7 [or 22...Kg8 23.Qh8 mate.] 23.Qxd6 mates.) Black resigned.
The champions, however, prevail most of the time. Last week at the Stratton Mountain resort in Vermont, Boris Gulko, a former Soviet and U.S. champion, was not intimidated by his young opponent, Patrick Hummell, this year's National High School champion at age 14. After a model opening play Gulko finished the game with a marvelous attack, entertaining a double-piece sacrifice leading to mate.
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 b6 4.e4 d6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bb7 7.Bd3 e6 8.0-0 Be7 9.b3 0-0 10.Bb2 Nbd7 11.Qe2 a6 12.Rae1 Qc7 13.Kh1 Rac8 14.f4 (Gulko chooses very efficient set-up against the Hedgehog system, aiming for a king-pawn break and opening the roads toward the black king.) 14...Qb8 15.e5 Ne8 16.Nd5! (A double-piece sacrifice, striking on the long diagonal a1-h8 and on the h-file.) 16...exd5 17.Bxh7+! Kxh7 18.Qh5+ Kg8 19.Nf5 Bd8 20.Re3 Nc5 (After 20...g6 21.Qh6 white wins either on 21...d4 22.Rh3 or 21...gxf5 22.Rg3+.) 21.Rh3 f6 22.Qg6 (There is no defense against 23.Nh6+ Kh8 24.Nf7+ Kg8 25.Rh8 mate.) Black resigned.
Two grandmasters, Jaan Ehlvest of Estonia and Victor Bologan of Moldova, shared thevictory in Vermont. Both scored 7 points in 9 games and cashed in $5,500 each.
Solution to today's study by M. Pasternak (White:Ke6,Bf7,Bh2,P:a6,g6; Black:Kh8,Rf8,Bb8,P:h7): 1.a7! Bxh2 2.Be8! Rxe8+ 3.Kf7 Rg8 4.a8Q Rxa8 5.g7 mate.