Chess: Latvia leads world
Wednesday 03 November 1993
In Monaco, Xie Jun extended her lead over the challenger Nana Joseliani by winning the fourth game. She is now 3 1/2 - 1/2 ahead and well on course to retain her title.
In Switzerland, the world team championships are turning into a close struggle with China, the United States and assorted bits of the old Soviet chess empire all in contention. These championships - not to be confused with the Chess Olympics - are restricted to ten qualified teams from the Olympics and continental team championships.
England's disappointing result in the Olympics ended their chance of competing in this event, pushed out by Armenia, Uzbekhistan, the Ukraine and Latvia. Now the event resembles the old Soviet Spartakiades, with a few guest teams from the rest of the world. After three rounds, Latvia held the lead with 7 1/2 points, pursued by the United States on 7 (plus one adjourned), China and Russia on 7. Russia lost to Iceland in round three.
The most attractive game so far came in the match between Iceland and the United States. Energetic play in the opening secured Boris Gulko a fine position, which he improved with an imaginative pawn sacrifice 19 . . . f4] Despite the exchange of queens, Black developed a neat mating finish. 28 . . . Re6 threatened mate on h6, 29 . . . Rff6 repeated the threat, and at the end 31. Kxh2 Rh6+] 32. gxh6 Rh5 is mate.
White: Vera (Cuba)
Black: Gulko (US)
1 d4 d6
2 Nf3 Bg4
3 c4 Nd7
4 Nc3 e5
5 e3 c6
6 h3 Bh5
7 Be2 Be7
8 0-0 f5
9 c5 e4
10 cxd6 Bd6
11 Nd2 Be2
12 Qxe2 Ngf6
13 Nc4 Bc7
14 b3 b5
15 Nd2 Qe7
16 Rd1 0-0
17 Nf1 Nb6
18 Bb2 Nfd5
19 a4 f4
20 exf4 Nxf4
21 Qxe4 Qg5
22 Qf3 Rae8
23 Qg4 Qxg4
24 hxg4 b4
25 Na2 Ne2+
26 Kh1 Nd5
27 f3 Re6
28 Bc1 Rff6
29 g5 Rf5
30 Nh2 Bxh2
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