Fischer portrayed as a man of the past

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THE ruling Socialist Party of Serbia postponed its annual congress this week in order to free the Great Hall of the Sava Centre in Belgrade for the chess match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, writes William Hartston.

However, the dollars 5m match, publicised as Yugoslavia's rude retort to UN sanctions, is neither living up to its hype, nor falling to the depths its critics have suggested.

'Both Fischer and Spassky are former players and their games today belong to the past', the world champion, Garry Kasparov, said this week. While at least two of Fischer's wins in the first half proved he is still capable of the most scintillating brilliance, his form in the two games played so far in Belgrade seems to provide ample evidence for Kasparov's comment. On Wednesday, he was strategically outplayed from start to finish, while in Thursday's game he made no impression.

White: Fischer Black: Spassky 14th Match Game. 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 g6 4 Bxc6 bxc6 5 0-0 Bg7 6 Re1 f6 7 c3 Nh6 8 d4 cxd4 9 cxd4 0-0 10 Nc3 d6 11 Qa4 Qb6 12 Nd2 Nf7 13 Nc4 Qa6 14 Be3 Qxa4 15 Nxa4 f5 16 exf5 Bxf5 17 Rac1 Rfc8 18 Na5 Bd7 19 b3 Rab8 20 Nc3 Kf8 21 a3 Nh6 22 b4 Nf5 23 Red1 Ke8 24 Ne4 Rb5 25 h3 h5 26 Rd2 a6 27 Kf1 Rd5 28 Rcd1 Rb5 29 Ke2 Be6 30 Rc1 Kd7 31 Nc3 Rbb8 32 Kf1 h4 33 Ke2 Bf6 34 Ne4 Bd5 35 Kd3 Bg7 36 Rdc2 Rc7 37 Re1 Rf8 38 f3 Rb8 39 Nc3 Bg8 40 Ne2 Bf7 41 Bd2 Bf6 42 Rec1 Rbc8 43 Nc4 Rb7 44 Na5 Rbc7 45 Nc4 Rb7 draw agreed