The Challenger for the World Chess Championship, Viktor Korchnoi -- who defected from the Soviet Union in 1976 -- has been visiting London to help prepare for the contest next July.
CU Viktor Korchnoi speaking to interviewer
KORCHNOI: "Er, he's 20 years younger than me. I will do my best. From any point of view it's very tempting to beat him.... personal .... or political, or financial point of view. But I repeat, I will do my best. I will try."
INTERVIEWER: "You will try, I'm sure you will. Now you did say you are 20 years older than he. And this is generally regarded as a young man's game, people reaching their peak at about 30, but you on the other hand seem to have improved with age. Now, how do you account for that?"
KORCHNOI: "Mainly because I defected from the Soviet Union and I experience new feelings now, a feeling of freedom, a lot of opportunities. It enables me to play much better than before."
INTERVIEWER: "Why, in the end, did you leave Russia?"
KORCHNOI: "Because of professional reasons. I couldn't go on with my chess career any more. And I left Russia and I'm quite satisfied with my records from that time."
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Background: The Challenger for the World Chess Championship, Viktor Korchnoi -- who defected from the Soviet Union in 1976 -- has been visiting London to help prepare for the contest next July. He won the right to Challenge Anatoly Karpov of the Soviet Union by defeating Boris Spassky, also of the Soviet Union, last January. While in London, the 46 year old Grandmaster spoke to John Stapleton on the BBC's programme, `Nationwide', about his prospects against Karpov.