In the Philippines, the second game in the World Chess Championships ended on Thursday (20 July) in another draw between the two Soviet contenders.
In the Philippines, the second game in the World Chess Championships ended on Thursday (20 July) in another draw between the two Soviet contenders. Champion Anatoly karpov offered the draw after playing his 29th move and Soviet defector Viktor korchnoi immediately accepted. The 350,000 Dollar (192,300 Pounds) prize goes to the first player winning six games.
SYNOPSIS: Karpov and korchnoi had their first game at a convention centre in the mountain resort of Baguio (156 miles 250 kilometres) north of Manila. International chess officials after weeks of political bickering, were delighted to have championship underway for the first time in six years. The fist match, which experts said was colourless, was played with a borrowed chess set. Both players for once agreed and said the chess sets supplied by the organisers were too light. Another set, arrived 15 minutes before the start and was quickly approved by the two rivals. The two hour game was uninteresting and a disappointment to many chess fans. It was a cautious contest and many thought the two players were just working out their early nervousness.
Fewer than 100 onlookers sat though the match, but one of them, was Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, himself an enthusiastic player. Grandmaster Korchnoi, who was one of the Soviet Union's star players, has lived in Switzerland since his defection tow years ago. The Soviet News Agency Tass reported the opening match referring to him only as 'the challenger".
The two players' styles differ sharply. Karpov is a master of defence while Korchnoi is the supreme attacker and experts think the championships could last some months.