Soviet grand chess master, Anatoly Karpov, has won the world chess championship in the Philippines.?
CU, SV & LVs Chief of Soviet chess delegation Viktor Baturinsky talking to newsmen. (6 SHOTS)
CU World chess championship logo.
SV Viktor Korchnoi walks to seat.
SV Anatoly Karpov takes his seat.
SV Timekeeper starts clock and Karpov makes move.
SV Official records move on display board.
CU Karpov at table.
SV PAN EXT Karpov enters car.
SV Korchnoi enters car and drives off.
CU Korchnoi speaking in English to reporter.
FRIEND: "The latest, and most bitter, row erupted just before the game was about to start. The Russian delegation protested to the International Chess Jury about Korchnoi's association with two young members of the Ananda Marga sect. Both are on bail, waiting for their appeal against a convocation for attempting to murder a Filipino diplomat. And they've been teaching the usually tense and volatile Korchnoi to relax with yoga lessons and meditation. Over the past few months as opposing camps held indignant press conferences, and chess officials couched their latest protest letters, it's been difficult to believe that the object of the exercise at Baguio has been to establish who is the best chess player in the world. The protest have ranged from straight-forward complaints about the seating accommodation to suggestions by Korchnoi that he's been hypnotised by a Soviet parapsychologist. When anyone dared to ask whether chess-players always behaved like this, they were tartly reminded that these were men of genius, who can afford to be eccentric. Karpov, the 27-year-old Russian, tends to remain aloof from the arguments, leaving it all in the capable hands of Mr. Baturinsky. Korchnoi has been more effusive, meeting the press at what seemed like every possibility. His enthusiasm for attacking the Soviet delegation, and Mr. Baturinsky in particular, has never waned."
FRIEND: "Do you think that Karpov beat you fairly?"
KORCHNOI: "No...no. Unfairly."
Anatoly Karpov will now receive prize money totalling U.S. $350,000. He is reported to be interested in playing against the temperamental American player, Bobby Fischer. Karpov became champion in 1975 when Fischer refused to defend his title after an argument over the proposed rules for the match.
REPORTER: BOB FIELD
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Background: Soviet grand chess master, Anatoly Karpov, has won the world chess championship in the Philippines. On Wednesday (18 October) the challenger, Viktor Korchnoi, resigned in the 32nd game, which had been adjourned the night before. At that stage, both men had five games each, after Korchnoi had made a spectacular recovery from a three-game deficit. But on Tuesday night (17 October), Korchnoi began running out of time, leaving himself only 18 minutes to make 16 moves. But the championship, described as the stormiest in chess history, remained controversial to the end. Korchnoi sent a letter to the referee, claiming that the game was not valid. Bob Friend of the BBC reports form Baguio on the 32nd game.