Question: How popular can chess become?
Karpov: First I can say that 20 years ago, chess was much more
popular than poker, and so if poker can make such progress we can’t deny
that chess could make also progress and become popular as it was
Question: Why should children play chess?
Anatoly Karpov: Chess can develop very important
characteristics, individual characteristics. First of all, chess
develops logic, memory, and then with chess you can easily understand
the necessity of plan. then you can learn how to make strategy, which
is important for normal life, for any profession and that’s why chess is
entering school programs in many countries because teachers realize
that with help of chess you can give this knowledge much easier than
with the help of other subjects.
Question: Why do you want to lead the World Chess Federation?
Anatoly Karpov: So this is a unique opportunity now to
change the, change the situation. And chess is in danger as profession
and so federation which is lacking now in leadership and so they made
many mistakes and so now we have feeling that professional chess players
have difficulties in financing and such prizes going down and then it’s
difficult to keep this profession. And, internationally, we have a
very good situation now because we have grandmaster, Magus Carson from
Norway who is one of the best chess players and most probably he will be
next world champion, and then we have, we have American player, Hikaru
Nakamura, who is also on the top, and then we have Sergey Karjakin in
Russia, and then we have good players in China, in Holland, in India,
and so it... and then Indian grandmaster, Vishy Anand, he just defended
his title in match in Sofia against Bulgarian player, Topalov, and so
he’s world champion for many years already and then this is very
international view. And chess, from a time it was just privilege of
mostly Soviet players, and later Russian players, but now it became very
international so it gives a lot of opportunities. And these
opportunities could be used with new team and I will have top
professional team representing, of course different parts of the world.
Recorded on May 17, 2010
Interviewed by Paul Hoffman