In the Philippines, last minute preparations for the World Chess Championship are under way in Baguio City, were the games will be played.
GV PAN Welcome sign along Banguio City streets
GV/SV Korchnoi's hotel and welcome sign (2 shots)
GV/SV Anatoly Karpov's hotel and welcome sign
SV INT Korchnoi receives keys of city from mayor
SV INT Karpov arrives and receives keys to city (3 shots)
GV Conference building
SV Korchnoi arrives at hall to inspect (2 shots)
SV Petra Leeuwerick and Korchnoi seated at chess table (2 shots)
GV PAN Exhibition hall
The Baguio match, due to start on July 17, will be a return bout between Korchnoi and Karpov. Meeting in the candidates match in Moscow in 1974, Karpov won by a narrow 3-2 score. Overall they have played each other 35 times with karpov winning seven games and Korchnoi six. twenty-two of the games ended in draws. In the Baguio championship, cash prizes totalling 550,000 U.S. dollars will be at stake, with the winner taking 350,000 U.S. dollars and the loser 200,000.
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Background: In the Philippines, last minute preparations for the World Chess Championship are under way in Baguio City, were the games will be played. The atmosphere in the mountain resort is tense following a claim by the Soviet defector, Viktor Korchnoi, that he would be killed by KGB agents if he beat the current Soviet world champion, Anatoly Karpov. The challenger has sought the names and the functions of the delegation accompanying Karpov. But the Soviet Union refused on Friday (7 July) to give any details, claiming that the arrival and length of stay of the Soviet delegation were not limited by match regulations.
SYNOPSIS: Although the city is awash with banners welcoming the players, the games ahead could be bitter. Korchnoi has portrayed himself as a lone exile seeking justice against what he calls a powerful machine. Hardly surprisingly, both men are staying at different hotels. Even separate welcoming ceremonies were arranged with the Mayor of Baguio City. First, Korchnoi received the city's traditional welcome key -- and then it was Karpov's turn.
The city's new Convention Centre, where the world championship will by played, is the scene of feverish activity. On Thursday (6 July), Korchnoi and the leader of his delegation, Mrs. Petra Leeuwerick of the Swiss Chess Federation, spent time inspecting the facilities. Part of Korchnoi's equipment consists of a secret ray detector to determine if radio activity or secret rays are being used to muddle his thinking. The world title goes to the first player to win six games.