Chess players from 63 countries are taking part in the 20th Chess Olympic which began in Skopje, Yugoslavia, on Tuesday (19 September).
GV PAN Flags out-side Chess Hall
SV' Chess Olympics's sign
GTV INT. PAN Spectators watching games in progress
SV PAN Harston of UK v Ljubojevic of Yugoslavia
SV Keene of UK v Ivkov of Yugoslavia
SV J. Boey of Belgium v Petrosian of USSR PAN TO Cornsliue of Belgium v Smislov of USSR
SV New Zealand team members look on
SV G. Kane of USA v Swarif of Iran
TV Judge walks past players
Exterior chess hall; spectators watch games; various players from England, Yugoslavia, Belgium, Soviet Union, USA and Iran.
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Background: Chess players from 63 countries are taking part in the 20th Chess Olympic which began in Skopje, Yugoslavia, on Tuesday (19 September).
Competitors range from the chess "giants", the Russians, to a team from Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, whose members practice in a local pub. (drinking house).
Thirty-three Grand Masters are among the players.
The top teams, the Soviet Union, Hungary and Yugoslavia, were leading the contest after the first two rounds. The Soviet team is led by the former world champion, Tigran Petrosian, who lost his title to Borsi Spassky. Spassky was not included in the Soviet team after his defeat by the american Bobby Fischer in Iceland.
Fischer is not competing.
SYNOPSIS: Skopje in Yugoslavia is the scene of this year's chess Olympics. The contest is being held in two new trade hall in the Macedonian city which was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1963.
Sixty-two teams are competing, ranging from the chess "giants", the Russians, to a team from Guernsey which practices in a local pub. Each team plays against seven others in the preliminary rounds, with the winners going on to the finals. The Soviet Union, Hungary and Yugoslavia are favoured.
Yugoslavia beat England in the first round by three games to one. Here Ljubojevic leads Harston. Several hundred spectators crowded around the home team's tables.
They applauded when Ivkov scored Yugoslavia's first win...over Keene of England.
The Soviet team is led by former world champion Tigran Pottrosian, seen here in his successful game against Boay of Belgium. Vassili Smislov beat Cornelius to give the Russians a four-nil win over Belgium.
Neither the current world champion, American Bobby Fischer, nor his Russian rival, Boris Spassky, are taking part in the Kopje chess Olympics. Thirty-three Grand Masters are among the competing players in the tournament which ends on October the fourteenth.