The first game in the long-awaited World Chess Championship between the Soviet world champion, Anatoly Karpov, and Soviet defector Viktor Korchnoi has ended in a draw.
The first game in the long-awaited World Chess Championship between the Soviet world champion, Anatoly Karpov, and Soviet defector Viktor Korchnoi has ended in a draw. The Championship, being played in Baguio in the Philippine, got underway on Tuesday (18 July) after several days of ceremony and a crossfire of argument and accusations.
SYNOPSIS:The championship, the first since 1972, is being held under the auspices of Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, himself a keen chess fan. He arranged an elaborate welcome for the players, and for members of the International Chess Federation.
On Sunday (16 July) Karpov was honoured with a parade and troop review at the Philippine Military Academy at Baguio as part of the build-up to the event. It was the champion's day to mingle with military and chess officials promoting the game of which he is number one. Bit tension between the two top players is so high, the refuse to speak to each other. Korchnoi, the defector, is concerned about his family still in the Soviet Union.
At the Baguio Country Club, he spoke to BBC reporter Bob Friend.