Karpov Battles Seirawan In Saint Louis

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/24/12, 1:52 PM.

Karpov Battles Seirawan in Saint Louis

PRESS RELEASE - SAINT LOUIS, May 24, 2012 - The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is proud to host former World Champion GM Anatoly Karpov in a special match against four-time U.S. Champion GM Yasser Seirawan.

The two will face off June 9-13 in a unique competition that will test their classical chess skills along with their abilities at both blitz and rapid play.

Tourney Format

  • Two Classical Games: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of a 30-second increment per move starting from move one
  • Each Classical game is worth three points.

Two Rapid Games: 25 minutes plus a five-second increment

  • Each Rapid game is worth two points.

Ten Blitz Games: Five minutes plus a two-second increment

  • Each Blitz game is worth one point.

Prize Fund

  • 1st Place: $10,000
  • 2nd Place: $7,000
Anatoly Karpov Yasser Seirawan
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The opening ceremony for the event will take place on June 9 at 6 p.m. Central and will feature a special book signing event for fans and spectators. Play begins on June 10 at 1 p.m. Central with the first round of classical chess. Visit www.saintlouischessclub.org/karpov-vs-seirawan for the full event schedule and more information.

The event will feature live commentary from GM Ben Finegold and WGM Jennifer Shahade, and spectators are encouraged to come down to the club to catch the action in person, or to view the play-by-play through the Chess Club’s Livestream account: www.livestream.com/uschess. The event will be open to monthly and annual members of the Chess Club, and memberships start at just $5/month for students or $12/month for adults.

On June 13 at 4:30 p.m. Central time, immediately after the conclusion of the final blitz game, the players will participate in a live streaming press conference to answer questions from spectators, bloggers and journalists from all over the world. Stay tuned for more details.

The Chess Club will be hosting a series of big events throughout the summer including the U.S. Junior Closed Championship, which will be held in Saint Louis July 10-16. Stay tuned to www.saintlouischessclub.org for more information.



About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.
Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit www.saintlouischessclub.org.

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  • 4 years ago


    #team YASSER

  • 4 years ago


    I prefer the statistician Karpov to win this match. After all, age may ripe, but not chess. I am glad Karpov still show in the chess limelight, good for all his fans, and of one them is me.

  • 4 years ago


    This is a great matchup but I favor Karpov slightly. But if the airconditioning is a nice temp then Yasser will WIN!!

  • 4 years ago


    Well, as far as who will win, it must be admitted that Karpov is the former world champion.  GM Seirawan was amongst the world's elite but did not ever play a world championship match.  Being an American, GM Seirawan is the sentimental favorite for me though.  I also met him once and he is a very nice affable man.  Go Yasser!

  • 4 years ago


    Here are two really awesome videos of Karpov-Seirawan. I highly recommend them to anyone who hasn't seen them; Karpov was REALLY dominating at that point in time, and their commentary is super cool to listen to. :P



  • 4 years ago


    I still believe in Karpov...

  • 4 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    I am afraid Karpov will be even in a worse shape than before.In the last few tournaments he kept losing on time and playing in a very rusty way. And now he is a full-time politician...

  • 4 years ago


    Finegold and Shahade have proven to be quite talented commentators. They really add a lot to an event. I don't know how intentional it is, but Finegold does the role of play by play commentator in baseball terms, and Shahade provides fine color commentary.

    The other neat thing about this contest is that both players have really interesting styles. Karpov brings out the attacker in Seirawan, a feature of his game one doesn't get to see all that often.

    Another aspect of this match I am looking forward to is that neither player should be all that motivated to "play it safe" and draw. Unlike Gelfand and Anand right now, neither of these two is playing for a title or a huge tournament prize. They are playing for their fan base, not for the result, per se, and interesting games may generate more match invitations.

    Karpov is really fun to watch in exhibition matches. In the audience of the downtown theater he played at, I saw Karpov just crush a South American GM of Seirawan's caliber (his last name began with an M) in a Las Palmas exhibition match back in February 1994. What a stage presence he had too. Anyway, I have to say I think Seirawan does not have anything resembling Karpov's match experience and will have his hands full to even take a game, especially given the form he just showed at the US Championship. I hope he puts himself in some serious training to prove me wrong here. It's not every day one gets to play a former World Champ.

    I have a question. Both of these two use the Caro-Kann as their primary defense, but neither are primarily 1.e4 players. In order to play in an opening they know so well, even if it's on the opposite side, will either player opt for 1.e4 in order to get a Caro-Kann? What do you think?

  • 4 years ago


    Oh this match should be fun to watch. Here's some awesome footage of the 1982 world cup Karpov vs Seirawan with their commentary if anyone is interested. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WRYxD6zpzk&feature=plcp

  • 4 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    karpov seirawan life score 8 to 7 with 10 draws acc. cgames

  • 4 years ago


    Go Seirawan!  And hopefully Karpov will show up this time.

  • 4 years ago


    Karpov for my pick.

  • 4 years ago


    two classy players

  • 4 years ago


    wow great news!! and it starts on my birthday too!

  • 4 years ago


    I don't think Yasser will be humiliated.  I am rooting for Yasser. Great chess player, and genuinely nice person.

  • 4 years ago


    Ratings-wise, Seirawan is actually higher at the moment at 2643 to Karpov's 2615. They were both very strong at their prime, but obviously Karpov was on a different level at his best.

  • 4 years ago


    they should invite Kamsky as commentator!Tongue out

  • 4 years ago


    Should be very interesting

  • 4 years ago


    Interesting match...

  • 4 years ago


    Very nice indeed! Two guys from my generation that I grew up watching and now am happy to see playing together again!  How great is this?  Thank you St. Louis CC! 

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