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QUARTER-FINALS WHITTLE THE LIST OF CHAMP’S POTENTIAL RIVALS

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World champion Gary Kasparov must defend his title again in 1993. At the quarter-final matches held in Brussels, Belgium, the search for a challenger narrowed to four players.

Yusupov defeated Ivanchuk 51/2-41/2. Timman defeated Korchnoi, 41/2-21/2. Karpov defeated Anand 41/2-31/2. Short defeated Gelfand 5-3.The semifinal pairings are Short vs. Karpov, and Timman vs. Yusupov.

The only upset - in overtime after a 4-4 deadlock - was by Artur Yusupov, 31, over Vasily Ivanchuk, 22 - the "Golden Boy" ranked No. 2 in the world. Yusupov, on the other hand, was recovering from a wound after being robbed and shot in his Moscow apartment.

Despite a shaky start, ex-world champion Anatoly Karpov, 40, won two, lost one and drew five with India's Viswanathan Anand, 22, but it went to the wire, and Anand tossed away good chances.

Two non-Soviets are still in the running. The Netherland's Jan Timman, 39, won two and drew five against Victor Korchnoi, 60. "It went a lot easier than I thought," said Timman, who held an early two-point lead.

After losing the first game to Boris Gelfand, England's Nigel Short took their first set with four wins, two losses and two draws.

- THE QUEENS - Reuter reports that the women's world champion, Maya Chiburdanidze, Soviet Union, and her challenger, Xie Jun, China, drew the ninth game of their 16-game match for the women's world title.

The score stood at 41/2-41/2. It is being played in Manila, the Philippines.

Chiburdanidze, playing black, offered a draw after a 41-move Sicilian defense in which Xie had the upper hand for most of the game.

The 31-year-old Soviet player tried to unsettle her 20-year-old opponent by playing the sharp dragon variation of the Sicilian defense.

But the Chinese player, who is seeking to end decades of Soviet domination of the world's chess title, held fast until she saw her initial advantage slipping away toward the end.

The first player to score 81/2 points wins.

- WORLD CUP - Anatoly Karpov, the previous world champion, and his Soviet countryman, Vasily Ivanchuk, tied for first place in the initial World Cup Tournament of the new cycle in Reykjavik, Iceland. Each scored 101/2-41/2 in the elite 16-player, round-robin event.

The tournament was played from Sept. 23 to Oct. 13.

But Karpov and Ivanchuk got to the top in different ways. Karpov blasted off with six points out of his first seven games before losing to Yugoslav grandmaster Ljubomir Ljubojevic in Round 8.

Ivanchuk started indifferently, later began to win, and caught Karpov in Round 11 and stayed with him the rest of the way.

Final standings:

1-2. Karpov, Ivanchuk, 101/2

3-4-5. Ljubojevic, Nickolic, Khalifman, 9

6. Seirawan, 8

7-8. Ehlvest, Speelman, 71/2

9-10-11. Belvavsky, Portisch, Salov, 7

12. Hjartson, 61/2

13-14-15. Andersson, Chandler, Timman, 51/2

16. Gulko, 5

- LET'S READ - "My 60 Memorable Games" is an anthology compiled for Robert Fischer of his most interesting games from 1957 to 1967.

Each game also has a preface by grandmaster Larry Evans explaining the reasons for the course of play or the circumstances in which it was played.

It is undoubtedly the best anthology of any player's games to appear since Alexander Alekhine's. It was first published in Great Britain in 1969 and uses descriptive notation.

- CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SOLVERS! - Eugene Wagstaff, Garry B. Wilmore, Ardean Watts, Gottfried Steuri, Allan Schow, Richard Schow, Vern Smith, Edwin O. Smith, Elizabeth Ricks, Daniel Ricks, Jim Reed, Ben J. Peterson, Knute Petersen, Ted Pathakis, A.R. Peabody, Elsa L. Oldroyd, Gary Newmann, Roger Neumann, Alex Markec, Kay Lundstrom, Hal Knight, David D. Kirk, Nathan Kennard, Stephen Kennard, Raeburn Kennard, Monroe Iversen, Stanley Hunt, Hal Harmon, Alison Hermance, Alex Hart, Brian Harrow, Peter Gafner, Gordon W. Greene, Ken Frost, William DeVroom, George L. Cavanaugh, Jack Crandall, Justin Christiansen, Corey Christiansen, Barney Christiansen, O. Kent Berg, Kim Barney, Craig Bryson, Kelly Bryson and Roland Brimley.