The Associated Press in Cologne, Germany, reported that Gary Kasparov is to defend his world chess title in Germany next September.

He is also trying to arrange a match with the International Chess Federation's champion in 1996 to produce an undisputed champion.Top-level chess diverged into two streams in 1993, when Kas-parov walked out of FIDE to create the Professional Chess Association.

The two organizations are negotiating to hold a unifying match, possibly in June 1995, he said Thursday. Regulations for the match will be discussed on May 1, FIDE said in a statement.

The PCA will play its championship in Cologne, pitting Kasparov against the winner of a qualifying match next month in the Canary Islands between Viswanathan Anand of India and Gata Kamsky of the United States.

In a separate cycle of qualifying matches, Anatoly Karpov, the present FIDE titleholder, is tied with Boris Gelfand of Belarus, while Kamsky, the only contender surviving in both organizations' playoffs, has a comfortable early lead over Valery Salov of Russia.

The winners of the two matches will play each other to determine the new FIDE champion, who would then play in any unification match with the PCA champion.

Of course, it is conceivable that the 20-year-old Kamsky could unify the titles himself by becoming champion in both cycles.

- OWN WEAPONS - "The idea of turning your opponents' own weapons against themselves seems reasonable," writes Robert Byrne, former U.S. champion and chess editor of the New York Times.

"Yet it does not give much better than a 50-50 chance of success.

"It is true that you may thereby disconcert them; there are many players who do not like to face their favorite attack. But remember, you have chosen territory that they can be presumed to have a deeper, more comprehensive knowledge of.

"But that is not all. There are many players who have no emotional involvement in what they play. Turn the board around, and they approach the problems presented with a calm objectivity.

"Still another pitfall; what if in re-analyzing a favorite method, your opponent discovers a flaw and is hungry to exploit it.

"This is what happened in a game between the Seattle Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan and the Dutch grandmaster Loek Van Wely in the traditional Hoogoven International Tournament in Wijk-ann-Zee, the Netherlands, on Jan. 14."

- BIZARRE - It sounds bizarre is you are not familiar with the Byzantine qualities of today's chess politics.

At the recent FIDE Olympiad in Moscow, the FIDE world champion, Anatoly Karpov, was reportedly not only barred from playing on a Russian team of his own choosing (two Russian teams competed), but he was also banned physically from the event.

And, after pledging to run again and failing to announce his candidacy before the deadline, FIDE President Florencio Campomanes was re-elected during the Olympiad amidst charges of cheating, bribery and intimidation.

Surprisingly, Campomanes' candidacy was supported by the Professional Chess Association world champion Gary Kasparov, who joined with his avowed former enemy in a declaration of cooperation.

Central is their announced agenda for the unification next year (discussed above) of FIDE and PCA world titles, an especially desirable event for the PCA whose raison d'etre is the marketing for the world champion.

The fledgling PCA had a controversial birth a year and a half ago in which Kasparov - then the FIDE champion - bolted to hold his own world title with Nigel Short, the designated challenger.

Currently at stake is the continued substantial financial support of Intel Corp., as well as other prospective corporate support. Luckily, for the PCA, in-house squabbling and scandal, such as seen in Moscow, rarely reaches the public.

- CORRECT SOLUTION to Problem No. 2,967 was N-B2. Thanks to Carlos R. Setterberg and Kim Barney.