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Kasparov - Lagrave Blitz Match

Garry Kasparov1.5/2(+1 -0 =1)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave0.5/2(+0 -1 =1)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs M Vachier-Lagrave 1-0592011Kasparov - Lagrave Blitz MatchB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Kasparov ½-½492011Kasparov - Lagrave Blitz MatchC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-20-11  zoren: Garry can show the younger generation a thing or two still!
Sep-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingfu: It is about time Kasparov played Chess. It is known that he tutored Magnus Carlsen. Why not tutor him OVER THE BOARD? The big 1-0 is the best way to learn.

Come on, Gary , we need you.

Sep-20-11  14DogKnight: I miss Mr. Kasparov
Sep-21-11  waustad: Not a very quiet day in Clichy here.
Sep-21-11  kellmano: Do matches not have to be of a certain size to qualify as a match?

Or is this one still going on?

Sep-21-11  munch21: garry youre still in great shape,
Sep-21-11  tacticalmonster: < FSR > People like Kasparov are perfectionist. They hate to be anything other than no. 1. If he returns now to competitive chess, there is very little likelihood he would be the top. He could be the top five at best. Kasparov will not come back for this reason.
Sep-21-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <tacticalmonster> You may well be right. Ironically, I think Fischer retired for similar reasons.
Sep-22-11  scormus: <FSR .... I think Fischer retired for similar reasons> yes I agree about Fischer, and if true its a very perceptive remark. He should have been still at the height of his powers through the 70's and with still a lot of appetite for competition.

I think Garry has the same "number 1 or nothing" mentality. But unlike Fischer he'd been at the top a long time and had very tough WC matches spanning many years. Quite possibly he feels he does not have the mental and emotional stamina to sustain the effort needed, and perhaps wouldn't want to.

Personally I like to remember him as the supreme champion he was. It would be sad to see him as "the ageing middleweight making one last comeback".

Sep-22-11
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  FSR: <scormus: ... It would be sad to see him as "the ageing middleweight making one last comeback".>

That kind of story can be very stirring.
http://wtharvey.com/lastrd.html (referring to Charousek vs J Wollner, 1893).

Whether or not Kasparov could again become World Champion (the odds are against it, but I wouldn't rule it out), I'm sure he could still play a lot of marvelous games. It seems a shame to cut his career short like that.

Sep-22-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingfu: If Kasparov went into The Candidates Tournament, my money would be on Garry.

Anand better watch his tookus.

Sep-22-11  yoozum: <Personally I like to remember him as the supreme champion he was. It would be sad to see him as "the ageing middleweight making one last comeback".>

That's how I feel as well. It's better to wonder what could have been if he continued playing or made a comeback than to see him lose to players he used to decimate. I definitely don't want him to end up like Karpov.

Sep-22-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: Kasparov and Karpov both reached the pinnacle of chess and have secure legacies as two of the all-time greats. These exhibition matches are very helpful for promoting the game, and their results shouldn't be taken too seriously.

Maybe they just enjoy playing chess, and maybe it's that much more enjoyable without the excruciating pressure fans put on them to win all the time. =)

Sep-22-11  Diademas: As it is Kasparov has secured his possition as arguably the greatest player in history. Not sure he would be regarded in the same manner if we were forced to witness his painfull decline through the rating lists for a couple of years.
Sep-22-11  fisayo123: <"As it is Kasparov has secured his possition as arguably the greatest player in history".> By far the greatest I must add.
Sep-22-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Petrosianic: Not by anything he did in this blitz match, he hasn't.
Sep-22-11  Novirasputin: Kasparov did as much as could be expected given the current climate. I am sure in the back of his mind he wanted to overtake Lasker's record 27 year title run but without a war, and with too many current demands, as well as the level of opposition his accomplishments are remarkable in their own right. There is just not much left to accomplish. If he wins it won't add to his legacy of greatest player (some already believe so. I mean he did beat the current world champ in a match) and if he loses well it will just tarnish him and make him seem like a guy past his prime playing for God knows what.

That said, i think it would increase the prestige of chess if not his image overall if he came back

Sep-23-11  voyager39: <Novirasputin> <I mean he did beat the current world champ in a match> Well that was 1995 and this is 2011. One Mr Carlsen may also be wanting to teach him a few lessons after their not so happy split :)

The competition now is much tougher then in the 1990s and all players have access to computers and databases (so no Soviet School advantage either). Not to forget he's 48 yo now.

I think its best he doesn't return and keeps his immortal legacy and enigma intact.

Sep-23-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: About GK. I think we all miss the brilliancy of the greatest player of all times. I say that with strong conviction without degrading the natural genius of Capablanca, the practical genius of Lasker, the fantastic talen of Karpov and the scary determination of Fischer.

But, I agree with voyager39 in so far that The Return of the King would not be as easy as one might think. I do believe that none of the players today surpass GK in talent, but chess at top-level requieres much more than that, as described by voyager39. Could he do it, well, I wouldn't say no, because the man is very determined and focused, and an age of 48 shouldn't be any problem nowadays.

But would he want to do that effort? I think not. GK has got other preferences than chess in his life, and the former laser-sharp focus on chess wouldn't be to his liking, IMO.

Of course, he is still a great player, and just for fun, it would be interesting how he would do against the two contesters Anand and Gelfand, if he just took place opposite to them and played, say two games against each of them. He might loose, he might not. That's how strong he is.

Sep-29-11  yoozum: <But would he want to do that effort? I think not. GK has got other preferences than chess in his life, and the former laser-sharp focus on chess wouldn't be to his liking, IMO.>

Agreed. While Kasparov was hopefully phasing out of Russian politics the past year or so (I really should know this for sure, as my dad is a Russian political blogger), Putin's decision to run for president again will probably, unfortunately, pull him back in.

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