3rd and 4th December in Niš, Serbia (Karpov leading 1.5-0.5 after the first day)
Update: Anatoly Karpov wins the first game of the match by applying his trademarked squeeze. Miljkovic defended with Slav, but Karpov was able to open the position and transform the advantage of Bishops pair into better pawn structure and Rook breach to the 7th rank. White eventually won on 72nd move. The City Hall was literally packed with spectators. (Scroll down to replay the games)
Update 2: The second game of the match, in which Miljkovic led white pieces, ended in a draw on move 35. After the opening moves of the Queen’s Gambit Declined, Karpov initiated simplifications with massive exchanges on the d5-square. He was left with the isolated pawn but defended the position comfortably. The former world champion is leading by 1.5-0.5 and the third game will be played on Saturday at 15:00 local time.
Preview article: Former World Champion Anatoly Karpov continues the series of rapid events with a six-games match against IM Miroslav Miljkovic (elo 2506) on 3rd and 4th December in Niš, Serbia.
The playing venue will be in the Niš City Hall and the Mayor Miloš Simonović will make the ceremonial move. The City of Niš is sponsoring the match and Niš Chess Union is the technical organizer.
Four games will be played with the time control of 25 min+10 sec per player while the remaining two will be blitz with 5 min+2 sec per player (schedule bellow). The games will be broadcasted on the internet and TV Bell Amie will cover the match live.
IM Zeljko Djukic and Serbian 2009 women champion Sandra Djukic are commenting live for the television.
17:30 – Press conference in the City Hall
18:15 – 1st rapid game
19:40 – 2nd rapid game
15:00 – 3rd rapid game
16:30 – 4th rapid game
18:00 – 1st blitz game
18:20 – 2nd blitz game
18:40 – Closing ceremony
Niš (pronounced Nish, Roman: Naisus) is the largest city in southern Serbia and the third-largest city in the country (after Belgrade and Novi Sad). According to the data from May 2009, Niš has 253,077 inhabitants. The city covers an area of about 597 square kilometres, including the urban area, the Niška Banja spa and 68 suburbs.
It is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans, and has from ancient times been considered a gateway between the East and the West. Niš is also notable as the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman Emperor and the founder of Constantinople, as well as two other Roman emperors, Constantius III and Justin I.
In 2013 the city will host the Ecumenical Assembly of Christian Churches, in honour to 1700 years of Constantine’s Edict of Milan.