|Karpov-Sveshnikov Rapid Match (2015)|
Played in Riga, Latvia 7-9 July 2015.
|Jul-08-15|| ||Penguincw: Live Games: http://www.chessdom.com/sveshnikov-....|
|Jul-08-15|| ||whiteshark: Official website http://chessinlatvia.lv/
07.07.15 - 09.07.15
Six rapid games.
Time control: 25'+10''
|Jul-08-15|| ||whiteshark: Two chess legends will meet in a rapid chess match in Riga, Latvia from July 7 to July 9. 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov (Russia) will meet the renowned chess theoretician Evgeny Sveshnikov (Latvia) in a 6 game match.|
Live transmission of the games and live video commentaries by GM Alexey Shirov, GM Arturs Neiksans, WGM Dana Reizniece-Ozola and IM Nikita Meskovs will be available during the match.
Anatoly Karpov is one of the greatest players of all time. He became the World Champion in 1975 and held the title till 1985. From 1993 till 1999 Karpov was the FIDE World Champion. Karpovs rivalry with Garry Kasparov in their five World Championship matches from 1984 till 1990 is one of the most fascinating pages in the history book of the game. Karpov is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time - a great master of positional chess, whose feel for the position can only be compared to Capablanca and Carlsen.
Evgeny Sveshnikov became a Grandmaster in 1977 and is a two time Latvian Champion (2003 and 2010). He has won several international tournaments like Le Havre (1977) and Cienfuegos (1979). Sveshnikov is best known as the author of Sveshnikov Variation in the Sicilian Defence - a variation played successfully at he highest level by the worlds best players. Sveshnikov has also greatly contributed to the development on Alapin Variation of the Sicilian Defence and the Advance variation of the French Defence. He is an author of several popular opening books on these variations.
The match will be played in the center of Riga at the luxury Tal Residence appartment building. The venue is perfectly suited for the match, as explained on the projects website: "Architect Ingurds Lazdins has used chess motifs in the facade of the building: geometry of the bay windows represents chess figures of different heights, and combination of light and dark toned glass – an imaginative chessboard. Monoliths of pillars on the first floor, high and skyward “capitols”, bearing the load of the building, represent the triumphant gesture of Tal, as his hands are raised up holding the Champion’s Cup."
|Jul-08-15|| ||savagerules: Strange to see Karpov playing the Sicilian and then Sveshnikov avoids the open Sicilian with white and plays 3 Bb5. Is Sveshnikov so conceited that he thinks the Sveshnikov variation of the Sicilian is so strong that he purposely avoids playing against it by playing 3 Bb5? In any case it's nice to see old Anatoly back on the chessboard, kind of like seeing the Rolling Stones or Paul McCartney doing a live concert at their advanced age.|
|Jul-09-15|| ||Chizoad: My guess is that Sveshnikov realizes he's an underdog against Karpov and regardless of which opening he chooses he's likely to get beat. I doubt anyone would want to be trounced by their own opening just so they can saddle up to the bar for a beverage and get to hear "hey I heard Karpov crushed you with your own opening".|
|Jul-09-15|| ||saturn2: @Chizoad "hey I heard Karpov crushed you with your own opening".|
Fischer beat Taimanov in game opened by what is sometimes called the Taimanov variation.
Fischer vs Taimanov, 1971
|Jul-10-15|| ||Troller: I read some quote (from Shirov I believe) that Svesh, being more in practise, would have his chances in the beginning of the match, but that once Karpov had knocked off the rust he would demonstrate who was the better player. Very prophetic.|
Sveshnikov has been an active senior player since he turned 60. Now with the new FIDE senior distinction (senior1=50+, senior2=65+) he may turn his attention to the "geezer" category.
|Jul-13-15|| ||keypusher: <savagerules: Strange to see Karpov playing the Sicilian and then Sveshnikov avoids the open Sicilian with white and plays 3 Bb5. Is Sveshnikov so conceited that he thinks the Sveshnikov variation of the Sicilian is so strong that he purposely avoids playing against it by playing 3 Bb5? In any case it's nice to see old Anatoly back on the chessboard, kind of like seeing the Rolling Stones or Paul McCartney doing a live concert at their advanced age.>|
Sveshnikov has a low opinion of the open Sicilian for White and thinks 3.Bb5 is a better move than 3.d4.
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