The exposition of the exhibition was represented by almost one hundred stamps devoted to the theme of space. The subject of human conquest of space and space exploration was not coincidentally chosen, and is due to the long-term cooperation in the space field between Kazakhstan and Russia.
On the eve of the exhibition, a press conference was organized with the participation of the multiple world chess champion Anatoly Karpov, the representative of the Roscosmos State Corporation in Kazakhstan Anatoly Krasnikov, the director of the National Museum of Kazakhstan Almaz Nurazkhan. Also a gift for young chess players of Kazakhstan was the meeting of Anatoly Karpov with students of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Vice-Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan Aktoty Rayymkulova said: “I would like to congratulate with the opening of the exhibition of postage stamps “Russia and Kazakhstan - the discoverers of the space age” of the multiple world chess champion, philanthropist in the field of culture and science, the legendary chess-player Anatoly Karpov. Today's exhibition is important for the further development of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia. Everyone knows that various projects, scientific and cultural events are being carried out between our countries. Let me thank Mr. Anatoly Karpov for his many years of work in strengthening friendly relations among our countries. Today we have the opportunity to see the work benefits at this exhibition.”
Anatoly Karpov is considered one of the most outstanding chess players in the world. He became a real master of the game of chess, embodied the will to win and spiritual strength, unique thinking, resourcefulness and art.
Anatoly Karpov’s father taught him to play chess. So, at the age of 9 Anatoly received the first grade in a game of chess, at the age of 11 he fulfilled the standard of a candidate for the master of sports, at 14 he became a master of sports of the USSR. In 1969 he became the world junior chess champion, in 1970 he became the champion of the RSFSR and received the title of grandmaster. In 1973, he won the interzonal tournament in Leningrad, won in 1974 at all levels of the candidates' matches, and in 1975 was recognized as the twelfth world chess champion.
Anatoly Karpov, a multiple world chess champion, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma for International Affairs, warmly greeted the guests of the exhibition: “Since 1958 I have been collecting stamps on space topics. I pay special attention to the topic of space because in my activities and in life I have often communicated and been friends with the astronauts. At today's exhibition, along with the stamps, autographs of famous astronauts are also presented. And the young chess players of Kazakhstan, who came specially to the exhibition, wish only victory and good luck! ”
The name of the three-time world chess champion, international grandmaster Anatoly Karpov is well known not only to chess lovers, but also to stamp collectors all over the world.
For Karpov, philately is a huge and very important part of his life. He has collected the largest and richest collection of stamps, which is located in bank vaults, and today is estimated at 13 million euros. It should be noted that Anatoly Karpov is the sole owner of a complete collection of United Nations stamps dedicated to various memorable dates for the 70-year-old activity of the organization. The theme of his collection is Olympic philately, chess, chronology of Soviet stamps, Belgium stamps and selectively - painting.
Anatoly Karpov often exhibits his collection of philately. For example, at the request of the Belgian postal department, the Belgian collection of an international grandmaster participated in one of the prestigious exhibitions and was a huge success.
In 2000, during the summer Olympics in Sydney, Karpov’s exposition with stamps associated with the Olympic Games of 1920 and 1924 in Antwerp and Paris was exhibited at a special philatelic exhibition, and won third place.
In 1979, Anatoly Karpov was awarded the title of honorary member of the All-Union Union of Philatelists; in 1999 he entered the club of the 100 most famous philatelists of the world “Monte Carlo” (fr. Club de Monte-Carlo de l’Elite de la Philatélie), created by Prince of Monaco Renier III; and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Philately of Russia.