Clash of the Brains in the Plains

9/13/2004 – That is how it is billed in a National Public Radio interview: two former world chess champions, Anatoly Karpov and Susan Polgar battle it out in the first inter-gender chess summit, to be held next weekend in Lindsborg, Kansas. Playchess.com will be covering the games live. Here are all the details...

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The Clash of the Titans begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 18, 2004 in Lindsborg, Kansas with a chess parade. The six-game "Battle of two World Champions" will be held at the Bethany College Theater from September 18-19, with two Rapid chess games (25 + 5), two Blitz games (5 minutes) and two Fischer Random Chess games at the time control of 15 minutes for all moves. The games will be transmitted live on Playchess.com, together with interviews with the two participants.

(NEW YORK, NY; LINDSBORG, KANSAS) The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is pleased to announce a six-game Clash of The Titans Chess Battle between 7-time World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov and 4-time Women’s World Champion Susan Polgar.

The legendary World Chess Champions will compete in the most exciting triple challenge of Rapid Chess, Blitz Chess and Fischer Random Chess. This historic colossal battle and unique match will mark the first ever official chess match between a Men’s World Chess Champion and a Women’s World Chess Champion. Anatoly Karpov and Susan Polgar have long been true ambassadors to chess. This time, their mammoth battle is designed to help promote chess in the United States.

World Champion Susan Polgar (right), a three-time Olympic Champion and six-time Olympic medalist will also lead the US Women’s Olympiad team in the upcoming 2004 Chess Olympiad in Mallorca, Spain in October 2004. The US Women’s Olympiad team will attempt to bring home the first ever Women’s Olympiad medal for the United States. World Champion Anatoly Karpov will be participating in the 57th Super Russian Championship in Moscow in November 2004. The Russian Championship is the strongest and most prestigious national championship in the world.

On Saturday, September 18, 2004, the Clash of the Titans Opening Ceremony will start with a Chess Parade. It will be held in downtown Lindsborg, Kansas from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. The King and Queen Parade headed by World Champions Anatoly Karpov and Susan Polgar will lead a group of top chess grandmasters and scholastic chess teams. These teams will participate in the Champion’s Cup Scholastic Tournament followed by exciting strategic chess exploration. The official media press conference will be held immediately after the Parade.

The Battle of two World Champions will be held at the Bethany College Theater on September 18-19 in 6 exciting matches with 2 Rapid games at the time control of 25 minutes with 5 seconds delay, 2 Blitz games at the time control of 5 minutes and 2 Fischer Random Chess games at the time control of 15 minutes.

The players originally agreed to include 2 Advanced Chess games as part of their 6-game match. However, due to the current situation of Bobby Fischer, both World Champions agreed to change the format to include 2 Fischer Random Chess games instead. This is to show support and respect to their fellow World Champion Bobby Fischer for what he has accomplished over the chess board.

The United States Chess Federation (USCF) has officially sanctioned the match. The Karpov - Polgar match is supported by the State of Kansas and the city of Lindsborg.

 

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