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.
MICHAEL S. GREEN
I would like to present what I feel is a possible solution to the problem of the reserve clauses in baseball and football. The owners and the players associations should negotiate maximum team salaries. The players would then have complete freedom to move between teams, but the richer owners could not buy up all the best talent, since they would be limited by the amount they could spend for the entire team.
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.
DAVID E. EDELSCHICK
Marquette Heights, Ill.
Admittedly, Walter Browne's extraordinary abilities and unyielding desire to be the best are commendable (Making All the Right Moves Jan. 12). Nonetheless, Ray Kennedy's lucid description of Browne's personality and life-style is compelling enough to overshadow any and all of his miraculous accomplishments. Diverted by his bona fide championship talents and his boundless energy, it becomes too easy for one to ignore Browne's undeniable belligerence.
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.
PETER J. KAPLAN
As one who has spent untold hours poring over scores of agonizing losses, glorious wins and tortuous draws, I was truly grateful to see a piece describing chess players as other than the boring, intellectual stereotypes so often depicted by journalists and other non-chess-playing members of our society.
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.
RALPH E. ALDEN