Hayward Daily Review, Sunday, July 2, 1972

Richard Shorman



The Central California Chess Association's Concord Regional Tournament, held June 10-11 at the Concord Senior Citizen Center, was won by Charles Pardini of San Francisco with a score of 3.5-.5. His performance in the master-expert division was rewarded by the first prize of $75.

In the expert category a three-way tie among Roger Gabrielson, Berkeley, Kin Grivainis, Concord, and James MacFarland, San Francisco, at 2.5-1.5 netted only $6 each.

Robert Anderson, San Jose, was top scorer with 3.5-.5 in Class A, earning $40 in prize money. Half a point behind for $6 each were James Fosaaen, Concord, and Bill Noble, Concord.

Perfect scores of 4-0 were tallied by Ben Gross, San Francisco, in Class B and Igor Gritzai, San Leandro, in Class C for an award of $40 each. Richard Paige of Sunol took first in Class D with a result of 3-1, receiving $15.

Martin Morrison directed the weekend event, which attracted 82 Bay Area chess players to the competition.


Talented chess master and philosopher Larry Gilden delivered an intriguing lecture and gave a very successful simultaneous exhibition at the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club in San Francisco, June 17. Of 26 boards only Frank Eng (San Francisco) managed to win, when the former inter-collegiate and junior champion failed to obtain enough compensation for his queen sacrifice. Four draws were recorded by Eugene Lein (Berkeley), Joe Tracy (San Francisco), David Krause (Mill Valley) and Elsie Lee (San Francisco), who was delighted by her unexpected result.

White: Larry Gilden. Black: Dave Matson. Simultaneous Exhibition, San Francisco, June 17, 1972. Chigorin's Defense

1.Nf3 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bd7 5.0-0 a6 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 7.Ne5 e6 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.c4 c5 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.b4 Be7 12.Qb3 0-0 13.Nc3 Rb8 14.a3 a5 15.b5 c6 16.a4 Qc7 17.Ba3 Bxa3 18.Qxa3 cxb5 19.cxb5 Ng4 20.g3 Ne5 21.Rac1 Qb7 22.f4 Nc4 23.Qc5 Rbc8 24.Qd4 Qb6 25.Nxd5 exd5 26.Rxc4 Qxd4 27.Rxd4 Rfe8 28.Rxd5 Rxe3 29.Rfd1 g6 30.Rd8+ Re8 31.Rxe8+ Rxe8 32.Kf2 Re4 33.Rb1 Re7 34.b6 Rb7 35.Ke3 Kf8 36.Kd4 Ke7 37.Kc5 Rb8 38.Kc6 Rc8+ 39.Kb5 Kd6 40.b7 Resigns

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USCF senior master James Tarjan held a small simultaneous display on 14 boards at the Mechanics' Institute on June 21, which produced a near perfect score of 13.5-.5 for the 20-year-old international veteran. Kevin Fong of San Francisco, recently graduated with honors from high school and on his way to Harvard with a scholarship, eked out the lone draw.

White: James Tarjan, Black: Jerry Rogers. Simultaneous Exhibition, San Francisco, June 21, 1972. Petroff's Defense

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.d4 Be7 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 Re8 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.Qd2 c6 11.Rae1 Nf8 12.h3 Ne6 13.Be3 Nd5 14.Nxd5 cxd5 15.Ng5 Nxg5 16.Bxg5 Be6 17.Bxe7 Qxe7 18.Re3 Qd7 19.Rfe1 Re7 20.f4! g6 21.f5! gxf5 22.Rg3+ Resigns


(Translated from "Sovetsky Sport," June 17, 1972)

"In my opinion, the upcoming match in Reykjavik will be very interesting from the point of view of chess art," said world champion Boris Spassky, June 16, at a press conference attended by Soviet and foreign newsmen. He spoke at their invitation in the Central House of Journalism prior to leaving for Iceland's capital on June 21.

The world champion fielded a variety of questions:

"Who would you have selected as challenger for the title, if you had been given the choice?"

"Definitely Fischer," replied Spassky. "I think very highly of him both personally and as a chess player. I am looking forward to the match as a great chess event, although, naturally, I cannot predict how it will come out."

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"FISCHER'S MATCH RECORD against the other challengers are without precedent in the history of chess. How do you assess his results?"

"Fischer was stronger than his opposition."

"What are you favorite sports?"

"Lately, tennis," answered Spassky. "I am still not very good, but I keep at it."

"In preparing for the match with Fischer, have you learned all his strong and weak points?"

"Permit me not to answer that question. After all, I do have a right to professional secrets!"

"Fischer always carries a collection of all your games around with him," observed one of the American reporters. "Do you have all of his games?"

"Yes, of course, I have them all."

"Tell us about your theoretical match preparations."

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"WITHOUT FAIL," responded the champion with a smile, "I will tell you after the match."

"What do you think about Fischer's assertion that he will definitely win the match in Reykjavik?"

"Fischer has a right to talk that way."

"Fischer," noted the American newsmen, "alleges that Soviet chess players always try to make things unpleasant for him. Is this so?"

"I entertain no such view," retorted Spassky. "Besides, Fischer's accusation is not substantiated by the facts. I do not understand such statements."

At the reporters' request, Boris Spassky gave some information about himself: he is 35 years old, was introduced to chess at the age of nine and became a grandmaster at 18. He is married, has a daughter Tanya, and a son, Vasya, who will be five years old on the day the match begins.

Spassky announced that international grandmasters Yefim Geller (his second) and Nokolai Krogius and international master Ivo Ney will accompany him to Reykjavik.


US master John Grefe (2367) will conduct a simultaneous exhibition at the Berkeley Central YMCA, 2001 Allston Way, on Friday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. Winners may choose to have their game annotated by the master, whose recent results include a 1st place tie at the 1971 National Open, or to receive a copy of the Louis D. Statham Masters & Experts Tournament Book. Non-winners may have their game annotated for a fee of $1 or purchase the Tournament Book for $2.25. Please bring board and men. Games unfinished by 11 p.m. may be submitted to adjudication and prize mailed. Call Martin Morrison, 582-1973, for further information.

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