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Contributors to this isiue:
Michael Adams, Viswanathan Anand, Alexey Dreev, Vasily Ivanchuk,
Viktor Kortchnoi, Vladimir Kramnilg Peter Leko, Predrag Nikolic,
Jeroen Piket, Valery Salov, Ivan Sokolov, Peter Svidler, A.C. van der
Tak, Jan Timman, Loek van Wely, Edward Winter, Xie Jun, Alex
Yermolinsky.
Illustrations:
Arvind Aaron, Bas Beekhuizen, Jerome Bibuld, Foco, Cerard de
Graaf, Dagobert Kohlmeyer, Hartmut Metz, Rosa de las Nieves,
Michel de Rooij.
MAGAZINE 1998.5 ONTENTS ' Cover: Michael Adams Photo: Gerard de Graaf Cover design: Plooij &
MAGAZINE 1998.5
ONTENTS
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Cover: Michael Adams
Photo: Gerard de Graaf
Cover design: Plooij & Partner
5 NiG's Caf6
7 Letters
10
Kramnik Wins Again
In Dortmund a chess tournament is an event where ten players
play nine rounds and in the end Vladimir Kramnik wins.
26
Kramnik-Shirov Revisited
Valery Salov, Public Relations officer ofAlexey Shirov,
contributes a highly personal match report on the
Subcampeonato
del Mundo of the World Chess Council.
42 Sokolov Claims Dutch Ghampionship
The Royal Dutch Chess Federation celebrated its 125th
anniversary with the strongest national championship
ever.
52 Frankfurt Chess Classics
Jan Timman on Masters, Monkeys, Giants, but no Karpov.
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59
SOS - Secrets of Opening Surprises
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An intriguing pseudo-sacrifice in the Scotch Four Knights.
tr*ii$i$rl
62
Xie Jun: My Childhood
The former Women's World Champion relates
how she switched from xiangqi to our chess.
68
Yermo on the Road
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.ai A'i
Alex Yermolinsky's inimitable travelogue takes us
from the traditional Keres Memorial in Estonia to
Planet Goichberg in Philadelphia.
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Aliiiii itr
84
Sarajevo Revives Ttadition
Viktor Kortchnoi won in 1969 and in 1984. So, why shouldn't he
win in 1998, too?
90
Russian Team Championship
Alexey Dreev reports how his team, Sberbank Tatarstan from
Kazan, took the title.
96
Chess Notes
Edward Wnter continues his acclaimed historical excursions and
investigations exclusively for.ly'ew in Chess.

Ghess Oscar

In our previous issue we sug-

gested that the revived Chess Os-

car can hardly lay claim to being an objective measure of the rela- tive strenglth of the world's best

players. As might have been ex-

pected, this view was definitely shared by Garry Kasparov, who had to settle for second best be-

hind clear winner Vishy Anand.

Gert Devreese, chess correspon-

dent ofthe Belgian daiy De Stan-

daard, kindly drew our attention

to Kasparov's fierce rebuttal when he broached the subject at the fi-

nal press conference in Leon. Kas-

parov replied: 'Maybe I would have

voted for Anand myself, because we were about equally strong in

1997, but the vote was a big joke.

Anand won Linares in '98 and played fantastically at the FIDE World Championship in Gronin-

glen, but I won more tournaments in 1997 than he did. Why did I fin-

ish only second? Because twenty

per cent of the voters didn't in-

clude me in their top three, five

per cent not even in their top ten.'

'Compare this with the NBA

basketball competition in the

United States. A lot of people are

not very fond of Michael Jordan.

But at a vote for basketball player of the year, they would just throw out the votes of people who don't include Jordan in the first five of

their list.

'Many chess journalists don't

have any self-respect. Eight jour-

nalists even put Karpov first.

That's fantastic voting! Karpov did not win one tournament in 1997. Fifteen voters put Kramnik in first

place. That could be possible. But

of the three tournaments we

played together, I won two and shared firit prize with him in the third one.

'At the Oscar vote personal ha-

tred and political reasons play a big role. I do things in chess that

deserve respect. Nobody can deny

that. But FIDE thinks that politics

are more important than chess.

Anand had to win the Oscar for

FIDE boss llyumzhinov. He's the

only one left to throw me off my

throne.'

FIDE Elo list

More chess players, and chess

journalists for that mattet will

turn to the FIDE rating list to get

an indication of the relative

strength of the members of the in-

ternational chess community. The

first change that catches the eye

on the July 1 FIDE list is Vishy An-

and's progress to second place.

The Indian grandmaster, who'

gained 25 points, narrowed the gap between Kasparov, who lost

10 points, and himself to 20

points. The over-2700 elite wel-

comed two newcomers. Michael Adams advanced to 2715, while Peter Svidler saw his Elo rise to

2710. Veselin Topalov, who lost no

fewer than 40 points, barely hangs

on among the over-2700's.

PCA Rankings

The FIDE rankings are certainly more trustworthy than the Chess Oscar, yet their reliability is ques- tioned, too. In the meantime the

World Chess Council has pub-

lished their August 1 rating list,

which rather confusingly is still called the PCA World Rankings. The differences with the FIDE list

are often quite significant and con-

1 Kasparor

RUS 28t5

2

Anand

tND 2795

3

Kramnik

RUS 2780

4

lvanchuk

UKR 2730

5 Karpo,

RUS 2725

6 Shirov

ESP 2720

7 Kamsky

USA 2720

8 Adams

ENG 27T5

I Svidler

RUS 2710

10 Topalov

BUL 27OO

1 1 Bareev

RUS 2690

12 Rublevslry

RUS 2685

13 Gelfand

BLR 2675

14 Salor

RUS 2670

15 Short

ENG 2670

16 leko

HUN 2665

17

Polgar,Judit

HUN 2665

18 Georgiev, Kiril

BUL 2660

19 Sadler

ENG 2660

20 Tiviakov

RUS 2655

21 Krasenkow

PoL 2655

22

Timman

NED 2655

23 Akopian

ARM 2655

24 Azmaiparashvili

GEo 2655

25 Almasi

HUN 2650

26 Zvia$ntsev

RUS 2650

27 0|

EST 2650

28 Khalifrnan

RUS 2645

29 Shabalov

usA 2645

30 Andercson

swE 2645

31 Beliavslry

sLo 2645

32 lkachiev

FRA 2645

33 Dreev

RUS 2645

34 Movsesian

czE 2640

35 Milov

sut

2640

36Yusupov

GER 2640

37 Nikolic

BtH 2640

38 Van Wely

NED 2635

39 Sakaev

RUS 2635

40 Shipov

RUS 2635

41 vaganian

ARM 2630

42 Onischuk

UKR 2630

43 Seirawan

USA 2630

44 Hjartarson

rsL

2630

45 Nenashev

uzB 2625

46Yermolinslry

USA 2625

47 Dautov

GER 2625

48 Kortchnoi

sut

2625

49 Morozevich

RUS 2625

50 Lautier

FRA 2625

Garry Kasparov

with the Mayor of Novgorod.

at the begin-ning df

one of the tournaments he won

in 1997

fusing. In the PCAzIWCC world,

the gap between Kasparov and An-

and is still 56 points, while KarPov

has dropped to a meagre ninth place at 2687. Which list is the more accurate remains a moot point. Wouldn't it be nice if both

orglanisations disclosed the basis

and method of their calculations?

For comparison's sake, here's the top of the PCA World Rankings, as

produced by the World Chess

Council, Luis Rentero Sanchez (Li'

nares), and Ken Thompson (New Jersey). They were calculated bY Vladimir Dvorkovich (Moscow).

Olympiad Boycott?

Following her articles in New in

Chess and C//ESS and her call for

a boycott of the Elista Olympiad,

Sarah Hurst was flooded with re-

actions, most of them asking for

further information or expressing

moral support. Only two countries

indicated that a majority of their

top players will actuallY not go to

Kalmykia, viz. Australia and Scot-

land. Those who had serious

doubts and misgivings about the

Olympiad may have been strength'

ened in their feelings by the publi-

cation of an appeal by the Glas'

nost Defense Foundation, both on the Internet and on the front Page

of some Russian newspapers, urg-

ing 'Heads of national chess fed-

erations, FIDE members, leading

world chess players and members

of national Olympic teams' not to

go to Elista.

In another personal effor!

Sarah Hurst failed to convince the

Management Board of the British

Chess' Federation to withdraw

their teams from the Olympiad. In a vote on a proposal not to boycott

the Olympiad, six people were in favour, while 10 abstained, with

no votes against.

1 Kasparw

RUS 2808

tND 2752

RUS 2738

ENG 2703

RUS 2703

USA 2707

6Kamsky

Slvanchuk UKR 2692

15 Motozevich RUS 2662

lSRublevslry RUS 2649

19 Krasenkow POL 2649

20 Kortchnoi SUI 2645

2l Georgiev,Kiril BUL 2644

23 Polgar,Judit HUN 2635

25Azmaiparashvili

GEO 2634

260nischuk UKR 2632

2TSeirawan USA 2629

2gzviagintsev RUS 2625

32Akopian

33sokolov

ARM 2615

BIH 261'4

34Vladimirov KNZ 26ll

35Yusupov GER 2609

41

Magerramov NzE 2604

45

Yermolinslq USA 2603

46GrandaZuniga

PER 2602

47

Wolff

USA 2602

48Andersson SwE 2601

Shirov's Defence

In the previous issue of New In

Cftess I was unpleasantly sur- prised by Sarah Hurst's article

'The Steppe Father of Chess', in

which she, in bad style (which by the way marks the entire article) accuses me of'apparently breach- ing the FIDE contract by playing

the WCC match against Kramnik'. Let me defend myself:

The FIDE clause concerned play-

ers reaching the quarterfinals or

higher of the FIDE championship.

It also said that the final match

was to be played in Lausanne, so

the Anand-Karpov

match was sup-

posed to be the final, therefore Anand-Adams was the semifinal

and Anand-Gelfand the quarterfi-

nal. Before playing Gelfand, Anand

eliminated me but that match was

before the quirterfinal, so I did

not breach anythinS.

I don't think there should be any doubt that had I eliminated An-

and at that stage, I would have re-

spected the FIDE contract in the

same correct manner as Anand did by refusing to play the WCC cycle.

Sincerelg,

Alexey Shiroo

Torragona, Spain

Postscript Sarah Hurst:

I based the question which I asked

Ilyumzhinov simply on discussions

which had been aired in the media

about Shirov's contractual status with FIDE. I didn't see the actual

contract with FIDE that Shirov

signed and I apologise if I wrongly insinuated that he had breached

his contract.

As for bad style, I consider that

dictatorship and megalomania are

alsd bad style, and this is why I

was rather critical in my article.

Premature Resignation

It seems to me that in the second m atch game Kasparov-Topalov,

Leon 1998, the Bulgarian GM re- signed prematurely after 36.b6

(NIC98/4,page 15).

strong and White will have to give

perpetual check or allow one.

41

9h4!

42.*92

d4!!

43.ed4Be1

And Black has secured more than

enough counterplay. In my opinion this is a shocking reminder ofwhat happened to

Kasparov in the second game of

his most recent match vs Deep Blue, when he resigned in a drawn

position.

Advanced Chess has a bleak fu- ture if it makes top players play worse than usual and resign in

playable positions.

While I am at it, I would like to point out that in the analysis to

the game Beliavsky-Short

in the

same issue (page 9), GM Mikhal-

chishin comments that

By simply making an escape route

for his queen Black could have se-

cured strong counterplay at the same time.

36

9s!

Obviously the only move to keep

the game going now or after

4e7,

but it accomplishes more

than that. Topalov's pessimistic as.

sessment of the position matched

the one by Fritz which is wha! I

6luessed, caused his resignation.

Even if world champions and com-

puters agree, that does not neces-

sarily mean it is truth at 100%o.

Position after 37

€e4

'The correct way is 38.4f6 gf6

39.Ue6

Unfortunately, aft er

Chess is so resourceful, it still has

38.4f6

the power to fool them all.

Fritzi finds

37.8c7

38

4f4!

37.f95 gh5.

37

4e7

38.Ac5 gh5

39.6c3

This retreat is necessary after or before taking on e7.

39

6g8

4O.tre7 gt4 4L.gf4l

After 4l.ef4? 9f3 the queen is too

in a split second. This changes the

whole picture because the forced

39.trf4 6f4

leads to a probably winning posi

tion for Black. Being quite conser-

vative I will say that 38

least the mdn line.

6f4

is at

Nowadays I don't think it is really

possible to do serious game analr

sis with serious variations without

using a strong chess program.

Sincerelg yours,

Jeon Hdbert

Montreal, Canada

Postscript by Jan Timman:

Topalov's resignation was indeed premature. Still, it seems to me

that White is winning easily if he refrains from winning the bishop

on e7, e.g. 36

95

37.trc7 ge7

38.4c3 €g8 39.trb7 and the b

pawn will decide.

Good Enough?

ln NIC 98/3, paEle 90, the game in

question is Topalov-Svidler. I came

across your note to 31.E97.

Position after 30

EcS

'Good enough in these circum-

stances as well, but as Svidler

rightly indicates, 31.Eel was bet- ter, because Black would have

been bound hand and foot. With

Analysis diagram

A) 34.trd5 runs into 34

and 35

8a2;

tsa1

B) 34.trf5 is answered by

34

9a1

35.@e2 tsb2 36.€e3

Scl with a draw;

C) after 34.8b1 Ac4 35.€91

9d2! White can draw with 36.trf5 Ad3 37.trf8 Abl 38.trf7. Another try is 36.trg3 Aa2 37.Ed3 Abl 38.trd2 ad6 with the better

chances for Black. The threat after

33

9d5

is of course 34

4c4

35.9c4 Bal etc.

33.de5 is probably better than

33.fe5 but in that case we must

look for an improvement on White's 32nd move. Black can play

Ud8 33

since 34.Ud7 can be met by

with a reasonable game

34

4c8

and 34.8b5 by 34

8d2

35.f3 gB!36.g8 6e3 37.tre3

We3 and White is fighting for the

draw.

32.9b1 cannot have escaped Tim-

man's attention. Black has

Meeting Dr. Hiibner

Back in 1977 I was a student in

'Classics' at the Catholic Univer-

sity in Milan.

Among the exams I then had to prepare (i.e. Greek Literature, Ar- chaeology, etc.) there was Papyrol-

ogiy. And among the students that

attended the Papyrology six- month course held by Prof. Orso-

lina Montevecchi, there was Dr.

Robert Htibner.

I had learnt chess - at the age of

sixteen - in 1972 (yes,Spassky-

Fischer) and I immediately began

to play in tournaments reaching the Italian Third National Cate-

gory (two categories below Candi- date Master).

So I was a perfect woodpusher,

while, you teach me, Grandmaster

Htibner was one of the four

strongest players in the world.

As I was devourinEl everythin$

aboutthess I could find, I immedi-

ately recognized him on the very

first day of the Papyrology course.

After some time, we got ac- quainted and often discussed Pa- pyrology and chess. My father was

a violinist and played in a quartet.

Every week they rehearsed in our

house.

As Dr. Htibner was fond of clas-

sical music, one evening I invited

him for dinner, and while we were

listening to Mozart and Beetho

ven, I'm ashamed to tell you, I

dared to challenge him! We played

time-trouble just around the cor-

32

trc2!

and if 33.tre2, then

eight games which of course I lost

ner you can still worry about

33

tsa2!

but not 33

tre2?

without having the faintest idea of

31

9a5,

but then 32.9f1 is the

34.Eg7 with mate to follow.

what was happening on the chess

simplest reply. Black has no

So maybe Topalov's 31.trg7 was

board. He must have got deeply

behaving like an exquisite gentleman.

chance whatever to fish in trou- bled waters.'

the best move after all. Best tegards,

 

bored, but he didn't show, always

But after 32.f1 Black has

Helgi Olafsson

I remember his visits to the So-

32

Ee5!33.tre5

AdS!

Regkjaailq lceland

cieti Scacchistica Milanese (ltaly's

8 ) NEw rN cHESs

oldest and most prestigious chess

club): he spent one afternoon play-

ing blitz games - two simultane-

ously with one minute against

fivel!! - facing Milan's best players -

with the incredible score of 20

wins, 2 draws, no losses.

Time has passed since then, and

as I lost contact with him, I would like to thank him, if possible, on

the pa[es ofyour enjoyable maga-

zine. I consider myselfvery lucky for having personally known not

only one of the most profound

chess players of all time, but also a

glentle, modest charming and pa-

tient (!) man.

which White cannot attain any ad- vlntage in this line, he has to re- sort now to either 6.93 or 6.fil.

Both moves are met by 6

4c6,

a

move which exposes another draw-

back of 5.4a4 - White cannot

push d5. So 6.93 Ac6 7.6fll AfS

and White has to cope with the

threat 8

6b4,

and his best way to

do it is by 8.6c3 in order to vacate a4 for the queen (8.a3 Ae4!); yet

after 8

(9

Black's position is better (if

11.9b3 Ad5!). Or 6.f3 6c6 7.Ae3

Ad5 8.4f2 Ah6, and again Black's position is preferable.

4d5!

9.992 6rc3

4cb4?

10.e4!) 10.bc3 Ae4

Yours Sincerely,

Ironically White's best is probably

Maio Monasse

6.6c3 when after 6

6d5

a draw

Milan" Italg

Knight Moves

I have a few remarks about three

positions analyzed in NIC 98/4.

A) The article'Living on the

Edge'on page 65 was both funny and instructive. While the knight's eccentricity in the Sicilian is posi-

tionally justified - White's bishop on b5 is a'Spanish'bishop, and re-

mains misplaced there - the

knight's eccentricity in the Grtin-

feld seems a little too odd.

can be agreed upon ifWhite adheres

to his antics, or it can be Black

who may wish to prolong the ideo- logical battle by opting for any

continuation other than 6

in which case his prospecti are ob-

viously not inferior to White's.

4d5,

B) In the third glame of the

match Kasparov-Topalov (The One

Without Computers) the line sug-

gested in the diagrammed position

on page 15 makes more sense if

extended a couple of moves.

After 39.9c3 6d4 40.92! Black

I believe that 5

4f6!

is a move

which puts the whole concept in doubt. In order to play e4, without

plays 40

and intends 41

9e5!

which controls b8

9e4.

It is by an-

other resource that White reaches

awon position:41.9d2 Ve4 42.f3!!

(the three kingl moves all lose) and

now 42

8f3 43.€g1 de2 44.Ve2

We3 45.9e2 tsh4, when Black

doesn't lose because of a material

deficit, but rather mating threats:

46.Eb8 €h7 47.tse5.

C) In Anand-Adams, Madrid

1998, (page 25) the position after

Black's 23rd move is:

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Anand mentions that 24.h1

would be answered by 24

meaning of course that the out-

trf6,

post on f4 would now be occupied

by the knight if White plays 25.e4. Yet this is slightly inconsistent with his own observation in com-

menting on Adams's 27thmove

that'the plan to move the knight

to f4 is really bad because it

shields White's main problem -

the B pawn'.

There is another post the knight

can reach - h4 - which may be

even more effective than either f4

or 95 (as occurred later in the

game). After An and's 24.e4,

I deserves serious consid-

24

Q:e7

g5,

4g6-h4

seems to

be quite a promising set-up. For

some reason Anand doesn't exam-

ine this line.

With best wishes,

Dlie Agur

The Hague, The Nethetlands

Ten can play in

and in the end

Drnr hu rEN GEUzENDAM

An often quoted dictum during the football

World Cup in France (at

least till the quarter

finals) was GarY Lineker's definition of football as'a game

where two teams of eleven players compete

for twice forty'five

minutes and in the end

the Germans win'. In

Dortmund they know by

now that a chess

tournament is an event where ten players plaY

nine rounds and in the

end Vladimir Kramnik

wlns.

10 I NEWIN CHESS

! n fact, the press bulletin of

6 said it all. In bold let-

I ters it announced: 'Nun ist er doch wieder vorn'; in other words,

in barely disguised disbelief it ex'

claimed:'Now he is leading again'. Yes, Madimir Kramnik was leading again, and in the end he was de- clared winner of the Dortmunder

Schachtage for the fourth time in

succession. It was a tight affail for sure, as Michael Adams and Peter

Svidler collected the same number

of points, but the unavoidable

truth remained that Kramnik tri'

umphed on tiebreak, and won agin.

I Round

Carsten Hensel, the tournament's

press officer, did not beat about the

bush when at the first press con-

ference he jokingly spoke a special

word of welcome to the winner of the previous three editions of Ger- many's most prestiglious tourna-

ment: 'Vladimir, it's got nothing to do with you as a person, we like

you a lot, but still we hoPe that

this year you will not win.'

Perhaps Hensel had secretlY

drawn some hope from Kramnik's

dismal performance in Cazorla,

but he might also have surmised

that Kramnik would be all set to

avenEe his poor show aEainst Shi-

rov. The tall Muscovite certainlY

was, but nevertheless he had to

rely oh a good deal of luck and the

special bond he has with Dort-

mund to defend his title. In a waY Kramnik seems untouchable at

the annual Schachtage. As in the previous five editions he took part

in, he again did not lose one game,

taking his total to 54(!) games

without a single defeat.

No matter how you look at this feat, it must take an extraordinarY

talent to produce such a record.

Typically, Kramnik himself refused

to speak highly of his play. ln his

usual selfconfident but unassum-

ing manner he commented: 'I can' not remember winning a tourna-

ment playing so badly. But Per-

haps it was predictable. I was so

unlucky in my match against Shi- rov and in Frankfurt I should have

won. But you see, luck alwaYs

comes back.'

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Vladimir Klamnik is about to massacre Peter Svidler with a nice bit of prepalation fiom his match against Shirov

Kramnik opined that Svidler had

been the best player this time. True,

in their game the man from SL Pe-

tersburg got massacred by a nice bit

of Kramnik preparation from the

WCC Candidates final, but for the

rest he confirmed his new status

among the best. However, the first

player to disagree outright with

this verdict was Peter Svidler him- self (a.k.a. Alexey(!) Svidler in the tournament programme, much to his dismay). Self-critical he shook his head, and recapitulating some of his mistakes he stated that to

his mind the best player had been

Peter Leko. A remarkable state-

ment or so it might seem, as this

was said immediately after the last

round in which Svidler crushed

Leko with the Marshall Gambit

(these days apparently also known

as the Hendrix Gambit), but still

an apt conclusion.

Leko, the darling of the public in

Dortmund, played an excellent

tournament claiming a prominent

part in the fight for first place

right from the beginning. 'This

could have been my best tourna-

ment ever', he sighed after his

hopes had gone up in smoke in the penultimate and last rounds. 'I was playing strong1 and risky

chess. It felt like the tournament of my life. My victory seemed a

dead certainty.' Leko's first rude awakeningl came in his game against Kramnik in the last round

but one. In a mere thirteen moves

he outplayed his mighty opponent

with the black pieces to reach a

winning position. In his 53rd Dort-

mund game there seemed to be no

rescue for Kramnik. Coolly Leko

kept his advantage and entered on

the safest road to victory. But ex-

actly there he ran into a devilish

trap, which Kramnik had not set

but which just happened to have arisen. In a seemingly simple line Leko, to his horror, discovered a drawing mechanism, an invulner-

able rook that would chase his

king for ever. The Hungarian had

to change his plans and slowly but surely discovered that his chances

to crack Kramnik's defences had

evaporated. The second pill could not have

been more bitter. In the final round, where a win would still

have meant first place, he was

smashed by Svidler. Leko felt at a loss for an explanation for his col- lapse. Everything had been going fine and every favourable condi-

tion he could think of had been met. It was particularb painful

that he slipped up here, as Dort-

mund has always meant some-

thing special to the former prod-

igy. In 1992 it was in Dortmund that the then twelve-yearold Leko boldly declared that in 1999 he

hoped to become World Cham-

pion. Preferably by squeezing the

title from his idol Anand, with whom he played a historic blitz

game at that occasion. These days

Leko's expectations have been

moderated a bit. His sole ambition

now is to improve his play, even if

he adds in the old spirit 'And if I

do I see no reason why I shouldn't

become World Champion.' Wth his win over Leko, Svidler

caught up with Kramnik and Ad-

ams, the only two players to go

through the tournament unde-

feated. Michael Adams had his bits

of luck, notably against Ivanchuk and Anand, which invited German television to note that the English- man had almost surreptitiously

stolen to the top. In his Eame

against Anand it seemed as if some

external force had ordained that

Adams should have his revenge for

the costly loss he suffered against the same opponent in Groningen

last December. The position

seemed to be a dead draw, when Anand suddenly, and highly unad- visably, started an offensive that proved suicidal. Yet, in a category

18 field like this you do not sur-

vive on luck alone, and overall Ad-

ams showed a good deal of chess that confirmed why he has amply

crossed the 2700 mark on the July

rating list.

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The two big losers in Dortmund

were Vishy Anand and Alexey Shi-

rov.