As Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer continue to hold the attention of the chess world with their championship games, two other Grand Masters yesterday (Saturday) played another chess game purely for the entertainment of tourists at the South Icelandic holiday resort of Laugarvatn (Laugar Lake).
GTV Human "pieces" walk onto large chess board.
SCU Bent Larsen, Grand Master, of Denmark sits at table with Icelandic Grand Master Fridrik Olafsson.
GV PAN from Grand Master to human players with white knight moving.
LV ZOOM INTO Larsen making move.
TV Black pawn moves.
TGV White pawn moves forward.
SV Grand Masters in foreground, human "pieces" in back-ground. Larsen makes move.
SV Black knight moves.
SV Olafsson makes move.
GV Board; white bishop moves back.
SV Larsen moves
SV Black "pieces"
SV Larsen moves Queen (2 shots)
SV Grand Masters shake hands at and of game PAN TO cheering crowd.
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Background: As Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer continue to hold the attention of the chess world with their championship games, two other Grand Masters yesterday (Saturday) played another chess game purely for the entertainment of tourists at the South Icelandic holiday resort of Laugarvatn (Laugar Lake). Danish Grand Master Bent Larsen and Icelandic Grand Master Fridrik Olafsson played an exhibition game using humans as pieces.
Thirty minutes were allotted to each player and, by running-out time, Grand Master Olafsson was ahead and declared the winner.
This is the third time this century that a "live" chess match has been held in Iceland.
SYNOPSIS: At an Icelandic holiday resort - a chess game far removed from the tension of the Fischer-Spassky world title match only sixty miles away. The "pieces" are humans - and the game purely for the entertainment of the several thousand tourists who flocked to Laugarvatn for the weekend.
The players are Grand Master Bent Larsen of Denmark (wearing the blue jacket), and Grand Master Fridrick Olafsson of Iceland.
After the drawing of the lots, Larsen chose to play with the blacks and the match was on.
Laugarvatn - or Laugar Lake - is one of Iceland's most popular resorts. And chess is almost a way of life to the Icelander. A combination of both is irresistible - and the crowds flocked to the Southern holiday centre to see the game.
Icelandic Grand Master Olafsson was a popular favourite with the national crowd as he played his white bishop.
But Denmark's Grand Master Larsen was holding his own, carefully deploying his blacks. This is only the third time this century that a human-piece chess match has been played in Iceland. But its popularity-in conjunction with the Spassky-Fischer championship - has already led the organisers to think about holding them more often. Each player was allotted thirty minutes playing time, and when this ran out, Icelandic Grand Master Olafsson was ahead and declared the winner.