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Kasparov 
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Garry Kasparov
Number of games in database: 2,349
Years covered: 1973 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2812
Highest rating achieved in database: 2851
Overall record: +770 -115 =761 (69.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      703 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 (340) 
    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
   Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 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?]
   Las Palmas (1996)
   Sarajevo (2000)
   Wijk aan Zee Corus (2000)
   Astana (2001)
   Linares (1997)
   Novgorod (1997)
   Russian Championships 2004 (2004)
   Linares (1999)
   10th Euwe Memorial (1996)
   XXII Torneo Ciudad de Linares (2005)
   Lichthof Chess Champions (2006)
   Linares (1994)
   Tilburg Fontys (1997)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Clubs Cup (Men) (2003)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Kasparov's Masterpieces by Zhbugnoimt
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by KingG
   Kasparov's super simuls by crawfb5
   Match Kasparov! by amadeus
   senakash's favorite games by senakash
   Size GAZA by lonchaney
   kasparov best games by brager
   senakash's favorite games qgd by senakash
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1990-1999 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   KASPAROV GAMES by gambitfan
   Road to the Championship - Garry Kasparov (I) by Fischer of Men
   senakash's favorite games mini by senakash
   Sicillian Defense by Zhbugnoimt
   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. Kasparov vs S Muratkuliev 1-032 1973 Baku tt U18C77 Ruy Lopez
4. E Magerramov vs Kasparov 0-135 1973 BakuB54 Sicilian
5. Kasparov vs Averbakh 1-048 1974 Moscow clock simC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. 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. Kasparov vs Yurtaev 0-144 1975 BakuB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
12. Rizvonov vs Kasparov 0-137 1975 VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
13. Korchnoi vs Kasparov ½-½42 1975 Palace of Pioneers sim.E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
14. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-148 1975 BakuB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
15. Einoris vs Kasparov 0-142 1975 BakuB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
16. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-148 1975 LeningradB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
17. Kasparov vs B Kantsler 1-032 1975 Junior competitionA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Dvoirys vs Kasparov ½-½45 1975 BakuB89 Sicilian
19. Kasparov vs Smyslov 0-130 1975 Team GM/Young PioneersC60 Ruy Lopez
20. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-032 1975 BakuB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
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. Kasparov vs Badalian ½-½97 1976 TbilisiC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
24. Yurtaev vs Kasparov 0-146 1976 TbilisiB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. A Velibekov vs Kasparov 1-023 1976 MoscowB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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Kasparov on Kasparov: Part I

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Mar-02-15
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  Absentee: <L13: <Absentee>, please stop embarrassing yourself. <alexmagnus> is describing Putin's rhetoric perfectly.>

Please. As if tools like you have a clue. Never mind a coherent argument.

I have no patience for the idiots. Alexmagnus was quoting "some russian blogs" with a loose grip on reality, which through a leap of faith apparently have become "Putin said that". Maybe you just don't get the difference? If you have a half-decent rational explanation of how this could benefit Putin politically in any way, something it has not done at all yet, quite the contrary, provide it. No, "Putin did it because he's emotional" is not an argument, it's distilled stupidity, the sort you can expect to be produced for mass-consumption by the braindead. If you don't have one, don't bother talking.

Mar-02-15
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  Absentee: <keypusher: <Absentee> I have no clue what happened here, but your argument, if I am understanding it correctly, is nuts>

I'm afraid you aren't. Explanations below.

<keypusher: Of course, that is more or less the accusation he made -- that the west, or someone, killed an opposition leader with the idea that Putin would be blamed and his regime destabilized. You seem to think such an accusation doesn't make sense.>

No, such an accusation makes perfect sense and in a nutshell is what I personally consider the most likely course of events, based on the immediate consideration that if you want to get rid of someone you stage an accident, a disappearence, a suicide, but not a blatant murder accompanied by a greeting card that says "Hi, I killed him! Yours truly, Vlad", and if you want the blame to fall on the enemy, the dead can't reasonably be one of theirs.

The problem is that it's not what alexmagnus wrote and it's not what I was replying to. What he wrote is that someone claimed that Nemtsov's murder would prompt the opposition to start a civil war (with water guns, presumably), which he thinks Putin would blame on the west after having caused it himself. Now THIS doesn't make sense.

Mar-02-15
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  keypusher: <Absentee>

Oh, I see. Thank you for explaining. Carry on!

Mar-02-15
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  Absentee: <keypusher: <Absentee>

Oh, I see. Thank you for explaining. Carry on!>

Sometimes I can't tell if it's sarcasm. Is it?

Mar-02-15
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  keypusher: <Absentee> No, I was being sincere. I misunderstood you before, and instead of being offended you explained exactly what you meant. I appreciate that.
Mar-02-15
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  Absentee: <keypusher: <Absentee> No, I was being sincere. I misunderstood you before, and instead of being offended you explained exactly what you meant. I appreciate that.>

No problem, I consider you an intelligent person and I have no issues with a honest misunderstanding.

By the way, when I wrote that that snippet of alexmagnus' post didn't make sense, I didn't mean it as a generic placeholder for an insult, I really couldn't make out if he was relating his opinions, someone's statements or intentions or whatever.

Mar-02-15
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  Marmot PFL: Garry Kasparov on why is not attending tomorrows funeral of Boris Nemtsov: "I don't buy one-way tickets,"

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015...

Mar-02-15
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  Caissanist: <Asked about whether he had any political strategy going forward, Kasparov was blunt: "I have no strategy. It's not a game of chess. In chess you have rules.">
Mar-02-15
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  alexmagnus: <Alexmagnus was quoting "some russian blogs" with a loose grip on reality, which through a leap of faith apparently have become "Putin said that".>

No. I quoted the Russian blogs <and> the official statement of the Russian Investigation Commitee, as given after the murder but before any actual investigation was done. The "trying to destabilize" phrase was a part of the aforementioned statement.

Mar-03-15  Whitehat1963: Chess is clearly a young man's game. If you want to argue that point, take a look at the Live Rating list. Currently, among the top 50 players:

2 are in their teens
25 in their 20s
18 in their 30s
5 in their 40s
0 in their 50s or over

The question is why. Why is competitive chess such a young man's game? It's not a physical sport like track and field, where you would expect an even more skewed distribution that favored men in their 20s. I don't play competitive chess. Is there an element of significant physical stamina? Or are our powers of concentration and calculation also best at this age? Would older chess players do much better if they were in excellent physical condition?

Mar-03-15  Whitehat1963: Or is it more a question of evolving interests and family obligations? I'm sure if Kasparov stepped back into the arena he could immediately play as top-20 player. But he probably has no desire to do so.
Mar-03-15  TheFocus: <whitehat1963> <I'm sure if Kasparov stepped back into the arena he could immediately play as top-20 player. But he probably has no desire to do so.>

Wha-a-a-at??? Now why would he want to give up that successful political career? he might even put Russia on the map.

Mar-03-15  john barleycorn: <Marmot PFL: Garry Kasparov on why is not attending tomorrows funeral of Boris Nemtsov: "I don't buy one-way tickets,">

Oh yes, happy horseshit.

Mar-03-15  schweigzwang: <The question is why.>

Well, being a super-GM is so lucrative that you can make a killing while young, and then retire.

Mar-03-15
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  Marmot PFL: <Whitehat1963> By a certain age you have either made it to the top, or realized that you never will, so why knock yourself out trying? Players see that half their life is gone and all they have ever done is play and study a game.
Mar-04-15
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  Caissanist: Being a world champion can be lucrative, anything below that level not so much. Nigel Short was once asked what advice he would give to aspiring young chess players, and he replied "accountancy pays better".
Mar-04-15
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  Caissanist: Physical stamina is in fact quite important in top-level chess. That is why players over 40, and especially over 50, often tire after four hours or so; you can see this, for example, in Anand's play in recent years. You can compensate for this somewhat with physical conditioning--Korchnoi always kept himself in good physical condition, which is no doubt part of the reason he aged so well.
Mar-04-15  john barleycorn: <Caissanist: ...."accountancy pays better".>

Yes, simple like that. The top10 in chess with more than 200k€ per year make a decent living - the rest lives from breadcrumps.

Mar-05-15  TheFocus: <john> Is it only in Europe that they offer breadcrumbs as prizes?
Mar-10-15  Howard: Wasn't it ten years ago TODAY that Kasparov announced his you-know-what ?
Mar-10-15
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  OhioChessFan: Hmmmmmm, that reminds me of an unfinished story I had begun on the City of Moscow page. Still have some of the closing part saved.
Mar-29-15  TheFocus: <To my surprise I found that when other top players in the pre-computer age (before 1995, roughly) wrote about games in magazines and newspaper columns, they often made more mistakes in their annotations than the players had made at the board> - Garry Kasparov.
Mar-29-15  TheFocus: <Like Dvoretsky, I think that (all other things being equal), the analytical method of studying chess must give you a colossal advantage over the chess pragmatist, and that there can be no certainty in chess without analysis. I personally acquired these views from my sessions with Mikhail Botvinnik, and they laid the foundations of my chess-playing life> - Garry Kasparov.
Mar-29-15  zanzibar: <RE: Annotator mistakes>

Is that really so surprising? Losing a point in an annotation isn't as consequential as losing a point otb.

Plus, how many annotators spend two hours or more pouring over the moves of a game?

(<TheFocus> - faster quoter in the West)

Mar-29-15  TheFocus: <By strictly observing Botvinnik's rule regarding the thorough analysis of one's own games, with the years I have come to realize that this provides the foundation for the continuous development of chess mastery> - Garry Kasparov.
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