Former World Champ Karpov to visit St. Louis
After serving as the play-by-play commentator for the U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship, I decided to try my hand at actually playing chess!
Unfortunately, I haven’t been playing my best as of late, and I only managed to score five points out of nine games (5/9) in the Chicago Open. I did manage to defeat two of the U.S. Women's Championship participants, Tatev Abrahamyan and Viktoria Ni, but for the most part, I did not play that well. Luckily, there is another event at the Chess Club next week, where I can do what I do best: live chess commentary!
That's right; Bennifer is back. Jennifer Shahade and I will be back in the booth to do live commentary June 9-13 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center, which will host a match between four-time U.S. Champion Yasser Seirawan and former World Champion Anatoly Karpov. They will play three different time controls, with each type of time control scored differently. The two will play two games of standard slow chess (three points each), four games of rapid chess (two points each), and 10 games of blitz chess (one point each). The winner gets $10,000 and the second-place finisher will receive $7,000.
Karpov rarely plays chess anymore, and he hardly ever played in the U.S. when he was still active, so this is quite a treat for chess fans across the country. Seirawan retired from chess for a few years before coming back to play in last year's U.S. Championship and World Team Championship.
I have spoken to a lot of friends and chess club employees, and opinions are split as to who is the favorite in the match. Karpov was a great champion, but he has 10 years on the younger Seirawan and he also has been quite inactive lately. However, you don’t reign as the World Champion for 10 years without possessing a certain skill set.
I think Karpov will win by a close margin, and I expect the games to see a lot of time pressure and quick play at the end.
Jennifer and I will provide live commentary online to an audience of thousands, and spectators are welcome to view the players live at the Chess Club in the Central West End.
More information on this exciting match-up can be found at http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/karpov-vs-seirawan.