"For most of November, the chess world champion, Gary Kasparov, was sequestered, with his wife, his mother and an entourage of trainers, in a spacious beach house on the bluff above the south shore of Martha's Vineyard. There he was preparing for his fifth title match against his archrival, the former world champion Anatoly Karpov."
This is the opening paragraph of a long, detailed and highly informative article in last Sunday's New York Times by chess writer Fred Waitzkin. It's an eight-page piece that, I imagine, every dedicated chess buff will want to keep. To continue with some excerpts:"Every morning, he ran barefoot for 2 1/2 miles along the beach, and afterward he swam just beyond the breaking surf or played tennis on a court nestled in the woods behind the house. After lunch and a nap, he spent five or six hours at the chessboard with grandmasters imported from the Soviet Union, honing his fierce attacks and straining to come up with new ideas to spring on Karpov.
"This will be the first world championship match held in the United States since 1907, and it may well capture the imagination of chess-apathetic America, primarily because of Kasparov, a man who dominates international chess today as boldly and poetically as did Muhammad Ali in boxing.
"In Europe, Kasparov's animal presence and relentless attacking style have turned tens of thousands of chess illiterates into fans. He wants to do the same in the United States.
"For the championship match, the stakes are dramatically high. Karpov and Kasparov will divide a record $3 million purse, with $1.7 million going to the winner. . . .
"In the chess world, Kasparov (pronounced cuss-PAR-uff) is known as a ferocious offensive player, a bold risk-taker who will sacrifice pieces for positional advantages. He is always attacking, often from directions his opponent hadn't considered, playing moves that have subtle multiple threats.
"Thus he prefers open games, where the middle of the board is unclogged, pieces can move freely, the pieces are double-edged and the possibilities are vast, but chess terrain best suited for flights of imagination, at which Kasparov is absolutely in a class by himself. This is a reputation that serves him well in the excruciating battle that chess at the highest level invariably becomes.
"In the opening, Kasparov plays black like white. Playing to win with the black pieces is risky but it is also intimidating. . . . "
"He has made it a practice in public forums to try and capture the abstract essence of the game in such language that the beginner can feel what he is getting at. He says:
" `In chess you have general rules. To find the best position for a piece, to fight for the open line, to have a strong center, to attack the opponent's king. The real art in chess is to evaluate the factors because they are so different.
" `What is more important, one pawn or the open line? What's more important, the weak position of your king or some initiative on the queenside?
" `Material must be compared against time' - how long it will take for one's attack to crystallize, relative to an opponent's. `Material and time must be evaluated against quality' - whether the pieces are located on squares that are tactically strong. `It takes imagination. At the highest level, chess is a talent to control unrelated things. It is like controlling chaos.' "
- CONGRESS - The 10th annual Wasatch Chess Congress is scheduled for Oct. 19-20.
It will be played at the Airport Inn International, 2333 W. North Temple. It will be a four-round, Swiss system (no eliminations) in Open, Reserve and Scholastic sections.
The entrance fees have been set at $25 for the Open, $8 for the Reserve and $4 for the Scholastic.
This is a United States Chess Federation Grand Prix tournament. It is also a no-smoking tournament.
Robert Tanner, a USCF certified senior tournament director, will serve as director. It is being sponsored by the C.S. & T.P. Chess Association.
For complete details, contact Robert Tanner, P.O. Box 613, Salt Lake City, UT 84110.
- THE QUEENS - The annual Utah Women's Championship will be held Oct. 20 in conjunction with the Chess Congress at the same address.
Any woman or girl residing in Utah is eligible to play.
The meet will be a four-round, Swiss system (no elimination). The fees are $8 for adults and $4 for girls under 18.
John Minnoch, a USCF certified director, will direct. Time limit for games will be 75 minutes.
Susan Taylor is the defending champion.
- CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SOLVERS! - Monroe Iversen, Wilburn West, William D. Price, Edwin O. Smith, David D. Kirk, Eugene Wagstaff, Dean Thompson, William DeVroom, Ronnie Millet, Alison Hermance, Peter Rogers, Hal Harmon, Farrell Ostler, Paul R. Lindeman, Jim Turner, Stanley Hunt, Tim Painter, Vali Kremer, Gordon Green, Russell O'Dell, Kay Lundstrom, Ted Pathakis, Richard Adams, Glennin Cloward, David Ferguson, Ken Frost, Donovan Weight, Jack Crandall, Scott Mitchell, Kim Barney, Nathan Kennard, Ann Neil, Raeburn Kennard, Joye McMulland, Michael Brough, Aaron Brough, David L. Evans, Ardean Watts, Stephen Kirk, Kevin Smullin, Dale Brimley, George Stucki, Brent Terry, Curt Jeppson and John Neilsen.