The Philippine organisers of the World Chess Championships, due to start on July 17, say the safety of the participants will be the total responsibility of the Philippine Chess Federation and the government.
SV Viktor Korchnoi greeted by Philippine chess officials at manila Airport (2 shots)
CU Welcome sign
SV Anatoly Karpov arriving, stepping down from plane and walking into terminal (4 shots)
SV INT Korchnoi speaking to reporters
REPORTER: "Did you undertake any special preparations for this match with Karpov?"
KORCHNOI: "No special preparation, normal preparation, like I was preparing myself to Spassky, to Petrosian. Well, I don't think, think let's say Petrosian and Spassky together are let's say, more weak than Karpov."
REPORTER: "How do you rate Karpov as a player?"
KORCHNOI: "I appreciate his chess stance. I don't like his chess style, but I appreciate his stance. And especially I would like to stress that, that the last two years he, he considerably improved his stance."
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Background: The Philippine organisers of the World Chess Championships, due to start on July 17, say the safety of the participants will be the total responsibility of the Philippine Chess Federation and the government. These assurances were given after the Soviet defector, Viktor Korchnoi, said he feared he would be killed by Soviet agents if he beat the current world champion, Anatoly Karpov of the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: Korchnoi arrived in Manila on Sunday night (2 July) a few hours before the title holder. Forty-seven year-old Korchnoi, who defected two years ago while playing chess in the Netherlands, was greeted at the airport by Philippine chess officials.
A few hours late, the 27-year-old Soviet champion arrived. Karpov refused to talk to reporters who had waited through the night, and walked away to a waiting car to the surprise of this hosts. It was Korchnoi who agreed to talk to newsmen.