• Short Summary

    The 44th Soviet men's chess championships were drawing to close in Moscow on Wednesday (15 December).

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    The 44th Soviet men's chess championships were drawing to close in Moscow on Wednesday (15 December).

    SYNOPSIS: With just six rounds to be played, 18 contenders are left.

    They include the reigning world champion Anatoli Karpov, former world champion Vassili Smyslov, Yuri Balashov, Mikhail Tahl and Tigran Petrosyan.

    One of Wednesday's most decisive matches was played between Yuri Balashov and Tigran Petrosyan. At this stage of the championships, the two Moscow masters shared the joint lead. Both had scored 6.5 points from their first 11 games. Each player had four wins, four loves and a loss.

    The Balashov-Petrosyan game was expected to provide the championships with a favourite.

    However, the 48-year-old Petrosyan and the 28-year-old Balashov were so evenly matched that their game ended in a draw.

    The tournament is expected to continue until Christmas Eve (24 December). However, the 12th round was important for all the players.

    Particularly for Anatoli Karpov. He made an uncertain start to the championships and lost valuable early points. He began to regain form and confidence in the latter rounds and improved his standing to be just behind Balashov and Petrosyan.

    Karpov was eventually to win this clash with Alexander Zarharov, gain a maximum 1.5 points, and join the two leaders on points.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABCXH0X1G3HQG230EQT3862HT5
    Media URN:
    VLVABCXH0X1G3HQG230EQT3862HT5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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