At the World Chess Championships in the Philippines, challenger Viktor Korchnoi has drawn level with Anatoly Karpov after winning the 31st game in the series.
At the World Chess Championships in the Philippines, challenger Viktor Korchnoi has drawn level with Anatoly Karpov after winning the 31st game in the series. Now the players have taken five games each - and only one more win in needed to decide the championship.
SYNOPSIS: Twenty-seven-year-old Karpov arrived for the game one-up in the series, but he had the psychological disadvantage of slipping from five-two--a solid lead- to five-four.
Korchnoi, on the other hand, was displaying a new-found confidence 13-week series. The Soviet defector, 20 years older than his opponent, was expected to be the first to show signs of fatigue as the marathon continued. But he continued the momentum he has built up over the past few games at the Baguio City convention centre.
Korchnoi announced beforehand that he would play for a victory, and deliberately chose on opening that involved long-term manoeuvres. The first fifteen moves in the game followed conventional chess theory. But then Karpov initiated an exchange of queens, and after the opening experts considered the challenger had a slight advantage. Korchnoi took his time over moves, but Karpov often moved quickly.
Korchnoi made the breakthrough on the 41st move with an advance which led to the exchange of several pieces and at the end of the first day, he was clear favourite.