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Play Like Garry Kasparov

Play Like Garry Kasparov

Many people think that Garry Kasparov is the greatest chess player of all time! He was World Champion from 1985 - 2000 and retired from chess in 2005, still as the highest rated player in the world. Kasparov is renowned for great attacking play with both colors. See if you can figure out his decisions and learn from some of the greatest attacks anyone has ever played.

  • Play Like Garry Kasparov: Magerramov vs Kasparov

    In 1977 a young Garry Kasparov played a training match with Grandmaster Elmar Magerramov. Even at age 14 Kasparov could attack like one of the best players in the world. He sacrificed a pawn with Black in the opening, caught his opponent's king in the center and finished off with an amazing attack.

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  • Play Like Garry Kasparov: Kasparov vs Short

    In 1993 Garry Kasparov handily defeated Nigel Short in a World Championship match by a score of 12.5 - 7.5. This game from 1986 foreshadowed that match as Kasparov gained an advantage from the opening and turned it into a brutal mating attack. See if you can find his moves to score a quick win against one of the best players in the world!

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  • Play Like Garry Kasparov: Piket vs Kasparov

    Kasparov usually played the sharpest lines with both colors, always striving for a win. The King's Indian Defense served him well throughout his career. This game is a good example of the type of direct attack that Kasparov liked to play. See if you can find his moves against Grandmaster Jeroen Piket in this 1993 battle.

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  • Play Like Garry Kasparov: Karpov vs Kasparov

    Kasparov's greatest rival was the previous World Champion, Anatoly Karpov. The two players competed in five world Championship matches between 1984 and 1990. After a match that didn't reach a final result in 1984, Kasparov took the title in 1985 and held on to it in each rematch. This game from Linares 1993 may have been Kasparov's most crushing win against his great rival.

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  • Play Like Garry Kasparov: Kasparov vs Korchnoi

    GM Viktor Korchnoi was maybe the strongest player to never become World Champion. He qualified for two matches against Karpov, but never quite reached the summit. In this rapid game from 2001, Kasparov sacrificed a pawn in the opening and followed up with a rare endgame mating attack. Join us for one more example of Kasparov's attacking genius.

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