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Saturday, August 5, 1972
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Fischer flattens Spassky
REYKJAVIK. Iceland (A) -
American challenger Bobby Fis-
cher has battered his way past
the halfway mark in his drive
for the world chess title. He
forced champion Boris Spassky
of the Soviet Union to toss in
the sponge after 56 moves of the
10th game yesterday.
For the Russiantit was a. hu-
miliating defeat that g r a n d-
masters say has likely cost him
his crown. He now trails - tles
American by a score of 61 to
3%G. Fischer needs to win 12%2
points to take the championsinip,
Spassky needs 12 points to re-
Fischer exploited a classic-
style Ruy Lopez opening into a
systematic dismantlement of the
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Russian's defense until the
champion conceded that check-
mate was inevitable and resign-
ed. The two shook hands. Fisch-
er took a quick gulp of f ru i t
juice and left the stage.
The game had been adjourned
Thursday after 40 moves, and
even then it had appeared to
onlooking grandmasters that the
Russian was in deep trouble.
The 29-year-old challenger
from Brooklyn, N.Y., took fullest
advantage of an edge in posi-
tion, pushing his pawns relent-
lessly while picking off those of
the champion. Spassky put up a
two-hour fight but it was clear
in the end game that he was
looking at disaster. He had only
one rook, a bishop and a pawn
to Fischer's two rooks and two
Spassky showed up five ini-
utes late, his appearance seem-
ing to reflect his state of mind.
He looked wan and for the first
time the dapper Russian w o r e
no necktie. The challenger h a d
been pacing the stage, impatient
to get on with the game. As
the two seated themselves, re-
feree Lothar Schmid opened the
sealed envelop containing Fiscl-
er's 41st move, decided upon the
night before. Spassky, as a nmas-
ter, could have expectedsno other
than Fischer's K-K2.
The move forced Spassky to
move his threatened rook to his
Q-4 and from then on for the
Russian is was a hopeless, uphill
defensive struggle. At the mo-
ment he had a forward pair of
pawns on his queen's side, but
Fischer gave him no opportun-
ity to exploit them.
Playing the whites, Fischer
had opened yesterday with P-K4
and continued with the Ruy Lo-
pez created about 500 years ago
by a Spanish priest. Spassky
chose to shift the opening into its
"Breyer variation," one of his
favorites. Spassky opened up the
board by itiating some rapid ex-
changes of pieces but he lost
the initiative when Fischer,
scorning an advantage in mater-
ial, slashed away at the Rus-
tm e ...........................Elliot Legow :....:
HE'S THE PERFECT image of a North Carolina gentleman
farmer. Tall, thin, balding, with a long stride and a whole-
some honest manner, he is the kind of sports figure kids should
look up to as the model of virtue and honesty.
But he's also the alleged possessor of the Major League's
most illegal pitch and Gaylord Perry exults in the controversy
that he creates. This season Perry has brought his spitter, vase-
line ball, or whatever over to the American League and has
been giving opposing players and managers fits.
Replacing Sudden and unreliable Sam McDowell as the
Cleveland Indians' ace pitcher Perry has single-handedly lifted
the Tribe out of the cellar with his predictable performances
every fourth day Perry has managed an 18-8 record, equal
to Mickey Lolich's 18-7 and is one ahead of Lolich in complete
games with 19.
But Perry also shows advantages over Lolich like an earned
average that keeps falling, down to 1.63 at the moment, and
lie has been the model of consistency for the Indians. Perry has-
averaged 9% innings for his last 20 starts and has yet to be
touched for more than four runs in a single game. In fact
Gaylord has yielded that many only two times. And. he has'
given up only six home runs in 230 innings of pitching.
Gaylord for the Cy Young? That idea would never go over in
Detroit even though he has shackled the Tigers twice this season
already. Lolich had a good case but lost the honor last year and
as a prime candidate again this season he's sure to pick up a
little in the way of sympathy votes.
' Although the Tigers aren't hiting like they're supposed to
this year they've still outscored Cleveland by a good 60 runs
and have let Lolich get by with wins on an occassional off night.
Fat Mickey and Fat Wilbur along with lean Gaylord will finish
in the neighborhood of 25 wins but neither of the fat men
has been the figure of consistency that Perry has.
Gaylord does have one thing going for himself that Lolich
and Wood lack, and its not the spitter. Its psychology. After
every investaigation by an umpire, Perry gives his mischiev-
iously innocent grin and a "who me, cheat?" line to the press.
But by doing nothing to really disclaim the changes Perry
keeps the opposition on the lookout for his trick pitch. So much
so in fact that batters forget about hitting and worry about
finding that mysterious cache of grease somewhere on Gay-
Ted Williams and Billy Martin have spent games staring at
Perry and disputing once or so an inning while neglecting the
rest of the game. Perry won both of those, of course.
He also won a. protest filed by White Sox manager Chuck
Tanner with the league office allegong that Perry was employ-
ing an illegal pitch. Umpires and league presidents can't find
anything wrong with Perry. Neither can Cleveland fans as Perry
roars on to the best year for an Indian since Bob Feller's 26
wins back in 1943.
And Gaylord doesn't care how often he's searched, forced
to change his cap, shirt, or anything else. as long as he keeps
the batters thinking, and confused.
43. P-Kt4 PAO
44. PxP P-Kt4
Elapsed timhe: Fischer1r 1 intes,
Spassky 166 minutes.
5. 15 -K4
47, R,K4,xP B-Q;
43, R-Kt6ch K-K4
49. K-B3 It-Q1
50. R-Kt8 R-Q2i
51. R,Kt4-Kt7 R-Q3
52. R-Kt6 R-Q2
5i3. RKKtII K-Q4
54. RxKill' B-K4
as. P-B6 K-Q5
56. 0-Kit eesignts
Elapsed time: Fischer 202 minutes,
Spassky 20s 5m nutes
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Sports of The Daily
RICHARD NIXON has demonstrated to the American public
his never ending belief in the staying power and vitality of
the sports ethic for America. After all, which president watched
Ohio State while the rest of the country was worried about a
But Dick is no armchair general. He has been known
to coach football teams even when pressed by a busy bill
signing baby kissing day.
In view of the current craze sweeping the nation, we
wouldn't be surprised to read an AP dispatch RESYKSAVIK,
ICELAND - Bobby Fischer today received a telephone call from
Richard Nixon woh advised the errant challenger from Brooklyn
to "Move his horsey",
Wednesday, Aug. 9
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