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    Kasparov triumphant in Reykjavik Rapid


    Had Nigel Short converted his advantage in the first game it would
    have gone down as one of the more spectacular of Kasparov's few
    losses. Instead it turned into another bitter pill for the Englishman
    to swallow. Kasparov turned the tables and won, then drew the second
    to take the match and the title. Report and games.

    The song remains the same
    ChessBase News
    Final result - Sun. March 21
    Nigel Short Garry Kasparov 0-1

    In keeping with our 1993 retro theme, Nigel Short and Garry Kasparov
    reenacted several of the the scenes that occurred in many of their
    world championship match games in which the Englishman had the white
    pieces. Short would gain an impressive attack against Kasparov's
    Sicilian only to falter against sharp defense.

    In the first game today Short got a dream attacking position but
    Kasparov kept battling and finally wrested the advantage through
    nightmarish complications. Kasparov found White's king and it ended
    abruptly with a queen sacrifice mate in three.

    It was similar in several ways, if not in complexity and gravity, to
    the legendary game eight of the 93 world championship, but it was
    bitter enoughfor Short, who has been playing excellent chess.

    Would the second game be more than a formality? Kasparov had the
    momentum and white and he needed only a draw to secure the tournament
    win. He quickly built up a crushing position and although he blundered
    it away against resourceful defense by Short the game finished in a
    drawn endgame.

    For Kasparov it was a somewhat shaky tournament win, but anything less
    than victory would have been considered a surprise, the curse of high

    (Being the top seed by over 100 points didn't hurt.)
    In the past few years it has been hard to say if Kasparov's level is
    slipping simply because he has played so rarely. This year there are
    no Ponomariov matches to be canceled so we hope he surpasses his
    recent annual totals of classical games played. He played 37 in 2001,
    21 in 2002, and 18 in 2003 (not including 10 classical games against
    Junior and Fritz), for 76 total.

    Kramnik and Anand, who might be the new #2 on the upcoming rating
    list, have both recently criticized Kasparov for his lack of
    activity. For the record, Anand played 37, 16, and 39 classical games
    in 2001, 02, and 03 (92 total).

    Kramnik played 37, 3, 38 (78 total). Anand has also been much more
    active on the rapid circuit.