Saturday, 24 July 2010

Anatoly Karpov in Malaysia

Anatoly Karpov, 12th world chess champion, made a courtesy call on Olympic Council of Malaysia president Tunku Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja'afarat the OCM office in Kuala Lumpur last Tuesday. Karpov is challenging incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for the post of president of the World Chess Federation (Fide) this September and was making a whirlwind visit through several South-East Asian countries in an effort to raise support for his campaign. Accompanying him on his three-day stop in Malaysia was Richard Conn Jr who is the candidate for Fide deputy president.

In the evening. Karpov held a press conference at the Executive Club of the G Tower in Kuala Lumpur where he outlined his campaign. Also present were Dato Tan Chin Nam who sits on the Advisory Board of Karpov's campaign and Hamid Majid who is the candidate for Fide general-secretary. Later, he played two exhibition blitz games against 12-year-old Yeoh Li Tian and Malaysian international master Mas Hafizulhelmi.

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