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

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

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

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

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

Early Years

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

Championships

Junior Twelve-year old Kasparov won the Soviet Junior Championship, held in Tbilisi in 1976 scoring 7/9, and repeated his success in 1977, winning with a score of 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 2,350  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Kengis vs Kasparov ½-½54 1973 Vilnius LTUB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. Kasparov vs S Muratkuliev 1-032 1973 Baku tt U18C77 Ruy Lopez
3. E Magerramov vs Kasparov 0-135 1973 BakuB54 Sicilian
4. Kasparov vs O Vasilchenko 1-040 1973 KievC03 French, Tarrasch
5. Kasparov vs Averbakh 1-048 1974 Moscow clock simC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. Kasparov vs Yurtaev 0-144 1975 BakuB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
7. Korchnoi vs Kasparov ½-½42 1975 Palace of Pioneers sim.E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Rizvonov vs Kasparov 0-137 1975 VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
9. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-148 1975 BakuB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
10. Einoris vs Kasparov 0-142 1975 BakuB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
11. Kasparov vs B Kantsler 1-032 1975 Junior competitionC00 French Defense
12. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-148 1975 LeningradB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
13. Dvoirys vs Kasparov ½-½45 1975 BakuB89 Sicilian
14. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-032 1975 BakuB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
15. Karpov vs Kasparov 1-045 1975 LeningradB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. Kasparov vs E Kengis ½-½27 1975 BakuB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. O Pavlenko vs Kasparov 0-134 1975 BakuE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
18. Kasparov vs Polugaevsky ½-½25 1975 LeningradB40 Sicilian
19. Kasparov vs Gorelov 1-058 1975 BakuC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
20. E Vladimirov vs Kasparov ½-½30 1975 VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
21. Tilichkin vs Kasparov 0-143 1975 BakuB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
22. Kasparov vs Smyslov 0-130 1975 Team GM/Young PioneersC60 Ruy Lopez
23. Kasparov vs Vasalomidze 1-034 1976 TbilisiC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
24. D Dunne vs Kasparov 0-157 1976 Wch U16B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. Kasparov vs A Galle 1-038 1976 WattigniesC05 French, Tarrasch
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Kasparov on Kasparov: Part I

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Jul-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <It is simply not credible that all of these so-called ‘working visits’ are primarily in the interest of FIDE – rather than the man himself.>

By the way, who is shouldering Kasparov's travel expenses (including fueling his private jet)? Don't tell me it comes out of his own pocket?

How much is there to be made as FIDE president?

Jul-28-14  Petrosianic: <Everett>: <And how long does each of those tennis games take <Petrosianic?> five hours or five minutes?>

That wasn't the question I answered. But if you're suggesting that people don't have the attention span for a long match ay more, you could be right. But they used to. So, if you're right, we ought to be embarrassed.

If it's another reason, we can look at that. Baseball has a 162 game regular season, and people manage to stay interested in games that are much less important than the championship.

My theory is that it's having FIDE run by 3rd world dictators that drove away sponsors more than traditional formats.

Jul-28-14  Everett: <My theory is that it's having FIDE run by 3rd world dictators that drove away sponsors more than traditional formats.>

I can agree with that.

Jul-28-14  SugarDom: With Kirsan, it's still the Soviets controlling chess...
Jul-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: "What other games are played with a 24 game match, or even a 4 game match, to determine the champion?"

Snooker plays first to 18 frames and every frame is covered on the telly.

Formula One this year has 19 races, it started in March and will finish in November. This too is covered world wide by the media.

These two sports and in fact most others (a few like chess, boxing, wresting...being exceptions) is that once a new season starts the World Champion is back in the pot with the rest of challengers.

So maybe scratch matches and once every two years the top 11+ the current WC do an all-play twice all to determine a world champ.

22 games plus a few rest days. The thing would be over in a month.

Jul-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  KKDEREK: <<Refused: The matches got shorter, because of lack of sponsorship not the other way round.>

I don't get that..Nowadays we have 12 games..Would be really <so much> costlier to have , shall we say 4 mores games, or would attract way less attention and profits because of 4 or 6 games more? I don't buy this excuse..I'm sure an ex player running this thing would try to put more games in WCC match.. Amazing how people don't see how bad shape Fide is now currently.

Jul-28-14  bobthebob: <Draughts, of course. And you have to win at least 18 games in a tennis match, sometimes more.>

I don't know enough about the draughts championship, but in this site, it seems that it runs as many more than 2 players playing for a championship so that isn't the right comparison. http://wdc2013ufa.ru/index.php/en/1...

The tennis comparison is not the same since a tennis match gets completed in the same day and the measure of the championship is how many sets you won, not how many games (you can lose a lot more games than your opponent and win a match).

If Federer played Nadal over a period of 13 days or so for 3-5 hours to see who would be the first to 6 matches, I doubt it would maintain the interest of the general public or the sponsors. Besides, tennis doesn't have ridiculous qualifying rules. The fans wouldn't value if Nadal qualified because he won on the second tie break (something like the most points won on the opponent's serve).

Of course, die-hard tennis fans would like that, but that is where chess is today - appealing to the die-hards, not the general public.

Jul-29-14  bobthebob: <Snooker plays first to 18 frames and every frame is covered on the telly.

Formula One this year has 19 races, it started in March and will finish in November. This too is covered world wide by the media.>

But those comparisons are not even close to what chess is today.

Snooker had languished over a long time and was unsuccessful as a challenger format but then picked up popularity after moving to a knockout tournament in 1969.

Formula racing also has more than 2 competitors competing in each race and each event has a distinct winner.

So you can use the Formula One model and say the WC is the one who got the most points in 6 or so sanctioned events (with some events counting for more than others).

<So maybe scratch matches> I like that idea. Use the tournament model with perhaps a double round robin among the top 8 and then a quadruple round robin among the resulting top 4.

The idea there is that there can be a bit more drama and hence ability to market to the general public. Think of the candidates match where the result was unclear until the last minute vs. the WC match where after the first two Carlsen wins it was essentially over and it was only a question of how big the margin of the win would be.

Jul-29-14  bobthebob: <I don't get that..Nowadays we have 12 games..Would be really <so much> costlier to have , shall we say 4 mores games, or would attract way less attention and profits because of 4 or 6 games more? >

I think the challenge is that if you want to attract more interest from the general public (part of the discussion here) you need to have a level of drama and suspense to keep the public's interest. If a competitor gets an early lead, dragging that out to a first to 8.5 is hard to keep the general public engaged.

<Amazing how people don't see how bad shape Fide is now currently.>

If the goal is to get more money into chess, then you need to find ways to make it more appealing to the general public, not the true fan.

Jul-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Absentee: <Petrosianic: That wasn't the question I answered. But if you're suggesting that people don't have the attention span for a long match ay more, you could be right. But they used to. So, if you're right, we ought to be embarrassed.

If it's another reason, we can look at that. Baseball has a 162 game regular season, and people manage to stay interested in games that are much less important than the championship.>

"We" have the attention span required for chess, whether it's 12 or 24 games, else we wouldn't be here in the first place. It's not about the length of the matches, it's about the pace of the game and the fact that during a game there's really nothing to see except two guys sitting still. It might make for a good screenplay for a terrible avantgarde movie, but hardly something you can televise. Comparisons only work to a certain degree: baseball isn't chess and unlike chess, in baseball you see what's happening, you can follow the game, because being a physical contest you understand what's going on even if couldn't do it yourself. Not in chess. In a sport there are no dead times, all that happens happens on the field and not in the players' heads. In chess a) spectators don't have a clue and b) the game develops invisibly.

<My theory is that it's having FIDE run by 3rd world dictators that drove away sponsors more than traditional formats.>

Like who?

Jul-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <pipi: <Kasparov recently wryly remarked that he does not expect to find a single euro remaining in the FIDE accounts when he takes office in August.>

In other words, Short is a firm believer that Kasparov will be elected.>

This is an obvious failure of reading skills: Short mentioned Kasparov's view in the excerpt above, not his own.

Jul-29-14  Refused: <KKDEREK: <Refused: The matches got shorter, because of lack of sponsorship not the other way round.> I don't get that..Nowadays we have 12 games..Would be really <so much> costlier to have , shall we say 4 mores games, or would attract way less attention and profits because of 4 or 6 games more? I don't buy this excuse..I'm sure an ex player running this thing would try to put more games in WCC match..>

That's a question for Ray Keene. He has organized the Kasparov-Kramnik match, so he can in all likelihood explain you how the costs, media attention and sponsorship interests corelates with the match length.

As for the costs, you don't simply have some fixed costs, that won't change no matter how long the match goes. You have to rent a location, preferably with a hotel attached or close by. You have to hire security, the scanners you use to scan for technical aids, are probably something you don't simply happen to have stored in your cellar, those must be rented, too. The longer the matches go, the more the costs eat up your budget, and the purse you hand out to the players gets smaller. But again, ask Ray Keene, he has been there and done that, so he can explain the whole organizational stuff much better.

But the bottom line in that argument is: that matches grew shorter, while they were played outside of Fide. That is a simple fact, and something one can hardly hold Fide responsible for. And Kasparov obviously failed at the top of his game to find sponsors that were interested to watch him play Kramnik or Anand for 24 games.

As for the media attention: Let's say for the sake of simplicity the match goes for fourteen games, which would translate into three weeks (2 days of play one rest day). How much more attention would another four games (roughly one week) create? At best the level of coverage would be the same. Especial if it turned out to be a rather dull draw fest. We all know, chessbase and co would cover another week of chess in great detail, but non-chess related medias?

<Amazing how people don't see how bad shape Fide is now currently.>

Everybody sees it. Most people just do not have any faith in Kasparov to fix things, but rather suspect he would be another nail in Fide's coffin. That short (or rather Short?) sighted slogan <He can't be worse than Kirsan> is something I would not bet my house on. Afterall Fide still exists, the same can't be said about the PCA. And also Kasparov's walking away with the Title back then, did more harm than good, and at the end of the day it simply meant bigger paydays for the match participants.

Somehow this reminds me a bit of an old Simpsons episode. <Trash of the Titans> it is called.

<Homer decides to run for sanitation commissioner himself to spite the incumbent. His campaign just never really takes off, until he comes up with the slogan <Can't somebody else do it?> And makes all kind of crazy promises to get elected. He wins in a landslide, and he implements everything he promised and his department goes bust after spending the annual budget in one month. To make the story short, in order to get the cash he needs to keep things running, Homer offers other cities to dump their garbage into Springfield for a price, and garbage starts to flood the city. In the end Homer gets whipped out of office, the town folk begs his predecessor to take over his old office, he refuses by simply saying: <Told you so. And I enjoy seeing you drown in garbage now.>>

Jul-29-14
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  HeMateMe: does FIDE 1) publish a year end report detailing revenues and expenses and 2) have they ever stood for an audit by an outside, non-Kirsan related accounting company?

A professional audit, to see how much money is injected into FIDE, where it comes from and how it is spent might put a little bit more confidence in those who want to sponsor a match or tournaments. It would also increase the level of donations from wealthy patrons.

If there has never been an audit, then Kirsan and Campomanes have/had things to hide. Maybe Kaspy should promise an audit by outside professionals as part of his campaign? The only trouble is, that audit would hurt a lot countries, so the person who plans to audit FIDE say, every two years, won't win the election.

And that is what is wrong with FIDE. It is corrupt.

Jul-29-14  Petrosianic: <Absentee>: <It might make for a good screenplay for a terrible avantgarde movie, but hardly something you can televise>

That's true, TV coverage doesn't suit chess very well. But as an internet sport, with a room full of people kibitzing with each other, it goes over fairly well.

Jul-29-14
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  PinnedPiece: According to Short, only by cheating, intimidation, and vote-buying will K.I. be re-elected--and a strong campaign can neutralize those strategies.

<The truth of the matter is that Kirsan is only certain to win one continent – America. Contrary to his claims he will undoubtedly lose Africa, although perhaps not by much. Tired of empty Kirsan promises, great swathes of Asia have fallen under Kasparov control, including raditional strongholds like the Philippines. Europe, which has voted against Kirsan by a significant margin in recent years, will do so again. Worryingly, though, some European federations (like Switzerland) are tiring of voting for what they imagine to be inevitably the losing side. They are mistaken. <<>Now is not the moment for hesitation: now is the moment of destiny. Kasparov will win, if the election is even approximately fair. >>

http://kasparov2014.com/wp-content/...

In other words, Short is a firm believer that Kasparov will be elected.

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Jul-29-14
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  plang: <PinnedPiece: According to Short, only by cheating, intimidation, and vote-buying will K.I. be re-elected->

People have said that in several previous elections - the system is quite corrupt - tough to count K.I. out

Jul-29-14  Refused: Like I said before, Short has said/predicted a few things, and I would not bet anything based on a prediction made by Short.

Yep, the system is corrupt, but it's not like Kasparov was not shopping while he was on his campaign trip.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/22/s...

It's funny to see, how short Short accuses Kirsan (and rightly so) of buying votes, while Kaparov is doing the same thing.

Jul-29-14  Petrosianic: In the last election, wasn't it established that the delegates who had been purchased had to take pictures of the ballots with their cell phones, to prove that they'd voted for Kirsan, in order to collect their check?
Jul-29-14
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  PinnedPiece: <R: It's funny to see, how short Short accuses Kirsan (and rightly so) of buying votes, while Kaparov is doing the same thing.>

Part of the strategy to neutralize Ilyumzhinov's strategies? Fight fire with fire? Four knights defense?

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Jul-29-14
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  Absentee: Hippocracy?
Jul-29-14  Refused: <PinnedPiece: <R: It's funny to see, how short Short accuses Kirsan (and rightly so) of buying votes, while Kaparov is doing the same thing.> Part of the strategy to neutralize Ilyumzhinov's strategies? Fight fire with fire? Four knights defense?>

I am not saying Kirsan is not corrupt, and I am also not saying, that you do not need to do some bribery of your own to defeat him, all I am saying is, if you call out Ilyumzhinov, it would just be a bit more balanced (and less hypocritical), if you mentioned that Kasparov is trying to buy votes himself. In this prose letter Short wrote, he made it sound like <Kasparov supporters will vote for him, because they are convinced he is good for Fide. While Kirsan just bought his votes.>

That might or might not be true for the Western European federations votes (though their votes will be more votes against Kirsan than actual votes for Kasparov), but with the Asian and African Federations, I would not be so sure. There a safer assumptions would probably be, that Kasparov made the better offer.

Jul-29-14  SugarDom: It's time to give others a chance!!!

20 years is enough! And No sponsors?????

PLEASSEEEEEE

Jul-29-14
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  john barleycorn: Kasparov's last hooray. What else is there to not achieve in life outside chess? Oh, <offramp>'s deputy dog catcher job.
Jul-29-14
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  Absentee: <SugarDom: It's time to give others a chance!!!

20 years is enough! And No sponsors?????

PLEASSEEEEEE>

Would you like some cheese?

Jul-29-14
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  KKDEREK: <Petrosianic: <Absentee>: <It might make for a good screenplay for a terrible avantgarde movie, but hardly something you can televise> That's true, TV coverage doesn't suit chess very well. But as an internet sport, with a room full of people kibitzing with each other, it goes over fairly well.>

It's not <that> bad

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

heh

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