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    Entries in Garry Kasparov (27)

    Thursday
    Jul172014

    Kasparov On The Olympiad Crisis

    I noted yesterday that a major controversy is afoot with the Olympiad. The base problem was the failure of the Russian chess federation to register their women's team - the defending Olympic champions! - by the deadline. From that starting point further controversy is roiling, including an accusation by FIDE VP Israel Gelfer that the Olympiad organizers in Tromso, Norway failed to show lenience to the Russian team because they were acting under Garry Kasparov's influence. (Kasparov is running for the FIDE Presidency, which will be decided at the Olympiad, and he is in many ways estranged from Russia and Russian chess.)

    Today, we have a reply from Kasparov. He expresses sympathy for the Russian women's team but affirms with the organizers that the rules ought to be followed. As for Gelfer, he has no sympathy there, as you can see for yourself.

    Wednesday
    Mar192014

    Kasparov At Fischer's Grave

    Garry Kasparov went to Bobby Fischer's graveyard on what would have been the latter's 71st birthday and attended a small memorial at the church there. More here, with a video and transcript of his remarks during an accompanying on-site interview.

    Sunday
    Mar022014

    Kasparov Granted Croatian Citizenship

    Story here. You might recall a few months ago that Garry Kasparov applied for Latvian citizenship, but that fell through. He's still a Russian citizen too, but his aim in acquiring Croatian papers is to help him maintain his freedom to travel. This seems a good move for him, and altogether apart from any ambitions he has for the FIDE presidency. Vladimir Putin seems to have the brass knuckles out these days.

    Wednesday
    Feb122014

    Claims and Counter-Claims in the FIDE Presidential Campaign

    Oh well. Is there a third option?

    [HT: Marc Beishon]

    Tuesday
    Nov052013

    Garry Kasparov, Latvian?!

    It isn't really a chess story, but news about Garry Kasparov is generally interesting to chess fans - at least to those of us who have been in the game since before 2005, when he retired from professional play. So the news is that Kasparov is looking to obtain Latvian citizenship (without giving up his Russian citizenship) to have a safe base for his political activities. Why Latvia in particular? This article hints at a family connection, but it's left unclear whether that was relevant to the decision.

    More on this as warranted.

    HT: Chess Today

    Sunday
    Nov032013

    Shipov on Life and Chess (and Kasparov)

    There's a neat, short autobiographical essay by Sergey Shipov (which doubles in passing as an ad for his outstanding books on the Hedgehog) that can be obtained from Mongoose Press. He discusses his career as a player, then as Garry Kasparov's sparring partner in blitz, and then in a non-playing capacity. He concludes with some highlights from his career, focusing on a 2006 win over Magnus Carlsen.

    You can look through the goodies for yourself (the booklet/essay can be obtained as a free PDF by writing mongoosepress [you know the symbol to use] gmail.com), but I will focus on just one of the things he wrote. I've heard from when I was a kid all the way up through a year or so ago that Kasparov was mainly an openings expert. A very strong grandmaster all-around, obviously, but he wouldn't have been such a dominant force aside from that particular strength. Even Hikaru Nakamura has made a comment to that effect. By contrast, here's what Shipov had to say on the matter. 

    By the way, those fools who for years explained Kasparov’s dominance only by his opening superiority (which, let me point out, is not a gift that falls from heaven, but rather comes from hard labor) simply had no idea what they were talking about. I remember we played six games of Fischerandom chess, and there was no battle there at all! In completely unfamiliar positions, Kasparov’s advantage over me was far greater than in normal chess. In the absence of the usual pathfi nders his flights of fancy, his sense of dynamics, and his ability to instantly separate the important from the secondary became particularly salient.
    Amen to both points!

     

    Sunday
    Nov032013

    Karpov-Kasparov Nostalgia

    As intriguing as many find the upcoming world championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, there is as yet no rivalry in chess history that compares with that between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. They played five world championship matches in a six-year period, comprising 144 games in total (no wimpy 12-game matches for those two), and in all of them the outcome was unclear until very near or even at the very end.

    Here is a video compiling both photos and footage of their rivalry from a simul battle in the mid-70s through their rapid and blitz match in 2009. A remarkable highlight to me is the footage of the end of the Seville match in 1987, which must have been one of the most shattering events of Karpov's career - if not his life. To look at Karpov (at the 9:00 mark; see the next 75 seconds or so as well) when he resigns the 24th game is to be amazed. Just to judge by outward appearances, he looks no more disappointed than many of us would be after losing a game at our local club. I've been unhappier after losing blitz games than he seems to be. That kind of remarkable composure probably helped him a great deal in his career.

    Wednesday
    Oct092013

    Kasparov Running For FIDE President

    For many years Garry Kasparov railed against the international chess federation (FIDE). In 1993 he broke from FIDE so as to contest his world championship match with Nigel Short where they wanted to play it, and he created a series of alternative organizations in the hopes of taking its place. In 2010 Kasparov waged an unsuccessful proxy war by supporting Anatoly Karpov(!) against incumbent FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Finally, enough is enough, and Kasparov is running for the top spot himself.

    If he gets elected, will he be more successful in maintaining gains than he was with Intel, IBM, Microsoft, the GMA, the PCA or any of the other organizations he lured into chess or helped create? We'll see, and first he must unseat Ilyumzhinov, which will not be an easy task.

    Sunday
    Aug252013

    Kasparov On The World Cup

    Garry Kasparov - or more likely, I suspect, his amanuensis - has been commenting on the World Cup on his Facebook page. (But not only on the World Cup, so depending on when you look some scrolling may be in order.) No analysis, but some predictions and general impressions; good, light reading, in other words. Enjoy, and if you're a fan of his politics (which we won't discuss here!), you'll enjoy it all the more.

    Tuesday
    Jun252013

    Is Chess Really A Young Man's Game?

    Jacob Aagaard has some doubts. Therein he takes issue with Garry Kasparov, uses Boris Gelfand as a shining example and offers some good advice to those of us who aren't kids. (The advice isn't bad for kids, either.) It's worth your time, as are most if not all of his "training tips" posts.