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Garry Kasparov
Number of games in database: 2,350
Years covered: 1973 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2812
Highest rating achieved in database: 2851
Overall record: +779 -116 =767 (69.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      688 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (192) 
    B30 B40 B31 B50 B33
 Ruy Lopez (102) 
    C92 C84 C97 C67 C80
 Nimzo Indian (86) 
    E32 E34 E21 E20 E46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (81) 
    D37 D31 D35 D30 D38
 Queen's Indian (80) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16
 Slav (63) 
    D19 D10 D15 D11 D17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (341) 
    B90 B84 B82 B83 B22
 King's Indian (157) 
    E92 E97 E76 E60 E75
 Sicilian Najdorf (111) 
    B90 B92 B97 B93 B96
 Grunfeld (98) 
    D85 D97 D76 D78 D87
 Sicilian Scheveningen (70) 
    B84 B82 B83 B80 B81
 English (34) 
    A15 A10 A11 A13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 1-0
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 0-1
   Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 1-0
   Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 0-1
   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 1-0
   Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 1-0
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 0-1
   Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 1-0
   Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 0-1
   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984)
   Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985)
   Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Rematch (1986)
   Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1987)
   Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990)
   Kasparov - Short World Championship Match (1993)
   Kasparov - Anand World Championship Match (1995)
   Kasparov - Kramnik World Championship Match (2000)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Novgorod (1997)
   Linares (1997)
   Las Palmas (1996)
   Linares (1999)
   Wijk aan Zee Corus (2000)
   Astana (2001)
   Sarajevo (2000)
   Russian Championships 2004 (2004)
   10th Euwe Memorial (1996)
   Lichthof Chess Champions (2006)
   XXII Torneo Ciudad de Linares (2005)
   Linares (1994)
   Tilburg Fontys (1997)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Clubs Cup (Men) (2003)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by KingG
   Kasparov's super simuls by crawfb5
   Match Kasparov! by amadeus
   Size GAZA by lonchaney
   senakash's favorite games by senakash
   kasparov best games by brager
   senakash's favorite games qgd by senakash
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1990-1999 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   KASPAROV GAMES by gambitfan
   senakash's favorite games mini by senakash
   Road to the Championship - Garry Kasparov (I) by Fischer of Men
   senakash's favorite games ruylopez by senakash
   Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games (Stohl) by AdrianP
   senakash's favorite games garry by senakash

   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987
   Kasparov vs Igor Ivanov, 1978

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(born Apr-13-1963) Azerbaijan (citizen of Russia)
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One of the greatest players of all time, Kasparov was undisputed World Champion from 1985 until 1993, and Classical World Champion from 1993 until 2000. Known to chess fans world wide as the <Beast From Baku> on account of his aggressive and highly successful style of play, his main early influence was the combative and combinative style of play displayed by Alexander Alekhine.

Early Years

Originally named Garry Kimovich Weinstein (or Weinshtein), he was born in Baku, in what was then the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic (now the Republic of Azerbaijan), and is the son of Klara Shagenovna Kasparova and Kim Moiseyevich Weinstein. At five years old, young Garry Weinstein taught himself how to play chess from watching his relatives solve chess puzzles in a newspaper. His immense natural talent was soon realized and from age 7, he attended the Young Pioneer Palace in Baku (where for some time he was known as "Garry Bronstein".*). At 10, he began training at the Mikhail Botvinnik Soviet chess school. He was first coached by Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov and later by Alexander Shakarov. Five years after his father's untimely death from leukaemia, the twelve year old chess prodigy adopted the Russian-sounding name Garry Kasparov (Kas-PARE-off) a reference to his mother's Armenian maiden name, Gasparyan (or Kasparian).


Junior Twelve-year old Kasparov won the Soviet Junior Championship, held in Tbilisi in 1976 scoring 7/9, and repeated his success in 1977, winning with a score of 8˝ of 9. The next several years were spent marking his rise as a world-class talent. He became World Junior Champion in 1980 in Dortmund, the same year he earned the grandmaster title.

National He first qualified for the Soviet Chess Championship at age 15 in 1978, the youngest ever player at that level. He won the 64-player Swiss system tournament at Daugavpils on tiebreak over Igor Vasilievich Ivanov, to capture the sole qualifying place. He was joint Soviet Champion in 1980-81 with Lev Psakhis ** and in 1988 Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov tied in the Super-Soviet Championship***. In 2004, Garry Kasparov won the Russian Championships 2004 (2004) with a stunning +5 score.

World On the basis of his result in the 1981 Soviet Championship, which doubled as a zonal tournament for the USSR region, he earned a place in the 1982 Moscow Interzonal tournament, which he won, to qualify for the Candidates Tournament matches that were held in 1983 and 1984. At age 19, he was the youngest Candidate since Robert James Fischer, who was 15 when he qualified in 1958. At this stage, he was already the #2-rated player in the world, trailing only world champion Karpov on the January 1983 list. These Candidates matches were the first and last Candidates matches Kasparov contested, as he declined to participate in the Candidates held under the auspices of the PCA in 2002 to decide a challenger to his successor as classical World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik. Kasparov's first Candidates match in Moscow was a best-of-ten affair against Alexander Beliavsky, whom he defeated 6–3 (+4 -1 =4). After much political ado, Kasparov defeated Viktor Korchnoi in London in the best-of-12 semi-final match by 7–4 (+4 -1 =6), and in early 1984 in Vilnius he defeated former World Champion Vasily Smyslov in the best-of-16 finals played by 8.5-4.5 (+4 =9 -0) to earn his challenge against Karpov. By the time the match with Smyslov was played, Kasparov had become the number-one ranked player in the world with a FIDE rating of 2710. He became the youngest ever world number-one, a record that lasted 12 years until being broken by Vladimir Kramnik in January 1996 and again by his former pupil, Magnus Carlsen in 2010.

At one stage during the Karpov-Kasparov World Championship Match (1984), Kasparov trailed 5-0 in the first-to-win-6 match. He then fought back to win three games and bring the score to 5–3 in Karpov's favour after 48 games, making it the longest world championship match ever. At that point, the match was ended without result by the then FIDE President, the late Florencio Campomanes, with Karpov thus retaining the title. Further details can be found in the match link at the head of this paragraph. Kasparov won the best-of-24 games Karpov-Kasparov World Championship Match (1985) in Moscow by 13–11, winning the 24th and last game with Black. He was then 22, the youngest ever World Champion, and broke the record held by Mikhail Tal for over 20 years. Karpov exercised his right to a rematch, the Karpov-Kasparov World Championship Rematch (1986), which took place in 1986, hosted jointly in London and Leningrad, with each city hosting 12 games. Kasparov scored of 12˝–11˝, retaining the title. The fourth match, the Kasparov-Karpov World Championship Match (1987) in Seville. Karpov had been directly seeded into and won the final match of the Candidates' Matches to again become the official challenger. Kasparov retained his title by winning the final game and drawing the match 12–12. The fifth and last championship match between the two, Kasparov-Karpov World Championship Match (1990), was held in New York and Lyon in 1990, with each city hosting 12 games. Kasparov won by 12˝–11˝. In their five world championship matches, the combined game tally was +21 -19 =104 in Kasparov’s favour.

Kasparov subsequently defended his title against Nigel Short under the auspices of the PCA in 1993, and against Viswanathan Anand in 1995. Five years later, in 2000 (Kasparov-Kramnik World Championship Match (2000)), Kasparov finally relinquished his crown to his former student, Vladimir Kramnik who was granted the right to challenge without having to qualify, the first time this had happened since 1935, when Alexander Alekhine selected Max Euwe as his challenger. Subsequently, Kasparov remained the top rated player in the world, ahead of both Kramnik and the FIDE World Champions, on the strength of a series of wins in major tournaments.

Under the "Prague Agreement” which was put together by Yasser Seirawan to reunite the two titles, Kasparov was to play a match against the 2002 FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov in September 2003. But this match was cancelled when Ponomariov was dissatisfied with the terms of the contract. Subsequent plans for a match against 2004 FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, to be held in January 2005 in the United Arab Emirates fell through due to lack of funding. Shortly after this, Kasparov announced his retirement from competitive chess.

In an interview in 2007, Kasparov said that <…my decision in 1993 to break away from the world chess federation, FIDE, with Nigel Short was the worst mistake of my career. It was a serious miscalculation on my part. I thought we could start fresh with a professional organisation, but there was little support among the players. It led to short-term progress in commercial sponsorship for chess, but in the long run hurt the game...> ****

Classical Tournaments

In 1978, Kasparov won the Sokolsky Memorial tournament in Minsk as a wild card entry, a victory which convinced Kasparov he could aim for the World Championship. He played in a grandmaster tournament in Banja Luka, Yugoslavia in 1979 while still unrated, due to Korchnoi’s withdrawal. He took first place with an undefeated record, two points ahead of the field. Game Collection: Banja Luka 1979 He emerged with a provisional rating of 2595, immediately landing at world number 15, a feat only surpassed by Gata Kamsky in July 1990. His first win in a superclass-level international tournament was scored at Bugojno, Yugoslavia in 1982 and his win in Linares in 2002 is the tenth victory in a record for the most consecutive victories in super tournaments: Linares 4 (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, Wijk aan Zee 3 (1999, 2000, 2001), Sarajevo 2 (1999, 2000) and Astana 1 (2001). Kasparov also holds the record for most consecutive professional tournament victories, placing first or equal first in 15 individual tournaments from 1981 to 1990. It started with the 1981 USSR Championship and finished in Linares in 1990. His five epic title matches against Karpov were held during this period. Subsequently, Kasparov won Linares again in 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005, the latter being his swan song from the game.


Kasparov played in eight Olympiads. He represented the Soviet Union four times, in 1980, 1982, 1986 and 1988, and Russia four times: in 1992, 1994, 1996 and 2002 playing board 1 on each occasion apart from 1980 (2nd reserve) and 1982 (2nd board). In 82 games, he scored (+50 =29 -3), for 78.7% and won a total of 19 medals, including 8 team gold medals, 5 board golds, 2 performance golds, 2 performance silvers and 2 board bronzes. Kasparov also represented the USSR once in Youth Olympiad competition at Graz in 1981, when he played board 1 for the USSR board 1, scoring 9/10 (+8 =2 -0), the team winning the gold medal.

Team chess

Kasparov made his international teams debut for the USSR at age 16 in the 1980 European Team Championship at Skara and played for Russia in the 1992 edition of that championship. He won a total of five medals including at Skara 1980, as USSR 2nd reserve, 5˝/6 (+5 =1 -0), team gold, board gold and at Debrecen 1992, Russia board 1, 6/8 (+4 =4 -0), team gold, board gold, performance silver.


<Computer> Kasparov defeated the chess computer Deep Thought (Computer) in both games of a two-game match in 1989. In February 1996, he defeated IBM's chess computer Deep Blue (Computer) with three wins and two draws and one loss. In 1997, an updated version of Deep Blue defeated Kasparov 3˝–2˝ in a highly publicised six-game match. The match was even after five games but Kasparov lost Game 6 - Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1997 - to lose the match. This was the first time a computer had ever defeated a world champion in match play. In January 2003, he played and drew a six game FIDE Man-Machine WC (2003) match against Deep Junior (Computer). In November 2003, he played and drew a four-game Man-Machine World Chess Championship (2003) against the computer program X3D Fritz (Computer) X3D Fritz, although he was constrained through the use of a virtual board, 3D glasses and a speech recognition system.

<Human – classical> Kasparov played several matches apart from his matches in the World Championship cycles. Full details can be seen at Game Collection: Match Kasparov!.

<Human – rapid> In 1998, Kasparov played a blitz match against Kramnik in Moscow, that match being drawn +7-7=10. He fared better in the 2000 internet blitz match against Judit Polgar, winning one and drawing one. The following year, he played a blitz match against the many times Greek speed chess champion Hristos Banikas of Greece, winning 5 and drawing one. In his 2002 blitz against Elisabeth Paehtz in Munich, he won 6-0. Later in 2002, Kasparov lost a four game rapid match (+1 -2 =1) over two days in December 2002 in New York City against Anatoly Karpov. In 2009 in Valencia, Spain, he again played Karpov, and won the Kasparov-Karpov Rapid Match (2009) 3-1 and the Kasparov-Karpov Blitz Match (2009) by 6-2. In 2011, as part of his Chess In Schools campaign, he played a two game Kasparov-Lagrave Blitz Match (2011) in Clichy France, winning by 1.5-0.5. A few months later in October 2011, he won the Kasparov-Short Blitz Match (2011) 4.5-3.5 (+3 -2 =3), breaking the deadlock after game 7 by winning game 8 to win the match.

<Simuls> In 1985, Kasparov played his first simul against a team, the Hamburg Bundesliga team lead by GM Murray Chandler, and lost 3.5-4.5, the first and only time he lost a simul against a team. In 1987, he played a simul against the same albeit slightly stronger team, but this time he was prepared and crushed the Hamburg players 7-1; later in 1987 he also crushed the Swiss team: Game Collection: Kasparov vs Swiss Team Simul by 5.5-0.5, drawing only with former World Junior Champion Werner Hug. In 1988 he played a simul against the French team in Evry (Game Collection: Kasparov vs French Team Simul), winning 4, drawing one and losing one; he played the French team again in 1989 (Game Collection: Kasparov vs French Team Simul 1989), this time winning three and drawing 3 games. Also in 1988 he played a simul against a group of powerful US Juniors, and won by 4-2 (+3 -1 =2)*****. In 1992, Kasparov played a clock simul against the German team ( Game Collection: Kasparov vs German National Team Simul) which included former title contender Vlastimil Hort with whom he drew, winning 2 and drawing 2. He played a simul against the Argentinean team (Game Collection: Kasparov vs Argentinian Team Simul) winning (+7 -1 =4); in 1998 he played the Israeli team (Game Collection: Kasparov vs Israeli National Team Simul) winning 7-1, and in 2001 he played the Czech team (Game Collection: Kasparov vs Czech National Team Simul) in Prague, winning by +4 -1 =3.


Kasparov's ratings achievements include being rated world #1 according to Elo rating almost continuously from 1986 until his retirement in 2005. He was the world number-one ranked player for 255 months, a record that far outstrips all other previous and current number-one ranked players. Kasparov had the highest Elo rating in the world continuously from 1986 to 2005. However, Vladimir Kramnik equaled him in the January 1996 FIDE ratings list, technically supplanting him because he played more games. He was also briefly ejected from the list following his split from FIDE in 1993, but during that time he headed the rating list of the rival PCA. At the time of his retirement, he was still ranked #1 in the world, with a rating of 2812. In January 1990 Kasparov achieved the (then) highest FIDE rating ever, passing 2800 and breaking Bobby Fischer's old record of 2785. On the July 1999 and January 2000 FIDE rating lists Kasparov reached a 2851 Elo rating, which became the highest rating ever achieved until surpassed by Magnus Carlsen in 2013. There was a time in the early 1990s when Kasparov was over 2800 and the only person in the 2700s was Anatoly Karpov.


Under Kasparov's tutelage, Carlsen became the youngest ever to achieve a FIDE rating higher than 2800, and the youngest ever world number one. Kasparov also assisted Anand’s preparation for the Anand-Topalov World Chess Championship (2010) against challenger Veselin Topalov. Since his retirement, Kasparov has concentrated much of his time and energy in Russian politics. He is also a prolific author, most famously his <My Great Predecessors> series. His politics and authorship are discussed at some detail in the wiki article and at his official website cited below. In 2007, he was ranked 25th in The Daily Telegraph's list of 100 greatest living geniuses and has won 11 Chess Oscars.

Kasparov has been married three times: first to Masha, with whom he had a daughter, Polina (b. 1993), before divorcing; to Yulia, with whom he had a son, Vadim (b. 1996) before their 2005 divorce; and to Daria, with whom he also has a daughter, Aida (b. 2006).

Biography: Kasparov’s official website: Kasparov Chess Foundation: http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.... ]

*; ** [rusbase-1]; *** [rusbase-2]; **** [rusbase-3]; *****

Wikipedia article: Kasparov

 page 1 of 94; games 1-25 of 2,350  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Kengis vs Kasparov ½-½54 1973 Vilnius LTUB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. Kasparov vs S Muratkuliev 1-032 1973 Baku tt U18C77 Ruy Lopez
3. Kasparov vs O Vasilchenko 1-040 1973 KievC03 French, Tarrasch
4. E Magerramov vs Kasparov 0-135 1973 BakuB54 Sicilian
5. Kasparov vs Averbakh 1-048 1974 Moscow clock simC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-148 1975 BakuB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. Einoris vs Kasparov 0-142 1975 BakuB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
8. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-148 1975 LeningradB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
9. Dvoirys vs Kasparov ½-½45 1975 BakuB89 Sicilian
10. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-032 1975 BakuB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
11. Korchnoi vs Kasparov ½-½42 1975 Palace of Pioneers sim.E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. Karpov vs Kasparov 1-045 1975 LeningradB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. Kasparov vs E Kengis ½-½27 1975 BakuB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
14. O Pavlenko vs Kasparov 0-134 1975 BakuE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
15. Kasparov vs Polugaevsky ½-½25 1975 LeningradB40 Sicilian
16. Kasparov vs B Kantsler 1-032 1975 Junior competitionC00 French Defense
17. Kasparov vs Gorelov 1-058 1975 BakuC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
18. E Vladimirov vs Kasparov ½-½30 1975 VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
19. Tilichkin vs Kasparov 0-143 1975 BakuB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
20. Kasparov vs Yurtaev 0-144 1975 BakuB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
21. Kasparov vs Smyslov 0-130 1975 Team GM/Young PioneersC60 Ruy Lopez
22. Rizvonov vs Kasparov 0-137 1975 VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
23. Murey vs Kasparov 0-139 1976 MoscowE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
24. Kasparov vs Z Lanka ½-½60 1976 TbilisiB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
25. Z Sturua vs Kasparov 1-028 1976 TbilisiA48 King's Indian
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Kasparov on Kasparov: Part I

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Jul-03-14  AsosLight: Because Kasparov was obviously his artistic surname like he himself explained so eloquently countless times. Since he decided not to be an artist anymore but ebb to a pawn status he is back to his nominal name.
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  Shams: <AsosLight> Nobody is buying that rationale. He still goes by Kasparov. It says something about you that you get a kick out of reminding people that Garry was born with a Jewish surname.
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  perfidious: Even in Kasparov's days as a junior, he was known as such: as <Shams> notes, this continuous use of Weinstein tells far more about the poster who insists upon invoking it than it ever could about the subject of this page--by any name.

Those of us who follow chess care little for Kasparov's origins, just his games and politics, whatever we make of either.

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  HeMateMe: I was looking through one of his books, where he evaluates his own games, and early career--superb stuff. I think he mentions dropping "Weinstein" because he felt it would hurt him getting invitations to national tournaments, the very best events in Moscow and Leningrad. Or, it could be a reaction to his father not being a part of his life, and had nothing to do with chess.

Not sure, but I think his earliest trainer(s) suggested this to him, dropping the Jewish surname in the anti semitic USSR, when he started winning adult tournaments in the Azerbaijani area and his potential looked unlimited.

Jul-04-14  AsosLight: Well if you search for bios of erotic actors (lets us say)you will see something like this: Blue Black (1988 Austin, Texas) real name Alexandra Brown etc. there must be a reason for this don't you think?
Jul-04-14  torrefan: Everything happens for a reason.
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  john barleycorn: Kasparov took the russified version of his mothers family name when he was 12 and already in the Botvinnik school.

He became member of the CPSU in 1984 before his match with Karpov. Karpov at that time was not a member of the CPSU.

Yes, there is a reason...turn, turn, turn

Jul-18-14  MissScarlett: < Garry Kasparov @Kasparov63 · 14h

My sarcastic tweet yesterday about Russia "exporting missiles to Ukraine" was painfully prescient. A tragedy, but not an accident.>

Jul-23-14  tzar: Kasparov has already been sort of FIDE President. He set up the PCA which he ruled as a dictator. A recent post claimed that we have been waiting already 15 years for Kirsan to admit that his 2 game knockout championship tournaments were an error...and it is true...But meanwhile what was happening at the PCA? Kasparov went so far as changing the challenger for the title (preventing Shirov to play him and replacing him by Kramnik...just like that).

FIDE with Kirsan if far from perfect, but is better than becoming Kasparov's backyard to carry out his egocentric experiments.

Jul-23-14  Olavi: <tzar: Kasparov has already been sort of FIDE President. He set up the PCA which he ruled as a dictator.> The PCA was founded precisely for the reason that FIDE is a federation of federations, its record in matters of professional chess has always been poor. PCA was supposed to by some sort of anti-FIDE. <But meanwhile what was happening at the PCA? Kasparov went so far as changing the challenger for the title (preventing Shirov to play him and replacing him by Kramnik...just like that).> absolutely untrue. Neither challenge had anything to do with the PCA, nor were they linked to each other. Two different organizations were responsible for them. Kasparov didn't replace Shirov with anybody.
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  john barleycorn: <Olavi> PCA = Professional Chess Association. Founded because Kasparov and Short were unhappy with FIDE and the lacking professionalism. Unprofessionally managed itself the PCA closed down soon. Now, Kasparov is claiming to bring professionalism to FIDE, good marketing and money when elected president. Ridiculous;imo? Or has he taken classes in leadership at a night school?
Jul-23-14  MissScarlett: The PCA didn't exist after 1995. 1998 saw the advent of:

<Garry Kasparov announces the formation of the World Chess Council (WCC). Humorously, the world's chess media later dubs WCC as standing for 'World Championship Cancelled', when a succession of sponsorship deals fall by the wayside.>

If/when Kasparov loses this election, it will be interesting to see his reaction. Will he walk away from chess politics completely? Are all his commitments to promoting chess in developing countries solely contingent on his becoming President? Will he step down as Croatia's FIDE delegate? I knew he received Croatian citizenship, but the speed with which he assumed this delegacy requires explanation.

Jul-23-14  Olavi: Kasparov has often proved ridiculous when trying to mix with politics or chesspolitics... but having failed with one kind of organization, it doesn't necessarily follow that one shouldn't try to modify another kind of one. But I'm sceptical... but of course he stands no chance in the elections.
Jul-23-14  csmath: My feelings exactly. I hate when he mixes politics and chess. His political views are OK, he is a chess giant of historic proportions but ... when he puts that together is nothing but the worst.

He should either do one or the other but not both. FIDE does not need politics.

I would prefer him writing chess books, I think this is the best he does now that he is retired. His chess insights are remarkable and writing more books would be truly the biggest contribution he can make short of simply playing chess.

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  john barleycorn: <Olavi> Just by calling somebody "unprofessional" doesn't make me "professional". In fact, makes me appear even more unprofessional - kind of childish. A professional in a field should present credentials not lipservice. Except for short lived organisations, an unsuccessful campaign for russian president what else is there?
Jul-23-14  tzar: Kasparov record:


-Tried to play a double game by being a CPSU member, benefiting from USSR privileges but sort of wanted to pretend that he was a rebel.

-Accused FIDE and Campomanes of cheating when cancelling 1984 WC match.

-Accused Karpov of cheating in the 1985 WC without any solid evidence (Vladimirov case).

-Accused IBM of cheating in the match vs Deep Blue(without solid evidence).

-Cheated when playing vs J.Polgar.

-"Betrayed" FIDE and set up a new organization that almost destroyed chess as an organized sport (failing to manage it properly).

- Had an influence in the completely dishonest replacing of Shirov by Kramnik in the WCC WC 2000(because it had more commercial attractive).

- Believes that he is the new Metternich in politics (ignored by Russian population and considered by many as a "traitor" working for foreign interests).

-Has had endless disputes with other GMs, mainly because of his arrogance.


-He is probably the best chess player in history with a fascinating personality.

-Enormous contribution to chess.

Jul-23-14  Olavi: <john barleycorn> For its short existence 1993-96, the PCA could well be called a professional organisation, under commissioner Bob Rice. It had a good cycle of events, with reasonably structured sponsorship. A kind of mini-ATP. Kasparov was a professional chessplayer, not organizer; but losing the Intel contract could well be placed on his shoulders. <tzar> should check his facts a bit more carefully. I just repeat the Shirov/Kramnik case, but the above contains more mistakes.
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  john barleycorn: <Olavi> are you sure it was PCA and not GMA? I have to look into the old magazines and re-read it.

However, names like Salov and Ponomariov come to mind when talking Kasparov's "dark side".

I see his greatest handicap in leading an organization that he is not loyal to people "under" him, imo.

Jul-23-14  Refused: If you mean the Ponomariov-Kasparov match, wich never materialized, I think that was one of the few instances in which Kasparov was relatively blamless (maybe not absolutely innocent, but I wouldn't place the lion's share of blame onto his shoulders).

That failure is probably better placed at Ponomariov's and FIDE's doorsteps. If I recall it correctly, it was Pono who did not <man up> to play Kasparov. He even admitted a few years later he felt a intimidated by the pospect of playing Kasparov, arguably the biggest chess player that ever lived. In the aftermath there was some bickering between FIDE (Atalik I think) and Kasparov over funds gone missing or having never existed or something like that. It's been a while and I am kinda too lazy to search the net over the details. So if anybody with a better recollection of what happened there and can provide some links, that would be really appreciated on my part.

His failure to establish some sustainable alternative to FIDE after the split, and the whole Shirov/Kramnik affair, those are the biggest failures on Kasparov side. And reason enough, why I don't want to see him ascend to FIDE presidency.

His cheating Polgar is also another dark episode in his past, but not really something that would make him more or less crooked than Kirsan.

I don't want to go into details about his political shenanigans. But he is pretty much a one topic guy: <Putin> He will be best buddies with whomever he perceives as playing hardball with Putin. Failing to realize nobody in the West is actually interested in playing hardball with Putin.

Jul-23-14  Olavi: <john barleycorn> Quite sure. The forerunner GMA, founded in Kasparovs suite in the Dubai Sheraton during the olympiad in 1986 and officially sometime in 1987, had a wonderful World Cup with 24 players in -88-89 that included absolutely every top player. The like has not been seen before or since. They also held qualifiers for the next cycle, but that collapsed for lack of sponsorship after the first tournament, Reykjavik 1990. They negotiated with FIDE about involvement in the World championship organization, but that came to nothing. The soul of the GMA was Bessel Kok.

The PCA managed (after Kasp-Short 1993) to hold a full PCA WC cycle, starting with a qualifier, candidates matches, ending with Kasp-Anand NY WTC 1995. They also held a minicycle of top invitationals, but that remained really a torso. What they managed well was a cycle of top rapid events, in places like NY, London, Paris, Moscow, Rome I think also. But contrary to the GMA, Karpov, Salov (and some others from the top ten if memory serves) skpped the PCA.

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  perfidious: The World Cup mentioned by <Olavi> was an outstanding series of events and it is unfortunate that there was no second go-round for it.

That series, taken as a whole, marked John Nunn 's greatest success at top level, as he finished fourth overall--no mean feat for a player hardly reckoned as a serious title contender, with Kasparov and Karpov distinctly odds-on to take the top two spots.

Jul-23-14  Olavi: Not quite, the final overall standings, in fact 25 players: 1.Kasparov
4.Ehlvest (a big surprise)
7.-8.Beliavsky, Short
9.-10.Huebner, Timman
20.Yusupov (big failure)
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  perfidious: <Olavi> Is that right? The system used to determine the final placings was a combination of mathematical formulae (supplied by Nunn himself) and actual results.
Jul-23-14  Olavi: A combination of points scored and tournament placings, somewhat complicated by the fact that four of the six tournaments had a local player, and games against him counted towards the points but not placing. Unfortunate, caused by the fact that an omission in the rules led to both Nikolic and Nogueiras getting a spot.
Jul-23-14  Olavi: Correction: games against the local boys counted only towards the individual tournaments, resulting in Barcelona in a winner (Kasparov by tie break) who scored less WC points than the runner up (Ljubo).
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