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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kasparov: No Match

MOSCOW () -- World chess champion Garry Kasparov has denied a statement by International Chess Federation chief Kirsan Ilyumzhinov that he had agreed to play his rival, Anatoly Karpov, radio Ekho Moskvy said.

"I haven't spoken to Ilyumzhinov," Ekho Moskvy's faxed news release quoted Kasparov as saying Sunday. "I think FIDE should resolve its problems first and then come up with proposals for a match."

Ilyumzhinov, president of the ethnic republic of Kalmykia, said earlier he won Karpov's agreement on Saturday for a match against Kasparov, adding that the latter had "agreed in principle" to the contest. Kasparov, former FIDE world champion and bitter foe of Karpov, has set up his own chess association in protest of what he calls FIDE's corrupted policies.