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Teen Among Those Tied For Lead In Chess Tournament

April 1, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ A 16-year-old boy was among more than a dozen players who tied for the lead of the New York International Chess Tournament after the second round.

Alexander Fishbein, a high school senior from the New York City borough of Queens, scored his second upset in two days on Sunday by defeating the world’s highest-ranked woman player, 15-year-old Zsuzsa Polgar of Hungary.

Fishbein, a chessmaster, is the only player in the tie who does not yet have an international ranking. In Saturday’s first round he defeated Grandmaster Robert Byrne, chess columnist for The New York Times.

They are among 136 players representing 15 countries vying for the $18,000 first prize and overall $50,000 purse in the event. Nineteen grandmasters and 30 international masters are among the contestants.

Also in first place, with 2 points, are Grandmasters Ljubomir Ljubojevic of Yugoslavia; U.S. champion Lev Alburt of Manhattan; Andras Adorjan of Hungary; Sergey Kudrin of Stamford, Conn.; and Andy Soltis of Manhattan.

International masters tied for the lead include Nick deFirmian of Oakland, Calif.; Eugene Meyer of Woodstock, N.Y., Joel Benjamin of Brooklyn; Victor Frias of Chile; Vincent McCambridge of Los Angeles; Harry Schussler of Sweden; and Milan Ilijc of Yugoslavia. Paul Whitehead of San Francisco, who does not yet hold the international master title, also has two points.

The leaders may be joined by as many as three more players if there is a definitive result in adjourned games that were to be completed before today’s third round.

Players earn one point for each win, one-half point for each draw and no points for a loss. Each round, players with the same number of points are paired against each other. The player with the most points at the end of the nine-round event wins. The tournament continues each day through April 7.

Miss Polgar, who has drawn a lot of spectator attention during her first visit to the United States, lost her first game of the event to Fishbein after 41 moves.

″She resigned when she saw she would be checkmated in two moves,″ Fishbein said. ″Polgar had a better position out of the opening but made several slight errors. It was a very complicated game.″