In the continuing war of nerves which has dominated the current world chess championships in the Philippines, challenger Viktor Korchnoi threatened to walk out of the 18th game.
SV Viktor Korchnoi standing outside hotel waiting to leave for Baguio (2 shots)
SV Korchnoi packing belongings into boot of car, gets into car, which pulls away
The 18th game continued through the weekend, and Korchnoi managed to hold Karpov to a draw. Experts had said if he lost this game, his chances of a win would be virtually nil, but with a draw, he was back in the running, but still with rather a slim chance of winning the series.
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Background: In the continuing war of nerves which has dominated the current world chess championships in the Philippines, challenger Viktor Korchnoi threatened to walk out of the 18th game. He accused the champion's camp of using disruptive thought rays to upset his concentration. The adjournment which resulted from Korchnoi's accusations was the second to delay the 18th game in the series which has now been dragging on for close to seven weeks.
SYNOPSIS: The 47-year-old challenger had accused champion Anatoly Karpov's team of using a Soviet psychologist to beam disruptive hypnosis on to the stage and the audience to counter the influences, but eventually agreed to a compromise. The psychologist moved to the back of the hall, and Karpov removed his reflecting sun-glasses.
So with these assurances, Korchnoi agreed to return for a continuation of the match on Friday (1 September). The two chess giants are competing for a prize of 350,000 U.S. dollars (174,000 pounds) in an open-ended competition. The first to get six wins takes the prize. So far the champion Karpov is leading by four wins to one. The competition has been marred by accusations and counter-accusations between the two rival camps since their arrival in the Philippines. The tempestuous challenger refuses to speak to the 27-year-old champion, whom he accuses of being a supporter of the soviet system which refused to release members of his family after he defected to the West. Korchnoi is now based in Switzerland.