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Garry Kasparov
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Number of games in database: 2,386
Years covered: 1973 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2812 (2783 rapid, 2801 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2851

Overall record: +731 -109 =733 (69.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 813 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (195) 
    B30 B40 B31 B50 B33
 Ruy Lopez (102) 
    C92 C84 C97 C80 C67
 Nimzo Indian (90) 
    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 (350) 
    B90 B84 B82 B83 B52
 King's Indian (157) 
    E92 E97 E60 E80 E86
 Sicilian Najdorf (115) 
    B90 B97 B92 B93 B96
 Grunfeld (101) 
    D85 D97 D76 D87 D78
 Sicilian Scheveningen (71) 
    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 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)
   Novgorod (1997)
   Linares (1997)
   Astana (2001)
   Sarajevo (2000)
   Corus (2000)
   Linares (1999)
   Russian Championships 2004 (2004)
   XXII Torneo Ciudad de Linares (2005)
   Linares (1994)
   Tilburg Fontys (1997)
   10th Euwe Memorial (1996)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Clubs Cup (Men) (2003)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Kasparov The Killer!! by chezstartz
   Kasparov The Killer!! by Zhbugnoimt
   GK Collection on the move to Fredthebear's den by fredthebear
   Power Chess - Kasparov by Anatoly21
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by KingG
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by niazidarwish
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by mangala
   Sicillian Defense by Zhbugnoimt
   Sicillian Defense by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Part 3: 1993-2005 (Kasparov) by Qindarka
   Kasparov's super simuls by crawfb5
   Match Kasparov! by amadeus
   Size GAZA by lonchaney
   senakash's favorite games by senakash

   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987
   Kasparov vs Igor Ivanov, 1978

   🏆 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Blitz)
   Kasparov vs Anand (Aug-18-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Aronian vs Kasparov (Aug-18-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   L Dominguez vs Kasparov (Aug-18-17) 0-1, rapid
   Kasparov vs Navara (Aug-18-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Karjakin vs Kasparov (Aug-18-17) 1-0, rapid

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(born Apr-13-1963, 54 years old) Azerbaijan (federation/nationality Russia)
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One of the greatest players of all time, Kasparov was undisputed World Champion from 1985 until 1993, and Classical World Champion from 1993 until 2000. Known to chess fans world wide as the <Beast From Baku> on account of his aggressive and highly successful style of play, his main early influence was the combative and combinative style of play displayed by Alexander Alekhine.

Early Years

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


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.


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.


<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.


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


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

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

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

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Wikipedia article: Kasparov

Last updated: 2017-08-24 11:06:47

 page 1 of 96; games 1-25 of 2,386  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Kengis vs Kasparov ½-½541973Vilnius LTUB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. Kasparov vs O Vasilchenko 1-0401973KievC03 French, Tarrasch
3. Kasparov vs S Muratkuliev 1-0321973Baku tt U18C77 Ruy Lopez
4. E Magerramov vs Kasparov 0-1351973BakuB54 Sicilian
5. Kasparov vs Averbakh 1-0481974Moscow clock simC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. Einoris vs Kasparov 0-1421975BakuB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
7. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-1481975BakuB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. Kasparov vs Smyslov 0-1301975Team GM/Young PioneersC60 Ruy Lopez
9. Karpov vs Kasparov 1-0451975LeningradB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. Rizvonov vs Kasparov 0-1371975VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
11. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-0321975BakuB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
12. Dvoirys vs Kasparov ½-½451975BakuB89 Sicilian
13. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-1481975LeningradB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
14. O Pavlenko vs Kasparov 0-1341975BakuE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
15. Kasparov vs E Kengis ½-½271975BakuB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. Romanishin vs Kasparov 0-1321975LeningradA02 Bird's Opening
17. Kasparov vs Gorelov 1-0581975BakuC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
18. Kasparov vs Polugaevsky ½-½251975LeningradB40 Sicilian
19. Kasparov vs Yurtaev 0-1441975BakuB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
20. Tilichkin vs Kasparov 0-1431975BakuB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
21. E Vladimirov vs Kasparov ½-½301975VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
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. A Velibekov vs Kasparov 1-0231976MoscowB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. Kasparov vs Lputian 1-0341976TbilisiB15 Caro-Kann
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Kasparov on Kasparov: Part I

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  john barleycorn: Did Fischer bite the matresse?
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  MissScarlett: Don't think things were better in the old days. World champion Steinitz allegedly spat in an opponent's face and was unceremoniously thrown through a window. World champion Alekhine was so inebriated he allegedly urinated on the board during a world championship game with Euwe.
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  john barleycorn: <MissScarlett: Don't think things were better in the old days...>

And who of them was a selfstyled "democratic activist"? Steinitz in his happiest hours was giving pawn odds to God but he would never have dared to advise Kaiser Wilhelm II.

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  MissScarlett: <he would never have dared to advise Kaiser Wilhelm II.>

Which brings us neatly to Lasker, world champion and war-monger:

Emanuel Lasker

Boris Spassky once said that to be world champion was to be a criminal...

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  john barleycorn: When there is light there is shadow.
Jun-27-16  vileblunder: Garry, you're an excellent chess player. Good on you.

Stop commenting on politics in Britain, you have no idea what you're talking about.

In fact, stop talking about Western politics altogether, you are completely clueless and ignorant.

If you must occasionally remind people that the Soviet Union was corrupt (everyone knows this anyway) please do so.

Don't talk about things you know nothing about. Your views on politics and economics in the Western world are blinkered and ultimately laughable.

The only reason that you're paid a lot of money to speak at conferences on these matters is because you're being used by elitists, neocons and the utterly corrupt. It's not because your view has any substance.

Just because you were quite good at a board game, it does not make you an intellectual. Keep your nose out of our business.

And before you speak publicly on politics and economics, you need to educate yourself massively. At present, you are stultifyingly misinformed. It would be better if you turned up to these conferences and said nothing at all rather than what you say at the moment.

Jun-27-16  AsosLight: Stop approach Mr Weinsten as politician, he is not, he is a political comedian and a true genius in this.
Jun-28-16  Howard: But what I fail to understand is why Kasparov didn't have a FIDE rating after the 1978 Soviet championship.

Surely, a super-strong event like that would have earned him a rating ?

Or am I missing something ?

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  whiteshark: Am I hallucinating or do I see young Garry there?
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  john barleycorn: <whiteshark: Am I hallucinating or do I see young Garry there?>

yes, you are. at that time he was still "Garik"

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  chancho: From the NY Times, 1988:

<I Lost to Kasparov: A Chess Patzer's Tale

Harold C. Schonberg.>

<How does a patzer feel while playing Gary Kasparov, the chess champion of the world, in a simultaneous exhibition?

Nervous. Scared. At the end, in a state of shock.

On Tuesday night Mr. Kasparov, in New York for a brief visit, played 32 boards at the Casa de España.

Against him were chess players ranging from patzer to master and international master. He started moving pieces at 6 P.M. He was finished at 9:07. The result: 28 wins, 4 draws.

I was not one of the four. I had never expected to be, not even in my most ambitious fantasies. I am, after all, a patzer.

A patzer, also known as a woodpusher, is the lowest form of chess player. He is rudimentary and ill formed. When he attempts strategy, it is worse than his tactics. When he attempts tactics, it is worse than his strategy. On a scale with Harold C. Schonberg he is a chess player, kibitzer and on-again, off-again chess correspondent for The New York Times. He has lost to some of the game's greatest players, including Bobby Fischer. He is little more than a caterpillar, but he perseveres. His problem is that he loves chess.

I decided to go into training for my game at the simultaneous exhibition, known to chess players as a ''simul.'' I had Asa Hoffman, a master at the Manhattan Chess Club, brief me on openings. We worked on the opening move that the champion probably would make: P-K4 or P-Q4. Mr. Hoffman guided me through the intricacies of the Ruy Lopez and Queen's Gambit. He was gentle and patient. He kept urging me to think and not move so fast. After a while I had the opening variations of P-K4 pretty much in my head. Or so I thought.

I had no illusions. All I wanted to do was hold out for 20 moves or so. That would be a moral victory.

Sure enough, Mr. Kasparov played P-K4. We swung into a Ruy Lopez, one of the oldest openings in chess. After 10 moves I was unhappy. I suddenly realized that I had failed to make a prophylactic pawn push that my teacher had warned was integral to the Ruy Lopez.

After 15 moves I was being attacked by White's queen, bishop and knight.

I looked at Mr. Kasparov for mercy when he came to my board. There was none. The famous line of William Blake came to mind: ''Tiger, tiger, burning bright . . .'' Does a tiger spare the lamb? I was in a cold sweat and also a mating met. Like a gentleman I resigned. On the 18th move.

I could have persisted in my lost position, and prolonged the game for another 10 moves or so, but that would have meant playing with a piece down in a hopeless situation. I noticed, after resigning, that some players kept on going in a position comparable to mine. They wanted to brag that they had lasted 25 moves against the champ. A Terrifying Figure.

But I had a moral victory of sorts. I was not the first to resign. Mr. Kasparov smashed a half-dozen or so before me.

Mr. Kasparov was terrifying as he raced from board to board. He is an athletic young man, medium-sized, strongly built, handsome, hirsute, neatly dressed, with an air of complete, menacing authority. He looks older than his 25 years. He was perpetual motion at the simul. Even against the best players he spent hardly more than 10 seconds on a move. Against the patzers his moves came instantly.

In a simul, the players have the black pieces. They are obliged to move when the Grandmaster comes to their board. Mr. Kasparov's strategy soon became clear. He did not want the strongest players to have too muc.h time. Hence his speed. And when he approached the boards he expected an immediate move from his opponent, becoming irritated if there was any hesitation.

After the last game was over, some experienced players, discussing the simul, marveled at Mr. Kasparov's ability to synthesize everything with incredible speed and always come up with the strongest move.

Mr. Kasparov himself said it was a strong simul and mentioned such players as the international master Jay Bonin (who lost), and Pablo San Segundo, the 18-year-old junior champion of Spain (who drew). They were the highest-rated players in the simul.

The candidates' matches for the next world championship will begin shortly, and the one who comes out on top will be playing Mr. Kasparov. Who, I asked Mr. Kasparov, had the best chance of winning?

Mr. Kasparov said: ''Karpov has good chances. But anything could happen.'' Wasn't Mr. Kasparov tired of playing Mr. Karpov? They already have had three long head-to-head confrontations.

''No,'' said Mr. Kasparov, smiling a tiger's smile, burning bright.>

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  HeMateMe: if memory serves, Kasparov was critical of Gorbachev even when the West was thrilled that someone was loosening up the barriers a little, freeing up the USSR a little. They gave up their eastern European empire, Ukraine and central Asia. It seemed they had turned the corner--why complain?

But GK astutely opined that Gorbachev's reforms were not nearly enough, that it was just smoke screen, cosmetic change, and the communist party was still in charge. Indeed, a few years later Boris Yeltsyn, the mayor of Moscow, was elected president of Russia, and Gorby was simply unemployed, he no longer had a job. It was off to make pizza commercials with Mario Cuomo. the people had spoken.

kasparov accurately predicted this, so he isn't a complete boob.

Jul-31-16  AsosLight: Gorbachev was ousted because he over-reformed not because he under-reformed like our man manifest time and again. Weinsten IS an empty cocoon!
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  alexmagnus: Gorbachev tried to serve both the reform wing and the conservative wing in the Communist party. Making both unsatisfied as a result - with the ulra-reformer Yeltsin he was in a constant conflict, and the conservatives attempted a coup d'etat in August 1991 (which failed within three days, see if you are too young to remember that part of history :)).
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  HeMateMe: Not sure who you are referencing. I remember the coup attempt, as much as was reported on the news. Confused soldiers in Moscow, not sure what to do. Yeltsyn standing out in the middle of the street refusing to move for tanks. Fortunately the transfer of power went off without a lot of bloodshed. I think one soldier was killed in Moscow. Amazing that was all the violence that occurred.

I wonder what happened to the coup plotters, the ones who ordered Gorby seized at the Black sea dacha? I assume they never worked in government again.

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  alexmagnus: <Fortunately the transfer of power went off without a lot of bloodshed. I think one soldier was killed in Moscow. Amazing that was all the violence that occurred.>

Three people among the protesters against the coup died.

<I wonder what happened to the coup plotters,>

Well, it were only eight people, the "Commitee for the State of Emergency". One committed suicide the day after the coup failed. The rest was accused of treason but got amnesty in 1994. Some even made it to mid-level political posts afterwards, but not even close to where they were before the coup. By now all but three are dead (and the three living very old - 84, 89 and 91).

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  OhioChessFan: <CHECKMATE: Former Chess Champion Garry Kasparov Knows Exactly Who Donald Trump Sounds Like>

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  MissScarlett: <if memory serves, Kasparov was critical of Gorbachev even when the West was thrilled that someone was loosening up the barriers a little...>

Have to check the record, but didn't Kasparov's antipathy toward Gorbachev only become marked with the latter's response to, and alleged role in fomenting the violence against Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh? If that's what Garry really believed, and still believes, shouldn't we cut him some slack?

But I would like to ask him what the difference is between his support for the 'nationalists' and 'extremists' who supported the unification of Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia, and the Crimean Russians who backed its secession from Ukraine.

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  saffuna: Keith Olbermann invokes Kasparov's 2007 presidential run while discussing Trump threatening to throw Hillary Clinton in jail:

Not sure how accurate his Kasparov facts are.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Kasparov seems most accurate when he plays chess. Cobbler, stick to thy last!
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  john barleycorn: Kasparov, the selfstyled "child of change" did not get an appropriate position offered by Gorbachev. He made allies with Jelzin, then with Lebedev. Since noone of them wanted him as a "featured sideman" so he went solo with the known result.

Still a bolchevik he sure cannot accept Trump`s success so far.

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  Fusilli: Interesting Podcast on Slate. Kasparov talks about Russian hacking and Putin.

Jan-16-17  todicav23: There is a band called "Karpov not Kasparov":


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  HeMateMe: korchnoi and Solzhenitsyn wouldn't come back until the communists left. Kasparov can't come back until Putin leaves.
Mar-02-17  chessalem: I beat Kasparov when he was little.

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