Author: Wolff, Patrick (1968- ) signed by the author and a laid in card by "Vishy" Anand
Publisher: 3H Publications
191 pages with diagrams, photographs and appendices. Octavo (9" x 6") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Signed by Patrick Wolff and "Vishy" Anand. First edition.
Although stripped of his title by FIDE for holding his 1993 match with Short outside the world chess body's auspices, Kasparov was nevertheless widely considered the legitimate World Champion. The Professional Chess Association (PCA) created by Kasparov held a series of a series of candidate matches to choose an opponent for him. Viswanathan Anand succeeded in becoming the champion's opponent. The 1995 PCA title match was played on the Observation Deck on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center in New York City. The prize fund was 1,500,000 US$, with 2/3 for the winner. Ten percent of the fund would to go to the PCA. In case of a tied match, Kasparov would retain the PCA title, but the prize would be split. The match was to last 20 games instead of the traditional 24, each game played at 40 moves in 2 hours, then 20 moves in 1 hour, followed by 30 minutes to complete the game. There were to be no timeouts and no adjournments. The match started with eight straight draws (a record for the opening of a world championship match) until Anand drew first blood by winning game nine. This victory was not to be enjoyed for very long, as Kasparov then rebounded by dominantly winning four of the next five games. After 18 games, with a final score of 10 11/2 to 7 1/2 Kasparov retained the PCA World Chess Champion title.
Card signed during the 9th European Chess Club Cup, Anand playing for the winning team Lyon-Oyannax.
Signed on half title page, signed card by Anand laid in else a fine copy.