INTRODUCTION: Anatoly Karpov, of the Soviet Union, has retained his world chess championship title over challenger Viktor Korchnoi of Switzerland.
GV PULL BACK Karpov standing on stage with chess board. Walks off
GV Demonstration board with adjourned position
GV Stage. Karpov walks on and waits
GV ZOOM IN TV Monitors Korchnoi notate Karpov's move
GV Korchnoi sitting at chess table as Karpov walks round waiting with judges in background
SV Grandmasters in press room play over final moves
SV Karpov sits down and plays opening move
SV ZOOM TO CU TV Monitor of game
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Anatoly Karpov, of the Soviet Union, has retained his world chess championship title over challenger Viktor Korchnoi of Switzerland. Karpov, who has been world champion since 1975, won this year's competition when Korchnoi resigned the eighteenth game in a telephone call to the organisers and failed to resume play. Karpov has become the first world champion to successfully defend his title twice, and kept his crown by an easy six-two margin in the shortest match of the International Chess Federation's history.
SYNOPSIS: Anatoly Karpov's impressive victory ever his challenger leaves him undisputed king of world chess. The man who became Soviet national champion at the age of 18, won this victory with barely a struggle. When the eighteenth game was adjourned, Karpov led five-two.
Viktor Krochnoi is Karpov's long time rival. Twenty years older than the champion, Korchnoi defected from the Soviet Union in 1976 because of alleged official Soviet preference for Karpov. He first won the right to challenge Karpov in 1978 and, in that year, narrowly lost the series played in the Philippines.
In his years as a world chess champion, Karpov has become famous for his icy coolness, his precision and his ability to intimidate his opponents.
The press room was a hive of activity as the international representatives of each of the competitors met to re-play lines and possible winning combinations. The championship went to the first competitor to win six games outright. In the Philippines, the match had lasted an exhausting 93 days but this year's championship, at Merano in Italy, was not nearly as close. And with the resignation telephone call from Korchnoi, Anatoly Karpov was left the clear victor once again.