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FISCHER TAKES 5-2 LEAD; GAMES HEAD TO BELGRADE

Bobby Fischer is halfway to victory in his $5 million rematch with Boris Spassky as the games shift from this Montenegrin island to Bel-grade.

In defeating Spassky on Sunday, Fischer's aggressive gamesmanship prompted experts to say he exhibited his strongest play since winning the opening game on Sept. 2.Fischer now holds a 5-2 lead over Spassky, a Russian-born French citizen.

Match rules called for a move to the Yugoslav capital of Belgrade after someone attained five victories. A date for the 12th game was to be announced Monday, with play expected to resume in Belgrade in a week to 10 days.

The first player to take 10 games wins. The winner of the match gets the $3.35 million top prize; the loser gets $1.65 million.

Fischer went Sunday with his usual opening, the Ruy Lopez, which he used in previous games when playing white.

Spassky, who had complained of fatigue Saturday, opted for the more adventurous Sicilian Defense and then shunned the Open Variation for a less-familiar line.

Fischer surprised some expert observers with a gambit of a pawn in his seventh move, opening up the center and lines on his queenside. He won back the pawn gambit on move 16, exposing Spassky's king to a blistering attack.

Spassky struggled to hold an end game before resigning after Fischer's 41st move.

Game 10 on Saturday ended in a draw after 68 moves. That game had been scheduled for Thursday, but Spassky, 55, received a postponement after complaining of kidney problems.

Fischer Spassky

White Black

1. e4 c5

2. Nf3 Nc6

3. Bb5 g6

4. Bxc6 bxc6

5. O-O Bg7

6. Re1 e5

7. b4 cxb4

8. a3 c5

9. axb4 cxb4

10. d4 exd4

11. Bb2 d6

12. Nxd4 Qd7

13. Nd2 Bb7

14. Nc4 Nh6

15. Nf5 Bxb2

16. Ncxd6+ Kf8

17. Nxh6 f6

18. Ndf7 Qxd1

19. Raxd1 Ke7

20. Nxh8 Rxh8

21. Nf5+ gxf5

Fischer Spassky

White Black

22. exf5+ Be5

23. f4 Rc8

24. fxe5 Rxc2

25. e6 Bc6

26. Rc1 Rxc1

27. Rxc1 Kd6

28. Rd1+ Ke5

29. e7 a5

30. Rc1 Bd7

31. Rc5+ Kd4

32. Rxa5 b3

33. Ra7 Be8

34. Rb7 Kc3

35. Kf2 b2

36. Ke3 Bf7

37. g4 Kc2

38. Kd4 b1Q

39. Rxb1 Kxb1

40. Kc5 Kc2

41. Kd6 resigns