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Baguio

Philippine city that hosted the 1978 World Championship match between Karpov and Korchnoi.  No flags were present because Korchnoi had defected from the Soviet Union and was “stateless” and had no flag to represent.  The national anthem for both players was supposed to be played.  The orchestra did not know the Soviet national anthem and played something else.  Since Korchnoi did not represent any country, the orchestra played Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  On the morning of the match, it was discovered there was not a single “Staunton” design chess set in the city.  Someone drove 150 miles to Manila to buy a Staunton chess set for the world chess championship.  It arrived 15 minutes before the scheduled first game.

The Baguio variation in the Ruy Lopez is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Bc5 10.Nbd2 O-O 11.Bc2 Bf5.  It was played three times in the Karpov-Korchnoi, Baguio match in 1978.

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