Ladies versus veterans
Mariánské Lázně, where seventy-two years old Goethe met his seventeen years old Ulrika, will see the legendary chess players battling against promising young female chess talents.
The legendary players of the sixty-four square board, among them names such as the former World Champion Anatoly Karpov or the best Czech chess player of the second half of 20th century, Vlastimil Hort, will compete against the young chess female players, including the World under-eighteen Vice-Champion, the Czech player, Kateřina Němcová.
Viktoria Cmilyte, Anna Ushenina and Jana Jacková will also be playing for the Team of Lasses. Old Stagers Team will consist, apart from above named Karpov and Hort, of the famous German grandmaster Wolfang Uhlmann and the Iceland grandmaster and former FIDE president, Fridrik Olafsson.
The two-round match of the four member teams will take place in the hotel Cristal Palace, in Mariánské Lázně, from 29th November to 6th December 2008.
Press conference (from left): Wolfgang Uhlmann, Kateřina Němcová, Vlastimil Hort, Anna Ushenina, Pavel Votruba, Anatoly Karpov, Jana Jacková, Fridrik Olafsson.
The games will be played daily and they will start at 16:00 CET, with the exception of the last day, when games will start at 13:00. Each game will be commented for the audience by grandmaster Marek Vokáč and by the international master Michal Konopka.
Tickets (price 40 CZK for adult, 20 CZK for children, students and pensioners) will be up for sale from 25th November in chess shop H.S.H. Computer (Václavské nám. 66, Praha 1, entrance from Mezibranská street) and at the reception of the hotel Cristal Palace (Hlavní 61, Mariánské Lázně).
Press release by Petr Boleslav
Karpov, Uhlmann, Hort and Olafsson
David Navara and Vlastimil Hort