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Kasparov – Karpov 2009 LIVE!

Kasparov wins both games, takes the lead in Valencia

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As promised, Chessdom.com will bring you minute by minute updates from the “Cuna del Ajedrez Moderno” chess meeting between Anatoly Karpov and Gary Kasparov. They will appear in reverse chronological order, the earlier news will appear lower o the page.

News will appear every 15 minutes, starting in the early hours of the 22nd of September, and continuing after a short break at 9:00 CET.

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Game 1 live / Game 2 live

Below you will find all events from day 1. To follow live the events from day 2, go to the Kasparov – Karpov day 2 LIVE page


22:00 CET

Kasparov takes yet another victory and leads the match 2-0. You can replay the game here, soon we will bring you details of the press conference and news from the playing hall.


20:15 CET

Kasparov defeats Karpov with black and takes the lead in the match! As Jason Juett pointed out, Karpov drops an exchange to 24…Nxe6 25.dxe6 Qxd2 26.Rxd2 Rxd2 27.Bxb7 Rfd8 etc. and resigns /flags immediately. Even though there were slight chances for Karpov to hold the position, the time trouble was a strong factor. 0-1 and Kasparov is ahaed.

Game 2 starts in a few minutes, you can follow it here.


18:55 CET

Game 1 starts in 5 minutes, click here to follow it.


18:45 CET

Hello chess fans, this is Jason Juett bringing you live commentary of the Kasparov-Karpov match. These are two of the greatest players in history, and in many people’s opinion arguably the two greatest. They have met contested more world championship matches than any other two players, in a remarkably close series that somehow had Kasparov emerge on top every time, though we could imagine some of the matches going either way. Kasparov seems to be the big favorite to win among most fans, and I agree that I prefer his chances, but I think it will be closer than many think. We should remember that just a few years ago Karpov won the latest match in their series, a rapid one much like this one.

Read on for full commentary and live game 1


18:00 CET

One hour before the start the clocks are set and everything is ready for the start of the match Kasparov – Karpov. As Karpov drew the white queen at the opening ceremony, he will start with white. Both players have 25 minutes plus five seconds per move.

Jason Juett is in the studio, check out the game 1 live page in a few minutes for a preview of the match.


17:10 CET

Note: due to the very high number of visitors, Chessdom has created alternative broadcast pages. They will be loading faster and it will be easier to follow the games. Bookmark them now, games start at 19:00 CET Game 1 live / Game 2 live


17:00 CET

Two hours are left to the start of the match. The conferences are in progress, with journalists present a a good participation. The area around the playing hall is relatively calm, with the regular number of tourists walking around the modern buildings of Valencia.


16:10 CET

A quick reminder, games will be commented live on Chessdom.com. Game one starts at 19:00 CET with the commentary of Jason Juett, while game two is later the same evening and can be followed here.

Jason Juett has done fantastic job commenting top tournaments in 2009. Here are some of his commented games from Dortmund and Bilbao:

Alexei Shirov – Alexander Grischuk

Magnus Carlsen – Ettiene Bacrot

Peter Leko – Arkadij Naiditsch

Vladimir Kramnik – Peter Leko


15:35 CET

Karpov has really got the psychological war going. After saying he is number 1, while Kasparov number 2 in a video interview for Valencia TV, he claimed in an interview for Levante newspaper that he is still a champion in all senses, “I am very happy with my sports carreer, I was champion 40 years ago and I am a champion now [...] The journalists from Africa chose me as the player of the century. Not Russia, not Europe, Africa!”

Interesting detail from the interview, Karpov says that the longest he has been without playing chess is two weeks.


15:00 CET

The conferences on chess will start in less than an hour (check schedule and participants below). Chessdom.com can confirm the presence of GM Yuri Averbakh, one of the Candidates for the World Championship in 1953 and USSR champion in 1954, and also very good chess historian. He will be today in Palau de Artes y Ciencias, and tomorrow will host his own conference at 16:00 CET.

Averbakh was also a major endgame study composer. He published more than 100 studies, many of which have given notable contributions to endgame theory. In 1956 he was given by FIDE the title of International Judge of Chess Compositions and in 1969 he became an International Arbiter. Averbakh is the eponym of several opening variations, perhaps most notably the Averbakh System in the King’s Indian Defence and some variations of the Modern: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 O-O 6.Bg5


14:30 CET

Yesterday at the press conference Kasparov and Karpov were very cordial to each other. They denied the information that they are not talking to each other. However, as reported by the organizers, Kasparov and Karpov will be staying in different hotels. When coming to the playing hall they will be using different cars and even different elevators, that will lead them to the game room.


14:00 CET

In rapid and blitz games the arbiter very often plays a key role. Pieces are flying, time is running, and the thought is often faster than the hand. The arbiter of Kasparov and Karpov will be Geurt Gijssen. He is considered as one of the best in this area and was the arbiter of the last Kasparov – Karpov matches.

Geurt Gijssen started with a mistake at the opening ceremony. As a result of miscomunication or desire to underline the importance of Kasparov and Karpov, he stated that the drawing of lots will be performed with two kings. At the same time the little bags contained two queens, honoring the chess piece that was first established in Valencia.

Hopefully this will be the only mistake of Geurt Gijssen during the match, and the rapid and blitz games will go without problems.


13:45 CET

Another interesting event that we will be following for you is the Baku Open 2009. Kamsky, Mamedyarov, Smirin, and Savchenko were victorious in round 1, while Guseinov was surprised by a 2071 ELO player.


13:20 CET

There are 5 hours and a half until the start of the match and virtually every radio and TV’s sports emission in Spain has reported on the match. The predictions, opinions, and details vary from media to media, but one thing is sure, the match will be one of the top events of the year. Feel free to send us your opinion at our contact form.


13:00 CET

The FIDE President Kirsan Ilymzhinov talked to Itar – Tass about the match. Cited by the Spanish ADN, he said, “There is no question that the match will attract much attention, for which the chess world has to be thankful.” Ilymzhinov also expects a battle of intellects, of personalities, but most importantly “a chess event that many people did not expect to ever happen.”


12:45 CET

If you want to view the press conference and the drawing of lots, there is a video by Europe-Echecs and GM Robert Fontaine at this link.


12:00 CET

The Kasparov and Karpov matches have great history. They have played twice in Moscow, and once in London – Leningrad, Sevilla, and New York – Lyon.

A total of 144 games were played, check out the results match by match. The balance is slightly positive for Kasparov, who achieved 19 wins, 21 losses, and 104 draws.

Karpov dominated the 1970s and early 1980s with an incredible string of tournament successes. He convincingly demonstrated that he was the strongest player in the world by defending his title twice against ex-Soviet Viktor Korchnoi, first in Baguio City in 1978 and then in Meran in 1981. His style often frustrated opponents, causing them to lash out and err. This allowed him to bring the full force of his Botvinnik-learned dry technique (both Karpov and Kasparov were students at Botvinnik’s school) against them, grinding his way to victory.

He eventually lost his title to a fiery, aggressive, tactical player who was equally convincing over the board: Garry Kasparov. The two of them fought five incredibly close world championship matches, the World Chess Championship 1984 (controversially terminated without result with Karpov leading +5 -3 =40), World Chess Championship 1985 (in which Kasparov won the title, 13–11), World Chess Championship 1986 (narrowly won by Kasparov, 12.5–11.5), World Chess Championship 1987 (drawn 12–12, Kasparov retaining the title), and World Chess Championship 1990 (again narrowly won by Kasparov, 12.5–11.5).

The possible world tour that Kasparov and Karpov mention include exactly the same countries where the matches were played. The cities might be different, as is the example of the December Kasparov – Karpov match in Paris.


11:45 CET

The rapid games of Kasparov – Karpov will be featured with live commentary on Chessdom.com. Game 1 can be followed here at 19:00 CET.


11:15 CET

Parallel to the Kasparov – Karpov match, a very strong round robin tournament is taking place in the USA. This is the SPICE Cup, featured daily on Chessdom. Today you will be able to follow live with GM commentary the games Hammer – Akobian and Wesley So – Mamedov.


10:45 CET

Yesterday Karpov was held to a draw in one of the simul games. The draw was achieved by Irene Arques, a local 23 year old girl from Alicante (a city close to Valencia) from club d’escacs d’Alaquàs. Her rating is about 2000 ELO and she has only a few official FIDE rated games in the past years. However, she is highly active in local interuniversity competitions, weekend rapid and blitz games, and other friendly matches.

As soon as we have the moves from the games of the simul they will be published.


10:15 CET

“Is the World tour Kasparov – Karpov set?” is the most frequent question that arrives to the Chessdom mail. What we know until now is that K & K are planning to play similar matches in New York, Paris, and Moscow. The only one confirmed is the match in Paris (full info here). The exact venue is not known, but according to an interview of Karpov for local TV station, the possible stage will be the Louvre.


09:45 CET

Interesting calculation was presented by the specialist in chess history José Antonio Garzón. He states, “Kasparov and Karpov have met in 144 world championship games, which is many hours over the board. But the preparation for such games requires much more time, consulting the two grandmasters they have spent 43 800 hours over the board.”

Jose Garzon will be the host of a conference today at Palau de les Artes, with discussion over the historical proof of the modern origins of chess in Valencia. He will be accompanied by Alessandro Sanvito and Govert Westerveld. “The book of games of Alfonso X El Sabio” will be presented by Dr. Ulrich Schadler. The conferences start at 16:00.


09:30 CET

During the night the Chessdom team has been following the development of news spreading over the world. All major Asian agencies have reported on the match, newspapers in South America and the USA going to have featured articles in the morning. The Italian Eurosport had a report titled “Kasparov vs Karpov 25 anni dopo”, while the list of major online editions that can be added to the coverage includes CNN, Express.be, Mirror, El Universal, etc.


09:15 CET

Good morning too all chess fans! In less than 10 hours the games Kasparov – Karpov from “Valencia Cuna del ajedrez moderno” will start at Palau de Artes. Chessdom.com will be following the events from Valencia all day long and at 19:00 CET you will be able to enjoy live games commentary.

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03:00 CET

Reminder of the Kasparov – Karpov schedule: the first rapid games will be played today at 19:00 CET. Wednesday the match will continue with two more rapid games, while on Thursday the blitz games are scheduled at the same time.


02:15 CET

Interesting new was reveled by the Spanish newspaper Las Provincias. On the way to the simul the car of Anatoly Karpov had a small accident. That caused Karpov to arrive 10 minutes late for the simul. The 8 moves win put him back on track, until the 23 years old Irene Arques held him to a draw in the final game.

Parallel to that Kasparov had a nice warm up, alternating e4 and d4 on the boards.


01:30 CET

Kasparov and Karpov played a total of 40 games late on Monday evening at Ciudad de Las Artes y Ciencias. In a little more than two hours Kasparov won all his games.

Karpov did not have problems on most of the boards, but Irene Arques, one of the best local female players, played a very nice game. At the end Karpov offered draw and both shook hands. Irene Arques shared with journalists, “In the beginning he was winning, but I managed to come back and he offered a draw.”

All details about the simul of Kasparov and Karpov are here.


01:00 CET

Talking about news updates, they are also found on major TV stations. The Russian “Vesti” had a long report on the Valencia encounter between Kasparov and Karpov, with details on history and analysis of Sergey Dolmatov.

Official video of the match can be seen here, while Karpov’s opinion of the match is on Valencian TV.


00:45 CET

Currently Kasparov and Karpov news are flooding international media. Several hours after the press conference news is flooding BBC, The Guardian, Times Online, AFP, Marca, Channel News Asia, Ria Novosti, Itar – Tass, and many more international news agencies, guaranteeing the details of the match to fly to thousand of sources.


00:30 CET

Kasparov was once again silent on his helpers for the Valencia match. He came with Clara Kasparova, but besides his training with Magnus Carlsen in Norway, not much is known. On the other hand, Karpov revealed that Bologan, Onischuk, and Riazantsev will be helping him.


00:15 CET

After the press conference the two players visited the Mayor of Valencia Rita Barbera, who assured them that it is a pleasure to host the match Kasparov – Karpov.


00:10 CET

The act of drawing of lots was symbolic and was resembling the importance of the Valencia upgrade of chess rules. The players drew their starting number from queen chess pieces, thus selecting who will start the first game with white.

Kasparov and Karpov gladly answered a few more questions, among them K and K assured the importance of internet for chess, and especially that it can be played online.


00:05 CET

The press conference of Kasparov and Karpov yesterday at Centro Cultural Bancaja started with mutual cordial remarks by both players. Both hailed the positive effect they have had on modern chess. Karpov even reached a point, where he firmly claimed that “if Kasparov returs today to the chess board he will be the best or among the best”. Kasparov reasured that the old rivalry still exists, but the hard feelings are cured as time passes.

This of course totally contradicts with the spirit they showed the weeks before the match. Kasparov and Karpov assured that they will do everything possible to achieve victory in the match (news article here), while Karpov started the psycological fight with a video interview on the Valencian TV.

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