Garry Kasparov Celebrates 50th Birthday!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/13/13, 12:46 AM.

phpqg6cJq.jpegFormer world chess champion turned political activist Garry Kasparov celebrates his 50th birthday today.

Born Garry Kimovich Weinstein in Baku, his chess talent emerged early in life and he was selected to train at the famous Mikhail Botvinnik school of chess. He changed his name to Garry Kasparov (after his mother's maiden name, Kasparian) early in life after his father passed away.

His chess stength grew quickly, and as a mere 12 year-old Kasparov won the powerful Soviet Under 18-Championship! He became a Grandmaster, Junior World Champion, and joint Soviet Champion in 1980.

Kasparov earned the right to challenge Anatoly Karpov for the World Chess Championship by winning the 1983/84 Candidates matches, defeating Alexander Beliavsky, Viktor Korchnoi and Vassily Smyslov. Already ranked #1 in the world, the stage was set for an epic series of matches with the great champion Anatoly Karpov.

In the first Karpov v Kasparov match in 1984, Karpov stormed to a 4-0 lead in the first to 6 wins match, and eventually led 5-0, but Kasparov recovered to trail by just 5-3 before the open-ended match was controversially abandoned after 48 gruelling games.

Karpov v Kasparov 1984, the start of an epic rivalry



In the 24-game rematch in 1985 Kasparov became the youngest ever world champion at just 22 years of age by beating Karpov 13-11. He then defended his title successfully against Karpov in an epic series of matches which have gone down in chess history.


As Karpov's strength waned, Kasparov went on to successfully defend his title against Nigel Short (1993) and Vishy Anand (1995), before finally losing the crown to his former student Vladimir Kramnik in the year 2000. However, Kasparov remained the top ranked player in the world until his shock retirement in 2005.

Kasparov was ranked #1 in the world for an incredible record of 255 months, and his record Elo rating of 2851 was finally beaten by Magnus Carlsen just this year.

Kasparov also memorably played two matches with the IBM super-computer Deep Blue, winning the first in 1996, but sensationally losing the second in 1997.

Since his retirement from competitive chess, Kasparov has become active in Russian politics. But he still remains a significant figure in the chess world as a writer, pundit and occasional coach.

Happy 50th birthday Garry Kasparov!

Kasparov with his third wife Daria


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  • 3 years ago


    Happy birthday, Super GM Garry Kasparov.Thanks for you have done to the chess.. God Bless you..!

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  • 4 years ago


    if Kasparov plays nowadays, there will be no Anand this name in the list of world Champions. What Kasparov was able to do is jow-dropping, his mind is unexpectable. He used so difficult combinations in his games, so it's hard to believe human brains are capable of such much information. It's not a surprise that he has the highest rating in the world (just beaten this year). Even when he lost the match against computer, it looked like his victory! And like the most of great chess players he likes to fight to something in life, Kasparov is fighting against his government. I know that russia needs democracy badly, but, please, the hell with kremlin!! come back to the chess board, Kasparov, there is no such player like you anymore! We miss you in chess world!! the world of politics is so dirty for you!  Nevertheless, happy birthday and good health!!! 

  • 4 years ago


    I wonder if he could be tempted out of retirement for a $5M match against Carlsen?

  • 4 years ago


    Garry was one of the greatest of all time. My all time Favorite would be Bobby Fischer then Garry Kasparov.

  • 4 years ago


    Happy 50th old man!!!!!!!!

  • 4 years ago


    can you get Garry Kasparov to do a interview or just one video for

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  • 4 years ago


    I gave a 5 stars votes to this post just because of the picture.. perfect choice from the writer ;)

  • 4 years ago


    Kasparovs 3rd wife is not russian just look at her name daria

  • 4 years ago


    omg shes hot oops...i was supposed to say happy birthday garry!

  • 4 years ago


    Kasparov vs Fischer would have been great.

  • 4 years ago


    Happy Birthday Kasparov, but serously, 3 wives?

  • 4 years ago


    Happy birthday Garry.Thanks for u have done to the chess.

  • 4 years ago


    I do love your games and career in chess.Happy Birth Day dear Mr.Kasparov!I wish the best in your life!Greetings from Tehran,Iran.

  • 4 years ago


    I lack the words to describe how much I respect this man. A phenomenal Grandmaster and a great asset to both Chess and the world. Happy 50th birthday Garry and best of luck in all of your endeavors.

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  • 4 years ago


    Garry, leave the swamp of politics. The chess world needs you much.

  • 4 years ago


    MET  YOU IN BARNES & nle nyc and you graciously signed the Ruy against GM Karpov

    You acted as if I was doing you a favor....

    You were lucky to find chess

    Chess was just as lucky to find you

    I went to every game in NY 1/2 match Great SHOW!!

    i think that chess oughta be on PPv like boxing 

    how about 45 moves in 45 mins  with 30 mins of intro and post-mortem

    a 2 hour show with a few GMs commenting

    Good luck at anything you do

    you'd be a good president for Russia

    all the very best

    herby rawley 


  • 4 years ago


    Happy Birthday Daria... oppss i Mean Kasparov..

    I can understand why you throw out your other 2 former wives.. LOL !

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