Chess Election fever Raymond Keene
The former champions (and former bitter chessboard rivals) Garry Kasparov andAnatoly Karpov, along with Britain’s Nigel Short, have joined forces to oust Kirsan I lyumzhinov from his position as the World Chess F ederation president.
Traditionally, world chess championships have attracted global attention, most notably with the F ischer v Spassky match of 1972. The intervention of Henry Kissinger to persuade F ischer to play elevated it into a global metaphor for success in the c old w ar. The USA won. Venues for world chess title clashes have included London, Moscow, New York, St Petersburg and BuenosAires. During this time chess attracted substantial sponsorship, with the rematch in 1992 between F ischer and Spassky having one of the world’s largest ever prize purses at five million dollars. However, in recent years some chess events have been exiled to obscure Russian towns such as E lista and to Khanty Mansisk, on the western tip of Siberia (where this month’s chess Olympiad will be played out), making the events themselves more obscure. Kirsan is seen as responsible for this.
So having buried the hatchet with Kasparov, Karpov is now standing as president. His programme is to restore chess to its former glory by bringing in commercial support and reviving great chess events in the leading capital cities of the world.
The following, featuring the reigning British champion, was one of two consultation games played on the occasion of the UK launch of Karpov’s campaign. Chapman and Beardsworth made the odd-numbered moves, the Grandmasters were responsible for the even ones. Chapman and McShane–Beardsworth and Adams: Darwin Strategic Staunton Memorial, Simpson’s in the Strand, London 2010; Reti Opening 1 Nf3 Nf6 2 g3 d5 3 Bg2 Bf5 4 c4 c6 5 cxd5 cxd5 6 Qb3 White’s pressure on the queenside has meant that Black suffers a permanent weakness in his pawn structure. 6 ... Qb6 7 Qxb6 axb6 8 Nc3 Nc6 9 d3 e6 10 0-0 Bc5 11 Bf4 h6 12 a3 0-0 13 b4 Be7 14 Nb5 Nd7 15 Bd6 Ra4 16 Bxe7 Nxe7 17 Rfc1 e5 18 Rc7 (see diagram 1) This move, combined with White’s next, cleverly wins a pawn. 18 ... Rb8 19 Nxe5 Nxe5 20 Rxe7 Nc6 21 Rc7 Nxb4 22 Rcc1 Nc6 23 Bxd5 Nd8 24 Rab1 Ra5 25 Rc7 Be6 26 Bxe6 Nxe6 27 Rc3 Kf8 28 e3 Ke7 (see diagram 2) 29 Nd4
puzzle no. 137 Black to play. This position is from Short and Vujatovic–Kasparov and Crumiller, Darwin Strategic Staunton Memorial, Simpson’s in the Strand, London 2010. What is the most effective way for Black to conclude? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 21 September or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax on 020 7961 0058. The winner will be the first correct answer out of a hat, and each week I shall be offering a prize of £20. Please include a postal address and allow six weeks for prize delivery. Last week’s solution 1 ... Ne3 Last week’s winner Malcolm Burn, Gloucester
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Unnecessarily shattering his own pawns and thus making the win more difficult. 29 ... Nxd4 30 exd4 Rd5 31 Rxb6 Rxd4 32 Rcb3 Rd7 33 Kf1 Kd8 34 Ke2 Kc7 35 Kd2 Rd5 36 R6b4 b6 37 Rc4+ Kb7 38 Re4 Rbd8 39 Re7+ R8d7 40 Rxd7+ Rxd7 41 Rc3 Rd5 42 h4 Rf5 43 Ke3 Re5+ 44 Kd2 Rf5 45 f4 Rf6 Lashing out with 45 ... g5 is Black’s last chance to liquidate pawns and fight for a draw. 46 d4 Rd6 47 Kd3 f5 48 a4 Rg6 49 Kc4 Rc6+ 50 Kb4 Rd6 51 Rd3 Kc6 52 d5+ Kc7 53 Kb5 Kb7 54 Kc4 Kc7 55 Re3 Kd7 56 Re6 Black resigns
Competition In two minds Lucy Vickery n Competition 2664 you were invited to submit a dialogue, in verse or prose, between two parts of yourself at odds with one another.
As usual, verse entries vastly outnumbered prose ones. I n an excellent field, Brian Murdoch,Adrian F ry, Bill Greenwell and F ergus Pickering stood out. Basil Ransome-Davies scoops the bonus fiver for a hilarious exchange between id and superego.
This is your superego calling, Who finds your conduct quite appalling. do da dirty do da sin dump da pussy in da bin
To raise us from the primal swamp We must curtail the instinct’s romp. why dont we do it in da road up ya bum ya moral code
A sense of civic duty needs To govern all our words and deeds. when da neighbour make me sick whack him with a great big stick
A man is not a mindless clam: ‘ I cogitate, therefore I am.’ you da boring fart dat reasons me da id thing for all seasons Basil Ransome-Davies
A woman of your age in jeans is pathetic. I t’s time that you dressed with discretion and taste. Oh go and get lost you old bag, they’re athletic, and jeans mean I’m lean and I still have a waist. Athletic! Those sneakers are part of the fiction. How long can cosmetics disguise your decay? Rage on in your beige with your comical diction. Your class-ridden pose is absurd and passé. I f Mother could see you got up like a hooker she’d turn in her grave. Just as well that she’s dead. In her way, in her day, my old Mum was a looker. She moved with the times, so who cares what she said? Refinement is timeless and style is alluring, a well cut ensemble wipes years off the slate. Baloney, you phony old snob, I’m maturing disgracefully, facing my ultimate fate. Janet Kenny
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Get moving, feet! Dear Brain, we would — and walk till evening if we could — but wear and tear mean we’re no good for going fast.
But we have work to do! Oh Brain, look at these symptoms of the pain — a bunion, corns, the ankle strain, E lastoplast.
But where’s your spirit? Brain, there’s not a tittle left, no, not a jot. I never thought we had a lot, or it’d last.
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