14:30 CET Former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov is hospitalized in serious condition and possibly in artificial coma.
Karpov was found is serious condition near the state Duma, where he works as a member of the Russian Parliament. Initial reports suggested Karpov was a victim of an attack, citing head trauma and broken hip. Later, Albert Stepanyan said to TASS news agency that Karpov has not been a victim of attack. Stepanyan adds that Karpov now is in stable condition and suffered no injuries.
Update 15:35 CET: FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich stated for Championat, “According to my information, Karpov’s condition is stable,” Championat adds that the initial reports from Russia are that doctors diagnosed the grandmaster with a closed craniocerebral injury and a fracture of the left femur, as well as severe alcohol intoxication.
Update 15:45 CET The Russian Chess Federation, on their Telegram channel, refuted the initial report of an attack. “The trauma of Karpov is a result of a fall,” the statement says
Update 17:00 CET Karpov’s daughter, Sofia Karpova, confirms the former World Champion is in hospital, “There was no attack on my father and the injuries were caused by a fall.” Karpov is currently in the intensive care unit of the neurology ward of the Sklifosovsky Hospital in Moscow.
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