|Title||RUSSIA Chess (9a) Men’s World Chess Championship 1985
Special Cancellation on Illustrated Envelop
|Description||The 1985 World Chess Championship was played between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov in Moscow from September 3 to November 9, 1985. Kasparov won, to become the thirteenth and youngest world champion at the age of 22.
It is difficult to view the 1985 World Chess Championship in isolation, following as it did only 7 months after the highly controversial finish of the 1984 championship between the same players. On 8 February 1985, after 48 games had been contested over 5 months, the 1984 championship was abandoned with no result, becoming the first, and thus far only, chess world championship to finish in this way. Politics gave another angle to the Kasparov-Karpov encounters. Due to the changing political climate in Russia at the time, the matches were often depicted as a clash of ideologies, between “new Russia” represented by Kasparov and Mikhail Gorbachev and “old Russia” represented by Karpov and Communists such as Leonid Brezhnev
The match was also of particular importance due to the playing strength of the two competitors. Kasparov is now generally recognized as the greatest chess player of all time, whilst Karpov has a reasonable claim to be in the top 5
|Type||Illustrated Envelop with Special Cancellation|
|Used/Unused||Used, canceled in Moscow Main Post Office by special and regular cancellation 31.10.85 with “Registered” cancellation. Arrived to Volgograd, incoming cancellation 5.11.85|
|Published by/for:||Ministry of Communications, 1984|