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Kasparov 
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Garry Kasparov
Number of games in database: 2,349
Years covered: 1973 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2812
Highest rating achieved in database: 2851
Overall record: +779 -116 =766 (70.0%)*
   * 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.

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 (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
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 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 (1997)
   Novgorod (1997)
   Wijk aan Zee Corus (2000)
   Las Palmas (1996)
   Russian Championships 2004 (2004)
   Astana (2001)
   Linares (1999)
   Sarajevo (2000)
   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
   Road to the Championship - Garry Kasparov (I) by Fischer of Men
   senakash's favorite games mini by senakash
   senakash's favorite games garry by senakash
   senakash's favorite games ruylopez by senakash
   Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games (Stohl) by AdrianP

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, 51 years old) 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 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.

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, 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.

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 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.

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 2,349  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Kengis vs Kasparov ½-½54 1973 Vilnius LTUB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. Kasparov vs O Vasilchenko 1-040 1973 KievC03 French, Tarrasch
3. E Magerramov vs Kasparov 0-135 1973 BakuB54 Sicilian
4. Kasparov vs S Muratkuliev 1-032 1973 Baku tt U18C77 Ruy Lopez
5. Kasparov vs Averbakh 1-048 1974 Moscow clock simC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. O Pavlenko vs Kasparov 0-134 1975 BakuE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
7. Kasparov vs Polugaevsky ½-½25 1975 LeningradB40 Sicilian
8. Kasparov vs Gorelov 1-058 1975 BakuC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
9. E Vladimirov vs Kasparov ½-½30 1975 VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
10. Tilichkin vs Kasparov 0-143 1975 BakuB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
11. Korchnoi vs Kasparov ½-½42 1975 Palace of Pioneers sim.E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. Kasparov vs Yurtaev 0-144 1975 BakuB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
13. Rizvonov vs Kasparov 0-137 1975 VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
14. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-148 1975 BakuB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
15. Kasparov vs B Kantsler 1-032 1975 Junior competitionC00 French Defense
16. Einoris vs Kasparov 0-142 1975 BakuB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
17. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-148 1975 LeningradB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
18. Dvoirys vs Kasparov ½-½45 1975 BakuB89 Sicilian
19. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-032 1975 BakuB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
20. Kasparov vs Smyslov 0-130 1975 Team GM/Young PioneersC60 Ruy Lopez
21. Karpov vs Kasparov 1-045 1975 LeningradB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. Kasparov vs E Kengis ½-½27 1975 BakuB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. D Dunne vs Kasparov 0-157 1976 Wch U16B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
24. Kasparov vs I Rogers 1-034 1976 World Cadet Ch U17B33 Sicilian
25. Kasparov vs A Sendur 1-022 1976 WattigniesB08 Pirc, Classical
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Kasparov on Kasparov: Part I

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Aug-24-12
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  Jim Bartle: The US is far from perfect, and there's plenty of truth to what you say. However Filipinos should also look at a mirror sometimes. At least the US has never elected a president half as bad as Marcos.
Aug-24-12  brankat: <And if the people rejected Kasparov so easily, and he 'is not a threat'...>

I didn't follow the elections which took place a few months ago, so I don't know the numbers/percentages of votes won by any given party. But I do remember the elections of 2008, and I believe that Kasparov's clique got about 1% of the vote. I'd say that's telling enough.

<Next time, if there are no cameras? ..>

Russians are the last thing You should be worrying about. And, yes, there will be cameras there next time, too.

<Another Syria in the making.>

You wish.

<,,the more significant issue, that of assaulting a police officer, is still ahead, and there were no independent cameras inside the bus.>

If the charge is true, then I hope it holds in court. What kind of "independent" cameras would You expect to have in a bus?

<The United States of America is the undisputed champion of State Sponsored Terrorism of the 20th century,>

True.

<Yeah, that must be the reason why immigrants are practically BREAKING DOWN THE DOOR to get in here.>

During the 1950s, '60s and 70s it was hard to emigrate from USSR. A few who succeeded did it mostly for political reasons. Things started to change/ease up since 1985 (Gorbachev's rise to power).

After the disintegration of the USSR 1991/92 it's been easy. The border doors have been wide open. Many left Russia. Not only for the States, but also Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, France.

But, nobody left for political/ideological reasons. Economic ones. Namely: the Money. No one over there cares about neither American "democracy", nor its political institutions. They came to Your shores to grab a chunk of Your Money.

<I will now return to my easy going American life - a life of poetic ease and quiet contemplation..>

Enjoy! And while You are at perhaps You can tell about this life of ease to 15 million kids who go to school hungry, to the millions who sleep on Your sidewalks and under the bridges, to the millions of the unemployed, to all those who lost their homes and life savings only a few years ago thanks to the pillars of Your just society, to millions of addicts, to all those millions who have never heard the phrase "health-care". Maybe they will join You in Your quiet contemplation.

<..where I can say whatever the hell I want. >

You seem to have already forgotten the Laws which sanctioned the government's spying on its own citizens. Or the ominous warning issued by the Attorney General after 9/11: "From now on the Americans will have to be very careful about what they say."

Aug-24-12  jussu: <Yeah, that must be the reason why immigrants are practically BREAKING DOWN THE DOOR to get in here.>

The same in Europe. It seems that the people swarming behind the door are often following some myth about unspeakable wealth in the West, and are quite disappointed when they manage to squeeze through.

<Russia is so tyrannical that for decades they had to put a fence up TO KEEP THEIR OWN CITIZENS FROM FLEEING!>

Are you referring to the Berlin Wall? That was in, well, Berlin. Sure, East Germany was a puppet state of Soviet Union but the latter was not the same thing as Russia, either.

It isn't quite communism that is plagueing nowadays Russia, although there is some indirect connection. Putin's clique, the remnants of KGB, is not following any -ism, it is simply clinging to power. I think Kasparov summed up the sources of Russia's trouble rather nicely in The Times after Yeltsin's death. I can't access the original on Times web page but here's a copy: http://remnantisland-xl.blogspot.co...

Aug-24-12  Riverbeast: <But I do remember the elections of 2008, and I believe that Kasparov's clique got about 1% of the vote. I'd say that's telling enough>

In that case, Putin should have no problem with Kasparov setting up a political party...If all they are worth is 1% of the vote, right?

But I remember also...Kasparov was unable to register his party before the deadline several years ago, because nobody would rent him a hall

Now, he's dragged away and beaten without charge, for simply talking to journalists

Again, I ask...If Kasparov is not a threat, and if the Pussy Riot crowd just represents an insignificant group of fringe malcontents, why is the ruling regime acting this way toward them?

Maybe Putin feels his hold on power is not as secure as you all think it is?

My guess is the latest allegations of Putin vote rigging, may be more than just empty allegations

Perhaps Putin has more opposition among the average Russian person than is reflected in the election results, or 'official' polls?

Aug-24-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: <torrefan> However, the Phillippines had no problems with taking our terrible western dollers, millions of them, as payment for the navy leasing bases at (I think) Subic and Luzon. Not to mention how much money we brought into your country with sailors on shore leave, buying supllies and parts, and boats needing refitting, parts and labor, done by filipinos.

Oh, I forgot to mention the ten or twenty thousand men who died defending your country from the Japanese invasion, died while fighting and then died during the Baatan death march, across the Phillippines.

Do they cover the Bataan Death March in your high school text books, <torrefan>?

Unlike Russia, which imposed their rule on eastern Europe after the war, we simply helped rebuild your country, and kept you under a protective umbrella, along with Taiwan, south Korea, Malaysia, and so forth.

Do they teach any of that in your high school or college textbooks, <torrefan>

Aug-24-12  torrefan: Marcos was a creature of the US. He created the bogey of communist takeover, gave the US military bases in the country, so the US propped up his dictatorship for many agonizing years where thousands died, disappeared and were jailed. The US does these things for economic reasons and self-aggrandizement, all along playing lip-service to human rights, democracy and equality among men.

When Marcos was overthrown, he was coddled by the US. He died on US soil.

Aug-24-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: OK, torrefan, well said. I don't know if Marcos started out as a creature of the US, but I'll agree with the rest of that paragraph.
Aug-24-12  torrefan: Japan invaded the Philippines because of the US. And more Filipinos died during that war than Americans. So it was more like Filipinos fighting a war for the US, than the latter "defending" the Filipinos.

From the economic point of view, the US never gives more than what it takes from a country. Its foreign policy has never been dictated by true benevolence. It always acts based on self-interest. It is Imperialist to the core.

Aug-25-12  Mr. Bojangles: Torrefan right on the money.

You posts will cure a lot of chronic ignorance on CG, well hopefully.

Aug-25-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: While I don't agree with every particular of <torrefan>'s sentiments, on the whole, what he says is bang on.

Marcos was a slimepot who could never have lasted as long as he did without large doses of American help.

Aug-25-12  torrefan: Ronald Reagan received at least US$10 Million payoff from Marcos for his 1984 re-election campaign. And then during the height of the Marcos dictatorship, when Marcos and his cronies were running the country to the ground, then VP George Bush visited the country and in a gathering toasted Marcos's "adherence to democratic principles."

Democracy, US style.

Aug-25-12
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  perfidious: No doubt at least some of that $10m went to Imelda Marcos' shoes.
Aug-25-12  Mr. Bojangles: The Saudi Arabia govt is probably the most evil, repressive, draconian, undemocratic today and it has been for decades. A research on the net will bring tears to ur eyes.

Guess who guarantees and sustains the existence of this govt over its hapless citizens? Democratic America.

The same Democratic America criticising Russia over Pussy Riot.

For every American smile you see, give a humane thought to the millions of people who have been killed, maimed, viciously repressed and persecuted via American propped up dictatorships, in order to sustain that smile.

Aug-25-12
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  HeMateMe: <Japan invaded the Philippines because of the US.>

Thanks for answering my question. They don't teach history in Filipino high schools.

Aug-25-12  galdur: Garry Kasparov, no bite: a chronicle of events by the minute (PHOTOS)

http://argumenti.ru/society/2012/08...

Breaking news: Kasparov cleared of protest charges!

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Aug-25-12  jussu: <If the charge is true, then I hope it holds in court.>

Complete with the "if", this statement may also be signed by me.

<What kind of "independent" cameras would You expect to have in a bus?>

None, of course. Which makes me a little worried, for I don't quite buy into the above "if", and I suspect that the entire affair was designed to lead into the biting charge (the illegal protest charge itself was just absurd). However, the photos of a little too early teeth marks on the policeman's hand may even prove enough to clear Kasparov of the assault charge as well. Let's see.

Aug-25-12  Riverbeast: How did this conversation veer off into Marcos and the Philippines?

We know the US government is the major imperialist power in the world, and does a lot of heinous things...Okay, we'll give you that

Will somebody please answer my question? I've asked it twice

Why do you think Putin is acting this way toward a bunch of 'insignificant, fringe, political bit-players'?

I would like to hear from some of the Russians on this, who really know what's going on inside Russia...And please spare us the "United States is even worse" arguments, because that is entirely beside the point

Aug-25-12
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  Jim Bartle: Riverbeast: Mea culpa. One kibitzer ripped into the US, and I suggested he look at the Philippines and Marcos as well.
Aug-25-12  Riverbeast: <JB> It's okay...Conversations on cg.com tend to take on a life of their own

I will say however, that many people saw the roots of fascism planting in Russia MANY YEARS ago on this page

I can dig up the actual pages, if anyone is curious

We were told the same thing back then: "Mind your own business, American"...."Bush is even worse"...."Your country is the most fascist", etc

Is that how the average Putin supporter justifies this, and sleeps at night? By saying "Other countries are worse?"

If it were my country, I wouldn't care one bit if other countries were worse...I would care about MY OWN country

It reminds me of what some Americans were saying, when the pictures came out of prisoners being beaten and killed in Guantanamo Bay

"Well, they do it too!" was the common response among these ostriches

It's the easiest way to quiet the conscience, and put the head back in the sand

Aug-25-12
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  Cemoblanca: Well, the police should know that Garry "is still" the undisputed "Monster from Baku" & it is only a natural reaction that they bite! ;0) This is nothing unusual & happens quite often! :D

Here is another example of a similar species: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0YO...

:D

Aug-25-12
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  HeMateMe: Putin must be worried that, given the huge potential Russia has--mineral treasure trove, unlimited natural gas, excellant schools--the country should have a higher standard of living. It will simply take a candidate with better ideas, perhaps better organizational ability, for Russia to realize this potential.

I think Putin is terrified of people realizing this, so he makes it more difficult for opposition candidates to develop visibility.

I can't see any possibility of communists getting the throne back, so he isn't doing this for the "sake of Russia". He is doing it for his own ego, to keep the top spot.

Putin had his chance at bat, a better man would stand down and let someone else have a crack at it.

Aug-26-12  Riverbeast: I think Putin is weaker then everyone thinks he is

This kind of stuff is the sign of desperation and weakness...In any ruling regime

So I say to Kasparov...Keep hitting 'em brother....Keep aiming your arrows for that weak link in the totalitarian armor

Because the longer you wait, the more they consolidate....It's a lot like a chess game

And let's see Putin try to assasinate, or imprison, the World Chess Champion....

I think Kasparov and Putin both know that would be a public relations disaster for the ruling regime

Aug-26-12  Riverbeast: See, I'm rooting for the Russians, because in a way, you people are lucky...You might actually still have a chance to choose your own government, and decide your own destiny

Here is the US, we don't have that option...It's over....The ruling regime took over and consolidated a LONG time ago

But I say, power to the people...

Aug-26-12
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  Big Pawn: < Riverbeast: See, I'm rooting for the Russians, because in a way, you people are lucky...You might actually still have a chance to choose your own government, and decide your own destiny>

Oh brother...

Regarding rooting for the Russians: I think it's a bit like telling an atheist you are going to pray for him.

Russians generally (apparently) like that cozy, soviet, iron fist kind of government. I can't prove this, but, I think the standard of living in Russia would improve drastically if they could get a democracy to work over there. They would have to get it going fully though and not just give up right away when it gets difficult.

However, time marches forward and with it comes modernity. I guess at some time Russia will rise up and be like Europe and America.

Until then Russia will remain a third world country with a first world military.

Aug-26-12  Riverbeast: <Big Pawn>

You're the kind of ignorant American(Westerner?) that gives us all a bad name

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