Karpov and Timman Guests of Honor at Groningen Chess Festival

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 12/2/13, 2:42 AM.

In the last week of the year, Anatoly Karpov and Jan Timman will be playing a four-game match alongside the Groningen Chess Festival. The match between Karpov and Timman, which is held twenty years after their historic world title match, will be held in the Groninger Museum.

The 51st edition of the Groningen Chess Festival will be held 21st-30th December and will see a record number of grandmasters as well as amateur players from the Netherlands and abroad. Guests of honor are Anatoly Karpov and Jan Timman, who will play a four-game match 26th-29th December in the Groninger Museum. The games will be transmitted live on the internet and in the museum Hans Böhm will give commentary.

The match will see some side events, such as a review by both players of their historic 1993 world title match (on December 28th in Hampshire Plaza), workshops for young talents and simuls. The match was made possible by the Northern Netherland-Russia Foundation and is held with the Netherlands-Russia Year coming to an end. With the Groninger Museum as the location, we definitely see a continuning trend of chess events being held in museums.

The Groninger Museum | Photo Wikipedia

The festival itself will be held in the Sports Center of the Rijksuniversiteit and Hanzehogeschool. Sixteen GMs have already entered the open tournament, including 24-year-old Maxim Rodshtein. With a rating of 2664 he tops the list, and having won the Univé Open in Hoogeveen in October he's definitely the man to beat this year. His rivals include Evgeny Romanov (2654) of Russian and Dutch GM Erwin L’Ami (2645), as well as the winners of last year: Zaven Andriasian (2621, Armenia), Alexander Kovchan (2562, Ukraine) and Sipke Ernst (2573, Netherlands).

One of the many side events is the University of Groningen Chess Challenge. This is another four-game match between Jan Werle (GM, 2510) and Nick Maatman (Dutch U20 Champion, 2227). And of course there are different rating groups for amateur players, 5-round events, a Grand Prix youth tournament, a school championship and much more.

More info (in Dutch) can be found on the official website.

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  • 3 years ago


    Karpov would win definitely but it would be tough battle

  • 3 years ago


    "The match will see some side events, such as a review by both players of their historic 1993 world title match..."

    How can this be when Kasparov was world champion is 1993?

  • 3 years ago


    Definitely, Karpov is still the favorite. Unless, Jan Timman sparks,then he will be able to win the match.

  • 3 years ago


    Anatoly Karpov is my favorite chess player

  • 3 years ago



    Not sad at all to see these guys still passionate about their life's work and willing to continue to be ambassadors for the game.

    As for Karpov "probably losing his pension", you haven't a clue what you're talking about.. and THAT'S what's really sad here: opinions based on clueless and incorrect assumptions. Try again.

  • 3 years ago


    Now I know,Karpov is a poor old man.Surprised

  • 3 years ago


    The oldest veteran can play good chess! Lets go!!

  • 3 years ago


    Anatoly Karpov is my favorite chess player

  • 3 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    i've read that karpov's worth or "investments" was/(is?) estimated about 2 billion dollars so i wouldn't feel too sorry about his pension!  the case of schlecter who drew lasker in a WC match, that's one of the sorriest cases i've heard in top level chess (regarding his death).

  • 3 years ago


    @ChocolateTeapot: I guess it wasn't such a good idea to "insult" a former world chess champion in a chess website :P

  • 3 years ago


    Karpov vs. Timman will likely be more dynamic and exciting than Carlsen vs. Anand.  

    It's always amusing to see patzers disrespecting world class players.  Perhaps one day we'll see GMs playing a "chocolate teapot" opening variation on a regular basis Tongue Out

  • 3 years ago


    I look forward to seeing Timman playing. One of my heroes!

  • 3 years ago


    How is this sad?? Its great to see them!

  • 3 years ago


    Chocolate Teapot, Karpov and Timman are going to be Guests of Honor.  Chess has to be grateful to them and not the other way around.  We should learn to show respect to the greats of the game.  Any game.  You don't expect Garry Sobers to come and hit a centure now do you.  But you still call him Sir Garfielf Sobers and show your respect. 

  • 3 years ago


    ChocolateTeapot, Karpov this year reached the final of a rapid tournament after winning the first stage (including outplaying over 2700 players like Ivanchuk and Bacrot), so if Karpov is way past his prime and still playing at that level then he is an absolute genius. Last year he won the same tournament after beating Ivanchuk in the final.

    If Karpov wanted to make money he wouldnt be doing this, only one of his WCh matches against Kasparov had a prize fond of over 5mil$, much more than this years Anand Carlsen, so it is not about the money. Timman still plays in Wijk aan See every year (B group) and its not like he is getting rich from that. It's all about the passion for the game! Such unfair and silly comments are not deserved by true champions like Karpov and Timman! You are right, who are you to judge?!

  • 3 years ago


    It is kind of sad to see these guys still around, when they are clearly a long way past their prime. But they probably need the money, so who am I to judge? Not many GMs can earn enough to retire on, and Karpov probably lost his pension when the USSR collapsed. He was quite the party member, back in the day.

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