Magazine article The Spectator

Desideratum

Magazine article The Spectator

Desideratum

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If there is one thing the chess world wants in the wake of Kramnik's defence of his world title and Kasparov's crushing victory in the Russian Championship, it is a re-match between the two great Ks. Kasparov has now officially given up on Fidé, the World Chess Federation, and has openly declared that he no longer expects it to be able to organise anything to reunify the championships. Meanwhile Kramnik, having retained the world title, has not yet put in place any credible qualifying route to challenge him in the future. The obvious solution is a Kramnik-Kasparov re-match.

Now the favourites are having a tough time in the Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee in Holland. Tragically, as Kasparov himself pointed out, the world-ranked number one has been forced to watch from the sidelines. He declined his invitation to Wijk aan Zee in order to play his Fidé match against Kasimdzhanov. Infamously, along with Kasparov's previous promised match against the then Fidé champion Ponomariov, this also has now been cancelled by Fidé.

Kramnik-Topalov: Wijk aan Zee 2005; Sicilian Defence

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 a6 6 Be3 Topalov has had this position several times before against Kramnik and not achieved particularly good results. In previous games he had always played 6 . . . e5 but here he prefers a different line. 6 . . . e6 7 f3 b5 8 g4 h6 9 Qd2 The main move now is 9 . . . Nbd7 but Topalov had prepared something especially for this game. 9 . . . b4 10 Na4 Nbd7 11 0-0-0 If 11 Nc6 then 11 . . . Qc7 12 Nxb4 d5 13 exd5 Qa5. 11 . . . Ne5 This was Topalov's novelty which he analysed extensively before the game. …

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