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Edited by Nicholas Dawidoff
October 22, 1990
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October 22, 1990


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The club now boasts a suitably hygienic ambience, and assistant athletic director Dick Bartsch says that if the bats return to the area, the university will disperse them using "methods recommended by the experts that are not harmful to bats." That's a good thing, because as Pat O'Brien, an Arizona Game and Fish official notes, bats eat huge quantities of insect pests. "The bat that may be ugly to one person is cherished by somebody else," O'Brien says.

It's one thing that the best the U.S. team has been able to do is tie Europe once in the last three Ryder Cup competitions and that foreign golfers have won three of the last six major tournaments played on American soil. At least those setbacks for U.S. golf have been at the hands of distinguished players from abroad. What happened last week at St. Andrews was quite another kind of international loss—an embarrassment. In the annual Dunhill Cup, which brings together three-member teams from 16 countries for medal match-play competition, the U.S., the defending champion, was eliminated by France in the first round. The French team of Marc Farry, Jean Van de Velde and Emmanuel Dussart (combined European tour victories, zero; combined career winnings, $700,000) outshot their American opponents, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Kite and Curtis Strange (combined U.S. tour victories, 36; combined career winnings, $14.5 million) 2�-�. The Americans are all ranked among the top 11 golfers in the world, while none of the Frenchmen has cracked the top 200.

Before Colby College took on another Maine school, Bates College, in field hockey last month, Colby's senior captains, Amy Gillis and Erin Kelly, were wary of a couple of Bobcat players with whom they'd been competing for as long as they could remember. As it turned out, neither of Bates's senior cocaptains, Amy's and Erin's twin sisters, Elizabeth and Mary, respectively, scored goals. But then neither did Amy or Erin. Appropriately, the game ended in a 1-1 tie after double overtime.


The critics were agog over the latest offering at Broadway's Hudson Theater. "Marvelous," gushed Robert Byrne of The New York Times. "Devastating," raved Joseph McLellan in The Washington Post. But these were chess analysts, not theater reviewers, and what excited them so was world-champion Gary Kasparov's dazzling victory in Manhattan over his fellow Soviet Anatoly Karpov in the second game of their latest world-title showdown.

The win gave Kasparov a 1�-� lead over Karpov in the 24-game match, which moves to Lyon, France, in November after the first 12 games are completed in New York. Kasparov wrested the title from Karpov in 1985 and successfully defended it against him in '86 and '87, and there was certainly little in the early going of this fourth meeting between the two bitter rivals to suggest that he would not win again.

Fittingly, the aggressive Kasparov, the highest-rated player in history, sat on the edge of an old office chair that seemed to tilt him forward toward the board, while the wily but more conservative Karpov perused his pieces from the depths of an easy chair. In Game 1, Kasparov's impetuous nature led to a mistake as he captured a pawn with his queen instead of with his knight and had to scramble for a draw. But in Game 2, Kasparov was in command. Playing white, he used a king-pawn opening that Karpov responded to with a familiar variation of the Ruy Lopez defense. Then, on move 19, Kasparov boldly advanced the pawn fronting his king's knight, freeing the knight for more diverse sniping.

But it was the sequence Kasparov began six moves later that revealed chess at its most inspired level. Here Kasparov chose not to protect his other knight, horrifying most commentators. But the champion was looking four or five moves beyond them and saw that by sacrificing his knights, he could loose both his rooks on Karpov's queen. And then, as Karpov retreated, Kasparov's rooks and queen veered toward the challenger's king.

It was vintage Kasparov, an assault when nobody could have expected one. Karpov is famed for masking all emotion, yet here he twitched and gazed bale-fully at his pieces in the dim glow of the theater before resigning after 44 moves. The third game was scheduled for two days later, but Karpov obviously hadn't cleared his head and exercised one of the three postponements each player is permitted.

After Kasparov's stunning performance, Lev Alburt, who is the top-rated U.S. grand master, said, "Karpov is well prepared, but it will be relatively easy for Kasparov to win this match. Probably the only player in modern chess history who could be compared on equal terms with him is Bobby Fischer."

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