Chess -- and at the start of the final week of the twenty-third World Olympiad in Buenos Aires, the Soviet Union held a half-point lead over West Germany.
Chess -- and at the start of the final week of the twenty-third World Olympiad in Buenos Aires, the Soviet Union held a half-point lead over West Germany. The U.S.A. was poised in fourth position and, since then, has taken the lead. The tenth round games were played on Monday (6 November).
SYNOPSIS: The four-man team of the Soviet Union played Israel in the tenth round game at the River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires.
In the absence of Boris Spassky, another former Would Champion, Tigram Petrosian, played for the Soviet Union on Board One. His opponent was Djindjichashuilli of Israel. The game ended when Petrosian agreed to a draw.
One of the biggest upsets of the tournament was the defeat of Soviet champion, Boris Gulko by the Israeli player Bleiman. The win helped Israel to force an overall draw with Soviet Union.
Only half a point separated the U.S.A. and Cuba, which were in fourth and fifth places. The confidence of cigar-smoking Garcia of Cuba was justified, as he later beat Lombardy of the U.S. But it was the only success Cuba had. The United States won -- a victory which helped take them into the lead later in the....competition, in spite of the fact the at Browne only managed to draw with Hernandez of Cuba.
Considerable interest focused on Viktor Korchnoi -- who last month lost his bid for the world chess title in the Philippines against Anatoly Karpov. He is playing first board for his adoptive country, Switzerland, and has lifted them to tenth place in the competition. But the draw he managed against the Dane, Hamman, was not enough to prevent Denmark beating the Swiss team.