Anatoly Karpov (world chess champion 1975-85, 1993-9) was in Gran Canaria on the evening of 20 Nov 2002, to play 18 simultaneous challengers, 9 of them via the internet. The sponsors ('Canarias en red', a Canary Island networking project), wanted a player on the Roque, hence CRB's involvement, playing from a PC in the residencia (courtesy of Juan Carlos Perez and Ana Lozano), with refereeing by Jose Carlos and ? of the La Palma Club de Ajedrez. The game lasted 19:30 - 21:30, with a 45-min pause when the server went down in Gran Canaria.
Below are the moves in standard chess notation (recorded by Jose). The coordinates of the squares run a - h left to right, and 1 - 8 from near to far, as viewed by white. Each entry gives the coordinates of the square to which a piece was moved. If unspecified, the piece is a pawn, otherwise B = bishop, K = king, N = knight, Q = queen, R = rook (castle), x = takes, O-O = castling. When the signified move could refer to more than one piece, an additional initial character indicates the column or row of origin. Karpov played white. His move 24 is checkmate. He won all 18 simultaneous games.
Karpov Benn (white) (black) 1 c4 d6 2 d4 e5 3 g3 Nf6 4 Bg2 Be7 5 Nc3 c6 6 d5 Bd7 7 Bd2 Qc7 8 Rc1 c5 9 e4 a6 10 b3 b6 11 f4 exf4 12 gxf4 Bg4 13 Bf3 fxf3 14 Dxf3 Nbd7 15 e5 Ng8 16 e6 fxe6 17 dxe6 Rd8 18 Nd5 Qa7 19 exd7 Rxd7 20 Bc3 Nf6 21 Ne2 O-O 22 Rg1 Nxd5 23 Qxd5 Kh8 24 Bxg7
Karpov visited the WHT Saturday Nov 23 with the presidents of the La Palma and Canary-island chess federations. Photos by Javier Mendez.
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2002 Nov 24 last updated 2002 Dec 25