Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is to visit Lindsborg to start the Chess for Peace campaign. This includes a series of Internet matches throughout the world, with the winners invited to Lindsborg in June 2006 for a weeklong festival.
Parade for Karpov and Susan Polgar in their 2004 "Clash of the Titans"
To honor Gorbachev Lindsborg will have a chess parade, a scholastic chess tournament and a match between former world champion Anatoly Karpov and former women's world champion Susan Polgar. There will also be a formal dinner and keynote address by Gorbachev at Bethany College.
Susan Polgar vs Anatoly Karpov in last year's Lindsborg clash
Gorbachev is Lindsborg's most prominent visitor since 1976, when King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden visited the predominantly Swedish community of just over 3,000 people.
The chess parade in Lindsborg 2004
The yearlong Chess for Peace initiative will commence on October 29, and will
be followed by a series of Internet matches between students from countries
throughout the world. The winners of these matches will be invited to participate
in the week long Chess for Peace Festival, which will be held in Lindsborg
in June 2006. Students will play chess and share their respective cultures
with other participants.