Chess: Carried away on the crest of a move

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THE INTERZONAL tournament for the world championship begins today in Biel, Switzerland, with Michael Adams and Jonathan Speelman competing for England. That, of course, is the official (Fide) world championship, for which Karpov and Timman will contest this September, not to be confused with the PCA world championship which will be fought at the same time between Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short.

Meanwhile, the PCA have scheduled their Interzonal for the Netherlands in December. The players in Biel may also compete in the rival event, but have been required to sign an agreement that they will fulfil their obligations in the Fide championship cycle. With the PCA promising good prizes for their first event, some interesting manoeuvring is to be expected over the forthcoming months in the battle for players' minds and wallets.

Away from all that, today's game is from the Smith & Williamson Young Masters tournament, which began this week at King Edward's School, in Witley, Surrey. It is a lesson in how to get carried away by a brilliant idea. After 25 moves, Jonathan Parker was a pawn behind against Stephen Cullip, but with two active bishops was in no danger. Then came the idea.

With 26 Re3 and 27 Rg3, he set up an attack on g7, and with 28. Rxe6 he made the decisive combination, calculating 28 . . . Nxe6 29. Nc5] Nxc5 30. Rxg7+ Kh8 31. Rh7+ Kg8 32. Rh8 mate. As so often when you look five moves deep, there was something glaringly wrong with it at move one.

White: J Parker

Black: S Cullip

1 d4 Nf6 16 Bb3 Ba6

2 c4 e6 17 Re1 Qe3+

3 Nc3 Bb4 18 Bf2 Qd3

4 Bg5 h6 19 Ng3 Nfxd5

5 Bh4 c5 20 Ne4 Qxd1

6 d5 Bxc3+ 21 Raxd1 c4

7 bxc3 e5 22 Bc2 Nxf4

8 e3 d6 23 Rxd6 Rad8

9 Bd3 Nbd7 24 Bd4 Ne6

10 Ne2 0-0 25 Be5 Bb7

11 f4 Qe8 26 Re3 Nd5

12 h3 b5 27 Rg3 Ndf4

13 0-0 bxc4 28 Rxe6 Ne2+

14 Bxc4 exf4 29 Kh2 Nxg3

15 exf4 Nb6 White resigns.