Sport: Supervised Coffee

In the U.S. last year, anxiety-prone Argentine Chess Champion Miguel Najdorf seemed in terrible physical shape all the while he matched moves with chainsmoking U.S. Champion Samuel Reshevsky (TIME, Oct. 20). Najdorf was soundly beaten, eleven games to seven. Soon a rumor, whipped up by the Argentine weekly newspaper Verdad (Truth), swept across the pampas: the nefarious yanquis had doped Najdorf's coffee. Back home, making no sportsmanlike denial of the nasty tiding, Najdorf instead cried for revenge. He finally persuaded Argentina's Chess Federation to put up about $3,000 for his enemy to come south for a comeuppance.

Last week, in the President...

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