GARRY KASPAROV

    Gary Kimovich Kasparov was the thirteenth World Chess Champion and is considered by many to be greatest players of all time. He was born on April 13, 1963 in Baku, Azerbaijan in what was at that time the Soviet Union. The son of a Russian Jewish father who died when he was just seven, Gary was predominantly raised by his Armenian mother. Chess was and remains incredibly popular in the former Soviet Union and Gary would solve chess puzzles at a young age. Displaying a natural gift for the game, Kasparov was taken to Mikhail Botvinnik's chess school where, at the age of ten, he began studying under the tutelage of Russian chess trainers.

    In 1976 at the age of 13 Kasparov won the Soviet Junior Championship scoring 7 out of 9 points. He would win the Junior Championship the following year with a score of 8 ½ out of 9. 1978 was a big year for the 15 year old Kasparov who would surprise everyone by winning the strong Sokolosky Memorial tournament in Minsk. It was at tournament that Kasparov was awarded the title of chess master. This would be a defining moment in the young Kasparov's career that would encourage him to pursue a chess world championship. Later that year, he competed in the Soviet Chess Championship he had qualified for. He would win the event, becoming the youngest player ever to do so.

    Kasparov would explode onto the international chess scene when he played in the Banja Luka Grandmaster Tournament in 1979. Serving as a replacement for the legendary Viktor Korchnoi, he would go on to win the tournament that featured some of the world's strongest Grandmasters. The following year Kasparov would represent the Soviet Union at the Chess Olympiad. He would help win the gold medal for his team and country. He would also attain the title of International Grandmaster. Over the next few years Kasparov would continue to compete with impressive results in strong tournaments. At age 19 he had qualified for the Candidates Tournament; the youngest player to do so since Bobby Fischer (15). By the start of 1984, Gary Kasparov would be the highest rated player in the world (2710), making him the youngest No. 1 ranked player ever. Later in 1984 he defeated former World Champion, Vasily Smyslov in the Candidates final earning the right to play Anatoly Karpov for the World Championship.

    Name

    Gary Kimovich Kasparov

    Country

    Azerbaijan

    Born

    April 13, 1963

    Death

    Title

    Grandmaster

    Peak Rating

    2812

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    The World Championship Match of 1984 would become a controversial war of attrition. After being down 5 to 0 with dozens of draws, Kasparov would fight back to a 5-3 score. The match was then controversially ended by FIDE president, Florencio Campomanes, who cited that the players' health were at risk due to the extreme length of the match. The two greats would once again play for the title in 1985, with Kasparov winning a close match by a score of 13 to11. Gary Kasparov thus became the youngest World Chess Champion in history at the age of 22. Kasparov and Karpov played a rematch the very next year. Again Kasparov would narrowly defend his title 12 ½ to 11 ½ . Once again the two played in 1987 with Kasparov again barely holding on to the title in a 12 to 12 tie. Kasparov vs. Karpov would become possibly the greatest rivalry in chess history. Both players had contrasting styles and personalities, yet were very evenly matched. Each defined the others career. The two would play once more in 1990, once again the result would be 12 ½ to 11 ½ in favor of Kasparov.

    Gary Kasparov's reign as champion also saw politically and financially motivated divisions in the chess world. Kasparov would split from FIDE creating a fracture of the World Chess Championship Title. In 1993 he would crush English GM Nigel Short 12 ½ to 7 ½ for the PCA World Chess Championship, while Karpov was declared FIDE champ. In 1995 he would face future world champion, Indian GM Vishwanathan Anand. Kasparov again won convincingly 10 ½ to 7 1/12 at the World Chess Championship at the World Trade Center, the last to be held by PCA. In 2000 Gary Kasparov would face his former student and one of the games strongest promising young players, Vladimir Kramnik. Kramnik was well prepared for the match and was able to defeat his former mentor by a score of 8 ½ to 6 ½. Kasparov had lost two games and did not even win a single game in the match. His long reign as World Champion was over. A big part of Kasparov's legacy was his longevity in the sport. He was at or near the top of the chess world for nearly 30 years. Incredibly he was the #1 rated player in the world from 1986 until his retirement in 2006. He would even retire as the world #1 with a rating of 2812.

    Perhaps Gary Kasparov will best be known for playing against chess computers. Kasparov repeatedly defeated the world's best computer chess programs. Kasparov made Worldwide Headlines in when he lost 3 ½ to 2 ½ in a controversial match versus IBM's Deep Blue. After the match Deep Blue was dismantled and Kasparov accused IBM of foul play. Kasparaov would eventually play against some other computer programs. Each match ended with a draw. Gary Kasparov was not only the greatest player in the world, but was representing humankind versus "the machines". More recently Kasparov has dabbled in Russian politics, including a stint at running for President of Russia in 2007. Although he has retired from competitive chess, Kasparov's aggressive style and dominance is the stuff of chess legend.

    Some famous Gary Kasparov Quotes:
    "Chess is mental torture"

    "Chess is a unique cognitive nexus, a place where art and science come together in the human mind and are refined and improved by experience"

    "Throughout my chess career I sought out new challenges, looking for things no one has done before.

    "If you wish to succeed you must brave the risk of failure"

    On Kasparov:
    "The future of chess lies in the hands of this young man" -Mikhail Botvinik (speaking of Kasparov at age 11)

    "Kasparov and I have nothing in common. For me chess was the end, for him it has merely been the means" – Anatoly Karpov



    Year of Publication
    1983 2014 1986 to 1986
    Author(s)
    1. Bruce Pandolfini (1)
    2. Eric Schiller (2)
    3. Eric Schiller (2)
    4. Garry Kasparov (21)
    5. Igor Stohl (1)
    6. Kasparov Chess Foundation (4)
    7. Nick Aplin (3)
    8. Raymond Keene (3)
    9. Ron Henley (1)
    10. Tibor Karolyi (3)
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    Chess Notation Type
    1. FAN - Figurine (26)
    2. AN - Algebraic (9)
    Topics
    1. Biographical (1)
    Popular Book Series
    1. My Great Predecessors (8)
    Host
    1. GM Damien Lemos (1)
    2. GM Garry Kasparov (10)
    3. IM Andrew Martin (1)
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      EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I
      Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine
      The battle for the World Chess Championship has witnessed numerous titanic struggles which have engaged the interest not only of chess enthusiasts but also of the public at large. The chessboard is the ultimate mental battleground and the world champions themselves are supreme intellectual gladiators. These magnificent compilations of chess form the basis of the first two parts of Garry Kasparov's work on the history of the World Chess Championship.
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      EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME I

      Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine
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      Gary Kasparov: My Story - VOLUME 5
      On the eve of the most important game he would ever play, Garry Kasparov sought the advice of legends Botvinnik and Tal. If Kasparov succeeded, he would take Tal's place as the youngest World Champion in history.
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      Gary Kasparov: My Story - VOLUME 5

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      Gary Kasparov: My Story - VOLUME 4
      The shadows of political intrigue would threaten to do what no chess player could manage - to eliminate Garry from the hunt for the World Title. And when the long awaited confrontation between Karpov and Kasparov arrived, it turned out to be the most remarkable and controversial match ever played.
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      Gary Kasparov: My Story - VOLUME 4

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      Gary Kasparov: My Story - VOLUME 3
      A close look at Garry Kasparov's career reveals a remarkable amount of sheer brinkmanship. At a time when the Soviet Union was wired with paranoia and run by invisible connections, the winds of political change were beginning to stir and the brash renegade Kasparov would be in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the new climate.
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      Gary Kasparov: My Story - VOLUME 3

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      Gary Kasparov: My Story - VOLUME 2
      By the age of 12 Garry was the Junior Champion of the mighty USSR, the youngest ever. Back then fashion bowed to the immaculate safety-first style of the reigning titan Anatoly Karpov. Along came young Kasparov, raging onto the scene and riding some new contraption called glasnost.
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      Gary Kasparov: My Story - VOLUME 2

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      Gary Kasparov: My Story - VOLUME 1
      By the age of 12 Garry was the Junior Champion of the mighty USSR, the youngest ever. Back then fashion bowed to the immaculate safety-first style of the reigning titan Anatoly Karpov. Along came young Kasparov, raging onto the scene and riding some new contraption called glasnost.
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      Gary Kasparov: My Story - VOLUME 1

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      MOVIE - Game Over - Kasparov and the Machine
      Garry Kasparov is arguably the greatest chess player who has ever lived. In 1997 he played a chess match against IBM's computer Deep Blue. Kasparov lost the match. This film shows the match and the events surrounding it from Kasparov's perspective. It delves into the psychological aspects of the game, paranoia surrounding it and suspicions that have arisen around IBM's true tactics. It consists of interviews with Kasparov, his manager, chess experts, and members of the IBM Deep Blue team, as well as original footage of the match itself.
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      MOVIE - Game Over - Kasparov and the Machine

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      Man versus Machine - Kasparov versus Deep Blue
      In May 1997, World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, regarded by many as the greatest player of all time, came to New York to face his most unusual and challenging opponent yet. Deep Blue, a supercomputer developed by a team of IBM Scientists in a project started ten years earlier, was capable of calculating 200 million chess positions per second and was incapable of tiring, losing heart or making an oversight. Six games would be played for over $1 million in prize money.

      This book tells the full story of this historic encounter, from the personalities, hype and controversies to the debates over computer intelligence and the future of chess. Every game is analyzed in detail and the earlier 1989 and 1996 matches between the two contestants are reviewed.

      Man versus Machine: kasparov vs. Deep Blue is the definitive on-the-scene report that every chess enthusiast must read.

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      Man versus Machine - Kasparov versus Deep Blue

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      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 1
      1973-1985
      The series in itself is a continuation of Kasparov's mammoth history of chess, comprising My Great Predecessors and Modern Chess. Kasparov's historical volumes have received great critical and public acclaim for their rigorous analysis and comprehensive detail regarding the developments in chess that occurred both on and off the board.
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      Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov - PART 1

      1973-1985
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      Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME IV
      Kasparov vs. Karpov 1988-2009
      Between 1984 and 1990 Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov contested five long matches for the World Championship. This fourth volume of the series 'Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess' concentrates on all the games played between the two from 1988 to the present day and features their fifth World Championship match played in New York and Lyon 1990.
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      Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME IV

      Kasparov vs. Karpov 1988-2009
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      FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 68 - Kasparov's Deadly Weapon - The Scotch Game
      Over a decade ago World Champion Garry Kasparov surprised the chess world when he dusted off the Scotch Game, demonstrating that this ancient opening still contained a lot of poison. In this DVD, IM Andrew Martin takes a look at Kasparov's Deadly Weapon, focusing on the position that arises after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 exd4 4 Nxd4.
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      FOXY OPENINGS - VOLUME 68 - Kasparov's Deadly Weapon - The Scotch Game

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      MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Queen's Gambit
      Wherever he appears, chess fans gather in crowds. Garry Kasparov is the strongest chess player of our time – and a great personality who can represent the sport like no other chess professional. Now Kasparov comes into your home and shares with you his knowledge of one of the great openings in chess.
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      MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Queen's Gambit

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      EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME IV
      Kasparov vs. Karpov 1988-2009
      Between 1984 and 1990 Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov contested five long matches for the World Championship. This fourth volume of the series 'Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess' concentrates on all the games played between the two from 1988 to the present day and features their fifth World Championship match played in New York and Lyon 1990.
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      EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME IV

      Kasparov vs. Karpov 1988-2009
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      EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME III
      Kasparov vs. Karpov 1986-1987
      Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov are unquestionably the participants who featured in the greatest ever chess rivalry. Between 1984 and 1990 they contested five long matches for the World Championship. This 3rd volume of the 'Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess' series concentrates on the third and fourth matches in this sequence: London/Leningrad 1986 and Seville 1987. Both matches were tremendously exciting and hard fought and both produced chess of an extremely high level.
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      EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME III

      Kasparov vs. Karpov 1986-1987
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      EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME II
      Kasparov vs. Karpov - 1975-1985
      This volume concentrates on the first two of those matches. The epic 1984/85 contest which was lasted six months before being controversially halted "without result" by the then President of FIDE Florencio Campomanes. The 1985 match when Kasparov brilliantly won the final game to take the title and become - at the age of 22 - the youngest ever world champion. Great chess contests have often had resonances extending beyond the 64 squares. The Fischer v Spassky match was played during the Cold War with both champions being perceived as the finest products of their respective ideologies.
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      EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME II

      Kasparov vs. Karpov - 1975-1985
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      EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV
      Fischer
      This book brings together the two greatest names in the history of chess. The author, Garry Kasparov, is the world number one and, by common consent, the greatest player ever. The subject of the book, Bobby Fischer, is the only American to have become world champion and is probably the greatest natural talent the world has ever seen.
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      EBOOK - Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors - VOLUME IV

      Fischer
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      SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME III
      Kasparov vs. Karpov 1986-1987
      Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov are unquestionably the participants who featured in the greatest ever chess rivalry. Between 1984 and 1990 they contested five long matches for the World Championship. This 3rd volume of the 'Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess' series concentrates on the third and fourth matches in this sequence: London/Leningrad 1986 and Seville 1987. Both matches were tremendously exciting and hard fought and both produced chess of an extremely high level.
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      SHOPWORN - Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME III

      Kasparov vs. Karpov 1986-1987
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      Garry Kasparov's Opening Repertoire
      This work has been updated in 2012 to include all of the latest World Chess Championship matches by Garry Kasparov.
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      Garry Kasparov's Opening Repertoire

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      MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Najdorf - VOLUME 3
      The Najdorf system in the Sicilian Defense has a legendary reputation as a defensive weapon for Black. It is an opening where people often strive for a full point, instead of simply defending the position with the black pieces.
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      MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Najdorf - VOLUME 3

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      MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Najdorf - VOLUME 2
      The Najdorf system in the Sicilian Defence has a legendary reputation as a defensive weapon for Black.
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      MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Najdorf - VOLUME 2

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      MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Najdorf - VOLUME 1
      The Najdorf system in the Sicilian Defence has a legendary reputation as a defensive weapon for Black.
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      MR. KASPAROV - How to Play the Najdorf - VOLUME 1

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      Checkmate! Tactics
      Would you now like to know how to regularly beat your opponents and move to the next level? If so, then Checkmate Tactics is the book for you.
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      Checkmate! Tactics

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      Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME III
      Kasparov vs. Karpov 1986-1987
      Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov are unquestionably the participants who featured in the greatest ever chess rivalry. Between 1984 and 1990 they contested five long matches for the World Championship. This 3rd volume of the 'Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess' series concentrates on the third and fourth matches in this sequence: London/Leningrad 1986 and Seville 1987. Both matches were tremendously exciting and hard fought and both produced chess of an extremely high level.
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      Garry Kasparov on Modern Chess - VOLUME III

      Kasparov vs. Karpov 1986-1987
      Catalog Code: B0272EM
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      Checkmate My First Chess Book
      Learn to play the great game of chess with none other than Garry Kasparov, the World number one and the most famous figure in chess history, as your teacher. Discover all the various pieces - the king, the queen, the knights, the bishops and the pawns. Find out how the pieces move, the values of the chessmen, how to attack and how to defend, how to capture, how to employ special moves such as castling, how to write the moves down and, crucially, how to give check and deliver checkmate.
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      Checkmate My First Chess Book

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      World Chess Championship - Kasparov vs. Anand
      Published in Association with the Times Newspaper
      The Champion: Garry Kasparov, Seemingly invincible, but showing signs of some frailty when bombarded with ideas from the young generation of players. Could he yet again stamp his authority on the chess world, and snuff out the hopes of another young pretender? The Challenger: Vishy Anand, Calm and modest away from the board, but renowned for his sharp, lightning-fast chess. Could the young Indian topple the giant?
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      World Chess Championship - Kasparov vs. Anand

      Published in Association with the Times Newspaper
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      Kasparov Short 1993
      The epic 1995 match for the World Chess Championship between Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short, with all games deeply annotated by Grandmaster Raymond Keene. In this inside account, Grandmaster Raymond Keene, one of the world's foremost chess writers, describes the action both on and off the board. As the Times (London) correspondent, he played a key role in the breakaway from FIDE and had exclusive access to both Kasparov and Short during the match.
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      Kasparov Short 1993

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      Kasparov - How his Predecessors Misled Him About Chess
      Over the past few years the great chess player Garry Kasparov has written five best-selling books praising the contributions to chess made by the previous world champions. The series is called ''My Great Predecessors''. As a reaction to this wonderful series of books, leading chess writer Tibor Karolyi has written this imaginary sixth volume.
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      Kasparov - How his Predecessors Misled Him About Chess

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      Kasparov's Winning Chess Tactics
      How He Thinks, How He Moves
      Russian grandmaster Gary Kasparov is the youngest world champion ever. He is renowned for his aggressive play and superior tactics, which the author, a U.S. national chess master, analyzes in this book of recapped pivotal positions. Pandolfini opens with a brief biographical sketch on Kasparov and then proceeds to discuss how Kasparov responded or might have responded to 150 or so actual and hypothetical situations.
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      Kasparov's Winning Chess Tactics

      How He Thinks, How He Moves
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      Kasparov's Fighting Chess - 1999-2005
      Garry Kasparov has dominated the world of competitive chess for longer than any world champion. The period 1999-2005 represents one of the most fascinating and controversial phases of his career, including repeated and frustrated attempts to reunify the world championship. Following his retirement, this must-have guide is a celebration of the final years of one of the greatest players of our time.
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      Kasparov's Fighting Chess - 1999-2005

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      Kasparov's Fighting Chess 1993-1998
      Garry Kasparov has dominated the world of competitive chess for longer than any world champion. The period 1993-1998 represents one of the richest phases in his career. With the announcement of his retirement, it is only appropriate that the games should now be appreciated in the greatest depth possible.
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      Kasparov's Fighting Chess 1993-1998

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      Kasparov vs. Korchnoi - London 1983
      This much-await clash between two giants of the chess world attracted vast interest among all chess players.

      Garry Kasparov, the 20-year old Grandmaster from Baku, is already the second highest ranked player in the world and has won several top tournaments including the Soviet Championship. 52 year old Victor Korchnoi was a Grandmaster before Kasparov was even born and already had played two matches for the world title.
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      Kasparov vs. Korchnoi - London 1983

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      Learn From Garry Kasparov's Greatest Games
      The Brilliant and Instructive Masterpieces of the World's Greatest Chessplayer
      Before his recent retirement, Garry Kasparov held the number one position in chess for nearly twenty years. He is considered the greatest player of all time. Now, beginning and intermediate players, ninety percent of the chess playing audience, can benefit from his wisdom.
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      Learn From Garry Kasparov's Greatest Games

      The Brilliant and Instructive Masterpieces of the World's Greatest Chessplayer
      Catalog Code: B0009CZ
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      Teaching Chess - Step By Step - The Complete Collection
      Includes All 3 Books
      Few materials exist to help the classroom teacher who has never played chess or knows only some chess. This manual was designed to address this deficiency. It is written in a manner that allows the teacher to see how to present the material in his or her classroom. This manual will lead a group of beginning students from the rudiments of chess rules to the ability of playing a full game in a competent manner.
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      Teaching Chess - Step By Step - The Complete Collection

      Includes All 3 Books
      Catalog Code: B0000RE1
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      Teaching Chess - Step By Step - Teacher's Manual - BOOK 1
      The most thorough and complete curriculum for teaching chess!

      Few materials exist to help the classroom teacher who has never played chess or knows only some chess. This manual was designed to address this deficiency. It is written in a manner that allows the teacher to see how to present the material in his or her classroom. This manual will lead a group of beginning students from the rudiments of chess rules to the ability of playing a full game in a competent manner.
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      Teaching Chess - Step By Step - Teacher's Manual - BOOK 1

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      Teaching Chess - Step By Step - Exercises - BOOK 2
      This book is designed to be a companion of Book 1, Teaching Chess Step by Step Teacher's Manual. It contains a series of exercises designed to reinforce the knowledge that children gain from the teacher's presentations in the classroom. The exercises were designed for K-12 beginners and require a minimum of explanation. The solution may be written in chess notation or drawn on the board.
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      Teaching Chess - Step By Step - Exercises - BOOK 2

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      Teaching Chess - Step By Step - Activities - BOOK 3
      The activities in third book in the series are the fun way to reinforce the rules and principles of good chess. Full color cartoon characters, are combined with pages that the young student can color, all designed to help the student understand the rules, principles and even the etiquette of the game of chess.
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      Teaching Chess - Step By Step - Activities - BOOK 3

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