The review of chess sites for September, 2000
by Boris Schipkov
In September there were some interesting and thrilling competitions: 1st FIDE World Cup (September 1st-13th, Shengyang, China ), the XVI European Club Cup (September 24th-30th, Neum, Bosnia), World Championship Zonal 1.1 (September 3rd-17th, Mondariz, Spain), final of the Miguel Najdorf Chess Festival (September 18th-26th, Buenos Aires, Argentina).
There were 24 participants in both man's and women's
World Cups. The prize fund in men's tournament is 238 000 dollars, and in women's - 168 000. The representatives of the most populous countries won the World Cups. Beautiful and masterful play was shown by Viswanatan Anand (India) who beat Evgeny Bareev (Russia) with the score 1,5 - 0,5 in the final. Xu Yuhua (China) won the women Cup and beat the champion of Europe Natalia Zhukova (Ukraine) with the score 1,5 - 0,5 in the final.
Hans Ree in the article "Subtle Clues" http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hans51.pdf (This column first appeared in the Dutch newspaper NRC-Handelsblad September 9, 2000) told about the joint Belgian-French-Swiss film The Chess Game (1994). The plot of the film is simple. Marquis De Theux invites a certain Master Max to play with a well-known English chess player "the world champion" Howard Staunton. The winner of a two-game match wins not only the rank of the world champion, but also receives a hand and heart of the marquise's beautiful daughter. A plot is rather plausible, taking into account, that Staunton already for a long time can not take the matter to court ("the real Staunton died in 1874"). In the film Staunton is a crook and Master Max is a madman. Hans Ree has reconstructed two games from this film by the parts of a board seen on the screen. The second game was Steinitz-Bardeleben,Hastings 1895. And the third game, with the score 1-1, is Steel - NN, Calcutta 1886. However, as Hans Ree has added: "Thanks to Tim Krabbe and Dutch IM Gerard Welling, we know that this was actually only analysis by Robert Steel, a British government official in India, not a game that was really played".
In the "Club Kasparov" Jeff Sonas has written about the match Kasparov - Kramnik in the article "Statistics, an opening strategy and the world championship". Sonas's conclusion is fantastic. The probability of victory for Kasparov according to the statistical model by Sonas in this match of 16 games is 88 %. Sonas has estimated Kramnik's chances on victory in this duel as 1 to 18, and on a draw 1 to 15. I think taking into account play in the opening and not considering play in the endgame is strange. For example, in 2000 Kasparov lost two games: to Piket and Leko in an endgame. Vladimir Kramnik is younger and his motivation is much stronger, and the contenders have equal score, but Kasparov has greater experience in matches, thus I suppose the chances are approximately equal and this match either will be finished in a draw, or Kasparov or Kramnik will win with the minimal advantage in 1 or 2 points.
The final of the Miguel Najdorf festival ended with an excellent win by magnificent Judit Polgar (Hungary) scored 6,5 points and edged out Victor Bologan (Moldova) on tie-break. Anatoly Karpov (Russia) could make the same score, but in the last round in the winning position in the game against Pablo Ricardi (Argentina), at first he did not find a strong move 23.Nf5! with a quick victory, and then lost on time on the 39th move in a good position with an extra pawn.
In John Henderson's Review the film "The Luzhin Defence", which I have read in The Week in Chess, has described a new film by Marleen Gorris, based on Vladimir Nabokov's novel "The Luzhin Defence".
© 2000-2003 Boris Schipkov
© 2000-2003 Boris Schipkov