Cuba breaks Guinness chess record

5/1/2004 – Former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov was among the 13,000 people that Cuban officials claimed had succeeded in surpassing the current Guinness World Record of 11,320 players -- set in Havana in December 2002. Castro was not present this time around, but Elian Gonzales, the 10-year-old Miami refugee, was. CNN reports...

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Karpov launched the endeavor in this central city's Revolution Plaza on Thursday, working his way down long lines of tables to make the first move at several chess boards. Participants stared in awe at the Russian chess legend, who eventually switched to signing autographs.

Cuban chess hounds eye record
CNN reports that "Karpov launched the endeavor in this central city's Revolution Plaza on Thursday, working his way down long lines of tables to make the first move at several chess boards." The picture suggests he was playing a simul, as were other GMs. CNN also mentions that Elian Gonzalez, the 10-year-old boy made famous after a high-charged custody battle between his Cuban family and relatives in Miami, was present.

Cuba bate su récord de partidas simultáneas de ajedrez
A CNN report for our Spanish visitors

Cuba aims for chess record
BBC report from December 2002 on the previous Cuban world record

 


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