His accession to world chess throne was certainly less difficult. Now he has to face not Queens, Rooks, Bishops and Knghts, but Vladimir Putin and even Police. And there are no rules. We are obviuosly speaking about former World champion Garry Kasparov, who was arrested during a rally in Moscow this morning. The New York Times writes: “The rally, the third so-called Dissenters’ March held by a loose antigovernment coalition known as Other Russia, was noteworthy because authorities aggressively pursued the organizers, including President Vladimir V. Putin’s former prime minister, Mikhail M. Kasyanov, whom the police jostled but did not arrest. The rally was principally supported by Mr. Kasyanov and Mr. Kasparov, who leads a group here called the United Civil Front. Essentially barred from access to television, members of Other Russia have embraced street protests as the only platform to voice their opposition ahead of parliamentary elections in December and presidential elections next March. Early this month, Mr. Kasyanov’s and Mr. Kasparov’s Web sites were blocked, though it was unclear by whom. The marches have become a test both of the determination of the opposition and the willingness of the government to use force to prevent it from gaining traction in street politics in the big cities. Other Russia was refused a permit to march in Moscow, but defied the ban, as it has in two previous marches in St. Petersburg and the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod”.
Kasparov was freed later in the evening, after he was fined about 30 euro for participating in the rally. “It is no longer a country ... where the government tries to pretend it is playing by the letter and spirit of the law”, Kasparov said outside the court building. “We now stand somewhere between Belarus and Zimbabwe”, two dictatorships that have cracked down on opposition, he said. Well, what can we say? You will have to fight very hard, Garry, and we are sure you won’t resign! If he won’t be jailed earlier :-(, Kasparov should probably come to Milan next 30th June or 1st July.
I’ve been on holiday four days, but there are not so many news to be told. European championship has come to an end, but a playoff will be played tomorrow to crown the new king, as Jakovenko, Sutovsky, Pavasovic, Cheparinov, Tkachiev, Iljin and Sakaev all finished with 8/11. The new queen is Russian IM Tatiana Kosintseva: she dominated the Women section and finished with 10/11, two points ahead of her sister Nadezhda, Bulgarian GM Antoaneta Stefanova and Hungarian GM Hoang Tranh Trang. Official site: http://www.dresden2008.de/. The Euro page on my Italian site with games, links and other: www.messaggeroscacchi.it/mondo/europeo07.html.
The Internet Chess Club is auctioning off on eBay 15 seats to play in a Charity Chess Simul with GM Vishy Anand (click here if you are interested). The event takes place Saturday, April 21st with matches beginning at 12 noon U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (5pm GMT). The time control will be 90 minutes with a 5 second increment. Seats will only be available to players under the rating of 2200 and they will play with the black pieces. The first four people to donate 350 dollars or more in a winning auction will receive a 12-month subscription (or 12-month renewal) to ICC plus a 12-month subscription (or renewal) to the world’s leading chess magazine, New In Chess, total value 148 dollars. The first two to donate 500 dollars or more will receive an 18-month subscription (or 18-month renewal) to ICC plus a 12-month subscription (or renewal) for New In Chess Yearbook, a total value of 208 dollars.
Well, I will tell you tomorrow about London and its chess shops. Keep connected!
PS: thanks to Susan Polgar for citing midaschess in her (much more read) Blog (you can find the link on the right panel)!
And now here is the game of the day, a well deserved and brilliant victory by young Italian IM Fabiano Caruana in Budapest. After seven games he is in second place with 5 points (two rounds to go).
Caruana,F (2513)-Fodor,T jr (2426) [C24], Budapest 11.04.2007
1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 c6 4. Nf3 d5 5. Bb3 Bd6 6. Nc3 Be6 7. Bg5 Bc7 8. d4 exd4 9. Nxd4 O-O 10. Qe2 h6 11. Bh4 Ba5 12. O-O g5 13. exd5 gxh4 14. Nxe6 fxe6 15. dxe6 Qe7 16. Rad1 Kg7 17. Ne4 Bc7 18. Nxf6 Rxf6 19. Rd3 a5 20. a4 b6 21. Rfd1 Ra7 22. Kh1 Bf4 23. g3 hxg3 24. hxg3 Bg5 25. f4 Bxf4 26. gxf4 Rxf4 27. Rg3+ Kh7 28. Qd3+ Kh8 29. Qg6 Qf8 30. Qg8+ Qxg8 31. Rxg8+ Kxg8 32. e7+ Kh7 33. e8=Q Rg7 34. Qxb8 Rh4+ 35. Qh2 Rxh2+ 36. Kxh2 b5 37. Rd6 Rc7 38. Kg3 1-0