21 to 24 September, 2009, in Valencia
Karpov and Kasparov
foto from the official news of FACV
The news has been around for a while, but today is officially confirmed by Chessdom.com. Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov will play a 12 games match from 21 to 24 September, 2009, in Valencia. It will consist of 4 rapid (or semi rapid) and 8 blitz games and will take place exactly 25 years after the mythical encounter between the two players.
The match between Kasparov and Karpov is in honor of the Queen as a chess piece, which emerged from the region of Valencia in the XV century, thus putting the beginning of the modern chess rules.
The organizer of the match will be Don Basilio Lopez, who has received the full support of the Chess Federation of Valencia.
The organization of the match Kasparov – Karpov
Karpov, who is currently playing in San Sebastian Chess 2009 has been in Valencia many times, playing various simuls in Manises and the Palace of Music. Karpov is also an ambassador of the “Fundación Valencia Cuna del Ajedrez Moderno”, which is involved in the organization of the match. Kasparov, who will be coming from the Schachgesellschaft Zürich 200th anniversary, has been there only once in 1986 when he played a simul in Alcoy (a city near Valencia).
According to the organizers from Valencia, the negotiations for the match have been very long. Two more European cities (London and Vienna) and several Latin American ones wanted to host the event. Finally, after a month of debates, the match will take place in the Mediterranean Spanish city.
One of the reasons behind accepting to play the match in Spain was that it was the country where they played the 4th match for the World Championship title in 1987. The last game of that match was something that the chess world dreams until today – it was televised by TVE (Spanish national TV) and was followed live by 13 million people.