Sixteen international chess masters completed the second round of the Church's International chess tournament on Monday (20 November).
Sixteen international chess masters completed the second round of the Church's International chess tournament on Monday (20 November). The tournament is being held in the Mission Room of the Convention Centre in San Antonio, Texas.
The sixteen players represent eleven countries - Australia, USA, Mexico, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Puerto Rico, the Soviet Union, Denmark, Brazil, Hungary and Canada.
Under the rules of the tournament, forty moves must be made in the first two-and-a-half hours of play. Sixteen moves must be made in each additional hour.
The first prize winner receives GBP1,600 sterling (3,850 dollars). Total prize money for the tournament is more than GBP3,800 (9,130 dollars).
The tournament began on 18 November and finishes on 11 December, with prize giving ceremonies and a banquet.
SYNOPSIS: At the end of the second round of the Church's International chess tournament in the United States, Svetozar Gligorio of Yugoslavia and Bent Larsen of Denmark were equal with two points each. Four of the eight matches were adjourned to Wednesday. Sixteen masters from eleven countries are competing.
The match between Paul Keres of the Soviet Union and Henrique Mecking of Brazil, was one of the adjourned matches. Mecking, on the left, learned to play chess at the age of six. This year, aged twenty, he reached grandmaster status
Former World Champion, Tigran Petrosian, on the left, drew with Czechoslovakia's Vlastimil Hort after fifteen moves. The masters are competing for prize money exceeding three-thousand eight-hundred pounds. Winner of the sponsored tournament receives one-thousand six-hundred pounds. The first eight players are guaranteed prize money.
Another adjourned game was that between Australian Walter Shawn Browne and the present Russian champion, Anapoly Karpov. Under tournament rules, the players must complete forty moves in the first two-and-a-half hours. And after that, sixteen moves each hour.
International Grandmaster, Bent Larsen, on the left, of Denmark, beat New York chess columnist Larry Evans to move into a joint lead.
Sharing the lead with Larsen is Yugoslavia's Svetozar Gligoric, on the right. His game with the United States' Donald Byrne, ended after thirty-nine moves when Byrne resigned.
The second draw of the round was between Duncan Suttles of Canada and Grandmaster Lajos Portisch of Hungary.
The international tournament ends on the eleventh of December.