Hopes rose in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, on Wednesday (5 July) that the much delayed chess championship between Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union and Bobby Fischer of the United States might get underway by the middle of the week.
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CU Hotel sign TILT TO newsmen at entrance
SV Spassky arrives
GV PAN & SV Dutch President of Chess Federation at news conference (4 shots)
GV Hall where game due to take place
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VILLA WHERE FISCHER IS STAYING (POLICE CARS OUTSIDE): SPASSKY ARRIVING AT HIS HOTEL: DR. MAX EUWE AT NEWS CONFERENCE: EMPTY HALL WHERE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH WILL BE PLAYED.
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Background: Hopes rose in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, on Wednesday (5 July) that the much delayed chess championship between Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union and Bobby Fischer of the United States might get underway by the middle of the week.
This follows a statement from the Soviet side that they would be prepared to accept apologies from Fischer on the way he has treated Spassky in recent days. The Soviet representative said his side had dropped its demand that Fischer should forfeit the first game as a penalty for his absence last weekend, when the tournament was due to begin.
At a news conference in Reykjavik, the president of the World Chess Federation--Dr. Max Euwe--described Fischer's behaviour as "inexcusable". Dr. Euwe admitted that the he had violated his own Federation's rules in bowing to what he described as Fischer's "peculiarities". He added: "You may he sure that the rules will be applied very strictly from now on."
Dr. Euwe says that if the first game does not start on Thursday (6 July) it would not be possible to play the whole match in Reykjavik should it go to the full 24 games. He said that if necessary the first 18 games would be played in Reykjavik, and the last six in the Yugoslav city of Skopje, after the Olympiad there.
SYNOPSIS: The attention of the chess world was on Tuesday rivetes on this villa in Iceland--temporary residence of the United States chess champion, Bobby Fishcer. He remained out of sight while organisers tried to find a way in which the championship match against the Soviet champion, Boris Spassky could begin with a minimum of delay.
Spassky--and his supporters--dropped their demand that Fischer forfeit the first game because of his late arrival. They asked only an apology.
The president of the World Chess Federation, Dr. Max Euwe, told a news conference that Fischer's behaviour was "inexcusable". He admitted that he had violated his own Federation's rules in bowing to what he described as Fischer's "peculiarities". Dr. Euwe insisted that the rules of chess would be applied very strictly from now on.
When the match starts, it will take place here. There's some doubt now whether the championship can be decided in Reykjavik. Dr. Euwe has said that unless the match starts by Thursday there won't be time to complete the championship in Iceland should it go the full 24 games. In that case it could be resumed at Skopje in Yugoslavia later in the year. With the relaxation of Soviet demands for the punishment of Fischer there is new hope in Reykjavik that the championship may be able to start without further delay.