Most strong players would prefer White's chances, because White has a defined weakness to attack, but a few, including World Champion Gary Kasparov and many-time Candidate Vivtor Korchnoi
have demonstrated Black's resources in such positions.
Some of the world's greats, like Korchnoi
, Smyslov and Botvinnik all played well, deep into their senior years.
The convention center hosted the 1978 World Chess Championship series between Russian grandmasters Anatoly Karpov and Victor Korchnoi
The notes detail matches between Fischer and Viktor Korchnoi
, David Bronstein, Vasily Smyslov, Predrag Ostojic, Vlastimil Hort, Samuel Reshevsky and Tigran Pertosyan.
Other Birthdays: Entertainer DavidEssex, 55; cricketer Graham Gooch, 49; American actor Woody Harrelson, 41; Russian chess champion Viktor Korchnoi
, 71; American secretary Monica Lewinsky, 29; American actor Michael Richards, 54.
Among the Malacanang extravaganzas the coconut levy funded were the Miss Universe contest, the world chess championship between Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi
, and the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier Thrilla in Manila.
At the very highest level, grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi
was, and still is, a formidable player in his 80s capable of competing with the best.