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Garry Kasparov
Number of games in database: 2,347
Years covered: 1973 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2812
Highest rating achieved in database: 2851
Overall record: +781 -118 =769 (69.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      679 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
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 (62) 
    D19 D10 D15 D11 D17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (342) 
    B90 B84 B82 B83 B22
 King's Indian (158) 
    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?]
   Linares (1994)
   10th Euwe Memorial (1996)
   Tilburg Fontys (1997)
   Novgorod (1997)
   Linares (1997)
   Linares (1999)
   Sarajevo (2000)
   Wijk aan Zee Corus (2000)
   Astana (2001)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Russian Championships 2004 (2004)
   XXII Torneo Ciudad de Linares (2005)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by KingG
   Kasparov's super simuls by crawfb5
   Match Kasparov! by amadeus
   senakash's favorite games by senakash
   Size GAZA by lonchaney
   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
   Road to the Championship - Garry Kasparov (I) by Fischer of Men
   senakash's favorite games mini by senakash
   senakash's favorite games ruylopez by senakash
   Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games (Stohl) by AdrianP
   senakash's favorite games garry by senakash

GAMES ANNOTATED BY KASPAROV: [what is this?]
   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987
   Kasparov vs Igor Ivanov, 1978

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GARRY KASPAROV
(born Apr-13-1963) Azerbaijan (citizen of Russia)
PRONUNCIATION:
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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).

Championships

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 8½ 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 12½–11½, 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 12½–11½. 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.

Olympiads

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, 5½/6 (+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.

Matches

<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 3½–2½ 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.

Rating

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.

Other

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: http://www.kasparovagent.com/garry_... Kasparov’s official website: http://kasparov.com/ Kasparov Chess Foundation: http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.... ]

* http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/chess2/...; ** [rusbase-1]; *** [rusbase-2]; **** [rusbase-3]; ***** http://www.chessbase.com/newsprint....

Wikipedia article: Kasparov


 page 1 of 94; games 1-25 of 2,350  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs O Vasilchenko 1-040 1973 KievC03 French, Tarrasch
2. E Kengis vs Kasparov ½-½54 1973 Vilnius LTUB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
3. Kasparov vs S Muratkuliev 1-032 1973 Baku tt U18C77 Ruy Lopez
4. E Magerramov vs Kasparov 0-135 1973 BakuB54 Sicilian
5. Kasparov vs Averbakh 1-048 1974 Moscow clock simC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. Karpov vs Kasparov 1-045 1975 LeningradB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. Kasparov vs Smyslov 0-130 1975 Team GM/Young PioneersC60 Ruy Lopez
8. Kasparov vs E Kengis ½-½27 1975 BakuB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. O Pavlenko vs Kasparov 0-134 1975 BakuE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
10. Kasparov vs Polugaevsky ½-½25 1975 LeningradB40 Sicilian
11. Kasparov vs Gorelov 1-058 1975 BakuC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
12. E Vladimirov vs Kasparov ½-½30 1975 VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
13. Tilichkin vs Kasparov 0-143 1975 BakuB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
14. Kasparov vs Yurtaev 0-144 1975 BakuB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
15. Rizvonov vs Kasparov 0-137 1975 VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
16. Korchnoi vs Kasparov ½-½42 1975 Palace of Pioneers sim.E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
17. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-148 1975 BakuB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. Einoris vs Kasparov 0-142 1975 BakuB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
19. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-148 1975 LeningradB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
20. Kasparov vs B Kantsler 1-032 1975 Junior competitionC00 French Defense
21. Dvoirys vs Kasparov ½-½45 1975 BakuB89 Sicilian
22. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-032 1975 BakuB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
23. Kasparov vs O Pavlenko ½-½35 1976 MoscowB02 Alekhine's Defense
24. Kasparov vs L Eolian 1-041 1976 Soviet UnionD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Kasparov vs Z Sturua  ½-½38 1976 TbilisiD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kasparov on Kasparov: Part I

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 716 OF 716 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Apr-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  thomastonk: <RedShield> Please include me on your ignore list. Thank you.
Apr-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Many of us here wish <RedShield> would ship out--for good and all.
Apr-02-14  csmath: <I have formed the opinion that Garry Kasparov will be elected FIDE President at the August 2014 FIDE meeting at Tromso, Norway. The reasons for my opinion are that Garry has been running an excellent campaign (he's all over sub-Saharan Africa prospecting for votes!), and Vlad Putin's seizure of Crimea is a severe blow to Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov. Kirsan is known to be Moscow's man, and few nations will now vote to keep Russia in charge of FIDE.

Garry is not my favorite person, but he will be a large improvement on Kirsan as FIDE President.>

I think that you are right on Kasparov's chances. Now his chances increased as anti-Putin voice.

But I do not share you opinion on Kasparov as an improvement. He is an impulsive and egocentric man who rarely admits errors. While he is very loud about his support for democratic principles his actions in the past are anything but.

And one very important thing - he brings politics into FIDE and Kirsan Ilyuzhimov was not doing that. I think that will be disastrous for chess organization, I cannot see any benefits from that. I would prefer Kasparov to do either chess or politics but not both.

Apr-02-14  Kaspablanca: Let the less bad person run for FIDE president, that man is Kirsan! In my opinion GK only wants to be FIDE president to fill his ego.
Apr-02-14
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  visayanbraindoctor: I have never read OMGP. I got surprised after reading these critiques linked to in posts above.

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

It seems that there are a lot of factual errors in the books when it comes to history. OMGP is an excellent chess book but not a history book. Yet I have read threads of posts here in CG that seem to suppose the work also doubles as a chess history book.

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skitt...

The above is a very interesting critique by GM Wolff. He praises much of Kasparov's analysis. It seems to me that he is also saying Kasparov was shoehorning many of the moves and games of past masters in order to fit with his concept of chess evolution in time, when in fact these moves and games can be fully explained by these masters just playing a good (or bad) game of chess according to basic chess principles, as applicable as they are today as in their time.

Excerpts.

<Wolff: What’s the big deal about “not going beyond the third rank?” It’s a funny feature of the game, to be sure, but I don’t think people in the 19th century had much trouble understanding the importance of open diagonals and files leading to the king!>

And

<Now first of all, let’s acknowledge the obvious: Capablanca may have just blundered a pawn with 8...g6. After all, he himself said that the idea was “brought out on the spur of the moment, with the intention of putting White on his own resources.” By his own admission, it doesn’t look like he put any thought into this at home before the game. Even so, it is still impressive that he squeezed everything he could out of the position.>

Is it possible that a lot of kibitzers and chess fans have been influenced by GKK's OMGP and its shoehorning tendency to fit historical games into an unsubstantiated concept of chess evolution and development? I see a lot of posts that imply that the old masters won't be able to comprehend 'modern' chess principles. As if basic chess principles have suddenly changed spots. Which they have not. The importance of center, open files and diagonals, weak squares and pawns, piece activity, tempo, initiative and attack, and all types of combinations were as familiar to them as to us. And blunders occurred then as now. The results of most of the pre-WW2 games can be fully explained by the above, without the extraneous factor of trying to shoehorn them into some kind of chess evolutionary tree.

An important point by Wolff:

<the really interesting theme Kasparov could have focused on is opening preparation. Think of the difference between this move and, say, Kasparov’s 10th game against Anand in the 1995 World Championship Match. Several interesting contrasts between these two cases are:

1. Alekhine’s sacrifice came at a much earlier point in the game (showing the still relative immaturity of openings played at even the World Championship level)

2. Alekhine’s move was entirely his own idea (whereas Kasparov built upon an idea of Tal’s and followed a game played between two lower-level players several years earlier)

3. Alekhine analyzed the move by himself, without seconds (and certainly without a computer)

4. Alekhine’s move was unsound, whereas to date we believe Kasparov’s innovation was correct. Each of these points highlight important ways that opening preparation has evolved in the intervening 58 years since these two games were played. An analysis of the evolution of opening analysis at the highest levels would have been fascinating.>

The above IMO is what really marks the difference between pre-WW2 chess and today's chess. Yet everything is also fundamentally the same, aside from these details. And probably for as long as chess rules stay the same.

Opening novelties now usually occur about 5 moves later. Novelties are also usually sounder (because of analysis by seconds and computers). However, after that everyone has to play the middlegame and endgame in the same fundamental way masters did a hundred years ago, relying on one's inherent talents, skills, motivation, and tenacity, following the same fundamental chess rules and time limited by a chess clock. Improving one's skills, motivation, and tenacity are what fundamentally improves our chess games, not an intensive search for opening novelties.

In addition, it seems to me that much of modern opening research in sharp openings has also become a search for unexpected tactical shots and opening traps, that would give the innovator either an objective or a psychological edge after the novelty is sprung. This is what we also usually see in over the board theoretical opening discussions.

Alternatively one can also prepare openings by entirely sidestepping sharp variations; just going into a safe and quiet nearly equal middlegame, and then trying to outplay one's opponent from there.

Apr-03-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  juan31: Thank you Master Kasparov, for coming to Mexico whit the message of peace and education, your visit to the Senate and all its activities, for your Foundation, are very well regarded always Welcome
Apr-05-14  RedShield: <FIDE received two bids, both at the very last moment. One bid came in about 24 hours before the deadline: that of the Georgian Chess Federation, with a budget of “over US $20 million”, according to a press release. Another bid was received just two hours before the deadline: that of the South African Chess Federation, with a budget of US $12 million.

[...]

During the Olympiad in Tromsø there will be a General Assembly of FIDE's member federations, where the delegates will vote on the bids that have come in. In the same week the FIDE Presidential elections will take place. The two votes are not completely unrelated, says ECU President and FIDE's Continental President for Europe, Silvio Danailov: “It is known that Zurab Azmaiparashvili is very close with FIDE, while South Africa supports Garry Kasparov.”>

http://www.srv1a.chessvibes.com/fid...

Apr-13-14  andrewjsacks: Happy birthday, Champion. Thank you for all the thrills.
Apr-13-14  RedShield: If he becomes FIDE president, what do we call him? President, Mr. President, Sir?
Apr-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: < RedShield: If he becomes FIDE president, what do we call him? President, Mr. President, Sir?>

Don't worry about such details, right now. Think positive.

Apr-13-14  RedShield: <Thank you Master Kasparov, for coming to Mexico>

The massacre of the innocents:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJF...

Apr-13-14  Mr. President: <RedShield> As my chief of staff <john barleycorn> said.
Apr-13-14  RedShield: <Think positive.>

When he becomes FIDE president...

Apr-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  devere: <csmath: He is an impulsive and egocentric man who rarely admits errors.>

We've been waiting for 15 years now for Kirsan to admit that his 2 game knockout championship tournaments were an error, but he's holding another one for the women this October, which like last time may yield another semi-random "world champion". I've had enough of a man who wants to turn chess into the intellectual equivalent of roller derby, and apart from that he is Putin's man. It's time to hold our nose and give Gary Kasparov a try.

Apr-13-14
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  perfidious: <We've been waiting for 15 years now for Kirsan to admit that his 2 game knockout championship tournaments were an error....>

Hope no-one is holding their breath.

<....but he's holding another one for the women this October, which like last time may yield another semi-random "world champion".>

Oh, I can't wait.

Apr-13-14  naufallabs: Hb garry
Apr-13-14
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  john barleycorn: <RedShield: <Think positive.>

When he becomes FIDE president...>

Better pray then.

Apr-13-14  theodor: i wish you all the best! because you're the best.
Apr-14-14  RedShield: In the words of Charlie Chan, <Thank you so much.>
Apr-15-14  newton296: I have noticed that since Kramnik defeating Kasparov in 2001 many people believed that Vlad was stronger.. Who here believes this?

I'll bring up a few stats then you can decide for yourselves..

Garry Kasparov beat Vishy Anand 23-8 (38 draws)
Kasparov beat Kramnik 22-21 (79 draws)
Kasparov beat Shirov 17-0 !! (15 draws)
Kasparov beat Gelfand 13-0 !! (9 draws)
Kasparov beat morozevich 6-0 (4 draws)
Kasparov Beat ivanchuk 15-6 (27 draws
Kasparov beat bareev 12-0!! 6 draws
Kasparov beat Kamsky 10-1 3 draws
Kasparov beat j Polgar 11-1 3 draws
Kasparov beat Svidler 4-1 5 draws
Kasparov beat Leko 5-1 16 draws
Kasparov beat Adams 12-2 8 draws
Kasparov beat topalov 15-6 17 draws
Kasparov beat griscuk 6-0 5 draws

Kramnik beat grischk 2-0 4 draws
Kramnik beat Topaliv 24-13 42 draws
Adams Beat Kramnik 7-6 23 draws
Kramnik beat leko 15-8 61 draws
Kramnik beat svidler 10-6 20 draws
Kramnik beat polgar 20-0 !! 16 draws
Kamsky beat Kramnik 5-4 10 draws
Kramnik tied with Bareev 6-6 12 draws
Kramnik beat Ivanchuk 20-13 38 draws
Kramnik beat morozevich 7-5 10 draws
Kramnik beat Gelfand 13-5 37 draws
Shirov beat Kramnik 17-16 39 draws
Anand beat Kramnik 18-14 88 draws

What do you guys think??

Garry clearly stronger? when compared to all the other best players...

Apr-16-14  Everett: Kasparov lost one match and basically tied or came in first in nearly everything else, tournaments and matches, and this continued after 2000. So, I see no reason to believe that over his career anyone was <better> than him. The 2000 WC match was a blip. Kramnik was better for that moment, over 15 games, but that's it.
Apr-16-14
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  perfidious: While Kasparov's edge over his contemporaries was less pronounced in the final phase of his career (2001-2005) than previously--ie, he was not winning events with such large margins as he once had--he remained the strongest player in captivity during that period, including the man who took the title from him.
Apr-17-14  RookFile: There's an interesting question of average strength over a year or so, vs. strength on any one given day. For example, on some days, Ivanchuk can look like an otherworldly genius.
Apr-17-14  Everett: <rookfile> and Kasparov had both, the most dangerous player for any single game, AND over a 20+ yr period.

Nobody for 20 years said "oh, I wish I had someone easier today, like maybe Kasparov."

Apr-17-14  RookFile: Lasker was pretty good.
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