1981 Karpov Spassky Signed 2 Chess Grandmasters World Champion Linares Russia 1981 Karpov Spassky Signed 2 Chess Grandmasters World Champion Linares Russia
Original hand signed menu from Linares International Chess Tournament 1981 hand signed by Anatoly Karpov (Анатолий Евгеньевич Карпов) Russian chess grandmaster and former World Champion. He was the official world champion from 1975 to 1985 and from 1993 to 1999, when he resigned his title in protest against FIDE’s new world championship rules. Karpov is considered by many to be one of the greatest players of all time. and Boris Spassky (Борис Васильевич Спасский); (1937) Russian chess grandmaster, tenth World Chess Champion, holding the title from 1969 to 1972. He is known as one of the greatest living chess players and is the oldest living world champion.
Dimensions: 21 x 10,6 cm (21 x 21,2 cm when opened). Condition: Please, see scans. Imperfections visible on the pictures.
Linares 1981 The third major chess event held in Linares, Spain became a full grandmaster event due in large part to the manouvering of grocery tycoon, Luis Rentero Suárez. In addition to contracting the world champion at the time, Anatoli Karpov, he was able to sign four grandmasters from the strong Bugojno tournament held during the previous year. They were Svetozar Gligoric, Lubomir Kavalek, Bent Larsen, and Ljubomir Ljubojevic. Larry Christiansen also agreed to participate as returning champion from the 1979 edition of Linares. Six more grandmasters were added to create a total field of twelve top players participating in a round robin event. The tournament was held from January 17th to the 31st, and the time control was set at 40 moves in two and half hours followed by 16 moves in one hour as a requirement for Karpov’s participation. Christiansen gave the performance of his life against the strongest field he ever faced, sharing first place alongside the world champion. However, the trophy went to Karpov for his better Sonneborn-Berger score. Rentero devised that in future events the number of wins would be the deciding factor in tiebreaks. After the tournament’s completion Ljubojevic remained in Linares where he planned to run the next edition of the tournament; he also married a beautiful local woman.