Garry Kasparov and Anatoli Karpov are both living legends in the world of chess. Their encounters have always been historic and, this September, “Karpov v. Kasparov” is coming live again. In Valencia.
From the 21st to the 25th, the masters will be competing at the Palau in the Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias. Kasparov retired from the competitive chess circuit years ago, but has agreed to come to Valencia for the 25th anniversary of the historic and controversial 1984 World Championship Bout between he and Karpov.
Garry Kasparov is a fascinating figure, who has recently made news for his fierce anti-Putin leadership, a stance has cost him his popularity inside of Russia. Karpov, meanwhile, is an active member of Russia’s political class. The two men apparently have bad blood, stemming from their heated encounters in the past, and don’t speak to each other. They’ll be staying in separate hotels while in Valencia.
Valencia’s bout format consists of 4 semi-rapid matches and 8 blitz matches over the course of the 5 days. Ticket sales have already begun, and interest has been strong around the entire world. Tickets start at around €60.
For this event, signs are going up which trumpet Valencia as the birthplace of modern chess. Interesting… that’s something I hadn’t heard, and while the claim may be overly bold, it appears that there is some evidence to back it up…