The World Chess Champion Anatoli Karpov, playing in his first major tournament since taking the title by default, took time off on Friday (20 June) to play 25 Yugoslavian players of all ages at Trbovlja, near Ljubljana.
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MV Karpov studying chess board PAN TO other players seated
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MV Karpov makes move and moves to next board (2 shots)
CU PAN FROM Board TO Player writing move
SCU Karpov making move and moving to next board (2 shots)
SV Karpov shakes hand with small girl (2 shots)
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Background: The World Chess Champion Anatoli Karpov, playing in his first major tournament since taking the title by default, took time off on Friday (20 June) to play 25 Yugoslavian players of all ages at Trbovlja, near Ljubljana. The event was not without its ups and downs for the new champion. He was beaten swiftly by a local enthusiast who captured Karpov's queen early in the game. Then he was forced into a draw by an eleven year old girl.
Karpov is in Yugoslavia to take part in the Vidmar Memorial Chess Tournament. By the time he played the 25 players he had already made enough points in the tournament to become the winner.
During free days of the tournament he played a number of exhibition matches against a battery of players. He also found time to pursue his other great love ... stamp collecting.
In Friday's game he lost one game, drew five and won the rest.
SYNOPSIS: The people of Trbovlji, near Ljubljana in Yugoslavia had their chance on Friday to see the new World Chess Champion, Anatoli Karpov in action. He challenged 25 local players to a simultaneous match.
Karpov is in Yugoslavia to take part in the Vidmar Memorial Chess Tournament. by the time he played this exhibition match he already had enough point to win the annual event. It was also the first time he had taken part in a major tournament since he won the title by default from American Bobby Fischer.
Karpov got off to a bad start. He was beaten swiftly by a local man who captured the champion's queen in the early part of the game.
But an eleven year old girl took the limelight. She forced the master into a draw ... much to the delight of the local enthusiasts. Overall, Karpov lost one game, drew five and won the rest.