INTRODUCTION: Soviet exile Victor Korchnoi has decided to go head with his challenge for fellow countryman Anatoly Karpov's world chess title.
SV INTERIOR Victor Korchnoi walking round hall playing chess with 40 competitors.
SV Korchnoi shaking hands with young children as he makes moves on their boards, crosses hall and continues on opposite side.
CU Korchnoi pondering over move and playing.
SV Competitors from Penang and Tokyo at play PAN TO other competitors.
CUs Competitors during play. (2 SHOTS)
CU Chessboard and ZOOM OUT FROM players from Hyderabad and Beijing.
Victor Korchnoi has fought a series of non-sporting battles as complex as anything he's faced on the chess board. One of them involved the legal proceedings he brought against the International Chess Federation and Anatoly Karpov, attempting to get the 1978 controversial world title match annulled. He has also been trying to counter what he says is an organised boycott of him by the Soviet Chess Federation.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Soviet exile Victor Korchnoi has decided to go head with his challenge for fellow countryman Anatoly Karpov's world chess title. Korchnoi said he had withdrawn his decision not to play Karpov unless his wife and son were allowed to leave the Soviet Union and join him in exile. This decision, he said, was made in the heat of the moment after winning the challenge championship. Korchnoi, aged 49, defected from the Soviet Union in 1976, and was granted political asylum by Switzerland.
SYNOPSIS: Victor Korchnoi was in Hong Kong's City Hall on Monday (23 February) for a special exhibition match against 40 local players. But the famous chess master didn't win them all, losing one game and drawing two. He told reporters the next day, that if Karpov didn't play him, Karpov would retain the title for the lack of a challenge. That, he said, would be too good for the Soviet Union. We thought the match would be played in July or August.
He would play Karpov in Reykjavik, Milan or Las Palmas, with both players stating their preferences within the next three weeks. The International Chess Federation would then decide on the venue.
The third Asian Cities Chess Tournament started that day in Hong Kong and 28 cities were taking part. The defending champion, Canton, looked set to overcome all-comers by putting out 1979 holder Singapore in the first round. But it wasn't the only team to make a clean sweep of the first four games. Shanghai, Surabaya, Madras and Sydney gathered similar scores against Pataya, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur annd Shizouka.