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Old 02-16-2013, 12:34 PM   #1
Tiny Tim
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Join Date: Feb 2013
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Looking for info on Rapid Chess Championship at Disneyland Paris 1998

Hi all,
I am a collector of Disney stamps and I am in need of any information about the World Rapid Chess Championship which used to be held at Disneyland Paris. The reason I ask is because the country of Azerbaijan issued a set of stamps and souvenir sheets on Nov. 13 1998. The theme was the aforementioned event and Disney characters. Now, this would be enough for most stamp collectors, but on Dec. 28 of the same year, Azerbaijan issued a further single stamp depicting the same subjects. This makes little sense to me unless one of their junior citizens had some success at the Championships.

These Championships were no insignificant events. Two years earlier, Irina Krush won the Under-14s category. In 1998 she became the US Womens Champion. In 1998, Mark Paragua, a Filipino, won in one of the categories and he progressed to become an International Grandmaster.

That's about as much as I have been able to find out about these Championships. Ideally, I would like to know if an Azerbaijani had any success in the 1998 event. That could possibly explain the subsequent stamp issue.

Can anyone help? Any background information about the Championships and the players would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.
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