Anatoly Karpov is taking very seriously the Valencia 2009 encounter with Kasparov. When he stated that he will go for the victory and revealed the presence of Viktor Bologan in his team, Karpov also hinted that other grandmasters will be helping him. This weekend, Chessdom.com can confirm the presence of two more strong tactical players in Karpov’s team – GM Onischuk and GM Riazantsev.
Kasparov is being much more silent for his preparation and team for the match. Besides his training with Carlsen, not much is known. He will be arriving Clara Kasparova, but no names of seconds have been revealed.
Karpov is in Valencia since last week, to accommodate, enjoy the beach, and adjust to the local climate. Kasparov arrives today (Sunday 20th) and the plane lands a few minutes after the arrival of the flight of Dr. Sulaiman Al-Fahim, president of the Chess Federation of the UAE.
On Monday, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov are going to offer a press conference to the media at Fundación Bancaja at 12:00 h. local time. At 13:30, the Russian chess players, together with the members of the organizing commitee, will be offially welcomed at the Valencian City Council by the mayor Rita Barberá.
Chessdom.com will keep you updated through the day of all events from Valencia. You can find a collection of all articles and news preceding this match at the Kasparov – Karpov 2009 news page.