They may be 25 years older than when they fought the first of their five epic World Championship duels in Moscow, but chess legends Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov still know how to grab the media spotlight.
The two titians of the game again went head to head in a special commemorative exhibition match in Valencia, Spain, to celebrate the anniversary - and, in a true testament to the rating system, the final score of 9-3 in favor of Kasparov was what was expected and exactly what we got!
Karpov, now 58, and for the first time since the introduction of the Elo rating system in the early 1970s, has slipped outside the top 100 in the world and proved no match for Kasparov, who retired four years ago for Russian politics.
The match became one-sided though due to Karpov not being able to handle the quicker time controls; but there were a couple of memorable flashes of how great a player he once was with his two wins (one in the rapid and one in the blitz). But Kasparov, the player who took Karpov's title in 1985, proved the more in-form player, winning the rapid 3-1 and the blitz 6-2 for an overall score of 9-3.
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Also in Valencia covering the match for Chess.FM was Macauley Peterson. And at the Chess.FM blog, you can find videos of the action and audio interviews from the press conferences after the games - and this is free for all to view and listen to.