17 June 2016

'When We Were Kings' (*)

Yesterday's post, Korchnoi's Complaints, featured some of the bizarre events surrounding the 1978 Karpov - Korchnoi title match. Today's post features contemporary AP news footage from the same event.

Karpov vs Korchnoi (14:02) • 'The 1978 World Chess Championship'

The match principals are all there, as are visual reminders of the many stories that percolate through various historical accounts of the match. There is some confusion about the match score -- (10:40) 'Korchnoi seemed safe when he went into a 4-1 lead' -- and the clip ends with the match unfinished. The last story is about Karpov's official car crashing into a pine tree one night, but 'Karpov wasn't in the car'.

Last words: 'Chess may be a game that even young children can excel at, but when you're playing for the world title, it's quite clearly a man's game. Baguio has proved it.'

(*) When we were Kings Index: 'A series of posts dedicated to chess in the 1970s' from the Streatham & Brixton blog.

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