• Short Summary

    In the world chess championship at the Theatre Estrada in Moscow, May 6, 23-year-old Moscow opponent Mikhail Botvinnik in the 19th game since Mar 13, after 75 moves.

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    In the world chess championship at the Theatre Estrada in Moscow, May 6, 23-year-old Moscow opponent Mikhail Botvinnik in the 19th game since Mar 13, after 75 moves.

    Despite this individual success, the overall score so far - Botvinnik 11 1/2 Tal 7 1/2 - makes the situation look fairly hopeless for Tal. Botvinnik only has to score one more point to win, while Tal is faced with the colossal task of scoring 4 1/2 points in the remaining five games to save the match and retain his title.

    Both men have already sat for 200 hours - five per day. Progress on the board is very slow. Dark-haired Tal, a journalist by profession, seems to smoke incessantly. He drinks innumerable cups of tea, while Botvinnik, an electrical engineer, takes his own special brew from a flask. Botvinnik first won the world title in 1948 and held it until 1957, then lost it to Tal in 1960.

    Muscovites take great interest in the championships and in the game itself. Spectators in the theatre follow the moves of the masters on their own boards. Queues outside do the same. And all over Moscow, young and old sit out in the open air on park benches, playing what in western countries is known as the "Royal Game". There are now some two million professional chess players in the Soviet Union. Nobody has yet attempted to count those who play the game for their own pleasure.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAGW7K3QQC5TDUGYHMW7OEKKDN
    Media URN:
    VLVAGW7K3QQC5TDUGYHMW7OEKKDN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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