LENINGRAD, Soviet Union — Challenger Anatoly Karpov, who is trailing titleholder Gary Kasparov by one point in the world chess championship, Wednesday was granted a postponement. A match official said Karpov cited respiratory problems.
The two Soviet grandmasters played 12 games in London and had been scheduled to begin the second half of the tournament in Leningrad on Wednesday.
The opening ceremonies and the 13th game were postponed until Friday, said Bob Wade, a British international master and match arbiter.
Wade said Karpov has a certificate from a match doctor citing "respiratory problems." There was no indication if Karpov's ailment was serious.