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The best games of Kasparov's career.

In the hands of this young man lies the future of chess. – Mikhail Botvinnik (on Kasparov in the late Seventies)

It was the beauty and brilliance of tactical blows that captivated me in early childhood. – Garry Kasparov

My chess philosophy has largely been developed under the influence of Ex-World Champion Mikhail Moiseevich Botvinnik. I am sure that the five years I spent at Botvinnik's school (1973-1978) played a decisive role in my formation as a chess player and determined the path of my subsequent improvement. – Garry Kasparov

I singled out for me a group of chess players from whom I wanted to borrow the best qualities: the psychological stability from Karpov, the meticulous positional technique from Petrosian, the logic from Botvinnik, the intuition from Alekhine, the ability of taking a risk from Tal. – Garry Kasparov

Alexander Alekhine is the first luminary among the others who are still having the greatest influence on me. I like his universality, his approach to the game, his chess ideas. I am sure that the future belongs to "Alekhine" chess. – Garry Kasparov

I try to play, always, beautiful games…always I wanted to create masterpieces. – Garry Kasparov

I want to win, I want to beat everyone, but I want to do it in style! – Garry Kasparov

Chess for me is art. – Garry Kasparov

Chess is mental torture. - Garry Kasparov

My play is based on the most general laws of chess and the particular features of the position. – Garry Kasparov

The point about concentration is that it is the only way to find something new and unusual at the chessboard; the only way to create surprise with fresh ideas. – Garry Kasparov

We like to think. – Gary Kasparov (on why he and Karpov get into time trouble so often)

An aggressively inscrutable player, Kasparov strives to gain deep positional sacrifices: Even when he can't calculate the end result conclusively, he can make sophisticated generalizations. He does anything to get the initiative and to force the play. Inevitably, he emerges from a forest of complications - in which his intentions aren't all that clear - with the advantage. He's not as artful or as clear as Fischer, but his play coincides with the realities of the day, which are all about defense. Clarity of style no longer makes sense. Great players hide their intentions. – Bruce Pandolfini

Kasparov always seems to find some sparks to create a fire on the board. – Lubomir Kavalek

Typical Kasparov. Instead of simplifying to stagnant equality, he seeks counter chances on the kingside. Forever confident. That's why he's the best in the world! – Yasser Seirawan (commenting on a Kasparov game)

When your house is on fire, you can’t be bothered with the neighbors. Or, as we say in Chess, if your King is under attack you don’t worry about losing a Pawn on the Queen's side. - Gary Kasparov

Sometimes Kasparov does things that no other chessplayer is able to do, things that are so stunning that colleagues and spectators ask themselves in astounded admiration how for heaven's sake it is possible that a human being can invent them. – Hans Ree

Look at Garry Kasparov. After he loses, invariably he wins the next game. He just kills the next guy. That's something that we have to learn to be able to do. - Maurice Ashley

If there is one single facet of chess in which Garry has well and truly dominated his opposition it is in the opening phase of the game. The breadth of his opening preparation is as vast as it is deep, ensnaring practically every chess grandmaster he has ever faced. I've witnessed some of the world's very best grandmasters shaking their heads, staring at a lost position shortly after breaking beyond the opening stages. – Yasser Seirawan

Considering the youth of many of today's chess fans it might be better to reminisce about how terrifying Kasparov was in the 80s, but no time for ancient history today. Nobody gets a name like "Beast" after they're 35. – Mig Greengard

He has been known by many names: the Prince of Darkness, the Boss, the Great One, Gazza, the Beast, and the Dark One. I think he enjoys all of this very much. – Kelly Atkins

Garry Kasparov, the man who throws rocks as if they are tennis balls, uproots heavy trees with bare hands and eats strong international masters for breakfast. – Hans Ree

Kasparov definitely has a great talent. There is nothing in chess he has been unable to deal with. The other world champions had something 'missing'. I can't say the same about Kasparov: he can do everything. If he wishes to play some type of positions brilliantly, he will do it. Nothing is impossible for him in chess. - Vladimir Kramnik

Lputian vs Kasparov, 1976 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

E Magerramov vs Kasparov, 1977 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 30 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Palatnik, 1978 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 37 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs A Roizman, 1978 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs T Georgadze, 1979 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Browne, 1979 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Pribyl, 1980 
(D85) Grunfeld, 31 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Csom, 1980 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 33 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Marjanovic, 1980 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs G Hjorth, 1980 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs E Torre, 1980 
(A43) Old Benoni, 57 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs R Akesson, 1980 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Yusupov, 1981 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Fedorowicz, 1981 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs Kasparov, 1981 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 40 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Yurtaev, 1981 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 30 moves, 1-0

Kavalek vs Kasparov, 1982 
(E90) King's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1982 
(A64) Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8, 36 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Nunn, 1982  
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 21 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1982 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Gheorghiu, 1982 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

Christiansen vs Kasparov, 1982 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Kasparov, 1983 
(B40) Sicilian, 25 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 38 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs B Ivanovic, 1983 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 26 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Huebner vs Kasparov, 1985 
(A21) English, 28 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 42 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1985 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 50 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986  
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

Huebner vs Kasparov, 1986 
(D90) Grunfeld, 38 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Short, 1986 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Miles, 1986 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 52 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 
(A21) English, 50 moves, 1-0

Winants vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 55 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Smirin, 1988 
(E97) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1988 
(D36) Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2, 38 moves, 1-0

Ehlvest vs Kasparov, 1988 
(A28) English, 25 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs A Sokolov, 1988 
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Gheorghiu vs Kasparov, 1988 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 36 moves, 0-1

Beliavsky vs Kasparov, 1988 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 27 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1988 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 63 moves, 1-0

Hort vs Kasparov, 1988 
(A48) King's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1988 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 23 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Campora, 1988 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Salov, 1989 
(A15) English, 29 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Speelman, 1989 
(B07) Pirc, 25 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Hjartarson, 1989 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Piket vs Kasparov, 1989 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 28 moves, 0-1

Short vs Kasparov, 1989 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 103 moves, 0-1

Portisch vs Kasparov, 1989 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 0-1

Beliavsky vs Kasparov, 1989 
(B83) Sicilian, 61 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1991 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 31 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Anand, 1991 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1992 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 45 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1992 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs P Nikolic, 1992 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Kasparov, 1992 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 25 moves, 0-1

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Gelfand, 1993 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 25 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Short, 1993 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Kamsky, 1993 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Anand, 1993 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 65 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Shirov, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Illescas-Cordoba, 1994 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 43 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Short, 1994 
(C11) French, 32 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Bareev, 1994 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 35 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs P Nikolic, 1994 
(C18) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Hracek, 1996 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 25 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Anand, 1996 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 36 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Anand, 1996 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 55 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 63 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Deep Blue, 1996 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1997 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 57 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 38 moves, 0-1

Shirov vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Deep Blue, 1997 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 45 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Piket, 1997 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Anand, 1998 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 35 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999  
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Svidler, 1999 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 31 moves, 1-0

Svidler vs Kasparov, 1999 
(B53) Sicilian, 42 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Van Wely, 1999 
(B33) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0

Anand vs Kasparov, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 50 moves, 0-1

Topalov vs Kasparov, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 61 moves, 0-1

Movsesian vs Kasparov, 2000 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Judit Polgar, 2000 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 44 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Shirov, 2000 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Van Wely, 2000 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Kramnik, 2001 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Leko, 2001 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 31 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 2001 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Tiviakov vs Kasparov, 2001 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 53 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Adams, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Vallejo-Pons, 2002 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 50 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Deep Junior, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Grischuk, 2003 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 63 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs V Chuchelov, 2003 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs X3D Fritz, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

A Timofeev vs Kasparov, 2004 
(B50) Sicilian, 42 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Svidler, 2004 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 57 moves, 1-0

Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 0-1

Kasimdzhanov vs Kasparov, 2005 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Adams, 2005 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 54 moves, 1-0

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