Monday, May 29, 2017

Sverdlovsk convicts play chess with former world champion

Eight convicts in the Sverdlovsk region played chess on Tuesday with multiple world champion Anatoly Karpov in the Yekaterinburg IR-10 administration building.

This is not the first time Karpov has played chess with prisoners, as the former champion has visited prisons for many years to give exhibitions of simultaneous games and to talk to prisoners about the game, Oblgazeta.ru reports.

Major General Sergei Khudorozhkov, the director general of the Federal Penitentiary Service for the Sverdlovsk region, said that the game of chess has an educational effect.

One prisoner, Saipudi Hajiyev, is serving a sentence in Kamensk-Uralsk but was taken to Yekaterinburg for the meeting with Karpov.

"I do not expect to win over Karpov," Hajiyev said, according to Oblgazeta.ru. "After all, for me to play a game with him is a huge victory and honor. Besides, my opponent played the white pieces, and in chess, first mover advantage means a lot."

Karpov made the first move against all eight of his opponents and kept his style consistent. In all of the matches, Karpov immediately gave his opponent the ability to capture his center pawn. Karpov defeated all eight of his opponents, one of whom lated until the 24th move, according to Oblgazeta.ru.