Ah good a nibble.....and another succesful thread hijack.
Name one these 'chess historians' who agree with me.
I have formed this opinion on my own. It's not something I have read
out of book or a forum post. It's mine. I have copyright on it.
My humble opinion is based soley on chess ability and what happened in
1978 in the Korchnoi match.
Kaprov was not quite Karpov in '75 and the off board antics of Korchnoi
in '78 pulled a 5-2 lead to 5-5 within 4 games.
I think the pressure of facing Fischer in '75, who was the Chess Champion
of the World, please do not forget how great a chess player he was,
plus Fischer's 'gamemanship' would have wore Karpov down.
In '78 Karpov would have come through the qualifers again but this time wiser
and stronger. Fischer though still capable of producing a couple of brilliant
games in the 1992 match. I think would havbe lost in '78.
(One of Fischer's 1992 games , bar some political voting by one of the judges who
awarded it nil points whilst four others judges gave it top marks, should have
been voted best game of the year. Not bad for someone 20 years out of the game.)
Fischer was certainly preparing to face Karpov, he sent a message to
Craig Pritchett a day after his game v Kaprov in the 74 Olympiad
showing him a missed win.
(Fischer was following every Karpov game, hardly the actions of someone not intending to play.)
We shall never know.
But iunbiased specualtion (I'm a huge Karpov fan) is all we are left with.
No mention of FIDE demans or analysis by amatuer armchair psychiatrists
as to why the match never took place.
What may have happend if it did take place, simply based on Chess.
Here is the Karpov - Pritchett game, see if you can spot what Fischer saw.
(And don't plug it into a box - there were no boxes in 1974.)