For the first time, a Harvard University team has won the Pan-American intercollegiate championship outright.
In reporting Harvard's win, Robert Bryne of the New York Times wrote, "It has entered every year since the origination of the competition for four-man teams in 1946 and tied for the championship twice, in 1975 and 1986."Sharing second place in this 36-team Swiss-system competition were Yale - the defending champion - Berkeley, Universidad Nacional de Pedro Henriquez Urene of the Dominican Republic and Rhode Island, also a former champion. They each scored 6-2.
In Round 5, Harvard - in board order, Danny Edelman, Vivek Rao, Issa Youssef, and Andrew Serotta - pulled away from the closely packed field by defeating Yale, 3-1.
Edelman, a very highly ranked national master, won the brilliancy prize for his victory over Yale's Patrick Wolff, an international master.
A year ago during Gary Kasparov's visit to New York, Wolff was one of his opponents in a simultaneous clock exhibition. Kasparov had requested 50 games of his opponents and had jotted notes by way of preparation.
About Wolff, the world champion had written, "Don't let him near your king," but in the course of the play Kasparov forgot his own advice and was stomped.
- CANDIDATE'S DEBUT - "A player's first experience in the Candidates' matches for the world championship is almost always a bitter one," Bryne wrote in a different context.
"It is too hard a task to master the tension of such an auspicious occasion.
"There are the confidence-eroding questions, `How will I measure up to the experienced, great opponents I must face? What will the skills I have relied on this far amount to against him?'
"These are worries difficult to put down.
"The problem gets worse with black because you cannot throw yourself unrestrainedly into the fight. Often, the opponent's pressure demands that a decision be made between patient, passive defense and taking a chance on active counterplay, with no assurance as to which is best or whether either will work.
"The Icelandic grandmaster Johann Hjartarson surely found all this out in his quarterfinal contest in Seattle with the former world champion Anatoly Karpov of the Soviet Union.
"In game 2 of the match he nervously attempted to defend aggressively but was sharply dispatched by Karpov's classically relentless play."
- CHESS FOR SUCCESS! - Kasparov, the world champion, has been in Washington on a serious mission: To add his luster to a proposed international program aimed at promoting chess in inner-city schools to prevent drug use.
"You cannot close the harbors or the air to prevent drugs from entering the country, but you can give children a new vision of the world," he said in accented but excellent English.
His brain is as highly polished as a gem, one reporter wrote. "Outspoken, tempermental and only 25, he could do for chess clubs what Mikhail Baryshnikov has done for ballet."
"Chess is like a kind of drug in itself," said Raymond D. Keene, his Washington host, himself a grandmaster, and OBE, and a co-founder of the chess-against-drugs program. "But it is a positive rather than a negative stimulus."
The pursuit of chess, the program's prospectus claims, would interest children in historical, cultural, religious and political change the Western world has undergone during the past 200 years.
At any rate, aided by Russian emigre physicist and chess player Edward Lozansky, Kasparov's whirlwind Washington tour included more than a few of the regular stops for someone pushing a new idea.
He met with Mayor Marion Barry who expressed support of the project and promised the cooperation of the District's schools.
That night, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer was host for a dinner attended by a galaxy of media heavies from Art Buchwald to George Will (a Deseret News columnist), toured the Capital Children's Museum and went to a press conference of U.S. senators and a reception in his honor, - all for presenting his proposed program.
Several prominent political leaders proposed an "intellectual movement" based on a Scouting model to be called "The Knights of Cassa," complete with competitions and merit badges.
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