Karpov - Korchnoi, WCC 1978
Parapsychology , gurus and the KGB
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| By Keene, Raymond|
| ISBN 1843821311|
| Paperback 168 pages|
| Subject [Chess
] [Chess - World Championships
| Published 30 April, 2004|
| UK Price £14.95 Order from amazon.co.uk|
| US Price $26.95 Order from amazon.com|
First published in 1978. The 1978 world chess championship in the Philippines was the most riotous of modern times. Pitting the Soviet defector Korchnoi against the golden boy of the Soviet establishment - Karpov - the players were not just content to hammer each other over the chess board; they also enlisted such weird assistants as the parapsychologist Dr Vladimir Zukhar and orange-robed gurus from the Ananda Marga sect. The cast list was completed by President Marcos, his shoe-collecting First Lady Imelda and a gaggle of shady characters from the KGB. Grandmaster Ray Keene was Korchnoi's chief second during this wild chess extravaganza and this book tells the inside story of one of the most exotic chess competitions ever staged.
Raymond Keene is a British Chess Champion, and the first British Player to achieve a FIDE (World Chess Federation) Grandmaster norm. He was awarded the OBE for services to chess in 1985. He is Chess Correspondent of The Times, The Sunday Times, The Spectator, and The International Herald Tribune. He is a prolific author of chess books, several of which are classics of the genre. He has organised three World Chess Championships.