Sport: Real Chess, Too

In the championships of Russia's national indoor game some 700,000 competed in 1936. The game: chess. This week, with short-wave radio bridging Moscow and Manhattan, the Russians tried their hand at international competition.-A queen's pawn was nudged ahead two squares.

The best of Russia's ten best chess-masters engaged in the four-day frolic was Mikhail Botvinnik, an engineer whose double-thick spectacles made him look like the right man for the No. 1 board. Topping the U.S. big ten was Arnold Denker, who was a welterweight, flunked plane geometry, looked as much like a deep...

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