Anand – Karpov starts in France, games and info
Anand and Karpov are in Corsica
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The World Champion, the Indian Vishy Anand, will face the ex World Champion, the Russian, Anatoly Karpov in a rapid match in France. The event will take place in two different cities. The players will start at Bastia on October 31th and later continue in Ajaccio on November 2nd.
All games will be with time control 15 minutes + 3 seconds per move. This will be yet another major rapid match for Karpov. He has matches against Kasparov in Valencia in September, and later in Paris in December. On the other hand, the rapid games will be a good practice for Anand in case of a tiebreak in the World Chess Championship 2010 match with Topalov.
Anand and Karpov simul
Anand and Karpov started with a simul at Corsica. The current World Champion and the Ex World Champion faced 32 players, chosen from the youth and open tournaments.
Karpov managed to win all his games except the one with Xavier Francois (ELO 1854), where he was held to a draw. Anand was perfect and did not allow any surprises.
You can replay some of the games of the simul, including the draw of Karpov and some wins of Anand, at the live games commentary platform, with additional computer analysis (all will be online later today).
Today are the first rapid games 15+3 of Karpov and Anand, they start at 15:00 CET and we will make everything possible to bring them to you live here.