Chess: Championship conflicts

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THE DEAL is signed at last and the Kasparov-Short match will begin on 7 September, sponsored by the Times newspaper and Teleworld of Rotterdam. Let us hope that they produce some good games and that the wounds created by their breakaway from the International Chess Federation, Fide, do not take too long to heal.

Meanwhile, plans continue for the official title match between Jan Timman and Anatoly Karpov. At the end of it all, there will be three people calling themselves world champion. In all probability, they will be: Garry Kasparov, who will be world champion of an organisation, the Professional Chess Association, that has yet to establish any credibility; Anatoly Karpov, who can have little credibility as champion after having lost to both Kasparov and Short; and Bobby Fischer, who cannot enter the real world without fear of arrest by the US Inland Revenue Service.

The best hope out of this mess is that Judit Polgar will grow up quickly and beat all of them.

Meanwhile, Karpov has been in cheering form, winning the Dortmund grandmaster tournament in convincing style. His first-round win against Gata Kamsky was a good example of his new-found adventurousness. 11 . . . Ke7] is not the sort of move the old, cautious Karpov would have played, but it proved to be highly effective. The threat of 12 . . . g5 led Kamsky to sacrifice a pawn, but Karpov never looked troubled by the resulting attack.

In the endgame, Black's two passed pawns galloped to an easy victory.

White: Kamsky

Black: Karpov

----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 e4 c6 26 fxg5+ hxg5 2 d4 d5 27 Rxd6 Rxd6 3 Nd2 dxe4 28 c4 Ke7 4 Nxe4 Nd7 29 Qe3 f6 5 Ng5 Ngf6 30 h4 gxh4 6 Bd3 e6 31 gxh4 Qd7 7 N1f3 Bd6 32 Qh6 e5 8 Qe2 h6 33 h5 Qg4 9 Ne4 Nxe4 34 Qh7+ Kd8 10 Qxe4 Nf6 35 h6 Rd2 11 Qh4 Ke7 36 Qf5 Qxf5 12 Ne5 Bxe5 37 Bxf5 Bd7 13 dxe5 Qa5+ 38 Bg6 Rh2 14 c3 Qxe5+ 39 h7 Ke7 15 Be3 b6 40 Bd3 Be6 16 0-0-0 g5 41 Rg1 f5 17 Qa4 c5 42 Rg7+ Kf6 18 Rhe1 Bd7 43 Rxa7 e4 19 Qa3 Rhd8 44 Be2 f4 20 g3 Qc7 45 b3 f3 21 Bd4 Be8 46 Bd1 Bf5 22 Kb1 Rd5 47 Kc1 Bxh7 23 f4 Rad8 48 Rb7 Ke5 24 Bc2 R5d6 49 Rxb6 Rxa2 25 Bxf6+Kxf6 White resigns -----------------------------------------------------------------

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