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25 Sep, 2009 07:19

Kasparov beats Karpov in duel of chess legends

Kasparov beats Karpov in duel of chess legends

Garry Kasparov has beaten his archrival Anatoly Karpov in a three-day match in Valencia, which the two Russian chess masters played to mark the 25th anniversary of their first clash for the sport’s crown.

46-year-old Kasparov led 3-1 after four 25-minute matches with five seconds added on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The outcome of the duel was to be decided on Thursday, with eight 5-minute matches with two seconds added after each move scheduled on the day.

58-year-old Karpov won the first blitz game, despite playing with the black pieces, but failed to launch a comeback.

The second game ended in a draw, and then Kasparov won five in a row to clinch the win. The last game, which couldn’t affect the overall result, was also a draw.

In the end, Kasparov triumphed in the three-day match with a convincing 9-3 score.

The Valencia duel was the first stage of a six-month chess marathon in all the countries in which Kasparov and Karpov have played each other.

The race, which got underway in Spain and continues via Russia, the UK and the US, will end in Paris’s very own Louvre.

Karpov is the 12th World Chess Champion, while Kasparov is the 13th, and the two Kas are considered to be the best players in the history of the sport.

They first clashed in 1984, and Karpov was 5-3 up after 48 games when the match was ultimately halted on health grounds, with no winner declared.

Karpov, the defending champ, had lost 10 kilograms, but was willing to continue, as was his rival.

But Kasparov put his hands on the world title in 1985, winning the rematch. He became the youngest chess champ in history at the age of 22.

In the end, in five world championship matches against each other, Kasparov won 21 games, Karpov 19 and they drew 104 times.

Karpov remains an active player. The Russian is ranked 146th by the World Chess Federation. His countryman Kasparov quit the game in 2005, becoming a politician.