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Korchnoi, Hjartarson Draw Adjourned Second Game

January 27, 1988

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) _ Viktor Korchnoi and Johann Hjartarson agreed to a draw in the second game of their World Chess Championship candidates match after playing only one move.

The draw, which developed Tuesday, means Hjartarson, a 24-year-old Icelander, leads Korchnoi, a Soviet defector who now plays for Switzerland, by 1.5 to 0.5. The game had been adjourned Monday.

After two matches in the six-game series, Nigel Shrt of England leads Gyula Sax of Hungary 2-0.

Jon Speelman of England is leading America’s top player, Yasser Seirawan, by 1.5 to 0.5.

Andrei Sokolov holds a 1.5 to 0.5 lead over Kevin Spraggett of Canada, and Artur Yusupov leads fellow Soviet Jan Ehlvest by 1.5 to 0.5.

The matches between Jan Timman of Holland and Soviet Valery Salov, and between Rafael Vaganian of the Soviet Union and Lajos Portisch of Hungary, are tied 1-1.

The winner of the candidates series will challenge world champion Garri Kasparov for his crown in 1990.

The seven victors in Saint John will compete at a later date to decide Kasparov’s challenger.

If any of the six-game contests ends in a tie, the players will compete in two further games followed by tie-breakers if necessary.

The candidates matches are part of the monthlong World Chess Festival which includes the World Amateur Championship and climaxes February 20th with the World Blitz championship.

That event, which limits each player’s thinking time to five minutes per game, will feature Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov, the second-ranked player in the world.

Both Soviets are coming to Saint John, a city of 125,000 located on Canada’s eastern seaboard, specifically for the event.

It will be the 24-year-old champion’s first visit to North America.

The third round of the candidates matches is scheduled for Wednesday.

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