...is here. Coinciding with the start of this year's tournament in Wijk aan Zee, I take a look back at the 1999 edition, won by Garry Kasparov in brilliant style. In particular, I take a look at his ultra-famous win over Veselin Topalov, along with the game he (Kasparov) prized even more, his victory over Peter Svidler.
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Coming soon to a U.S. Championship near you, or right after it. Garry Kasparov will join the top three finishers from that event in a two-day round-robin blitz event upon the Championship's conclusion. It will be interesting to see Kasparov take on someone more or less his own size (assuming the top three is populated by the likes of Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, and Wesley So), even if he's strategically scheduling it so they'll be pre-exhausted by the tournament.
More on both events, here.
My column this week offers some musings on the relevance of originality to a game's greatness, using Garry Kasparov's game 10 win over Viswanathan Anand from their 1995 world championship match as a point of departure.
N.B. Please feel free to leave comments there - it's a new site, and it would be helpful to me and the site to generate some discussion there. (You can comment here too, of course.)
Long-time FIDE watchers may raise an eyebrow in irony at the mention of a FIDE Ethics breach...
but this is nonetheless a story of some importance. Garry Kasparov and Ignatius Leong were found guilty by "many FIDE Commissions" of offering and accepting a bribe (or something very close to it) in order to influence the result of a chess game or an election to FIDE office. (Apparently FIDE-related bribes are otherwise ethically acceptable.) Given the autocratic nature of FIDE and the fact that Kasparov was running for the presidency against the eternal incumbency of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the various commissions don't really appear to be the most impartial bodies, impervious to the sway of vested interests.
N.B.: I am not saying that Kasparov and Leong are innocent; I do not have the relevant evidence. I am saying that FIDE's track record is such that one can (very) reasonably doubt the judicial independence of a FIDE commission tasked with evaluating the conduct of someone so implacably opposed to Ilyumzhinov.
There's more info at the link above, and if any of you have been following this case closely and can offer further information, please provide it in the comments section. And a closing curiosity: it says that the possible penalties include "revocations of titles and sports results". Is that limited to the period of the offense, or could FIDE in principle rewrite history and vacate Kasparov's undisputed world championship reign from 1985 to 1993?
Here's something a bit different: Garry Kasparov giving a simul, broadcast live on the internet. You may not want to watch it for the duration, but it might be interesting to see him complete a circuit or two.
No one who has followed Garry Kasparov's political statements for any time will be surprised to learn that he is less than impressed by the pending U.S. deal with Iran or with recent American foreign policy in general. In case this is news to you, however, or you'd just like to see how he articulates his views on the matter, this recent article in The Daily Beast may be of interest to you.
The BBC Radio 4 network has a new series of "Across the Board" episodes coming out next week; interviewees include Garry Kasparov (on Tuesday) and Rex Sinquefield (on Wednesday).
HT: Marc Beishon