11 June 1997

    International chess supertournament "Novgorod the Great"

    On the 11th of June at 15.30 the 4th International Chess Tournament was opened. Those present : Vice-Mayor Michail Skibar, Vice-Governor Nikolay Semjonov, who made the reply in the game against Garry Kasparov. The world champion agreed to a draw and shook their hands. The result of drawing lots are: Russian grand masters play white pieces in the first round agaist English, Byelorussian and Bulgarian chess- players.

    Bareev played debut without any efforts, but Short began premature active actions on the queen`s flank. That was the reason of his failures. The second half of the game Bareev played creatively and he won.

    In the game Kasparov- Gelfand , Kasparov played white pieces . After the debut black seemed to have good chances. Gelfand over-rated his abilities and that became the reason of his defeat. World champion played the game very actively and did not give chances to his opponents to win. At the ending Gelfand was in zeitnot. The youngest chess-players Veselin Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik were the last to finish this game . Both opponents played very carefully and did not risk. Kramnik could create more difficulties for his opponent. Topalov made some small inaccuracies and could not hold his balance. Kramnik won unexpectedly for the audience. The main referee Boris Postovsky said: Kramnik made the most effective moves: Rb1,C5.

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