The epic communist era chess battle between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov, bizarrely griped the worlds attention a quarter of a century ago when Kasparov played on behalf of the ‘good guys” Mikhail Gorbachev and his change-Russia-forever politics and the old guard who wanted to keep Russia in the dark ages was represented by Karpov.

Now back again after a 5 month “rest’ after the first aborted attempt at a re-match a new round of chessboard war is set to commence again.

The venue for this clash of the cerebral titans is Valencia, so as not to mentally exhaust these checkerboard athletes there will be a strict one week time limit with one set of four games and then a longer set of 8 matches.

In this modern world without the might of Soviet political arguments to separate them. It is probably easier to think of Karpov as tooth rotting Coke and Kasparov as a healthy all natural fruit drink.

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