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Garry Kasparov
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Number of games in database: 2,387
Years covered: 1973 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2812 (2783 rapid, 2801 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2851

Overall record: +733 -109 =738 (69.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 807 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 B22
 King's Indian (157) 
    E92 E97 E60 E80 E75
 Sicilian Najdorf (115) 
    B90 B92 B97 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)
   Corus (2000)
   Astana (2001)
   Linares (1997)
   Linares (1999)
   Novgorod (1997)
   Sarajevo (2000)
   Russian Championships 2004 (2004)
   Linares (1994)
   10th Euwe Memorial (1996)
   Tilburg Fontys (1997)
   XXII Torneo Ciudad de Linares (2005)
   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)
   Le Quang Liem vs Kasparov (Aug-18-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   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

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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 2,387  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs O Vasilchenko 1-0401973KievC03 French, Tarrasch
2. E Magerramov vs Kasparov 0-1351973BakuB54 Sicilian
3. Kasparov vs S Muratkuliev 1-0321973Baku tt U18C77 Ruy Lopez
4. E Kengis vs Kasparov ½-½541973Vilnius LTUB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
5. Kasparov vs Averbakh 1-0481974Moscow clock simC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. Kasparov vs E Kengis ½-½271975BakuB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. Romanishin vs Kasparov 0-1321975LeningradA02 Bird's Opening
8. Kasparov vs Gorelov 1-0581975BakuC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
9. Kasparov vs Polugaevsky ½-½251975LeningradB40 Sicilian
10. Kasparov vs Yurtaev 0-1441975BakuB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
11. Tilichkin vs Kasparov 0-1431975BakuB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
12. E Vladimirov vs Kasparov ½-½301975VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
13. Einoris vs Kasparov 0-1421975BakuB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
14. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-1481975BakuB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
15. Karpov vs Kasparov 1-0451975LeningradB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. Rizvonov vs Kasparov 0-1371975VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
17. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-0321975BakuB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
18. Dvoirys vs Kasparov ½-½451975BakuB89 Sicilian
19. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-1481975LeningradB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
20. Kasparov vs Smyslov 0-1301975Team GM/Young PioneersC60 Ruy Lopez
21. O Pavlenko vs Kasparov 0-1341975BakuE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
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. Murey vs Kasparov 0-1391976MoscowE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
25. Kasparov vs Z Sturua ½-½381976TbilisiD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kasparov on Kasparov: Part I

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  saffuna: Well, look what happened to the real Keyser Soze. He became a corrupt LA detective, a cuckolded suburban husband, a Wasshngon political fixer, a '50s pop idol, organized students to beat Vegas at blackjack, a banker caught up in the 2008 collapse, and finall Vice-President of the US.
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  john barleycorn: <Dr Winston OBoogie:...

Forgive him for he genuinely knows not what he does. :)>

I am anxiously awaiting him sending me gay porn videos, now. He needs to find his "balance" after being exposed as more clueless than a first grader.

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  Keyser Soze: Yeah Fritz S.S. Walter . Garry is poor, he needs money..Porn? You failipina wife don`t waste time with you, do you think I will?

Sorry I dont do in die jahre gekommens. Wait for Abdel, maybe he will make you up.. He will be back and you can stalk his balls all day long as before..

Aug-13-17  Dr Winston OBoogie: <john barleycorn: <Dr Winston OBoogie:... Forgive him for he genuinely knows not what he does. :)>

I am anxiously awaiting him sending me gay porn videos>

Pause! Lol. Don't worry.. Once he finds out you live in a mansion he'll pipe down. As for the "material" he sends others.. No comment :)

<saffuna: Well, look what happened to the real Keyser Soze. He became a corrupt LA detective, a cuckolded suburban husband>

Life often imitates art Jim haha :)

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  ChessHigherCat: As you guys probably know, Carlsen trained with Kasparov for over a year and that probably complicates their relationship (and preparations). It's funny because there's an interview where Carlsen is asked whether K. was astonished by how well C. knew the openings, and C. modestly misinterprets the question:

<Was he [K.] amazed by the level of your opening preparation?>

<Yes, he was shocked at how little it turned out I knew… But we didn’t focus on that issue. He shared his methods of working on the opening with me, and I’m grateful to him. Thanks to him I advanced in that area.>

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  HeMateMe: <As you guys probably know, Carlsen trained with Kasparov for over a year>

Wasn't it really for about a month, maybe six weeks?

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  ChessHigherCat: <HeMateMe: <As you guys probably know, Carlsen trained with Kasparov for over a year>

<Wasn't it really for about a month, maybe six weeks?>

Check out the interview, it's only about a page long and it's pretty interesting:

<What impressions did the work (with Kasparov) leave on you? If it’s not a forbidden topic?!>

<No, it’s not a problem. ***We started working together in 2009, and worked quite closely for over a year. ***We had meetings in person as well as constant conversations on Skype. We analysed a lot together, we played, exchanged opinions…>

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  WorstPlayerEver: <HeMateMe>

Less than six months. As if you really were interested...

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  ChessHigherCat: Well, who are you going to believe, the best player ever or the WorstPlayerEver?
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  WorstPlayerEver: <CHC>

It's not me though...

Aug-14-17  Absentee: Mediamass does satire. It's not supposed to be taken seriously. And it uses the same template for every person.

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  ChessHigherCat: I keep hearing what a horrible person Kasparov is because of his behavior but I've never heard one clearly defined example of misconduct. I saw Karpov in an interview saying that he has no enemies but can never forgive Kasparov for "what he did" during their tournament. Then there was the post about how Kasparov got angry with Ivanchuk and left muttering something (wow, what a no-no!)

I'm very skeptical about all that because:
1) it seems like it would have been virtually impossible to get any objective news about Kasparov from the Soviet era, especially once he became a dissident, filtered through the all-powerful propaganda machines of the Soviet press (and the corrupt FIDE at the time)

2) world champions are always subject to enormous envy;

3) if his enemies had any specific examples of real misconduct they would state them clearly instead of making vague (and unimpressive) innuendos about "muttering" and "bad attitude", which is the kind of crap a high-school guidance counselor would come up with;

4) as far as I can tell, he seems like a person with real respect for democratic values and personal freedom as well as a good sense of humor.

What, if anything, did he supposedly do that was so horrible?

Aug-14-17  optimal play: <ChessHigherCat: I keep hearing what a horrible person Kasparov is because of his behavior but I've never heard one clearly defined example of misconduct.>

Here's one...

In 2003, at a tournament in Linares, Spain, Kasparov was competing and Ian Rogers was part of a judging panel to decide the best game played.

When Kasparov was overlooked for the award, he grabbed Rogers by the throat, demanding to know why.

“He almost throttled me,’’ Rogers said.

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  Keyser Soze: The old days he wasn`t a saint. But who cares. Now the current generation likes him a lot. Actually the top GMs really enjoy themselves. Thats why I dont get much of this fan rivalry. Check them playing with him

(1h22m and 1h38m)

Aug-14-17  Sally Simpson: “He almost throttled me," Rogers said. He added that the two are now friendly."


I judged a few best games in my time.

and 'why was my game not chosen, it was better that his' was a common question.

I usually replied: "Because I don't like you." Then the 'almost throttling' started.

Had a funny incident with Jacob Aagaard. He played a brilliant game but the controller was showing it to someone and forgot to put it back in the 'Best Games Entries' box. If I had seen it, I would have chosen that game.

I never saw it and the best game went to a game Jacob had actually lost!

You can imagine the scene afterwards but when he found out what happened he understood, all was well.

Aug-14-17  Sally Simpson: Hi Keyser,

That link is excellent.

They are playing tag-chess. it's all worth watching but Fast forward to 1:21 and watch that bit.

That is how chess players behave when they are with each other. Like a bunch of kids. Posters who have never been privy to this kind of carry on don't get it at all and form baseless opinions from their armchairs.

Good Link.

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  john barleycorn: as far as I remember it was this game where kasparov got mad. As he said this game got the prize because he lost it. And made quite a scene at the closing ceremony.

Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003

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  john barleycorn:

<1) Several eyewitnesses have described the scene of the closing ceremony. The prize for most beautiful game was announced with Teimour Radjabov the winner for his win over Garry Kasparov in round two. Kasparov stunned the crowd by immediately rising and walking to the stage and speaking into the microphone: "How could you give the beauty prize to a game in which I lost a piece because of a stupid mistake? It has been selected only because it was the only game that I lost and I consider this to be a public insult and humiliation." (The wording will vary as we have only the recollections from several non-native English speakers and we have re-translated their commentary back into English.)

Kasparov then approached a group of journalists, including GM Ian Rogers of Australia and Spanish writer Leontxo Garcia, and asked them who they had voted for and shouted: "This is the greatest insult that you have done to me in my life! It is an insult to me and to chess. You consider yourself chess journalists? If you think that this was the most beautiful game in Linares, you are damaging chess with your reports and articles. Radjabov was completely lost in that game." Kasparov then stormed out with his mother and trainer. >

Well, proll behaviour

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  ChessHigherCat: <optimal play>, <Kaiser Soze>, <Sally Simpson>

<In 2003, at a tournament in Linares, Spain, Kasparov was competing and Ian Rogers was part of a judging panel to decide the best game played.

When Kasparov was overlooked for the award, he grabbed Rogers by the throat, demanding to know why.

“He almost throttled me,’’ Rogers said>

First of all, let me get the inappropriate responses out of my system:

- The operative word here being "almost"...

- Chentlemen, chentlemen, can't you zee he wuss chust choking arount!

No, seriously, that's pretty bad, but if that's all there is he's a saint compared to our boy Bobby.

Great link, Keyzer, thanks a lot. That's what it was liking playing in Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris, with a bottle of cognac in one hand and "aromatic cigarette" in the other! Ah, the good old days...

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  Keyser Soze: <chc> <sally> You are welcome. Im trying to see with I get some footage this year. 2014 also has. Google on yt. Very fun as well.
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  Edwin Meijer: <ChessHigherCat: <Edwin Meijer: <ChessHigherCat> so you still went and clicked on FAQ, you liar> No, it seemed like too much of an effort for anything associated with a scumbag shyster moron like yourself. I just remembered all the "helpful information" displayed on the first page.>

Now why did you have to start offending me?

Aug-14-17  Absentee: <john barleycorn: (...)

Well, proll behaviour>

Add to that that when Kasparov realized he was lost he stormed out and let his time run out.

There was the Gelfand-Anand match thing, too. Gelfand on why Kasparov offered to "help" him:

<Well, it is a question of your life priorities. I am used to being friendly with people, not enemies with them. Opposing someone is a political thing. It is clear that Kasparov had an absolutely bad attitude to me all his life, he just had some problems with Anand and wanted to help fight against him. I have not spoken to him since he left chess, and I saw him again for the first time only for about a minute and a half in the press centre at the Tal Memorial. He continued to be against me, and even after I won in Kazan, he had only negative things to say. In other words, it was a suggestion directed against Anand, and I even know why it was made.


I invited people who wanted to help me and be with me to the end, not people who just wanted to hurt Anand.>

Opedal on Kasparov coaching Carlsen:

<In an interview with The Times of India, he said “As a coach, Kasparov was quite overbearing, and Carlsen does not particularly like being always told what and how to do things. It was a clash of egos.” Matters came to a head during the Corus Chess tournament (now called Tata Steel) in Wijk aan Zee. Opedal said, “Carlsen’s round nine match against Vladimir Kramnik in Corus in 2010 rung the death knell for their association.

The night before the match Carlsen posted on his Facebook page: I’m going to crush Kramnik like a bug. It was just not very typical of Carlsen to do so, [but] he was probably driven to such an extent. Kasparov wanted to have total control, for instance he would call an hour ahead of the game and change the opening strategy. He did that just ahead of this game as well. Carlsen was not convinced about it,but did as he was told. He lost the game, his first in 39 games”. Kramnik played one of the best games of his life, a counter-attacking thriller routing the Norwegian.

Opedal continues: “After which, there was a lot of heated exchanges back and forth between Kasparov and Carlsen.” Chess commentator Leonard Barden wrote that, “For the rest of the Corus tournament, Carlsen refused to talk to Kasparov. He recovered from the defeat, but afterwards asked his father to terminate the contract. It was a bitter rejection for Kasparov, and a PR attempt to portray the split as amicable was widely disbelieved.”>

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  ChessHigherCat: <Edwin Meijer:> <Now why did you have to start offending me?>

Wow, you're a scary guy! I suppose calling me a liar because you don't even know what information is on the webpage isn't offensive. Anyway, you're obviously a troll with a handle invented a couple days ago, I'm not wasting any more time with a non-entity in the broadest sense of the term.

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  john barleycorn: regarding the Carlsen/Kasparov cooperation:

Aug-14-17  Absentee: The Carlsen/Kasparov spit also had some amusing (and a little perplexing) moments:

<Although Carlsen notes he was never shown them, he says, “I think my dad got some pretty crass messages from him”.>

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