The world Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland, went into its third game on Sunday (16 July) with play moved from the main auditorium at the request of United States challenger Bobby Fischer.
SCU Spassky playing tennis with his assistant Mr. Nei (2 shots)
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SCU Mr. Spassky arrives and enters hall
SV Fisher out of car and into hall
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Background: The world Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland, went into its third game on Sunday (16 July) with play moved from the main auditorium at the request of United States challenger Bobby Fischer.
Boris Spassky the Russian title-holder led in the match two games to none. He defeated Fischer in the first match, and then won the second by forfeit when Fischer failed to show up for the game.
The third game was played in a secluded back room of the Reykjavik Exhibition Hall. Removing the match from the main hall eliminated the battery of television cameras that Fischer said has distracted him in the first match. Fischer was informed of the move to the back room after it was learned that three seats had been booked for him from Iceland to New York.
Fischer and Spassky met over a simple wooden chessboard on a table with only match arbiters and a lone closed-circuit television camera in the long, narrow room.
Pre-match coverage includes Spassky playing tennis as part of his physical training, and the two men arriving at the hall.
The game was adjourned after five hours of play with Fischer in a commanding position. When play resumed Monday in the main hall, Spassky resigned the game after only one move by Fischer.
SYNOPSIS: Boris Spassky the Russian world champion chess master is keeping up his physical fitness programme during the World Championship match with the United States challenger Bobby Fischer. Here Spassky plays tennis with his assistant before meeting Fischer in the third game of the twenty-four game match in Reykjavik, Iceland. There was some doubt that the third game would ever take place when it was discovered that Fischer had booked three seats on a flight to New York.
A compromise was reached by moving the game to a back room of the Exhibition Hall away from the battery of television cameras Fischer said distracted him....Spassky arrived shortly before Fischer on Sunday and both men went to the small room with only the match arbiters and a lone closed-circuit camera in the room with them. It was a game Spassky was to loss -- but he still leads the match two games to one.