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Old July 16th 03, 12:35 AM
Louis Blair
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Default 200 Words by Lev Khariton - “My ChessPredecessors”

LEV KHARITON wrote (Tue, 15 Jul 2003 19:59:41 +0200):

The real stunner, however, is that Kasparov believes that
Fischer avoided the match with Karpov intentionally, or that
he would have definitely played with Korchnoi or Spassky.
This view was shared in the 70s only by the brain-washed,
law-abiding Soviet citizens and some anti-Fischer Americans

Some quotes from the 1970s:

"Fischer refused to negotiate or compromise and his
stubbornness is what killed the match - nothing or nobody
else." - GM Evans (1975)

"Karpov deserves to be world champion" - GM Evans (1975)

"Robert Fischer ... retired from competitive chess.
... In the summer of 1974 a dispute arose between
Bobby and FIDE. ... Bobby insisted that his
conditions were 'not negotiable,' remaining adamant
to all pleas to change his mind. Although Euwe gave
him every chance to be conciliatory, Bobby could
not be shaken. Accordingly the title was awarded
to Karpov ... Bobby's ... conditions for the match
with Karpov seem motivated more by inner fantasies
than anything else. ... Karpov has already shown
himself to be a worthy titleholder." - Reuben Fine (1976)

"Bobby Fischer had sent in a number of demands ... Some
of these were conceded ... But two demands were rejected.
... Numerous telegrams had been sent to the Congress by
Fischer via his spokesman, Fred Cramer. The last one said
that, in the light of FIDE's decisions, he was resigning his
FIDE world-championship title. ... Another attempt was
made to bring the FIDE and Fischer into complete accord,
when Colonel Edmondson (U.S. Chess Federation) asked
for the summoning of an extraordinary meeting of the FIDE
Congress. There being a sufficient number of countries in
agreement, it duly assembled at Bergen-aan-Zee in the
Netherlands from 18 to 20 March, 1975. It was an
extraordinary congress in every sense of the word, and
eventually, after much heated discussion, one of Fischer's
demands was conceded: the match was to have a limitless
number of games. But Fischer's other demand - that a
draw be declared when the situation reached nine to nine
- was rejected by a majority of three. Fischer's words on
hearing this were, 'It's all over then.' No match took place.
Fischer ignored the request to say by 2 April whether or not
he would play, and Karpov became the new world champion"
- Golombek (1976)

LEV KHARITON wrote (Tue, 15 Jul 2003 19:59:41 +0200):

The real truth is that the Soviet Chess Federation was doing
everything to break off the match between Fischer and Karpov,
and finally the Soviets succeeded. In 1975 Kasparov was only
12 years old and may be he was too young to understand what
was happening.

According to the Oxford Companion, Karpov was born in 1951.

LEV KHARITON wrote (Tue, 15 Jul 2003 19:59:41 +0200):

However, today it has been universally acknowledged that
Fischer was stonewalled by the Soviet and world chess
community with the criminal non-interference of the US
Chess Federation. Suffice it to read, among other documents,
the book “Russians vs. Fischer” published in English in
Moscow a few years ago.

Can Lev Khariton identify something specific in this book
that pertains to what happened in 1974 and 1975?