Spassky Doesn't Know About His Match Against Korchnoi

Время публикации: 21.03.2014 20:43 | Последнее обновление: 21.03.2014 20:43

We reported about the scheduled friendly match between Viktor Korchnoi and Boris Spassky over two weeks ago. It was planned to be held from March 27 in Leipzig, Germany. Let us emphesize, we got the mentioned information from Korchnoi himself.

Now it turned out Spassky haven't heard of the event. He wrote an open letter to RCF president Andrey Filatov stating it: 

"I, Boris Spassky, herewith state that the information published on RCF website on March 20th, 2014 - "Boris Spassky and Viktor Korchnoi will again meet at the board" - is unexpected and unfounded.

I have never negotiated about where, when or under what conditions would be held the match against Viktor Korchnoi; I haven't ever given my agreement on playing such a match to anyone."

The letter has been published on RCF website.


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