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TIME LIMITS MAY HELP BRING MORE CHESS TO TV

Television producers rarely broadcast chess tournaments, but chess sponsors are getting ready to adapt to the medium just in case they are asked to present programs.

More and more tournaments around the world are being organized with a time limit of 30 minutes for each player for all the moves, the so-called "action" format. The idea is to quicken the play, notes Robert Byrne, chess editor of the New York Times.The most recent such event was the Melody Amber Tournament of the Vista Palace Hotel in Roquebrune-Cap Martin, Monaco.

This tournament, Byrne writes, is named after the infant daughter of the sponsor, J.J. van Oosterom, the former director of the Volmac Software Group.

Twelve of the world's top players (but not the world champion, Gary Kasparov) came for the double-round competition that took place in February.

Vasily Ivanchuk of Ukraine won the $20,000 first prize with a 14-8 score.

Viswanathan Anand of India was awarded the $17,000 second prize with his 131/2-81/2 tally.

Anatoly Karpov of Russia, Ljubomir Lubojevic of Yugoslavia, and Victor Korchnoi of Switzerland shared third place with 121/2-91/2.

Apparently most of the players left immediately for the 10th Linares Tournament in Spain. This tournament is now under way.

After four rounds of play, the standings of the players, from an Associated Press news release, are:

1. Artur Yusupov, Germany, 3.0 points with one game adjourned.

2. Gary Kasparov, Russia, 3.0.

3-4. Boris Gelfand, Belarus; Alexander Beljavsky, Ukraine, 21/2.

5-7. Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukraine; Jan Timman, Netherlands; Anatoly Karpov, Russia, 2.

8-13. Eugeny Bareev, Russia; Miguel Illescas, Spain (one adjourned game); Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Yugoslavia; Viswanathan Anand, India; Valery Salov, Spain; Nigel Short, Britain, all 11/2.

14. Jonathan Speelman, Britain, 1.

In the second round, world champion Kasparov increased his lead in his long-running battles with fellow Russian Karpov, defeating him in 41 moves.

Kasparov, playing white, triumphed in a Caro-Kann Defense to take his tally to 25 wins to Karpov's 20 in the 161 times they have played each other. The rest were draws.

Kasparov said Karpov made an error on the 24th move, "After that it was relatively easy for me," he added.

In the third round Kasparov fought his way to a draw against last year's winner, Ivanchuk. Kasparov, playing black and using his favorite King's Indian Defense, was out to avenge a defeat by Ukrainian Ivanchuk in last year's tournament but was lucky to escape with a draw.

Both players were under time pressure, but Ivanchuk held the advantage until Kasparov equalized the position to force a draw after 41 moves.

Kasparov's draw enabled Artur Yusupov, a Russian who now plays under the German flag, to take the tournament lead after three rounds with a perfect 3.0.

RIVALRY - Over the past decade, chess fans have been treated to the greatest rivalry in chess history as world champion Gary Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov towered above their competitors.

In the days before official title bouts, the only rivalry remotely resembling the two K's occurred in six marathon matches held in London from June to October in 1834 between the world's two best players: France's Louis Charles de La Bourdonnais vs. Ireland's Alexander McDonnell.

All 85 games were written down move by move and widely published.

La Bourdonnais won handily by 511/2-331/2 consisting of 45 wins, 27 losses, and 13 draws.

Yet McDonnell kept improving and actually took the last three games to lead the sixth set 5-4 when the series ended. He died a year later at the age of 37.

- CONGRATULATIONS to the solvers! Raeburn Kennard, Steven Kennard, Nathan Kennard, Hal Knight, Frank Knight, Steven Jensen, Stanley Hunt, Hal Harmon, Alison Hermance, Brian Harrow, Jeff Thelin, Gordon Greene, Hans Rubner, Jim Reed, Ken Frost, Ramon E. Bassett, Loile Bailey, Kim Barnet, Craig Bryson, Kim James Michelson, Steven Anderson, Russell Anderson, Vern Smith, Edwin O. Smith, Eugene Wagstaff, Gary Neumann, Roger Neumann, Knute Petersen, Ted Pathakis, Jack Crandall, George L. Cavanaugh, Jim Low, Kay Lundstrom, Elsa Oldroyd, William DeVroom, Lincoln McClellan and David Higley.