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    In the protracted world chess championships, challenger Viktor Korchnoi on Sunday (10 September) achieved what experts called a 'miraculous' draw in the twenti???

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    SV PAN Karpov walks onto stage, takes place at board.

    SV PAN Viktor Korchnoi onto stage, seats himself at board and play begins.

    SV Display chess board PAN TO two men playing and Korchnoi leaves table

    SV Bearded man Stephen Dwyer escorted from hall.

    CU Match organiser Florencio Campomanes making statement

    CAMPOMANES: 'After protracted consultations with local and foreign chess officials, and in keeping with the dignity of the World Chess Championship match, we have decided to disallow entrance into the Karpov-Korchnoi games by persons of known criminal record who could, in any way, alter the cordial atmosphere brought about by the agreement between the representatives of both players.

    'We regret that Mr Korchnoi had the misfortune to choose such persons with records. We therefore offer to provide him with persons of equal, if not better, capabilities to put his mind at ease, and to strengthen his will to win even if we have to secure them from abroad.

    Mr Dwyer, an American-born schoolteacher, was convicted last May of stabbing and wounding an Indian diplomat in a Manila street, and was sentenced to sixteen years in prison. He was on bail pending an appeal. He had been conducting late night relaxation and meditation exercises with Mr Korchnoi. Mr Dwyer had attended earlier games in the saffron robes and turban of the Indian-based religious sect, Ananda Marga.

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    Background: In the protracted world chess championships, challenger Viktor Korchnoi on Sunday (10 September) achieved what experts called a 'miraculous' draw in the twenti??? game. Poor play had left Korchnoi with his pieces paralysed, but champion Anatoly Karpov sealed on overnight move that was considered a mistake, and the draw resulted. Korchnoi suffered a psychological setback when his new 'spiritual guide', Stephen Michael Dwyer was barred from the playing hall.

    SYNOPSIS: Karpov enters to begin the twentieth game on Saturday (9 September). He was in a strong position, leading five games to one. Korchnoi arrived knowing he was in a tight spot, trailing by one game to five, and with the champion needing only two more wins to retain his title. The game immediately settled into a Caro Kann defence in which white, which Karnov was playing, is considered to invite black to a draw. But Korchnoi threw this off balance by choosing the somewhat rare move of allowing his opponent to give him doubled pawns.

    While both men played fairly quickly, Karpov took longer over the first fifteen moves, suggesting that Korchnoi's variation had slowed him. By the fortieth move, Korchnoi had put himself under time pressure. But Karpov's sealed move, the forty-second, was considered a blunder that allowed the draw.

    Korchnoi's adviser, Stephen Dwyer, was led away under an order excluding people with criminal records. Match organiser Florencio Campomanes explained.

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