Soviet article ridicules Korchnoi

MOSCOW -- Chess grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi's statement that he would use the services of the CIA the next time he challenges world champion Anatoly Karpov drew a sarcastic response Tuesday from Moscow.

Tass distributed an article that will appear in Wednesday's edition of Literary Gazette, speculating on how Korchnoi -- who last month failed to take the world title away from Karpov -- might employ the U.S. intelligence agency.


Perhaps, it said, 'CIA men dress and make themselves up as service personnel. Then one or two divert attention while the other imperceptibly removes from the board a bishop, then a rook, and then a queen. The Soviet chessplayer acknowledges his defeat.

'If this does not work, one or two queens and even two kings are planted on the board on Korchnoi's side.

'The Soviet chess player feels that he is seeing double and acknowledges his defeat.

'The chess player himself could also be abducted by the CIA's usual methods. There is also a plan for having the Soviet chess player and his seconds substituted by doubles from CIA agents. They, naturally, lose the match.'

Literary Gazette picked up on Korchnoi's comment about the CIA which it said he made during a recent interview.


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