Vladimir Kramnik confirmed his position as the man most likely to succeed Garry Kasparov when he won the Dortmund tournament, a point ahead of the field. He was the only player in an exceptionally strong line-up to avoid defeat. Final scores: Kramnik 61/2; Anand 51/2; Ivanchuk and Topalov 5; Polgar 41/2; Gelfand, Karpov and Short 4; Hubner 31/2; Yusupov 3.

Nigel Short's result is no disgrace, particularly as one of his two wins was against the Fide world champion. It was the first time Short had beaten Karpov since 1992.

Switching from his usual 1.e4, Short played a supposedly feeble line against Karpov's Nimzo-Indian, but created a huge attack that broke through with 28.Nxd6!! (28...Nxd6 29.Qxf6+ or 28...Rxg3 29.Nxc8 win for White). At the end, either 45.Be2 or 45.Bxc4 followed by d6 wins easily.

White: Nigel Short

Black: Anatoly Karpov

Nimzo-Indian Defence

1 d4 Nf6 24 Rg3 g6

2 c4 e6 25 Nh6 Be6

3 Nc3 Bb4 26 f5 gxf5

4 Qc2 0-0 27 Nxf5 Rg8

5 e4 d6 28 Nxd6 Rcf8

6 a3 Bxc3+ 29 Rxg8+ Kxg8

7 bxc3 e5 30 Nf5 Qd7

8 Bd3 Nc6 31 Qg3+ Kh8

9 Ne2 b6 32 d5 Bxf5

10 0-0 Ba6 33 Rxf5 Nd6

11 f4 Nd7 34 Rf1 Nbc4

12 Be3 Na5 35 h5 Qg7

13 c5 Bc4 36 Qh4 Rg8

14 cxd6 cxd6 37 Qxf6 Ne3

15 Ng3 Qc7 38 Qxg7+ Kxg7

16 Nf5 Kh8 39 Rf3 Nec4

17 Rf3 Rac8 40 Bh4 Kh6

18 Raf1 f6 41 Be7 Kxh5

19 Bf2 b5 42 Rf6 Rg6

20 Bg3 a6 43 Rf5+ Nxf5

21 h4 Bf7 44 exf5 Rg4

22 Be1 Nb6 Black resigned

23 Qf2 Nac4