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30-YEARS AGO TODAY:
WCC MATCH CALLED OFF!!
February 15, 1985. Thirty years ago exactly. Perhaps the most controversial decision ever taken by FIDE. Campomanes, FIDE president, announced at a press conference in Moscow that the match was to be stopped (even though Karpov was leading 5-3, with 40 draws) , depite the fact that BOTH players wanted to continue playing! Karpov was to retain his title.
A rematch was to be held later in September, which was won by Kasparov. Much has been written about this episode and, for those directly involved, there are still unanswered questions. In a recent interview with Anatoly Karpov, re-published on ChessBase, Karpov made some interesting comments:
”There are still mysteries that only the former deputy chairman of the State Commission for Sport, Marat Gramov, could shed light on. Only he knows what he told Campomanes, the FIDE president, in the car, whose instructions he then followed. An extremely unpleasant citizen…The reader can read some interesting tidbits about Marat Gramov here, here and here.
”I took leave of Campomanes in Gramov’s office. Campomanes got into the car to drive to the press conference. He was to announce the match with Kasparov would continue. I know for sure that someone called him and he then changed his mind. He had to cancel the match…”
Kasparov together with Gramov
Karpov continued: ”Someone called him on behalf of Gramov. Probably an order by Gaydar Aliyev. (Note: Aliyev at the time was First Deputy Premier of the Soviet Union as well as a full member of the all powerful Politburo–editor) But what did he say? Why did Campomanes change his mind all of a sudden?”
The lovely Georgian/Spanish WGM Ana Matnadze in a recent photo, 1930’s style! I love it!
VIKTOR STILL ALIVE AND WELL!!
At age 83, despite recent health setbacks, and confined to a wheel-chair, chess LEGEND Viktor Korchnoi has returned to active play in Zurich, playing a match with German grandmaster Wolfgang Uhlmann (age 79). Viktor lost the first game.
A photo of the match before the start of today’s round
Apparently Uhlmann and Korchnoi first played some 55 years ago!! How time flies when you are having fun!
CFC KILLS CHESS TRADITION
For my readers (Canadian and international) who were wondering about the 2015 edition of Canada’s most PRESTIGIOUS tournament, I have sad news. Not only has the 2015 Canadian Open been cancelled, but it is unlikely to be resurrected in coming years. The present mind-set of the CFC executive is to concentrate on junior chess and slowly (quickly!) phase out adult chess.
CFC president Vladimir Drkulec