In the marathon world chess championships in the Philippines, challenger Viktor Korchnoi on Sunday (8 October) won his fourth game from champion Anatoly Karpov, to trail four games to five.
GV INTERIOR Challenger Viktor Korchnoi arrives and sits at table
GV Champion Anatoly Karpov arrives and sits at table ZOOM IN TO Korchnoi
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Karpov and Korchnoi make moves
CU Raymond Keene commenting on Korchnoi victory
SV Korchnoi answers question
REPORTER: "Would you say this was one of the more spectacular wins of Monsieur Korchnoi?"
KEENE: "Yes, of course, because it was totally unexpected. We expected the adjourned position to be a probable draw. He had some chances. And then later, Korchnoi deviated from our analysis, we expected him to keep his rook inside black's position, but he moved it away. And this was a great shock for us. But probably, he was trying to play something that Karpov hadn't analysed, and this was very successful. And Karpov missed a number of chances to draw. And then he messed it up completely; he must be feeling awful now. It must be terrible to lose when the President of your Federation comes to watch you win the match."
REPORTER: "This is Visnews, London, Mr. Korchnoi. You scored very well tonight. How did you do it?"
KORCHNOI: "With the help of my opponent."
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Background: In the marathon world chess championships in the Philippines, challenger Viktor Korchnoi on Sunday (8 October) won his fourth game from champion Anatoly Karpov, to trail four games to five. Korchnoi had beaten Karpov in successive games, a setback the champion had never before suffered in his career.
SYNOPSIS: Korchnoi enters the hall in Baguio to resume the twenty-ninth game, filled with the confidence of having taken the previous game. Playing the white pieces, Korchnoi held a slight advantage at the resumption, after a risky move that he diverted the game from what looked like a draw.
Karpov had played more than a hundred games since becoming world champion three years ago, and had lost only six. His tactic now was to play at increasing speed, hoping to disturb Korchnoi -- but he trapped himself.
The crowd, sensing anther upset, was enthralled. There were few pieces left, but Karpov's speed of play was reducing his previously reasonable chances of forcing a draw. At the seventy-ninth move, he had to resign. Korchnoi's adviser, Raymond Keene, then Korchnoi himself, described the win.