Sport: Duel in the Dolomites

Karpov and Korchnoi, no friends, meet again for the chess crown

" Chess," as Mystery Writer Raymond Chandler once observed, "is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you could find anywhere outside an advertising agency." Chandler should have spent last week in Merano, the village in northern Italy's Dolomite mountains where the 30th World Chess Championship opened. Defending Champion Anatoli Karpov, 30, ordered that a plywood slab be installed underneath the chess table in the town auditorium. How's that? Well, said Karpov, Challenger Victor Korchnoi, 50, might kick him in the shins....

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