Kasparov To Face Kramnik at Chess

ASTANA, Kazakstan (AP) - Former chess world champion Garry Kasparov will face Vladimir Kramnik on Thursday in their first full-length chess match since Kramnik dethroned him last fall, organizers said Saturday.

The match is part of the Astana Supertournament in Astana, Kazakstan, which opens Sunday. The draw for matchups in double-round robin play was completed Saturday.

Kramnik and Kasparov will not play until round four. Since their one-on-one championship match last year, Kramnik has beaten Kasparov at a rapid chess tournament in Zurich in April, where time for moves is severely limited. But this is their first rematch under normal time conditions.

Other top players in tournament include Alexander Morozevich of Russia, Alexei Shirov of Spain, and Boris Gelfand of Israel, as well as 1998 Junior World Champion Darmen Sadvakasov of Kazakstan.

The tournament is sanctioned by the World Chess Federation, known by its French acronym, FIDE. In 1993, Kasparov broke away from FIDE and formed the Professional Chess Association. He defended his title twice under its auspices before it disbanded in 1998.

He lost to Kramnik in a championship match sponsored by Braingames.net, an Internet company.

The tournament is a double-round robin with each player playing every other player twice, once with white pieces - meaning the player gets the first move - and once with black.

The players are vying for a $10,000 prize fund, but the real money in the tournament is paid as appearance fees, which were not revealed.

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