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09 July 2013

Seven-time world champion and Chess Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov checks in at INTERPOL headquarters

LYON, France – Chess Grandmaster and seven-time former World Champion Anatoly Karpov met with staff at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters during his visit to Lyon as a delegate at the Technology Against Crime Forum.

Comparing chess to policing, the Russian Grandmaster said; “to beat your opponent you need to create a plan, study the game of your opponent, the way to predict his play and then create a strategy.”

A member of the State Duma where he has served as Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy and Entrepreneurship, Mr Karpov met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to discuss a number of issues including how to improve collaboration in combating trafficking in illicit goods, counterfeiting and intellectual property crime.

“Mr Karpov’s visit provided staff at the INTERPOL Headquarters with a unique insight into the extraordinary achievements of one of the world’s most famous sportsmen,” said Mr Noble.

“As the Grandmaster said, there are many similarities between chess and policing, and as the world’s largest police organization we will continue to work to be one step ahead of the criminals,” added the INTERPOL Chief.