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Garry Kasparov
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Number of games in database: 2,423
Years covered: 1973 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2812 (2783 rapid, 2801 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2851

Overall record: +705 -108 =718 (69.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 892 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (193) 
    B30 B31 B40 B50 B33
 Ruy Lopez (102) 
    C92 C84 C97 C67 C80
 Nimzo Indian (90) 
    E32 E34 E21 E20 E46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (89) 
    D37 D35 D31 D38 D30
 Queen's Indian (77) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16
 Slav (61) 
    D10 D18 D15 D17 D11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (349) 
    B90 B84 B80 B93 B83
 King's Indian (158) 
    E92 E97 E80 E60 E75
 Sicilian Najdorf (112) 
    B90 B93 B96 B92 B97
 Grunfeld (102) 
    D85 D97 D76 D78 D87
 Sicilian Scheveningen (78) 
    B84 B80 B83 B81 B82
 English (35) 
    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
   Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 1-0
   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 1-0
   Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 1-0
   Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 0-1
   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 1984/85 (1984)
   Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985)
   Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Rematch (1986)
   Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1987)
   Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990)
   Kasparov - Short PCA World Championship Match (1993)
   Kasparov - Anand PCA World Championship Match (1995)
   Kasparov - Kramnik Classical World Championship Match (2000)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Banja Luka (1979)
   Niksic (1983)
   Sokolsky Memorial (1978)
   Interpolis 13th (1989)
   Belfort World Cup (1988)
   Interpolis 15th (1991)
   Linares (1993)
   Belgrade Investbank (1989)
   Linares (1997)
   Intel World Chess Express Challenge (1994)
   Linares (1999)
   Paris PCA-Intel GP (1995)
   Hoogovens Group A (1999)
   USSR Championship (1981)
   Valletta Olympiad (1980)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Kasparov The Killer!! by chezstartz
   Kasparov The Killer!! by Zhbugnoimt
   Kasparov The Killer!! by wvb933
   GK Collection on the move to Fredthebear's den by fredthebear
   Power Chess - Kasparov by Anatoly21
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by feifo
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by KingG
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by alip
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by mangala
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by niazidarwish
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by igiene
   Garry Kasparov's Best Games by brad1952
   Kasparov-Karpov by PrimusPilus
   Karpov World Championship Games by Penguincw

   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987
   Kasparov vs I Ivanov, 1978

   🏆 Champions Showdown 9LX
   Kasparov vs Svidler (Sep-17-22) 1/2-1/2, unorthodox
   Kasparov vs Nepomniachtchi (Sep-17-22) 0-1, unorthodox
   Dominguez Perez vs Kasparov (Sep-17-22) 1-0, unorthodox
   Kasparov vs Firouzja (Sep-16-22) 0-1, unorthodox
   Mamedyarov vs Kasparov (Sep-16-22) 1-0, unorthodox

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(born Apr-13-1963, 60 years old) 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 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 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 Championship Superfinal (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 G 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 (1984/85), 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 Kasparov - Karpov 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 Classical 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 Championship Match (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....

* ** [rusbase-1] *** [rusbase-2] **** [rusbase-3] *****

Wikipedia article: Kasparov

Last updated: 2022-02-28 10:27:37

 page 1 of 98; games 1-25 of 2,436  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs O Vasilchenko 1-0401973KievC03 French, Tarrasch
2. L Zaid vs Kasparov 1-0381973URS-chT JuniorsE61 King's Indian
3. Kasparov vs S Muratkuliev 1-0321973Baku tt U18C77 Ruy Lopez
4. E Magerramov vs Kasparov 0-1351973BakuB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. E Kengis vs Kasparov ½-½541973URS-chT JuniorsB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
6. Kasparov vs O Privorotsky 1-0381974Azerbaijan Team ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
7. Rafael Sarkisov vs Kasparov  0-1351974City Team ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
8. Kasparov vs Averbakh 1-0481974Moscow clock simC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
9. Rafael Sarkisov vs Kasparov  0-1391974City Team ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
10. Viktor Gazarian vs Kasparov  0-1561974Baku Schools Team ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
11. Kasparov vs Yurtaev 0-1441975BakuB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
12. Kasparov vs Polugaevsky ½-½251975LeningradA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Vladimirov vs Kasparov ½-½301975VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
14. Kasparov vs E Kengis ½-½271975BakuB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. Romanishin vs Kasparov 0-1321975LeningradA02 Bird's Opening
16. Kasparov vs A Sokolov 1-0321975BakuB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
17. Einoris vs Kasparov 0-1421975BakuB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
18. Kasparov vs Smyslov 0-1301975Team GM/Young PioneersC60 Ruy Lopez
19. O Pavlenko vs Kasparov 0-1341975Baku Cup FinalE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
20. Dvoirys vs Kasparov ½-½451975BakuB89 Sicilian
21. Karpov vs Kasparov 1-0451975LeningradB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. Rizvonov vs Kasparov 0-1371975VilniusE17 Queen's Indian
23. Kasparov vs Yermolinsky 0-1481975BakuB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. Kasparov vs S Gorelov 1-0581975BakuC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
25. Kasparov vs B Kantsler 1-0321975Junior competitionA07 King's Indian Attack
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Kasparov on Kasparov: Part I

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Oct-21-22  Amircito2203: i'm our fan!
sorry for my not very good English
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  fredthebear: Change for a phone call:
Jan-11-23  Honest Adin Reviews: kasparov said, man after 40 cant play chess well, so dumb ass retired in 2005 (but wanted his son to remember him as top rated player, i doubt he did, but cusp won 2005 russian championship).... i still say he shoulde heve ended the decade on top and retire at least 5 years later... in 2010 magnus came on the scene, who took lessons from cusp! in dental technology there is The Cusp of Carabelli, it's is a characteristic morph(y)ological trait often seen on the palatal surface of the mesiopalatal cusp of maxillary permanent molars and maxillary second deciduous molars! there u have it, im DLT, dental lab technician, so u heard it from horse's mouth!

(i hate his manager owen williams, what jerk off!)

karpov was invited to linares 2001 and did almost well:Linares (2001)

but he beat kasparov in 2002:
Rapid Match 25/10 (2002)

Jan-13-23  Honest Adin Reviews: I noticed how deep blue aholes (and other morons in the news) say how deep blue crushed kasparov... well in last game kasparov was dumb ass... there were drawing chances, ID never quit being up a pawn at early stage of the game... BUT REALITY IS AFTER 2 MATCHES THERE WERE 12 GAMES, FINAL RESULT IS DRAWN!!!
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  fredthebear: Is <owen williams> first name Christopher, by chance?
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  gezafan: While going through Kasparov's Ruy Lopez games I noticed something interesting. According to this database no one ever played the Breyer variation against him.

People did play the Chigorin and Zaitsev variations against him. It seems to me the solid Breyer variation would be a better choice against Kasparov.

Apr-13-23  VerySeriousExpert: Here is G.Kasparov's game (against V.Anand) which is one of his most reprinted games in Russian chess literature: Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 .
Apr-13-23  Damenlaeuferbauer: Congratulations to the greatest chess player, who ever lived! It is unbelievable, that Garry Kasparov celebrates his 60th birthday today. He played five of the best games in the history of the royal game: 1. A. Karpov - G. Kasparov, Moscow (m/16) 1985; 2. G. Kasparov - V. Topalov, Wijk aan Zee 1999; 3. A. Karpov - G. Kasparov, Linares 1993; 4. G. Kasparov - V. Anand, New York (m/10) 1995; 5. G. Kasparov - L. Portisch, Niksic 1983 (of course, my ranking is disputable).
Apr-13-23  edbermac: С днем рождения! 🎂
Apr-13-23  N0B0DY: Best chess investment of the AIC, well maybe rather a shot in its own knee, considering the lost credibility. Garry Cobbler, if only you had stuck to your last.
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  Check It Out: It's hard to believe he's only 60. He's so legendary and has accomplished so much, seems like he should be 75 or something.
Apr-24-23  Mathematicar: Weinstein!
May-14-23  thegoodanarchist: <Damenlaeuferbauer: Congratulations to the greatest chess player, who ever lived!>

I think this comment belongs on the Fischer page... ;)

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  perfidious: Maybe if Fischer had played a bit longer.
Jun-03-23  fabelhaft: I asked ChatGPT who is the greatest chess player of all time, and this was the answer:

<The title of the greatest chess player of all time is subjective and often a matter of personal opinion. However, the most commonly mentioned candidates for this title are Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer.

Garry Kasparov, from the Soviet Union and later Russia, dominated the chess world from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. He held the title of World Chess Champion from 1985 to 2000 and was known for his aggressive and dynamic playing style. Kasparov's deep understanding of the game and his numerous accomplishments, including his peak rating of 2851 (unmatched until 2013), have solidified his status as one of the greatest chess players in history.

Bobby Fischer, an American grandmaster, made a significant impact on chess in the 20th century. He became the World Chess Champion in 1972 by defeating Boris Spassky, ending Soviet dominance in the game. Fischer's exceptional talent, his unmatched 100% score in the 1970 Interzonal and Candidates matches, and his impeccable play in the World Championship match against Spassky have earned him a place among the greatest chess players.

Other notable players who are often mentioned in discussions about the greatest chess player include Anatoly Karpov, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, and Magnus Carlsen. Each of these players has made significant contributions to chess and achieved remarkable success in their careers. Ultimately, the question of the greatest chess player of all time remains a matter of personal judgment and can vary depending on criteria and preferences>

ChatGPT had Anand and Kramnik as two of the six names mentioned in these discussions, but no joy for Lasker, Capablanca or Alekhine there.

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  perfidious: Best I recall, Fischer did not make a clean score at Palma.

For all the 'objectivity' of ChatGPT, it is curious that no champion before Fischer gets near the 'debate' over the GOAT.

Jun-03-23  fabelhaft: Apart from the GOAT question I among other things also asked which game was Magnus Carlsen’s best, and it came up with this answer:

<Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian chess grandmaster and World Chess Champion, has played many impressive games throughout his career. It's difficult to determine a single "best" game as opinions may vary depending on personal preferences. However, one notable game that is often considered among Carlsen's finest is his victory against Sergey Karjakin in the World Chess Championship 2016.

In the 8th game of the match, Carlsen, playing with the white pieces, found himself in a complex middlegame position. Despite facing a strong defense from Karjakin, Carlsen demonstrated exceptional creativity, resourcefulness, and endgame technique to convert a seemingly equal position into a win.

The game lasted for over 94 moves and showcased Carlsen's ability to maneuver and exploit even the smallest advantages. It was a crucial victory for him in the match, allowing him to equalize the score and eventually retain his title by winning in the rapid tiebreaks.

This particular game is often regarded as a masterpiece>

Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016

Maybe AI isn’t taking over quite yet..

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: If that was a great game by Carlsen, I have no desire to see one of his poor ones....
Jun-03-23  Refused: Anand and Kramnik are probably not names that'd popup in GOAT discussions among chess fans.

You can make an argument for the big Ks (Karpov and Kasparov), you can make an argument for Fischer (a weaker one imo, but you can make it).

Capablanca and Alekhine there's an argument to be made.

To some degree you could probably even make a claim for Lasker based on the length he had held the title (unnaturally prolonged by WWI).

Anand and Kramnik were not as dominant in tournament play as Karpov and Kasparov or Carlsen. They didn't hold the title quite as long (Kramnik held onto it longer).

Anyway, the GOAT debate is probably to some not so small degree a generational thing. For me it will be Kasparov, for the elders it will be Fischer. Same with this annoying Basketball goat debate. I'll always say it's MJ. Younger folks who say Lebron can a put forward a pretty strong argument.

Elders who claim it's Bill Russell or Chamberlain, or Kareem. Fine.

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  perfidious: <Refused>, this 'elder' has no firm view in chess and considers it extraordinarily difficult at best to weigh up matters, due to factors such as you have mentioned.

Actually got to see some of the aspirants named to the title of GOAT play live, all in New York: Jordan in 1992 and Kasparov-Kramnik in the Grand Prix final in 1994.

Looking forward to, perhaps, meeting with Carlsen at the poker table; then I'll show the little bugger a trick or three!

Jun-04-23  fabelhaft: On Kasparov’s greatest game, there is not much to debate, his brilliant win in game 6 against Kramnik in the 1999 title match must be first, not sure about the other two ChatGPT mentions.

<Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest chess players in history, played numerous memorable games throughout his career. It is challenging to determine a single "greatest" game, as personal preferences and opinions may vary. However, one game that is often considered among his best and most famous is the sixth game of the 1999 World Chess Championship match against Vladimir Kramnik.

In this game, known as the "Brilliancy in Brissago," Kasparov, playing as Black, unleashed a spectacular combination of moves that showcased his tactical brilliance and deep understanding of the game. Kasparov sacrificed a rook early in the game and initiated a series of highly precise maneuvers to launch a devastating counterattack against Kramnik's king. The game ended with a beautiful checkmate, leaving chess enthusiasts and experts in awe.

While this game is often celebrated as one of Kasparov's finest achievements, it is worth noting that he played many other remarkable games throughout his career. Some other notable examples include his victory against Anatoly Karpov in Game 16 of the 1985 World Chess Championship match and his legendary encounter against Veselin Topalov in the 1999 Wijk aan Zee tournament. Ultimately, the designation of Kasparov's greatest game is subjective and can vary depending on individual opinions>

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  perfidious: There are two rather large flaws to the narrative above: Kramnik and Kasparov played a title match in the year 2000, and Kasparov did not manage to win one game outright.
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  Diademas: I’m guessing <fabelhaft> is referring to game 8 in the Kramnik - Leko Classical World Championship Match (2004)

Kramnik vs Leko, 2004 Played in Brissago, Switzerland known for Leko’s 25…Qd3!!

Jun-04-23  fabelhaft: <I’m guessing <fabelhaft> is referring to>

I am only referring to what ChatGPT tells me… I now asked it to write a limerick about Kasparov, but that also didn’t turn out too well

<There once was a grandmaster named Kasparov

Whose moves on the chessboard were quite the show.

With skill and precision,

He conquered each position,

Leaving opponents in a strategic sorrow>

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  beatgiant: There was a kibitzer named fabelhaft

Who kibitzed ChatGPT for a laugh.

Its content was janky,

Making readers all cranky,

That's AI, we can't blame him for the gaffe.

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