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Garry Kasparov
Kasparov 
Photograph courtesy of kasparovagent.com.  
Number of games in database: 2,360
Years covered: 1973 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2812
Highest rating achieved in database: 2851

Overall record: +734 -108 =740 (69.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 778 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (193) 
    B30 B40 B31 B50 B33
 Ruy Lopez (102) 
    C92 C84 C97 C80 C67
 Nimzo Indian (84) 
    E32 E34 E21 E20 E46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (81) 
    D37 D31 D35 D30 D38
 Queen's Indian (77) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16
 Slav (61) 
    D19 D10 D15 D11 D17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (344) 
    B90 B84 B82 B83 B22
 King's Indian (157) 
    E92 E97 E80 E60 E75
 Sicilian Najdorf (113) 
    B90 B97 B92 B93 B96
 Grunfeld (100) 
    D85 D97 D76 D87 D78
 Sicilian Scheveningen (70) 
    B84 B82 B83 B80 B81
 English (34) 
    A15 A10 A13 A11
Repertoire Explorer

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 Portisch, 1983 1-0
   Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 1-0
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 0-1
   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?]
   Niksic (1983)
   55th USSR Championship (1988)
   Linares (1997)
   Novgorod (1997)
   Corus (2000)
   Sarajevo (2000)
   Astana (2001)
   Linares (1999)
   Russian Championships 2004 (2004)
   XXII Torneo Ciudad de Linares (2005)
   Tilburg Fontys (1997)
   10th Euwe Memorial (1996)
   Linares (1994)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Clubs Cup (Men) (2003)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Kasparov The Killer!! by Zhbugnoimt
   Power Chess - Kasparov by Anatoly21
   GK Collection on the move to Fredthebear's den by fredthebear
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by niazidarwish
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by KingG
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by mangala
   Sicillian Defense by Zhbugnoimt
   Part 3: 1993-2005 (Kasparov) by Qindarka
   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
   Garry KASPAROV on Garry KASPAROV II 1985-1993 by beta

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

RECENT GAMES:
   W So vs Kasparov (Apr-29-16) 1-0, blitz
   Kasparov vs Nakamura (Apr-29-16) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Caruana vs Kasparov (Apr-29-16) 0-1, blitz
   Kasparov vs W So (Apr-29-16) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Nakamura vs Kasparov (Apr-29-16) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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GARRY KASPAROV
(born Apr-13-1963, 54 years old) Azerbaijan (federation/nationality 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 leukemia, 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) 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 won 12½–11½, retaining the title. The fourth match, the Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1987) was held 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 was the tenth victory in a row, 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

Last updated: 2016-10-10 12:10:41

 page 1 of 95; games 1-25 of 2,360  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs S Muratkuliev 1-0321973Baku tt U18C77 Ruy Lopez
2. Kasparov vs O Vasilchenko 1-0401973KievC03 French, Tarrasch
3. E Kengis vs Kasparov ½-½541973Vilnius LTUB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
4. E Magerramov vs Kasparov 0-1351973BakuB54 Sicilian
5. Kasparov vs Averbakh 1-0481974Moscow clock simC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. O Pavlenko vs Kasparov 0-1341975BakuE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
7. Kasparov vs E Kengis ½-½271975BakuB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. Romanishin vs Kasparov 0-1321975LeningradA02 Bird's Opening
9. Kasparov vs Gorelov 1-0581975BakuC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
10. Kasparov vs Polugaevsky ½-½251975LeningradB40 Sicilian
11. Kasparov vs Yurtaev 0-1441975BakuB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
12. Kasparov vs Smyslov 0-1301975Team GM/Young PioneersC60 Ruy Lopez
13. Tilichkin vs Kasparov 0-1431975BakuB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
14. E Vladimirov vs Kasparov ½-½301975VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
15. Einoris vs Kasparov 0-1421975BakuB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
16. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-1481975BakuB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
17. Rizvonov vs Kasparov 0-1371975VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
18. Karpov vs Kasparov 1-0451975LeningradB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-0321975BakuB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
20. Dvoirys vs Kasparov ½-½451975BakuB89 Sicilian
21. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-1481975LeningradB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
22. Kasparov vs B Kantsler 1-0321975Junior competitionA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Korchnoi vs Kasparov ½-½421975Palace of Pioneers sim.E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
24. Sakarov vs Kasparov ½-½221976MoscowB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. Kasparov vs Badalian ½-½971976TbilisiC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
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Kasparov on Kasparov: Part I

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Mar-16-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: if you speak 15 languages don't you automatically get the 'genius' title?
Mar-16-17  todicav23: <MissScarlett: Harry Weinstein, you ain't no Isaac Newton: http://sirisaacnewton.info/isaac-ne...

And I've never believed Bobby Nemenyi had an IQ of 167 or even 187.

No offence, but I'm smarter than those guys put together.>

Newton is probably the greatest scientist in the history but 190 is just an estimate. His IQ could be anywhere between 130 and 220.

Mar-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Other than those cookies, what else did this Newton do?
Mar-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: made sure apple pickers worked more promptly?
Mar-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: That he did.
Mar-19-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: The above reminds me of Alfred Binet's response when asked what intelligence is: "it is what my test measures".
Apr-13-17  rayoflight: Happy Birthday Garry.
Apr-13-17  gars: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster Kasparov!
Apr-13-17  Imran Iskandar: Happy 54th birthday, Garry!
Apr-13-17  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster!
Apr-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Thanks for the great games, Mr. K!
Apr-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday GM and ex-world Champion Gary Kasparov.

You are only 54. I was playing some of my best chess at that age. Please come back...

But if not, then I'm with HeMateMe. Thank you for all those great games, books and magic moments.

Apr-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Does anyone remember "<The Big Red Site>?" This was one of the first mainstream chess sites on the internet. It was owned and supervised by Kasparov. It was a pay site, you had to pay a fee to access content. I think there were guest GMs who gave tutorials in different openings, middlegame technique and endings. You might have been able to play against other people too, I can't remember the specifics.
Apr-13-17  andrewjsacks: Happy birthday, and thank you, Champ.
Apr-13-17  TheTamale: Happy birthday, GM Kasparov. Ha ha, I'm 2 weeks older than you. YOU LOSE.
Apr-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  botvinnik64: С днём рождения! May you live another 54!
Apr-13-17  rea: MGP is fascinating (I talked my public library into buying the 5 volumes), but really it's in some ways as much the first 5 volumes of Kasparov's 12-volume autobiography as it is a history.
Apr-21-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Ron: Recent op-ed by Kasparov on artificial intelligence:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/bus...

Apr-21-17
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  MissScarlett: <Kasparov Chess Online was a business venture created in mid-1999 by Garry Kasparov and a group of Israeli investors at the crest of the Internet boom to provide international subscribers the opportunity to play chess against each other online, to receive instruction and information from Garry Kasparov, and to promote the game of chess internationally, especially among children. Kasparov never received any compensation from the company and provided $110,000 in 2001 to keep the venture afloat. His role in the company was to oversee content for the site and to participate in promotional activities supporting it, while the Israeli investors would run the business side of the venture.

“I joined in this venture and put my name and my own money in it with great hopes of using the Internet to spread the game of chess throughout the world and especially to help children learn about and appreciate the game,” said Garry Kasparov. “Unfortunately, the economics of chess, the collapse of the high tech market, and some unwise spending decisions on the part of those controlling the business side of the venture combined to preclude us from realizing the potential of this super chess site and eventually taking the company public through an IPO, which we had all hoped to do. A number of people and institutions lost time and money in the venture, and that is regrettable.”

The company’s business plan was to gain subscribers and then make money through advertising, a common dot com strategy at the time. However, the business strategy proved untenable, and the company was unable to achieve profitability. It became apparent that there was a limited market for this service, and the company’s funding rapidly eroded.>

http://en.chessbase.com/post/they-w...

Apr-22-17  althus: I will maintain that KC failed because it was ten years ahead of its time. The chess supersites of today have basically the same business model: news, articles, instructional stuff, live play, forums, all in one. And they're sustainable ventures.

The difference is that today, video over the internet is common, and it wasn't in 1999. Video content has that extra juice that keeps eyeballs addicted, purely by the fact of it being video. Plus all the other fancy interface doodads that you can have on a webpage when you have the bandwidth to do it. The merchants of the attention economy have figured out by now how to keep you hooked, and this stuff is a big part.

Back then the technology just wasn't there yet. KC was trying to do a chess24 on *dialup* bandwith. Just imagine that.

Otherwise, I still have copies of some of the articles they ran. It was quality stuff. It also angers me that they used robots.txt to deliberately keep KC off of archive.org. So now it's gone forever. a selfish decision that erased an important artifact for everyone.

ps Hard to believe it's almost twenty years ago. I hate time.

May-12-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: Kasparov belabors the obvious parallels between Trump and Putin: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/... .
May-18-17  The Boomerang: "Kasparov in fact has an IQ of 135. The major German magazine Der Spiegel had Kasparov tested at its own expense"."

That's rubbish. His IQ can worked via his ELO. Look up the formula.

May-29-17
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  offramp: At 2pm today I was strolling past the British Library, as I always do when I walk from Euston to Kings Cross in he times of the year when the seasons are clement.

I of a sudden felt powerful stabbing pains in my brain.

An incapacitating megrimous spasm convulsed me. I clutched my head like a quarterback grips a football, and felt an eldritch ethereal kick to my skull that was not of this world.

I later found out that Kasparov was in the British Library! Is that cool or what?

May-29-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Sounds like a Robert Louis Stevenson story "The Strange Adventures Outside the British Library"
May-29-17
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  HeMateMe: What would this be? the photo is titled "The Manhattan Project--Kasparov, Kamen, and Kheifits."

<https://www.osti.gov/opennet/manhat...>

just another fellow on fifth avenue, outside the museum of modern art, on central park:

<http://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t5...>

I like this cover photo:

<http://faculty.ycp.edu/~dweiss/imag...>

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