Once, my friend, who was big into chess since his childhood and played it at master level, suggested that we go to the Tal Memorial chess tournament and make a photoreport. This is quite a large-scale competition which brings together leading chess players from all over the globe.

Anatoly Karpov, chess grandmaster and former World Champion. Анатолий Карпов, гроссмейстер, 12-й чемпион мира по шахматам. © Sasha Krasnov, 2007

Generally speaking, I am not really into chess, but still I was excited to seize this opportunity, as the Soviet chess supremacy was all over the media in my childhood, and Anatoly Karpov was really a household name. He remained undefeated for 10 years! And it turned out that he was taking part in the tournament, which was such a surprise for me.

Anatoly Karpov was the 12th world champion who lost to another outstanding chess player – Garry Kasparov – in 1985. I will cover his story in further article, it is a completely different story.

  • Camera: Pentax 645
  • Lens: 150mm F3.5
  • Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
// Sasha Krasnov