MUSCAT: In 1985, when Garry Kasparov defeated the then world champion, Anatoly Karpov
, he became the youngest undisputed world champion at the age of 22.
Garry Kasparov, who has served as his coach, has said that he blends the talents of Anatoly Karpov
and Bobby Fischer, two of the greatest chess masters of all time.
Anand won the event ahead of reigning world champion Garry Kasparov, former world champion Anatoly Karpov
and Vassily Ivanchuk, then widely tipped to be the successor to the two Ks.
The title of youngest ever World Champion is currently held by Russian Kasparov, who won his first title in 1985, aged 22, after claiming victory over fellow Russian Anatoly Karpov
, who had narrowly defeated him in an epic encounter the previous year.
BIRTHDAYS: Nigel Davenport, actor, 85; Joan Collins (pictured), actress, 80; Johnny Ball, presenter, 75; Anatoly Karpov
, chess champion, 62; Marvin Hagler, former boxer, 59; Drew Carey, actor, 55; Graeme Hick, cricketer, 47; Phil Selway, rock drummer (Radiohead), 46; Rubens Barrichello, F1 driver, 41.
(Freedom won.) In the mid-1980s, the fabled rivalry between buttoned-down Anatoly Karpov
and the flamboyant Garry Kasparov came to symbolize the struggle within the USSR between the Soviet establishment and reformers.
With the players knowing one mistake could cost the championships, the match was marked by the almost unbearable tension of past great clashes like the epic world title match between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov
Chess genius Anatoly Karpov
was born on May 23 1951- who was his opponent in the aborted 1984 World Chess Championship?
Mercuri kept practicing and learning, and in 1990, he defeated former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov
in a simultaneous chess match that Karpov played against 43 players.
The record was held by the former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov
who signed 1,051 books in one sitting in 2006.
In 2000, he managed to beat Russian Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov
in a simultaneous chess game between Karpov and Iran's National Chess Team.