Closing Gambit


Forty years ago, on July 18th 1978, Victor Korchnoi sat opposite his hated rival, world champion Anatoly Karpov, and slowly pushed his c-pawn forward by two squares. It was a quiet opening move to start the most controversial world championship match in chess history. Spassky versus Fischer in 1972 was simply the entrée for what became the staple diet of Soviet loyalist Anatoly Karpov defending the Motherland’s honour against defectors and dissidents in the guises of Korchnoi and Kasparov.

If the claim that the 1978 World Championship was more controversial than the 1972 were true, I can’t wait to watch this movie. After all, the championship was staged in the Philippines.

Watch the trailer here.


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