I seem to have been added to the Gidders hit listhttp://stevegiddinschessblog.blogspot.c ... fault.html
As I was at University alongside Keene, Hartston and others, I recall the 1971 matches from personal memory and Petrosian v Korchnoi was nine draws from ten, some of them very short. I also recall that while the then top English players would Arkell their way to victory against lesser players, they were rather less willing to fight each other. The influx of players modelling their style of Fischer swept away the drawish nature of the pre Fischer Soviet School of Chess. The growth of the weekend swiss must have helped as well.
Quite why this historical observation is seen as an attack on the Times Chess Correspondent is a mystery. Previously he was content to attack my play in the last round game in Exmouth, but as demonstrated elsewhere, the loss was down to a blunder late in the game and Keith's victory was more down to him finding a way to unbalance the position than anything special in his technique.