Sport: Bitterness and Brilliance in Moscow

Kasparov becomes the youngest world chess champion

Not surprisingly, a musical titled Chess is already in the works for next year in London. The tunes may be catchy, but the story, based on this year's championship confrontations in Moscow, can hardly be better theater than the real thing. Last weekend, on the stage of the opulent Tchaikovsky Hall, after two months of acrimony and audacity on and off the board, after jitterily watching his obdurate foe almost come from behind and after being driven all the way to the final game in the series, Gary Kasparov at 22 became the sport's youngest world champion. He rang down the...

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