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This makes the appeal costly enough not to be abused, lessens the delay of the game and should stop some of the Monday morning second-guessing.
There could be a sliding scale with teams whose players' average years of experience are higher allowed a slightly higher total team salary. The negotiators could include other variables under this basic plan. Of course, the system would have to be policed to prevent under-the-counter payoffs, offseason employment, etc.
But whatever compromise is reached, I hope to read more sports reporting and less court reporting.
Had he remained in school, naturally lamenting the fact that "school is for the masses, not for geniuses," Browne might have become a bit more socialized. Maybe. Harnessing his foam-at-the-mouth killer instincts, and remolding that ogrelike character might not have been a bad idea.
Chess is the only board game which is almost totally devoid of the element of luck. Only iron logic determines the outcome. Therefore it comes as no surprise that Browne has also mastered poker, backgammon, Scrabble and other, more socially attuned games. He is simply applying the same techniques learned on the chessboard to his other endeavors.
It is tragic to see great young masters such as Browne, Rogoff and others having to scrape up poker winnings and life savings to be able to compete in international tournaments. The Soviets, meanwhile, send their players around the world at government expense in order to guard their reputation of having the strongest players in the world.
Perhaps in 1978, if Browne or the still-dangerous Fischer can beat Karpov for the world title, Americans will afford chess masters their rightful position among the highest intellectual artists in society.