Chess With Sam Laird

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to Chess With Sam Laird 1 1 th Round in Phila. Play Had Surprising Results Some surprising results came out of the 11th round of the Philadelphia Interscholastic Chess League. Central, tied with OIney for the league lead, drew with Luv coin in a match which took over 6Va hours to complete. Olney ofinmv has a half-point lead going into the last two rounds. In the Presi- ir "."v... j, ""- u . "K IVHJ.Bi- i ne uincy-jjiijcom iiiaioi W- therefore figures to be tough and exciting. Central will be pitted is tied for third place, in this round. Olney scored a 5-0 victory over West Catholic last week. There now is a four -way tie for third place in the league, shared by Lincoln, St, Joseph's, Father Judge, and South Philadelphia. It is hoped that Friday's round will break some of them. If they are still tied at the end of the season there will have to be playoffs. Only two games were com plcted last Saturday in the Franklin-Mercantile club chani pionship. Marcus defeated Skla roff and Can tone defeated Cohen. Snyder and Wanetick adjourned with an end game position that observers thought was a sure draw. DiCamillo and Miss Lane have withdrawn from the tournament, while the game between Zelitch and Mrs. Selensky was postponed. We are indebted to the Illus trated London News for some interesting sidelights, or rear lights, on the International Team Tournament at Munich. Though the total number of games in the preliminaries and finals was 1368, "not one was defaulted through any cause throughout and the great major ity were full of skill and fighting spirit." What is more, Every move ill tveiy Kcune ume j0,-000 moves in all now is preserved for posterity." One member of the Greek team had a nervous breakdown during the tournament and was taken to the hospital. " 'Perhaps hell play better now,' suggested somebody heartlessly, who took a poor view of his previous play." But he didn't. He simply was replaced by another member of his team, 'One Tunisian player, whose game had degenerated into an an solute shambles, tried a new gambit He offered a draw in his native tongue. His Portuguese opponent, assuming he was re signing as any normal person would, shook hands In friendly fashion and went and reported a win. The Tunisian reported a draw. The organizing committee, confronted with the paradox of one game producing two different results, examined the final posp tion for a moment, then summed the situation up in blistering comment." One reason for the failure of the United States to finish better than fourth, probably, was Bobby Fischer's absence from the team. It is news to us, however, if the reason for his absence was "be- Weines-cause he had not been guaran-

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  1. Courier-Post,
  2. 22 Jan 1959, Thu,
  3. Page 36

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