Peter Leko (2738) and Anatoly Karpov (2668) are playing an 8-game match in the City of Miskolc in Hungary. This match started earlier today and will end on September 3, 2006. The players drew the first two games.

This is the welcome letter from the Mayor:

Dear Visitor,

It is a great pleasure for the City of Miskolc to be able to host this year’s most prestigious rapid chess match in the world between two international grandmasters, Anatoly Karpov and Péter Lékó. Miskolc has the third largest population in Hungary and the people of this City are great lovers of sport and culture. Over the past few decades we have had visits from both European and world stars of long-distance walking, handball, basketball, karate, boxing and speedway. At the same time, Miskolc is a city of music festivals. Miskolc’s “Bartók+.” International Opera Festival has already become well-established and has acquired an international reputation.

Chess has long-standing traditions in Miskolc; the City has produced multiple-winning teams in national championships, as well as a number of noted players on the international scene. In accordance with our plans of last year – being encouraged by the great success of the Lékó-Adams match – our International Grandmaster is to take on another challenge in Miskolc in the person of one of the most famous chess players in the world, the twelfth world champion, the legendary Anatoly Karpov. It is a further appreciation for us that this extraordinary rapid match will take place in the compelling National Theater of Miskolc.

I hope that in September, after the competition, you will also find the time to get to know the natural jewels of Miskolc. Our main tourist attraction is the Miskolctapolca Cave and Thermal baths, which is a unique natural geological formation in Europe.The Bükk mountain ranges, the fast-flowing streams of Lillafüred and the cool mountain air are the dream of all those seeking rest and recuperation. This mountain resort’s most well-known sights are the Palace Hotel overlooking Lake Hámor and the nearby waterfall, which is Hungary’s highest.

In the historic centre you will find a beautifully paved car-free high street, part of the longest high street in Europe, where the baroque and eclectic styles of the old town-houses merge gracefully with one another. On this street stands the atmospheric Kossuth Cinema, which was in the last year the locality of the Match Leko-Adams.

Miskolc can boast of countless architectural, artistic and historic monuments. Pride of place amongst the sights is taken by the Hungarian Reformed Church building and its separate belfry standing above the city on the slopes of the Avas Hill. Two of the city’s most important historic buildings are the Greek Orthodox Church and the nearby Museum of the Hungarian Orthodox Church. The Miskolc National Theatre, which, thanks to the renovations carried out recently, is one of the most modern building complexes in Central Europe, is the first stone-built theatre in present-day Hungary. The Theatre promises a warm welcome to those seeking cultural inspiration.

To all of you who are interested in coming here, and to those of you who do come so far to see us here as our guests, I promise you a warm welcome, great relaxation and an enriching experience during your stay here in Miskolc.

Sándor Káli
Mayor of the City of Miskolc
Patron of the Lékó and Karpov Chess Challenge

Here is the official website.

Game 1:

Lékó, Péter (2738) – Karpov, Anatoly (2668)
Lékó vs. Karpov Miskolc (1), 08-30-2006

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Qa5+ 12.Bd2 Bb4 13.c3 Be7 14.c4 Qc7 15.0-0-0 Ngf6 16.Rhe1 b5 17.c5 0-0 18.Nf5 exf5 19.Rxe7 Nxc5 20.Qe2 Ncd7 21.Nh4 Qd6 22.Nxf5 Qd5 23.g4 Qxa2 24.g5 hxg5 25.Qe3 Qa1+ 26.Kc2 Qa4+ 27.Kc1 Qa1+ 28.Kc2 1/2-1/2

Game 2:

Karpov, Anatoly (2668) – Lékó, Péter (2738)
Lékó vs. Karpov Miskolc (2), 08-30-2006

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 c5 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3+ 9.Qxc3 c4 10.g3 0-0 11.Bg2 Ne4 12.Bxd8 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Rxd8 14.Nd2 b5 15.e4 Be6 16.0-0 dxe4 17.Nxe4 Bd5 18.Nc5 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Rab8 20.Rab1 a5 21.Rfc1 Ne7 22.a4 bxa4 23.Ra1 Nd5 24.Rxa4 Rb5 25.Rc2 g6 26.h4 Kg7 27.Kf3 Nb6 28.Raa2 Nd5 29.Ra4 Nb6 30.Raa2 1/2-1/2 Posted by Picasa

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