Anatoly Karpov's Simul in Caen

Время публикации: 23.06.2014 16:04 | Последнее обновление: 23.06.2014 16:05

This June, the French city of Caen (the capital of Lower Normandy) hosted celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied troops landing in Normandy. The event coincided with the Economic Forum, where heads of states will meet, as well as with the European Youth Forum.

As part of the celebrations, former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov put on a simultaneous display, showing off his skills in games against members of the European Youth Parliament and leading players from the Caen chess club.

Pitting their wits against Karpov as an official part of the Forum was be the General Director of the Caen Memorial Centre for History and Peace (Le Mémorial de Caen) Stéphane Grimaldi and the General Director of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce (CCIFR) Pavel Shinksy.

The simultaneous display has been organised by the Russian Chess Federation, the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce, the Caen Memorial Centre for History and Peace and the European Youth Parliament. It was attended by the President of the Russian Chess Federation Andrei Filatov and a host of special guests.

The landing of Allied troops in Normandy is one of the most significant events in world history. Having the opportunity to play against legendary World Champion Anatoly Karpov is a great honour, not to mention incredibly interesting. And having the opportunity to play against him in a place that holds such importance for the people of Europe, the United States and Russia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and one that everyone who takes part in the event will never forget. Thanks to the Russian Chess Federation, participants in the Economic and Youth forums and the Caen Memorial Centre got that chance.

The simultaneous display marked the first time that a high-level chess event has been held in Caen. On the anniversary of one of the turning points of the 20th century, Forum participants and members of the European Youth Parliament were united through chess, a truly unique game loved by millions around the world.


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