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.
GV: aircraft arrives at Baguio Airport.
SV: Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos descends aircraft steps.
CU: Anatoly Karpov with Military Commander watching display by troops.
GV: cadets march past
SV: Karpov and Commander in jeep drive off to review troops.
SV: jeep passes cadets on review (2 shots)
GV: Baguio Country Club.
SCU: Korchnoi speaking in English to BBC reporter Bob Friend.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 8: KORCHNOI: "I know their situation; the are deprived of means for existence. They do not have the opportunity to work or to study; their relations with the population is cut. The authorities treat them with anger and hate so, well, of course, I would like to join, er, a re-union with them."
FRIEND: "Could you just say something about your relationship with your opponent because it's been said that you haven't talked to each other for a long time. How do you see your relationship on a personal level?"
KORCHNOI: "Um, I would say, in the press, I put several very flippant remarks on him. As to him, he never attacked me directly, so I would not complain about out personal relationship."
FRIEND: "Do you think you will be on a talking basis or not?"
KORCHNOI: "No, of course not, but still we don't have a personal hate to each other."
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Background: 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.