(1963 - )
Garry Kimovich Kasparov (Weinstein) was born on April
13, 1963, in Baku, Azerbajan.
Kasparov, who is half-Jewish, began to play chess
at the age of 6. He became an International Grand Master in1980, and
an Honored Master of the Sport in 1985. Throughout this period, he became
acclaimed as a result of the numerous prestigious matches and tournaments
Kasparov was the 13th World Champion from 1985-1993.
He became a President of the International Grand Master Association
in 1986, and was awarded with the Red Banner of Labor decoration in
In 1993, he won the title of the World Champion among
non-FIDE chess players.
As part of the USSR team, Kasparov took victories in
Olympiads of 1980 (scoring 9.5 points out of 12), 1982 (8.5 out of 11),
and 1986 (8.5 out of 11 - best results among all players). He was also
a member of Russia's select team for the 1996 Olympiad (scoring 7 out
In the year 2000, he ceded his chess pedestal to the
new twenty-five year old World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik, and today
is publishing his systematic theories on questions of theory and practice
Several other chess masters have commented on his style
of play. Petrosian called it "dynamic and effective." Tal
said that "[Kasparov] possesses thorough skill of strategy and
superb technique"; and Smyslov said of Kasparov that he was "...imaginative
and logical... sees chess as a sport and an art-form." Botvinnik
stated that "[he has] an unusual gift of formulating combinations,
that compares him with Alekhin himself."
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