Karpov-Kasparov: Match start in Valencia today

by ChessBase
9/22/2009 – Exactly 25 years after their first encounter – the World Championship match in Moscow – the perennial opponents Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov are playing a twelve-game rapid and blitz match in the Spanish city of Valencia. The rounds start on Tuesday at 19:00h CEST (21:00h Moscow, 1 p.m. NY), with two days of rapid games and one for blitz. Watch it on Playchess.

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Karpov vs Kasparov Rapid Chess & Blitz Match

The twelve-game match commemorates the 25th anniversary of the first Karpov vs Kasparov World Championship match in 1984-85, played in the Hall of Columns of the Trade Union House in Moscow. There will be twelve games, four in rapid chess, to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday, plus eight blitz games on Thursday. Each round starts at 19:00h CEST (= 21:00h Moscow, 18:00h London, 1 p.m. NY). Live coverage is planned on the official web site and on the Playchess server.

Karpov and Kasparov in their 1984 match (which was abandoned after 48 games)

Kasparov and Karpov exactly 25 years later, after their arrival in Valencia

Press conference with Sulaiman Al-Fahim, Anatoly Karpov, Antonio Lys, Garry Kasparov and Jose Antonio Garzon. Dr. Al-Fahim is the former CEO of the Hydra Properties real estate development company in Abu Dhabi, and also the owner and chairman of British Premier League football club Portsmouth.

The match arbiter Geurt Gijssen

Karpov drew white for the first game, Kasparov black

The playing venu: Centro Cultural Bancaja in Valencia

Garry Kasparov feeling at home in Valencia, Spain

Kasparov's wife Daria – the two have a daughter named Aida

Kasparov's mother Clara, who has accompanied her son throughout his chess career

Simultaneous exhibition on the day before the match: Kasparov won 20-0

Anatoly Karpov during his simultaneous display

The Center for Science and the Arts in Valencia

A futuristic city that is bills itself as the Cradle of Modern Chess

Photos by Nadja Woisin for ChessBase

Video report by Europe Echecs


The games will be broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download the free PGN reader ChessBase Light, which gives you immediate access. You can also use the program to read, replay and analyse PGN games. New and enhanced: CB Light 2009!

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30.08.2009 – They played each other in five big World Championship matches, most famously in 1984, when their first encounter was abandoned after 48 games without a final decision. Now to mark the 25th anniversary Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov will play a 12-game match – four rapid and eight blitz games – from 21 to 24 September, 2009, in Valencia, Spain. Details and statistics.

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