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Kasparov - Short Exhibition Chess Match 2011 (Rapid)

Kasparov - Short exhibition chess match in Leuven likely

Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short.

Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short. | http://www.theweekinchess.com

There are strong indications that Garry Kasparov is about to play another exhibition rapid match, this time against his former challenger Nigel Short.

Kasparov destroyed Anatoly Karpov in 2009 which brought to an end to the idea of that being a series. Kasparov still has a strong interest in chess and keeps abreast of developments in the game. He has made it clear that he will not return to professional chess, without ruling out such exhibitions. Nigel Short is still a very active player currently number 54 in the world, he ought to provide stronger opposition than Karpov did.

Now rumours, which seem to have a strong basis to them, suggest that a sponsor wants to hold the match in the Town Hall of Leuven, Belgium in October and that negotiations are under way. As likely as not it will be rapid chess, possibly with a blitz element too.

Garry Kasparov and Jan Callewaert, Founder of Option, hold a press conference announcing the launch of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe in Brussels 8th June. 11:30am-1pm, the event will be streamed live on the internet. The mission of the Foundation is to promote chess in schools, especially amongst children and young people (age 6 – 18), throughout Europe.

Watch this space.

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