"Gary Kasparov went into the World Championship Match," wrote Robert Byrne of the New York Times, "with three objectives: to defend his crown, to win the top prize of $1.7 million plus a trophy, and to defeat Anatoly Karpov by a greater margin of victory than in their first four encounters.
"The champion succeeded in his first two aims but failed in the third."The final score, 12 1/2-11 1/2, gave the winner the narrowest possible margin over the loser. It was the same score as in their third match, divided between London and Leningrad in 1986, and a point less than Kasparov's best achievement against Karpov, which came in their second match in Moscow in 1985.
"Then Kasparov had won by 13-11 and had become, at 22 years old, the youngest chess world champion in history.
"Indeed, after five title matches comprising 144 single games in the past six years, their overall score is only Kasparov 73, Karpov 71. Perhaps if they would have played out the 24th game, Kasparov would have won and scored another point. He offered Karpov a draw when it appeared he had a winning position, just to get it over with.
"These matches thus give no support to Kasparov's belief in any gross superiority over Karpov. These two Soviet grandmasters clearly dominate the chess world but not each other.
"Kasparov's play in this match indicates that he underestimated the challenger. Throughout the series of 24 games, he took long chances trying to put Karpov in just those situations that make him most uncomfortable; that is, in rough-and-tumble tactical skirmishes.
"There was much to recommend that strategy; it kept Karpov from using the slow, relentless maneuvering game that is most productive for him. But Kasparov went too far, and time after time had to rescue rickety positions in which Karpov came close to winning.
"Karpov proved resilient and refused to be bulldozed. Kasparov could only have found these failures frustrating."
- OLYMPIAD - Despite the absence of Kasparov and Karpov, the Soviet Union decisively won the 29th Olympiad in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia.
Its team of Vasily Ivanchuck, Boris Gelfand, Aleksandr Belyyavsky, Artur Yusupov, Leonid Yudasin and Evgeny Bareyev achieved the gold medal game score of 39-17 in the 14-round Swiss-system tournament.
The world title match between Kas-parov and Karpov has consumed all of this column's space for the world event until now.
The United States and Britain each scored 35 1/2-20 1/2, but the U.S. team - Boris Gulko, Yasser Seirwan, Larry Christiansen, Joel Benjamin, John Fedorowiecz and Nick DeFirmian - won the silver medal on tie-break points.
Britain was awarded the bronze.
Each match was played on four boards. Each team was permitted six players. The teams in serious contention for the top places systematically rotated all six.
- LET'S PLAY CHESS - This is the title of a new course on chess that is being sponsored by the University of Utah at its Cedar Park campus, 5286 S. 320 West.
Utah's long-time teacher of chess, Ted Pathakis, will be the instructor. The brochure states, "New beginners and advanced players can improve their playing and enjoyment of chess by maneuvering through the modern thought, analysis and practice of this superb game.
"Practical instruction and actual play will be interlaced with an introduction to the addictive nature and sheer fascination that has surrounded this game for centuries.
"Group competition, simultaneous exhibitions and local Salt Lake chess activities, as available, will be planned."
Two hours of college credit can be obtained: Course Recreation & Leisure 190R-61.
The course can also be taken without college credit. The non-credit fee is $45.
The class will be held on Tuesdays, from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m., Jan. 8 to March 12.
- YOUNG WOODPUSHERS - The next event of the Scholastic Chess Program will be the American Fork Invitational on Jan. 26. Players from K through 12th grade are invited. The organizer and director is Bruce McMaster. Call him at 224-5640 for complete details.
- CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SOLVERS! - Hal Knight, Gordon Green, Ardean Watts, Hal Harmon, Jack Crandall, Edwin O. Smith, Ted Pathakis, Robert W. Lee, Eugene Wagstaff, William DeVroom, Jim Reed, Alison Hermance, Russell Anderson, Ashley Ann Graves, Kay Lundstrom, Stanley Hunt, Raeburn Kennard, Nathan Kennard, David Moody and Aaron T. Kennard, age 10.