Chess for Peace – with Karpov, Polgar and Gorbachev

10/26/2005 – What do the three have in common? Well, the former Soviet president is Anatoly Karpov's old friend, and he will be visiting the Karpov Chess School in Lindsborg, Kansas, to help launch a worldwide campaign of promoting peace through chess. He will also attend a match between Karpov and Susan Polgar. Stand by for a chess weekend in Kansas.

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Chess for Peace

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.

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