Some criticize the relatively inaccessible location of Lindsborg which sits in the middle of Kansas (100 miles from Topeka). However, the Midwestern the town has been host to the Lindsborg Open, a strong tournament drawing top Grandmasters (See 2003 chart). Mikhail Korenman, a Russian émigré, has developed the Anatoly Karpov School of Chess and was the energy behind this historic event.
Unfortunately, a recent NPR interview with Korenman bills the two players as the "Men's World Champion" and the "Women's World Champion." With the international chess community trying to bring unification to the titles, this marketing faux pas may bring more confusion as to the real meaning of the high-profile match. Nevertheless, the match will be interesting as two very strong players with engage in a meaningful competition. Polgar is working diligently to inspire more girls to take up the board sport and will lead the women's U.S. Olympiad team to Mallorca, Spain next month.
Listen to audio clip on NPR radio
Read, Lisa Gutierrez's article, "Chess Fever hits Lindsborg," Kansas City Star, 9 September 2004.
ChessBase.com, "Clash of Brains in the Plains," 12 September 2004.
Kansas State Chess Association